The benefits of story time for babies, toddlers and preschoolers are abundant. We’re lucky that here in Des Moines there are story times each and every day of the week at local libraries, bookstores and museums. And, the great thing about story time is that it’s FREE! Here is our ultimate list of local story times to check out in Des Moines. Be sure to let us know about your favorite!
Please verify information before heading to a story time, since information may change.
2018 Winter Story Times in Des Moines:
The Altoona Public Library offers multiple story times each week.
Babies and Books: Mondays at 9:30 am and Thursdays at 11:00 am
Toddler Time: Mondays at 10:30 am and Thursdays at 10:00 am
Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:00 and 10:30 am
During the month of January, the Ankeny Public Library is offering several story time options.
Toddler Story Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am
Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am
Babies and Books: Fridays at 9:30 am
Clive Public library offer several drop-in story times, as well as, story times that require advanced registration.
Baby Bear Laptime: Wednesdays (January 15 – February 24, 2018) at 11:00 am
Teddy Toddler Storytime: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (January 15 – February 24, 2018) at 9:30 and 10:00 am
Big Bear Storytime: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (January 15 – February 24, 2018) at 10:30 am
Story times and reading adventures abound at Des Moines’ six branch libraries.
Family Storytime: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm
Mother Goose on the Loose: Wednesdays at 9:30 am
Baby Rhyme Time: Wednesdays at 10:15 am
Preschool Storytime: Thursdays at 10:15 am
Toddler Storytime: Fridays at 10:15 am
East Side Library
Mother Goose on the Loose: Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Preschool Storytime: Thursdays at 10:30 am
Forest Avenue Library
Baby Rhyme Time: Mondays at 10:15 am
Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:15 am
Preschool Storytime: Mondays at 10:15 am
Baby Rhyme Time: Tuesdays at 10:15 am
Family Storytime: Tuesdays at 6:15 pm
Toddler Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:15 am
Family Storytime: Fridays at 10:30 am
Family Storytime: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
Toddler Storytime: Thursdays at 10:30 am
Family Storytime: Mondays at 6:30 pm
Toddler Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Preschool Storytime: Thursdays at 10:00 am
Storytimes are offered Tuesday through Friday for little ones ages 0 to 5 at the Grimes Public Library.
Toddler Time: Tuesdays at 9:30 and 10:00 am
Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:00 am
Storytime: Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Fridays at 10:00 am
Baby Lapsit: Fridays at 11:00 am
Toddlers and Preschoolers can enjoy story time at the Indianola Public Library.
Toddlers Wiggle: Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Preschoolers Jump: Thursdays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
The Johnston Public Library offers story times for kids starting as young as newborns.
Storytime: Mondays at 9:30 and 10:00 am
Wee Read: Wednesdays at 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30 am
Babies & Books: Thursdays at 11:00 am
The Pleasant Hill public library offers story times to toddlers and preschoolers.
Toddler Time: Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am
The Urbandale Public Library has plenty of regularly scheduled story time options.
Book Babies: Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:00 am and 1st & 3rd Saturdays at 9:30 am
Toddler Time: Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Family Story Time: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:15 am; 1st & 3rd Saturdays at 10:30 am
The Waukee Public Library has a number of story times scheduled for young kids.
Books and Babies: Mondays at 10:00 am and Tuesdays at 11:00 am
Toddler Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am and Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11:00 am
Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am; Tuesdays at 2:00 pm and Wednesdays at 11:00 am
West Des Moines Public Library
In addition to the story times listed below, the West Des Moines Library has several story times that you can register for. Visit their website for times and to sign-up.
Nighty-Night Storytime: Mondays at 6:45 pm
Drop-In Family Storytime: Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 am
Drop-In Oliver’s Puppy Tales: Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 am
Local Book Stores
Plan to visit Beaverdale Books every Thursday at 11:00 am for Storybook Time.
With two locations in West Des Moines it shouldn’t be too hard to find a story time this fall at a Barnes & Noble. Activities and crafts follow the events.
The Shoppes at Three Fountains
Storytime: Saturdays at 11:00 am
Storytime: Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 am and Saturdays at 11:00 am
All ages are welcome at Plot Twist Bookstore’s Wednesday Storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Attractions, Museums & Other Spots
ARL’s story time Tales with Tails occurs on the first Tuesday of every month from 11:00 – 11:30 am. Visit their website to RSVP.
Gaze into a painting and listen to child-friendly stories at 11:00 am on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Des Moines Art Center’s story time Books and Blankets.
Join the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on Fridays (February 2 thru April 27, 2018) for Story Sprouts at 10:30 to 11:00 am.
Join Goldie’s Kids Club and enjoy The Hatchling Storytime program on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:30 to 10:15 am.
Reiman Gardens hosts Caterpillar Club weekly on Thursdays at 10:00 to 11:00 am.
Do you have a favorite story time that we missed? Let us know about it in the comments below.
Take a look at our calendar to find a story time happening each day of the week!