Complete Your FAFSA this Saturday

Get help filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Central Library (1000 Grand Ave)
  • Saturday, February 25th
  • 10:00-3:00

Local financial aid volunteers will help families with the FAFSA, the government-required form for many types of financial aid for college. This event is part of the national College Goal Sunday program held in 39 states and the District of Columbia, Iowa College Goal Sunday’s main focus is helping low-income and first-generation students attain the financial resources necessary to make college possible.

For more information, call ICAN at (877) 272-4692 or e-mail

ACT Test reminder!

DMPS Juniors–Don’t forget to prepare for the ACTs, scheduled for April 27th at a school near you!  The library can help you get ready for the test with help from our online test center or with ACT practice books!

Click here to reserve your spot at one of our ACT resource programs hosted at the Central and Forest Libraries! (Programs are titled ACT Prep: Using Library Resources)

Click here to browse ACT practice books in our online catalogue!

Get Help Filing the FAFSA

This Saturday, Iowa students and families will receive free assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the federally required form for students who want financial aid for college.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 19

WHERE: Central Library (computer lab)

TIME: 10 AM to 3 PM

About ICAN

The Iowa College Access Network is a nonprofit, educational organization. ICAN is the College Access Network for Iowa, and a member of the National College Access Network (NCAN). ICAN has three locations in Cedar Rapids, Sioux City and West Des Moines, which provide information and support to students and their families as they plan their postsecondary education and apply for financial aid. All ICAN programs and services are provided without charge. For more information call (877) 272-4692 or visit

You’ve got to be a Pain to earn these prizes!

There’s still time for students in grades 6-12 to earn prizes like an “I’m a Pain (in a good way)” t-shirt, a flashdrive bracelet, a lunch cooler, or a backpack at the Forest Avenue Library!  The next KnowHow2Go program will be November 30th @ 4:00.  Students will learn how to use to take advantage of their interests now and in the future.  At the end of the program, teens have the opportunity to take home an “action sheet” that they can return to the Forest Avenue library for the prizes seen in this photo!