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

CANCELLED Friday Morning Fever Preschool/ Toddler Dance Party

June 19, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Come to the Central Library to dance under the lights of a disco ball, play with beach balls, and do a special craft!  Put on those boogie shoes and bring a friend! ...

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 "Children" group.

CANCELLED LEGO Fridays

June 19, 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 Play, Grow, Learn!

June 19, 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 "Children" group.

CANCELLED Pop-Up Playground

June 19, 2020
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Room: Forest Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Create your own play structures, games, art, and more at Pop-Up Playground on the green space at EK Davis Park! We’ll provide a selection of materials to inspire your imagination so you can design and play on your perfect playground.  In the ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Make a Bird Feeder with Parks and Recreation

June 19, 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: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Investigate wildlife from your own backyard at South! Listen to the pop-up nature book Welcome to the Neighborwood by Shawn Sheehy on the Library Lawn. Afterwards, kids can learn about birds and wildlife with a hands on show and tell from Des Moines ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Dogman Escape Room A.

June 19, 2020
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Fight crime in this Dog Man-based escape room. A crime is afoot and this heroic hound has a nose for justice. Following the story from the first book, can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?     ...

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 Superhero Bingo

June 19, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Play the good old-fashioned game of Bingo, but with superheroes instead of numbers.  Feel free to come as you are, or dress up as your favorite hero.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners. ...

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 Dogman Escape Room B.

June 19, 2020
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Central Library Imagination Station
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Imagination Station
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Fight crime in this Dog Man-based escape room. A crime is afoot and this heroic hound has a nose for justice. Following the story from the first book, can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?     ...

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 Art Cart

June 20, 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Kids and Families! Visit the Art Cart at South from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Elementary Area! We'll have different craft materials and projects on a cart that are self-led to choose from to make and take! For youth ages 3 and up. Parent/guardian mu...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Neighbor Week: Build a Lego Neighborhood

June 20, 2020
10:00am - 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: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Celebrate Neighbor Week with a Lego building challenge.  Your challenge is  to build something in the Des Moines area and bring it to the desk.  We will photograph your creation and you will be entered to win a drawing for a Lego set!&...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED! LGBT Oral Histories of Central Iowa Exhibition and Interview Session

June 20, 2020
10:00am - 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Exhibits
Event Details:
To commemorate the 51st anniversary of Stonewall, interviewers for LGBT Oral Histories of Central Iowa (LOHCI) will hold an open interviewing session for LGBTQ-identified community members to share their memories to be preserved with the LOHCI archiv...

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.

CANCELLED Father's Day Scavenger Hunt

June 20, 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: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Celebrate Father's Day at the library with our scavenger hunt featuring our Dads from our favorite books.  Find all of the hidden pictures and receive a prize. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Furry Tales with Caper

June 20, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
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
Event Details:
Children are encouraged to read with Caper, the therapy dog, at South! Caper is a friendly Pembroke Welsh Corgi who loves to hear stories! Walk in and choose a book to read to Caper in the Children's Area! For youth ages 3-12. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Father's Day Scavenger Hunt

June 21, 2020
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Celebrate Father's Day at the library with our scavenger hunt featuring our Dads from our favorite books.  Find all of the hidden pictures and receive a prize. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Toddler Art: Construction

June 22, 2020
9:15am - 7:45pm
Central Library Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Practice your fine motor skills with non toxic, washable art supplies. This process-based activity  involves toddler-appropriate activities and explores sensory-play. ...

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 22, 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 22, 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...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Basic Computer Skills

June 22, 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 "Children" group.

CANCELLED STEM Mondays: Volcanoes

June 22, 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 fizzy volcanoes! Rain Location: Forest Avenue Library Meeting Room   ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Slime Science

June 22, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Kids! Do you love making slime? Get ready to get messy and learn what chemicals bind slime together by making your own slime during Slime Science! Participants will make their own slime and customize it with different colors, glitter and other suppli...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

June 22, 2020
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational, Gaming
Event Details:
Have you ever wanted to slay a dragon, raid a treasure room, or save a village from an evil bandit horde? Join us as we learn the basics of playing Dungeons & Dragons with The Rook Room at The Franklin Avenue Library! We’ll be...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Comics Creators

June 22, 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 "Teens" group.

CANCELLED After-School Switch Gaming

June 22, 2020
4:00pm - 5:30pm
North Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Hang out at North Side and enjoy some time playing games on our Nintendo Switch. Snacks may be provided as they last. This program is for ages 10-18. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Art For All Week : Funky Felt Ball & Pom Pom Necklaces

June 22, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Create your own one-of-a kind necklaces from shapes that you'll felt from wool roving or ones that you'll piece together from colorful pom-poms. All materials will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. When you receive compliments on your ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Art for All Week: Baby Painting

June 22, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Rosie's Nature Nook
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Join us for this 'painting' event with our very youngest artists! Edible dairy yogurt paint will be provided for babies to explore and create with. Baby painting is an open-ended, process based experience where babies use their fingers and soft brush...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Ruby Reads Storytime with the Blank Park Zoo

June 22, 2020
6:30pm - 7:00pm
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, Storytimes
Event Details:
Have you met Ruby the red panda yet? Ruby is a very special red panda and she loves to read! Join Ruby for one of her favorite stories and meet some live animal friends from the Blank Park Zoo during this special storytime. For youth ages 3 and up.&n...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Author Visit: Kali White

June 22, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Author Visits
Event Details:
Kali White will discuss her newly-published mystery The Monsters We Make, based on the real-life Des Moines Register paperboy kidnappings during the early 1980s. Several years of exhaustive research went into the novel, both in reading avai...