MLK Day Holiday Closure

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Monday, January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The annual Forest Avenue Library MLK Day Celebration will take place virtually, on Zoom. Find more info on that program HERE.

Reduced Services at All DMPL Locations

All Des Moines Public Library locations have reduced in-person services at this time. Browsing will be unavailable, and public computers will only be available at Central Library by appointment. Curbside Pickup will continue at all locations. Go HERE for all the details about this decision and to see our new hours, services, and offerings at each DMPL location.

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Tough Conversations: Talking With Your Kids About the News

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