Happening at the library

It’s Springtime in Des Plaines

How Will Your Garden Grow?

Look no further than DPPL for ideas and activities to learn, enrich and keep active all season long.

  • In honor of International Compost Awareness Week, enjoy a live screening of Stories & Songs at the Compost Café, Thursday, May 9th.
  • Whip up tasty spring dishes inspired by full free digital access to Bon Appetit magazines on Libby, or the New York Times Cooking.
  • Learn about the traditional Japanese embroidery method, sashiko, on Tuesday, May 14th.
  • Build a Stomp Rocket with a Physics Discovery Kit or explore fossils or gems with a STEM Discovery Kit.
  • Learn about the wide array of annuals sure to beautify your garden at Adding Color With Annuals, Saturday, May 4th.
  • Check out a Museum Adventure Pass to receive free or discounted admission to Chicago area cultural destinations.
  • Visit the new Quick Picks Library of Things to check out a Bird Watching kit, set of Bongo Drums, a Soil Testing kit, and so much more.
  • Check out a Kindle loaded with ALL the summer reading titles from Maine West and Maine East.
  • Hang out, play board games, craft, meet with a club or read in The Commons, DPPL’s teens-only dedicated space.
  • Sign up for Teen Book Boxes to receive one box per month containing a librarian-picked book to check out. Plus some bookish goodies to keep.
  • Play a GIANT board game on the 2nd floor.
  • The Shelf: Tu tarjeta de la Biblioteca Pública de Des Plaines es ahora la puerta de acceso a todo un mundo de contenidos Premium en español.
  • Stop by the Youth Services desk to do a Quick Craft.
  • Check out video games for PS4, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch and play them in The Commons. Or, check out and bring a Nintendo Switch home.
  • Save the date for Bee One With Nature, DPPL’s summer reading program for adults, teens, and kids, starting June 1st.
  • Take a nature walk on the Des Plaines River Trail while listening to a Playaway or eAudiobook.
  • Comic Book Day 2024 is Saturday, May 4th. Stop by the 3rd floor for two free comic books and other goodies.
  • Learn to draw the human body with a clothed model at the Life Drawing session, Saturday, May 25th.



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