Calendar

Nov
14
Thu
Bouncing Babies @ Johnston Public Library
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am

Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby’s foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

Preschool Storytime @ South Side Library
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am

Join Miss Janee for stories, rhymes, songs, movement, and occasional crafts/activities that build literacy and kindergarten-readiness skills. Ages three to six.

Play, Grow, Learn! @ Forest Avenue Library
Nov 14 @ 10:15 am

newborn – 6 years

Play, Grow, Learn! is an opportunity for you to use the Imagination Station to explore early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library’s space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in playtime where parents and caregivers are encouraged to interact with their children. Many items will be available for free exploration and play.

Preschool Storytime @ Central Library
Nov 14 @ 10:15 am

Join us for stories, songs, and movement that build literacy and school-readiness skills.

Drop-in Oliver’s Puppy Tales @ West Des Moines Public Library
Nov 14 @ 10:30 am

Join puppy Oliver in the Community Room for this class featuring stories, songs, and rhymes followed by gross and fine motor play all with an early literacy focus!

For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration.

Preschool Storytime @ East Side Library
Nov 14 @ 10:30 am

Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and movement that build literacy skills for ages three to six years old.

Preschoolers Jump! @ Indianola Public Library
Nov 14 @ 10:30 am

Books, music, and movement add up to fun in this 30-minute storytime. (Morning and afternoon sessions will be the same each week.) Ages 3-5 years.

Storytime @ North Side Library
Nov 14 @ 10:30 am

18 months – 6 years

Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, movement, and more!

SCI Code Camp @ Forest Avenue Library
Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm

Join the Science Center of Iowa for this  three-part camp series. In this class students will learn basic coding concepts while working together to create apps, robotics, and e-textiles. Ages 10-14. Space is limited, please register at dmpl.org or by calling 283-4152.

Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos en Español e Inglés Para Toda la Familia @ Forest Avenue Library
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm

Entire Family

Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and crafts in English and Spanish.

Disfruten cuentos, rimas, ya canciones en ingles y espanol.

Nov
15
Fri
My Little Artist + Me @ Des Moines Art Center
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am

Discover and explore the studio together with your budding artist! Multiple creativity stations will allow your child to experiment with a variety of activities and art materials at their own pace as they develop motor skills, cognitive skills, and social skills. Each class provides your child with a unique, well-rounded art experience with a visit to the museum and story time, creative movement, and playing musical instruments. Space is limited; please pre-register for each class or purchase a class pass.

Pre-Registration required.

Toddler Storytime @ Central Library
Nov 15 @ 10:15 am

18 months – 3 years

Join us for stories, songs, and movement to practice the 5 simple steps of pre-literacy: reading, singing, talking, writing, and playing..

Drop-in Oliver’s Puppy Tales @ West Des Moines Public Library
Nov 15 @ 10:30 am

Join puppy Oliver in the Community Room for this class featuring stories, songs, and rhymes followed by gross and fine motor play all with an early literacy focus!

For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration.

Play, Grow, Learn! @ East Side Library
Nov 15 @ 10:30 am

Join us at the East Side Library for open play and more! Meet families with other young children, check out our awesome picture books, and engage in the five simple steps to success – Read, Write, Sing, Play, and Talk! We will have a variety of toys and more that promote learning for little ones.

18 months – 6 years

Nov
16
Sat
Free Engineering Competition: Ready, Set, Build! @ Science Center of Iowa
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am

It’s the ultimate test of structure, strength and style. Build a bridge that achieves all of the above, and YOU could win Ready, Set, Build!

Gather a team of 1-4 people, and design and prototype the best bridge with the provided materials in 2.5 hours. The model bridge will feature the greatest support efficiency… and the teamwork to bring it to life!

 

Public Tour @ The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am

THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE HALL OF LAUREATES tells a story in every room – from the building’s rich history as the Des Moines public library, to the Foundation’s celebrated agricultural and humanitarian pioneers there is something for every visitor.

Built in 1903, this century-old building has been restored into a museum that celebrates those who have dedicated their lives to fighting hunger around the world. The Hall of Laureates is a beautiful space of learning and collaboration, and we welcome you to visit.

The Hall is open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Admission is free of charge, and visitors have the opportunity to take a guided tour or explore the building on their own. Private and group tours are also available.

Tuesdays:
Guided tours at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early

Saturdays:
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
There are no guided tours on Saturdays. Docents are stationed in the building to provide information and education.

The Hall of Laureates is closed during all federal holiday weekends, including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving week and Christmas. The Hall of Laureates is also closed during World Food Prize Week.

My Little Artist + Me @ Des Moines Art Center
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am

Discover and explore the studio together with your budding artist! Multiple creativity stations will allow your child to experiment with a variety of activities and art materials at their own pace as they develop motor skills, cognitive skills, and social skills. Each class provides your child with a unique, well-rounded art experience with a visit to the museum and story time, creative movement, and playing musical instruments. Space is limited; please pre-register for each class or purchase a class pass.

Pre-Registration required.

Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos en Español e Inglés Para Toda la Familia @ Forest Avenue Library
Nov 16 @ 10:15 am

Entire Family

Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and crafts in English and Spanish.

Disfruten cuentos, rimas, ya canciones en ingles y espanol.

Nov
17
Sun
Art Spectrums: Session I @ Des Moines Art Center
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm

*Registration required.

Art Spectrums is a free program for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Art Spectrums provides an opportunity for participants to exercise their creativity and build their self-esteem through sensory experiences that aid in the development of cognition, communication, and motor skills.

Participants visit and discuss a work of art in the museum for inspiration and then make their own artwork in the studio.

Art Spectrums: Session II @ Des Moines Art Center
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm

*Registration required.

Art Spectrums is a free program for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Art Spectrums provides an opportunity for participants to exercise their creativity and build their self-esteem through sensory experiences that aid in the development of cognition, communication, and motor skills.

Participants visit and discuss a work of art in the museum for inspiration and then make their own artwork in the studio.