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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Instrument Petting Zoo

June 15, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Help us welcome the Des Moines Symphony Academy’s "Instrument Petting Zoo" to the East Side Library! Children will have the chance to "pet" and play a violin and cello, listen to kid-friendly tunes, and learn more about classical instruments. We'll a...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Basic Computer Skills

June 15, 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:
  Visit the North Side Library every Monday to learn some computer basics. Each week we will focus on one topic with time for questions and personalized help. 1st Monday of the month - Mouse and Keyboard Basics; 2...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED East Side Library Book Discussion

June 15, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
We will be discussing Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Coffee and treats will be served. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation desk while supplies last. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED STEM Mondays: Slime

June 15, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Are you a scientist? Then come to EK Davis Park next to Forest Avenue Library and get ready to experiment and explore STEM concepts as we make colorful SLIME!  Rain Location: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room   ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Comics Creators

June 15, 2020
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Love Raina Telgemeier, superheroes, manga, graphic novels, and cartoons? Ready to let your artist flag fly? Then come to Comics Creators! We'll provide the paper and pens, you provide the creativity! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Children...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Minecraft Club

June 15, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Come build with us! Computers and iPads provided: just bring your imaginations. Ages 7-18. ...

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 Neighbor Week: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Movie Night

June 15, 2020
4:30pm - 7:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Movies
Event Details:
Kickoff East Side Library's Neighbor Week with a special event!  At 4:30 we will host a reception where you can meet your neighbors, enjoy light snacks and beverages and activities before a movie screening of the Mr. Roger's biopic, A Beautiful ...

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 "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Teen Henna Workshop

June 15, 2020
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join our Henna Workshop led by Sarah Norman of Alternative Artistry to learn the various uses, history, and application of henna dye. This program is for ages twelve to eighteen. Online registration is required. Limit of 16 participants. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Mermaid Party!

June 15, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Everything's better under the sea! Join us at South for a special Mermaid Party with splashy crafts and games! Kids can also meet Ariel the mermaid and get their picture taken with her! For youth ages 3 and up. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Bug Me with Polk County Conservation

June 16, 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: Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Explore the fascinating world of insects with the South Side Library and Polk County Conservation! Kids can learn about the different ways bugs and insects live with a Polk County Conservation educator and go on an insect hunt in our library lawn dur...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Baby Rhyme Time

June 16, 2020
10:15am - 11:00am
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:
Join us for rhymes, bounces, songs, and a story. For caregivers and babies from newborns up to eighteen months. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Mother Goose on the Loose

June 16, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
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:
Early literacy for babies and toddlers through songs, stories, movement, and music!   ...

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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Neighbor Week: Mother Goose on the Loose!

June 16, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
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:
“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. After storytime, hear...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Conversations & Coffee

June 16, 2020
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Do you want to practice your English skills? Looking to meet new people in your community? Join community members and English language learners alike at Forest Avenue Library and enjoy light refreshments and sparkling conversation! Activities are pro...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Gaming Unplugged

June 16, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Are you a gamer? Then come to Forest Avenue Library and play some classic board games! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Children under ten 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 Mighty Girl Empowerment Series

June 16, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Are you a mighty girl*? Ready to become a mighty woman, but have questions? Then come to Central Library, meet community experts, and get your questions answered in this four-session series! Know your body, know yourself, get empowered. Today's To...

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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED North Side Book Discussion

June 16, 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: Book Clubs
Event Details:
We will be discussing the book The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick. Copies of the book are available to check out at the North Side Library.  ...

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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Children's Renaissance Faire

June 16, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Come one, come all, to our Children's Renaissance Faire!  Join us for activities, games, and crafts that will take you back to olden times.  Don't miss a chance to meet Rapunzel and her friend the bravest princess, and watch ...

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

CANCELLED Level Up!

June 16, 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 "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Des Moines Public Library Board Meeting

June 16, 2020
4:15pm - 5:30pm
Central Library Administrative Board Room
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Administrative Board Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
The Library Board of Trustees will meet at 4:15 PM at the Central Library in the Administrative Board Room. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Mermaid Bilingual Storytime!/ ¡Cuentos y Canciones Bilingües con una Sirenita!

June 16, 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 mermaid stories, rhymes, songs and storytelling in English and Spanish. Vengan y disfruten de cuentos, rimas, y canciones sobre sirenitas, en inglés y español. ...

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.

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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn How to Play

June 16, 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 The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

June 16, 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! Diane Archer of Film Comment described The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 as "a chronological, musically structured collage tracing the arc of the Black Power ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime

June 16, 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: Diary of a Worm

June 16, 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:
Learn about the lives of worms with a Polk County Conservation Naturalist.  We will hold live worms, and enjoy a chocolatey 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.

CANCELLED Mother Goose on the Loose

June 17, 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 17, 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. ...