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
Registration Type

Start Time

Age
Program Type
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This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Play, Grow, Learn!

June 11, 2020
10:15am - 12:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Play, Grow, Learn! is an opportunity for you to use the Imagination Station to explore early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library's space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in p...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Preschool Storytime

June 11, 2020
10:30am - 11:15am
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and movement that build literacy skills for ages three to six years old. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Storytime

June 11, 2020
10:30am - 11:15am
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
On Thursdays, children and their caregivers can enjoy stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and songs together, followed by a period of free play or drawing. ...

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Conversations & Coffee for Families

June 11, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English conversation skills? The Franklin Avenue Library has partnered with Lutheran Services in Iowa to provide English conversation partners every Thursday morning. Prompts and activities will be provided to encourage c...

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.

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.

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.

CANCELLED Power Play

June 11, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn, Storytimes
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 Pow...

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.

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.

CANCELLED Messy Time

June 11, 2020
11:15am - 11:45am
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Join us immediately after storytime to make a mess and enjoy sensory play together. Each week we'll have different textures, colors, sounds, scents, and shapes for families to explore and manipulate. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Play, Grow, Learn!

June 11, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us at the Franklin Library for open play and more!  Meet families with other young children, check out our awesome picture books, and engage in the five simple steps to success - Read, Write, Sing, Play, and Talk!  We will have a ...

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Jester Puppets Presents Fairy Tales Unhinged

June 11, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Jump into a classic with Jester Puppets' Fairy Tales (Unhinged).  They bring enormous fun and downright silliness to our favorite fables.   Kids will want to travel over the moon and through the woods for this interactive adventure.   ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Job Seekers

June 11, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology, Educational
Event Details:
Looking for a new job? Join us for help with job-related topics. Each week we will focus on one topic with time for questions and personalized help. First Thursday: Job Searching with Google Second Thursday: Job Applications Third Thursday: ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Healthy Desserts for Teens with Hy-Vee

June 11, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Event Details:
Does your teen have a sweet tooth? Sign your teen up for our Healthy Teen Desserts event with Hy-Vee! Registered dietitian Anne Cundiff of the Fleur Drive Hy-Vee will help teens make three kinds of healthy desserts. Participants will get to taste tes...

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Rainbow Meet-up | Reunión Arcoíris

June 11, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month with weekly all-ages meet-ups to connect with LGBTQ folks and allies! Learn about upcoming events, listen to music by Queer artists, and check out LGBTQ books by Queer authors and about Queer characters. Coloring she...

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.

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.

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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Clases de Ciudadanía/ Citizenship Classes

June 11, 2020
5:00pm - 7:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
LSI will provide citizenship classes in English on Tuesdays at 6pm-8pm and Thursdays from 5pm-7:30pm. This is a 10-week course; 2.5 hours, twice per week. Cost is $20. Required books sponsored by East Side Library. Pre-registration and...

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.

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.

CANCELLED LEGO Fridays

June 12, 2020
10:00am - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
The LEGO bricks will be available in the Children's Area, so bring your imagination and get ready to build. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Toddler Storytime

June 12, 2020
10:15am - 10:45am
Central Library Meeting Room 1
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us for stories, songs, and movement designed to practice the 5 Simple Steps of pre-literacy:  reading, singing, talking, writing, and playing!  Best for children 18 months to 3 years old. ...

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.

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 Play, Grow, Learn!

June 12, 2020
10:30am - 2:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Join us at the East Side Library for open play and more! Meet families with other young children, check out our awesome picture books, and engage in the five simple steps to success - Read, Write, Sing, Play, and Talk! We will have a variety of toys ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Dementia/Alzheimer’s Warning Signs & Prevention

June 12, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join DMPL and the Alzheimer's Association of Iowa for this informative program! Alzheimer's and other dementias cause memory, thinking, and behavior changes that interfere with daily living. Learn about common warning signs of Alzheimer's and what sy...

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

CANCELLED Dogman Party!

June 12, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, Teens, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
Celebrate our favorite half-man, half-dog crime fighting hero with games, crafts, and other fabulous fun at our Dog Man Party! Drop in from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. All ages are welcome! ...

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.

CANCELLED Kid's Library Scavenger Hunt

June 13, 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm
South Side Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Kids and families! Stop by the South Side Library from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for our Kid's Library Scavenger Hunt! Read the clues and find the book characters in the Children's Area and throughout the library and win a small prize! For youth ages 3-12....
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime

June 13, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Rosie's Rocket
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
The whole family can come to the library for stories, rhymes and songs. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Pride Storytime

June 13, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
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:
In celebration of Pride Month, Join us for a family storytime with songs and crafts presented by Drag King Chuy Martinez. ...

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.

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.

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.

CANCELLED Free Play Saturdays with the Blank Park Zoo

June 13, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Drop by the library to explore & play with Blank Park Zoo! Zoo educators will provide fun and seasonal nature exploration opportunities geared toward children ages 2-12 years and their caregivers. Bring your imagination and come prepared to get h...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Transcendent Storytime for Adults

June 13, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational, Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Transgender Action Group for Iowa in a storytime for adults! TAG members will be reading short stories by and about trans people, and we'll have more trans stories here for you to check out and take home. Happy Pride! ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED 3-D Pens: Glow!

June 13, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Central Library Computer Lab
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Computer Lab
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Event Details:
Choose from a selection of projects and make a glow –in the dark creation.  First-time users can practice on templates and try out some techniques.       ...

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED CROSSROADS: A Journey With The Blues

June 14, 2020
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Blues duo, Steve George and Bob Pace are performing in celebration of African American Music Appreciation Month. The duo won the 2009 Solo/Duo Iowa Blues Challenge, both are inductees into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, and Bob is an inductee into the ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Craftivities: Squishy Balloon Monsters

June 15, 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:
Make your own take-home squishy balloon monster with simple supplies! ...

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.

CANCELLED Preschool Storytime

June 15, 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:
Children ages three to five can come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and more. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Play, Grow, Learn!

June 15, 2020
10:15am - 11:30am
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Play, Grow, Learn! is an opportunity for you to use the Imagination Station to explore early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library's space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in p...