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

In-Person Services
  • 10:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday-Thursday
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Friday
  • 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday
  • 1:00-5:00 PM Sunday
Curbside Pickup
  • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Monday-Saturday
  • Closed Sunday

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 information about the Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports programs and activities at the library, please visit the organization's new website.

For Volunteer Opportunities: Adult volunteers, please contact Lynn Heuss, leheuss@dmpl.org. Teen volunteers, please contact Jennifer Leveck, jkleveck@dmpl.org.

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational, Heritage/History Month
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 77
Event Details:
In May 1917, the United States opens the very first Officers Training Camp for Black men in military history. The location – Fort Des Moines. Over the next six months, 1,200 Black men are trained to lead segregated commands in World War I, all the wh...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual Book Club- The Unkindness of Ghosts

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual Book Club. This month, we will be discussing The Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon.  This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational, Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 35
Event Details:
Have you ever wanted to slay a dragon, raid a dungeon treasure room, or even save a village from an evil bandit horde? Always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons, but didn’t know where to start? Join us as we learn the basics of how to get started ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Take & Make: Rainbow Windsock

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:
Let's celebrate summertime with rainbow windsocks! A windsock is made up of different materials tied onto a hoop that dances in the wind. We will provide the hoop, colorful materials to tie to the hoop, bells and twine to hang it up with for FREE wit...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DSM Book Festival Book Club: The Last House Guest

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with the DSM Book Festival's DSM Book Club to cohost its online book discussion.  The DSM Book Club is an online sharing session designed to showcase Des Moines' favorite reads. This club will ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Virtual Stories, Songs and Movement!

10:15am - 10:45am
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
A Day at the Beach. Bring your imagination and join Miss Donna on Facebook as we read books, sing and move our bodies in this playful story time about the world we live in. Ages two and up. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

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