MyDMPL Con 2018

Graphic with superheroes and mydmplcon logo.

Con one, con all, for our first annual MyDMPL Con! Bring your friends and family for this fantastic one-day event! Travel to Hogwarts to make wands and meet wizarding animals from the Blank Park Zoo! Take pictures with daring luchadores, and meet your favorite characters from Misfit Heroes and Little Princess Parties! Create your own manga story, and plant a baby Groot to take home. There will be costume contests for three grand prizes – and best of all, all the activities are free!

There will be plenty of parking available! You may park in the parking garage underneath the Central Library on Grand Ave. You may also park in the parking lot across the street from the library, located at the corner of 10th St. and Grand Ave. Street parking is also free that day!

Schedule of Events

Printable PDF Schedule
Color coded library map of events.

Costume Contest

A $20 Capes Kafe gift card together with a medal will be awarded to one winner in each of the following categories.

  • Ages 0-5
  • Ages 6-11
  • Ages 12-17
  • Ages 18+
  • Family & Group

Costume Guidelines

Please see full MyDMPL Con Cosplay Contest rules.

  1. All contestants MUST register by 4:00PM and must have completed costumes.
  2. All regular library policies still apply.
  3. No real or prop weapons, pyrotechnics, fluids or gases will be allowed as part of a costume.
  4. All contestants and/or legal guardians must sign a waiver for photography, which can/ will be used in future promotions.
  5. Judges are not responsible for researching costumes and characters. Photos of character likeness will be allowed upon submission.
  6. No nudity or semi-nudity allowed. This is a family event; please use discretion with your costume and content.
  7. The judge’s rulings are final and participants must be present to win.
  8. Participants are welcome to register for both the group and individual categories if they so choose.

Get Ready!

Costume Ideas

DIY Ninja Turtle Costume
DIY Wonder Woman Tiara and Bracelets
No Sew My Little Pony Headbands
No Sew Cape Tutorial
No Sew PJ Masks
No Sew Super Heroes Costumes


Teen Manga | Teen Graphic Novels | Kids Graphic Novels
The 59-Book Fandom Reading Challenge (Book Riot)
Disney Princess
More Superhero Books for Kids!

Other Events


Superhero Preschool Storytime | Thursday, April 26 | 10:30 AM
Star Wars Movie Night | Monday, April 30 | 5:30 PM
Sensory Star Wars | Tuesday, May 1 | 10:30 AM
Star Wars STEM | Tuesday, May 1 | 4:00 PM
Sensory Star Wars | Thursday, May 3 | 10:30 AM
Star Wars Puzzles | Thursday, May 3 | 4:00 PM
Star Wars Craft Day | Friday, May 4 | All Day
Star Wars Craft Day | Saturday, May 5 | 11:00 AM


Comics Creators | Monday, April 23 | 3:00 PM
Superhero Storytime! | Wednesday, April 25 |10:15 AM
Minecraft Club | Tuesday, May 1 | 4:00 PM
Comics Creators | Monday, April 30 | 3:00 PM
Minecraft Club | Tuesday, May 1 | 4:00 PM
Youth Makerspace—Super Hero Masks | Wednesday, May 2 | 2:30 PM
Forest Flicks—Lego Batman Movie | Thursday, May 3 | 6:00 PM


Pokémon Trading Card Swap | Wednesday, April 25 | 4:00 PM
Creative Readers | Listen to the story Max and the Brave & Make Capes! | Tuesday, April 24 | 4:00 PM
Star Wars DIY Craft | Friday, May 4 | All Day


Magical Stories! (Harry Potter, My Little Pony tie-in) | Thursday, April 19 | 10:30 AM
Teen Games, Games, Games! | Wednesday April 25 | 3:00 PM
Superhero Storytime | Thursday, April 26 | 10:30 AM
Paint the Sidewalk! | Friday, April 27 | 4:30 PM
Light Saber Paper Circuits | Friday, May 4 | All Day


Star Wars Family Storytime | Monday, April 23 | 6:30 PM
Superhero Storytime | Thursday, April 26 | 10:00 AM
Saturday Art Special—Superhero Masks & Character Puppets | Saturday, April 28 | All Day
Star Wars Day—R2D2 Craft | Saturday, May 5 | All Day


The Outside Scoop, Jester Puppets, Little Princess Parties, Misfit Studios, Queen Bee Face Painting, Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines Art Center, Capes Kafe, and Beaverdale Books.