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Cancelled: Legos at the Library

10:00am - 4:30pm
North Side Children’s Area
Cancelled
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Come build with us at North Side! Drop-in to the library to enjoy our large Lego collection. ...

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Children’s Program

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

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Miss Jennifer at Tower Park for Preschool Storytime on Monday mornings at 10:15 a.m.  There will be stories, rhymes, music, and more. This storytime is recommended for ages three to five, but all children are welcome to attend. ...

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Children’s Program

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

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Anime Club

5:30pm - 6:30pm
East Side Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs, Movies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 11
Event Details:
Stop by our East Side Library Anime Club!  We will watch anime on our big screen, talk manga, work on drawing and kawaii crafts, and eat Ramen noodles.  We also have the opportunity to discuss future anime club programs, add to our manga co...

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Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

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

Pat Mora Art Day!

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Drop-in to Rosie's Ocean to celebrate the art of some amazing illustrations of some of our favorite picture book authors and artists!  Today we will watercolor pumpkins based on a poem from on Yum! ¡MmMm! ¡Qué Rico!: Americas’ Sproutings by Pat ...

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Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

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

Toddler Storytime on the Lawn

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy introductory stories, songs, music, movement with Miss Janee on the Library Lawn. For youth ages 18 to 36 months. In case of rain, storytime will be cancelled.  ...

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Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Bring your imagination to Tower Park and join Miss Donna as we read books, sing, and move our bodies in this playful story time about the world we live in.  Ages 18 Months to 3 years old, but older siblings are welcome.  ...

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Children’s Program

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

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

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

Preschool Storytime on the Lawn

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Preschoolers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, music and activities that promote preliteracy and school readiness skills with Miss Janee outdoors on the Library Lawn.  For children ages 3-5. In case of rain, storytime will b...

Disclaimer(s)

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
From Books to Masterpieces!  Each week Miss Donna will read a picture book, explore materials, and create with art and S.T.E.M activities. Ages 3 to 8, older siblings are welcome to attend. Program runs from Septemb...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will read Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built by Angela Burke Kunkel. After the story, we will create collages using old books. ...

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Inclement Weather

This program is hosted outdoors. In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "All Ages" group.
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Heritage/History Month
Event Details:
Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month on the first day of the Des Moines Latino Heritage Festival! Enjoy crafts, bag toss games, and music in our meeting room.  Drop in anytime and check out our fabulous bilingual and Spanish collections while you vis...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Guatemalan Kite Craft

All Day 9/25 - 9/26
Central Library Children’s Area
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Celebrate Latino Heritage with us in the children's area with a craft from Guatemala. We will be making Mini Guatemalan Kites and learning about the ancient art form. When you're finished step outside and attend the Latino Heritage Festival at Gatewa...

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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.
Library Branch: Forest Avenue Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Paint a masterpiece with step by step instructions or freestyle with the included supplies.  As supplies last! ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Miss Jennifer at Tower Park for Preschool Storytime on Monday mornings at 10:15 a.m.  There will be stories, rhymes, music, and more. This storytime is recommended for ages three to five, but all children are welcome to attend. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

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

Duncan Tonatiuh Art Day!

All Day
East Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: East Side Library
Room: East Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Drop-in to Rosie's Ocean to celebrate the art of some amazing illustrations of some of our favorite picture book authors and artists!  Today we will create a collage craft based on the art of Duncan Tonatiuh, and have many of his books available...

Disclaimer(s)

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Bring your imagination to Tower Park and join Miss Donna as we read books, sing, and move our bodies in this playful story time about the world we live in. Ages 18 Months to 3 years old, but older siblings are welcome.  ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: All Locations
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Celebrate Banned Books Week with a take-and-make bag inspired by Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, the NEA Big Reads book pick! Our partners at ASAP have prepared a wonderful art project appropriate for ages 5-18! Starting Thursday, Septemb...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime on the Lawn

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Preschoolers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, music and activities that promote preliteracy and school readiness skills with Miss Janee outdoors on the Library Lawn.  For children ages 3-5. In case of rain, storytime will b...

Disclaimer(s)

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Children" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
From Books to Masterpieces!  Each week Miss Donna will read a picture book, explore materials, and create with art and S.T.E.M activities. Ages 3 to 8, older siblings are welcome to attend. Program runs from Septemb...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Anime/Manga Club

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library Tech Central
Registration
Library Branch: Central Library
Room: Central Library Tech Central
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs, Movies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 18
Event Details:
Love anime and manga? Want to nerd out about it with other people who love it, too? Then join us for the Teen Anime/Manga Meetup! We’ll get together and discuss all things anime and manga, do crafts, play games, watch anime, and more! Ages 12-18...

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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.

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

TeenTober Take and Make Bags

All Day 10/2 - 10/15
All Locations
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: All Locations
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Teens! Help us celebrate TeenTober at the library! Stop by any of our six branches to pick up a TeenTober Take and Make Bag. This bag contains a journal, a highlighter, stickers to decorate your journal, candy, and more! Tag your projects o...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Storytime To Go Bags

All Day
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes, Take & Make
Event Details:
Visit the Franklin Library every Monday to pick up a different Storytime To Go Bag.  Each bag will include rhymes, songs, and book suggestions for babies and preschoolers along with literacy activities.  The storytime bags are recommended f...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime: Firefighter Storytime!

10:15am - 10:45am
Franklin Avenue Outdoor Program
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Outdoor Program
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes
Event Details:
Join us outside the Franklin Library for a Firefighter Storytime with a special guest from the Des Moines Fire Department.  Hear a story, learn about fire safety, and get to see a fire truck up close!  This storytime is re...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

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

Storytime To Go Bags

All Day
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes, Take & Make
Event Details:
Visit the Franklin Library at the beginning of each week to pick up a different Storytime To Go Bag.  Each bag will include rhymes, songs, and book suggestions for babies and preschoolers along with literacy activities.  The storytime bags ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Storytime To Go Bags

All Day
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes, Take & Make
Event Details:
Visit the Franklin Library at the beginning of each week to pick up a different Storytime To Go Bag.  Each bag will include rhymes, songs, and book suggestions for babies and preschoolers along with literacy activities.  The storytime bags ...