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 Baby Rhyme Time

June 23, 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 23, 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 Mother Goose on the Loose!

June 23, 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.  ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Art for All Week: Toddler Art Outside

June 23, 2020
11:00am - 11:45am
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 during Art for All week at East for Toddler Art Outside where we will get messy on the lawn using all kinds of fun materials (best for 18 months-3 years). Please dress for a mess and in case of rain, alternate arts-based activities will ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Conversations & Coffee

June 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Teen Bake Shop Squishies

June 23, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
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
Event Details:
Teens! Visit South and learn how to make your own squishy, floofy, cutie pie squishies! Sponge-paint your take-home Kawaii squishies and feast on tasty treats. For youth ages 10-18.  ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CANCELLED Science Tellers Presents Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress

June 23, 2020
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Performances
Event Details:
A long time ago in a faraway world, two brave villagers go on a daring journey to release the dragons and save the kingdom from the Evil Ice Sorceress. When things don’t go as planned, however, they might need to look to themselves (and to science!) ...

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

CANCELLED Flamingo Day @ Bilingual Storytime/Dia del Flamenco @ Cuentos y Canciones Bilingües

June 23, 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 flamingo stories, rhymes, songs and storytelling in English and Spanish. Vengan y disfruten de cuentos, rimas, y canciones sobre flamencos, 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 23, 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 "Children" group.

CANCELLED Celebrate Pride Month Family Storytime

June 23, 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:
Join us for this special inclusive story time as we celebrate all different types of families with books, songs and finger plays. June is National Pride Month. Rosie's Rocket Reading Room ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime: Clay Rainbowfish

June 23, 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:
Celebrate sea life with this clay fish decorating using rainbow sparkly scales and 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 "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Mother Goose on the Loose

June 24, 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 24, 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: Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Toddlers and caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, 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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 Storytime

June 24, 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:
Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, movement and more! ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

CANCELLED Toddler Storytime

June 24, 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 "Children" group.

CANCELLED ASAP Kids Create: Little People-A 3D Wire Figure Sculpture Workshop

June 24, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Meeting Room 1, 2
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Join us during Art Week for this free sculpture workshop for kids in grades 2 - 5.  Please register in order to guarantee supplies.  There will be no large group registration for this event. ...

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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Drop-in Computer Help @ Central

June 24, 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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Pokémon Card Swap

June 24, 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: Gaming
Event Details:
Are you looking for a place to trade your Pokémon cards? Come to this monthly program and bring any cards you want to trade. This event is open to children ages seven to eighteen. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

CANCELLED Youth Makerspace

June 24, 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 "Adults" group.

CANCELLED Art For All Week : Introduction to Block Printing

June 24, 2020
6:00pm - 7:30pm
East Side Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
With linoleum-like squares and block cutting tools we will create a unique design to print as a single piece of art or in a repetitive fashion to create wrapping paper. Some tools may need to be shared but everyone will be able to complete one projec...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Family Storytime

June 24, 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.