Curbside Pickup Service Begins Monday, June 1

All Des Moines Public Library buildings will be closed to the public until further notice as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Patrons can now place new holds on materials, and curbside pickup service begins June 1. Read more about that HERE

Upcoming Events

Ongoing Events
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This event is in the "Children" group.
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CANCELLED The Magic and Comedy of Jonathan May

June 9, 2020
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Join us for this special family event with professional magician Jonathan May.  Prepare to be thoroughly entertained and amazed by this magical program designed for all ages.  Jonathan May is Iowa's most in demand magician and has perfor...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Level Up!

June 9, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Join us every Tuesday as we play Roblox, Minecraft, and more. Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Pokémon Club

June 9, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Do you love all things Pokémon?  Catch 'em all at our monthly Pokémon Club.  Enjoy snacks, trade cards, watch the show, and hang out after school with other fans.  Drop in anytime between 4:00-5:00 for snacks, fun, and more every secon...

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos y Canciones Bilingües

June 9, 2020
6:00pm - 6:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and crafts in English and Spanish. Venga y disfrute cuentos, rimas, canciones, y manualidades en inglés y español. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn How to Play

June 9, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
It’s time to strum it out! Learn to play the ukulele at the North Side Library! The small string instrument has seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years as an alternative for guitars, especially for beginners. You’ll learn basic chords and stru...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Standing in the Shadows of Motown

June 9, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month at the Forest Avenue Library! Standing in the Shadows of Motown recounts the story of The Funk Brothers, the uncredited and largely unheralded studio musicians who were the house band that...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime

June 9, 2020
6:15pm - 6:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
The whole family can come to the library for stories, rhymes and songs. Rosie's Rocket Reading Room ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime: Balloon Science

June 9, 2020
6:30pm - 7:00pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
What can you do with a balloon?  Watch and practice cool balloon experiments and listen to stories. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Franklin Evening Book Discussion

June 9, 2020
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
We will discuss The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Copies of the book will be available at the Information Desk while supplies last. No registration required.  ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Mother Goose on the Loose

June 10, 2020
9:30am - 10:00am
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
“Mother Goose on the Loose”, is a 30-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to three-year-olds. The class helps to strengthen babies' and toddler's foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement. Following the program...

Disclaimer(s)

Central Parking

Free library parking is available in Central's underground parking garage for two hours per visit. Parking around the library is metered at various costs from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Toddler Storytime

June 10, 2020
10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Toddlers and caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, occasional crafts and a little playtime with Miss Janee. For toddlers ages 18 months - 3 years. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Forest Avenue Calming Room

June 10, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Study Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Study Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Do you need a calm place to play? Then come to the Forest Avenue Calming Room for a sensory interactive experience! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program for youth. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Baby Rhyme Time

June 10, 2020
10:15am - 10:45am
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us weekly for rhymes, songs, bounces, stories, and a little playtime. For caregivers and babies ages 0 - 18 months. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Central Parking

Free library parking is available in Central's underground parking garage for two hours per visit. Parking around the library is metered at various costs from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Toddler Storytime

June 10, 2020
10:15am - 10:45am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Event Details Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and more, followed by a craft. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Meeting Room. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED PRIDE Storytime

June 10, 2020
10:15am - 11:00am
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Celebrate Pride Month at Forest Avenue Library during this special edition of storytime! We’ll read books exploring LGBTQ+ identities, sing songs promoting acceptance, and make rainbow windsocks. Let your Pride show at Forest Avenue Library! ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Power Play!

June 10, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Adults and children play together in an environment set up to promote all areas of development through open ended active play focused on the 5 Simple Steps to Success strategies of read, write, sing, play and talk. Join us for 60 minutes of Power Pla...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Toddler Storytime

June 10, 2020
11:00am - 11:30am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Event Details Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and more, followed by a craft. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Meeting Room. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Drop-in Computer Help @ Central

June 10, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Computer Lab
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Computer Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
It’s never too late to feel comfortable with a computer.  Every Wednesday at the Central Library, staff will answer your questions about­­ computer basics, online Library resources, email­­­, and more.  ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Central Parking

Free library parking is available in Central's underground parking garage for two hours per visit. Parking around the library is metered at various costs from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Frozen 2 Movie Party

June 10, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Journey into the unknown with this movie-showing party.  We will have snacks, crafts and activities for kids of all ages to try out.  You won’t want to let it go.   ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED K-Pop Extravaganza

June 10, 2020
2:30pm - 4:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
Teens! Celebrate the world of K-Pop with our K-Pop Extravaganza! Teens and Tweens can drop in from 2:30-4:00 PM to decorate dolls in our Fashion Station, make a BTS mask, create fandom buttons, listen to music from your favorite bands, learn Korean w...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED International Candy Tasting

June 10, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Stop by our International Candy Tasting and taste test different candies from around the world and learn more about the country they are from.  Vote on your favorites and complete a scavenger hunt on the countries taste tested to win a small pri...

Disclaimer(s)

Food Allergies

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED PRIDE Buttons

June 10, 2020
4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Be proud at your library! Bring all your friends and together we will create LGBTQIA+ buttons to wear for 2020 PRIDE FEST WEEKEND. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Youth Makerspace

June 10, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us every Wednesday as we explore different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities.  Grades 3-8.  ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime

June 10, 2020
6:30pm - 7:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Families can enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs together on Wednesday nights. It's a great way for busy families to relax and listen to stories together. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Accompanying Adults

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Pride Month Picturebook Tasting

June 11, 2020
9:15am - 7:45pm
Central Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Join us for a picturebook sampling that celebrates Pride Month at the Central Library! Learn about diverse identities and being true to yourself.  We will have themed activities to match each story and a delicious rainbow snack.   ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Preschool Storytime

June 11, 2020
9:30am - 10:00am
Central Library Meeting Room 3
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 3
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for stories, songs, and movement that build literacy and school-readiness skills! This storytime is geared toward children ages 3 to 6. Groups are welcome! ...

Disclaimer(s)

Central Parking

Free library parking is available in Central's underground parking garage for two hours per visit. Parking around the library is metered at various costs from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Sunshine Storytime

June 11, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Families and Kids! Join us on the library lawn at South for Sunshine Storytime from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM! Bring your blanket or tarp and listen to stories and songs outdoors under the trees! Afterwards, families can play with our parachute/outdoor to...