Book Nook: 5 Story Times to Check out This Fall in Des Moines

Book Nook: 5 Story Times to Check out This Fall in Des Moines

Find a list of winter 2019 storytimes here.

Gather up the kiddos and let the reading begin! Story time can add a fun plot twist to your usual eat-sleep-play routine. And, with the cooler autumn months ahead of us, it’s always good to have some great indoor options for cold or rainy days. Here are five spots where you can head for your book fix this fall in Des Moines!

Altoona Public Library

700 8th Street SW • Altoona, IA 50009 •  (515) 967-3881

This STEAM storytime, Story Explorers, presents story topics and then lets preschoolers dive into hands-on activities, to further explore the concepts. Parents play an active role in this storytime, and things often get a little messy! Story Explorers is offered weekly on Wednesday mornings, through the end of October, at 10:00 am.

Forest Avenue Library

1326 Forest Avenue Des Moines, IA 50314 (515) 283-4152

The Des Moines Public Library recentlylaunched a bilingual storytime program for families. This story hour features stories, rhymes, and songs in both English and Spanish, as well as crafts. Activities also embrace Latino cultural diversity. Bilingual storytimes are currently offered at the Forest Avenue library Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Saturdays at 10:15 am.

Plot Twist Bookstore

502 N Ankeny Boulevard, Unit 6 • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 964-8410

Ankeny’s newest literary gem gives moms and dads the chance to browse while the kiddos hear books come alive. Stop by Plot Twist Bookstore on Wednesday mornings for their FREE weekly Story Time.  They start reading at 10:30 am and all ages are welcome to attend.

Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge

2500 Grand Avenjue • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 222-3444

West Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to enjoy story hour with a staff naturalist.  Bring a lunch and share nature, books stories and games at the Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge.  FREE story times are scheduled for Thursdays, October 6-27, 2016 at 12:00 noon.

Your House

If it’s just one of those days that you don’t want to leave the house, you don’t have to!  You can visit one of these fun sites and enjoy story time on-line at home (or wherever you happen to be:).

TumbleBook Library
E-books for e-kids! Storybooks, puzzles, games, audio books and more.

Storyline Online
Members of the Screen Actors Guild read their favorite picture books. (This site is slow on some computers.)

Animated short stories for preschool and elementary age kids! Activities and booklists related to the stories are also offered.


Where do you go for story time? Let us know in the Comments below!

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