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

Franklin Avenue Library

Franklin Avenue exterior shot

Location Details

Address:
5000 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA, 50310

Directions:
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Nikki Hayter headshot

Nikki Hayter
Manager 
NMHayter@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 283-4152

Book a Franklin Avenue Library meeting room

Hours:
Sunday:  1 PM - 5 PM
Monday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM

The Franklin Avenue Library on Des Moines’ west side, serves the needs, wants, and tastes of its community of patrons with a collection of over 100,000 items. The many available media formats include books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, magazines, and electronic resources, as well as over 40 public internet computers for easy online access.

For Volunteer Opportunities: Adult volunteers, please contact Sarah Early, sdearly@dmpl.org. Teen volunteers, please contact Jennifer Leveck, jkleveck@dmpl.org.

Upcoming Events

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

CANCELLED Baby Rhyme Time

June 2, 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.
This event is in the "Children" group.

CANCELLED Sensory Play Spectacular!

June 2, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Play & Learn
Event Details:
Kick off summer reading by delighting all of your senses at our Sensory Play Spectacular.  Activities will be set up around the meeting room where children will see, hear, touch, taste, and smell all kinds of different things.   ...

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.

CANCELLED Family Storytime

June 2, 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.

CANCELLED Toddler Storytime

June 3, 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 Toddler Storytime

June 3, 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 Science Wednesdays: Plant, Grow, Fly

June 3, 2020
4:00pm - 4:45pm
Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Learn about plants with special guest Joel Van Roekel from the Parks and Rec Department!  We will learn about plants that help butterflies, decorate a flower pot, and get your own plant to take home! Science Wednesdays is an op...