Book Nook: A Week’s Worth of Storytimes in Des Moines

Book Nook: A Week’s Worth of Storytimes in Des Moines

Find a list of winter 2019 storytimes here.

While it’s fun and easy to read to the kiddos at home, sometimes you just need to get out of the house. We mapped out a week’s worth of story times in the Des Moines area – all of which are FREE. Read on to get the inside story on where they are telling tales every day of the week in Des Moines. 

Monday

Mother Goose

West Des Moines Public Library • 4000 Mills Civic Parkway • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 222-3400
Time: 9:30 to 9:55 am
Ages: 6 months – 2 year olds
Activities: Stories, rhymes, flannelboards, gentle tunes and puppets.

Toddler Time

Urbandale Public Library •  3520 86th Street •  Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 278-3945
Time: 10:00 to 10:20 am
Ages: 2 year olds
Activities: Stories, music and movement.

Preschool Story Time

Franklin Avenue Library • 5000 Franklin Avenue •  Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 283-4152
Time: 10:15 to 10:45 am
Age: 3-5 year olds
Activities: Stories, rhymes, songs, and a craft.

Storytime

Johnston Public Library • 6700 Merle Hay Road • Johnston, IA 50131 • (515) 278-5233
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Ages:  3 – 6 year olds
Activities:  Stories and early literacy activities.

Tuesday

Toddler Time

Grimes Public Library • 200 N James Street • Grimes, IA 50111 • (515) 986-3551
Time: 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Age: 18 months to 3 year olds
Activities: Sing songs, listen to stories, and make a simple craft.

Preschool Story Time

Kirkendall Public Library • 1210 NW Prairie Ridge Drive •  Ankeny, IA 50021 • (515) 965-6460
Time: 10:00 am
Age: 3-5 year olds
Activities: Books, rhymes, counting activities, and songs.

Weekly Story Time

Pottery Barn Kids • 101 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 11100 • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 222-9754
Time: 11:00 to 11:30 am
Age: All ages
Activities: Stories and occasional crafts.

Preschool Story Time

Waukee Public Library • 950 Warrior Lane •  Waukee, IA 50263 • (515) 987-1280
Time: 2:00 to 2:45 pm
Age: Preschoolers
Activities: Stories, songs and rhymes, followed by a simple craft.

Family Storytime

Central Library • 2559 Hubbell Avenue •  Des Moines, IA 50317 • (515) 283-4152
Time: 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Age: All ages
Activities: Stories, songs and occasional crafts.

Wednesday

Storytime

Barnes & Noble • 101 Jordan Creek Pkwy #12170 • West Des Moines, IA 50266 •  (515) 453-2980
Time: 10:00 am
Age: Preschoolers
Activities: Storytimes and crafts.

Toddler Time

Pleasant Hill Public Library •  5151 Maple Drive #2 •  Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 • (515) 266-7815
Time: 10:00 to 10:30 am
Age: Under the age of 3
Activities: Stories, movement and singing.

Toddler Story Time

Southside Library • 1111 SW Porter Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50315 • (515) 283-4152
Time: 10:00 to 10:30 am
Age: Toddlers
Activities: Stories, rhymes, finger plays, and songs.

Storytime

Forest Avenue Library • 1326 Forest Avenue •  Des Moines, IA 50314 • (515) 283-4152
Time: 10:15 to 10:50 am
Age: Toddlers and Preschoolers
Activities: Stories, rhymes, songs and movement.

Thursday

Family Storytime

Altoona Public Library • 700 8th St SW •  Altoona, IA 50009 • (515) 967-3881
Time: 10:00 to 11:00am
Age: All ages
Activities: Stories, music, and movement activities.

Preschool Storytime

East Side Library • 2559 Hubbell Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50317 • (515) 283-4152
Time: 10:30 to 11:00 am
Age: 3-6 year olds
Activities: Stories, songs, fingerplays and movement.

Story Explorers

Indianola Public Library • 207 N B Street • Indianola, IA 50125 • (515) 961-9418
Time: 10:30 to 11:00 am
Age: 3-5 year olds
Activities: Books, songs, finger plays and simple crafts.

Toddler Story Time

North Side Library •  3516 5th Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50313 • (515) 283-4152
Time: 10:30 to 11:15 am
Age: 18 months to 3 year olds
Activities: Stories, rhymes, and songs.

Story Time

Beaverdale Books • 2629 Beaver Avenue #1 •  Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 279-5400
Time: 11:00 am
Age: Toddlers and Preschoolers
Activities: Stories, singing, sharing and occasional surprises.

Friday

Book Babies

Urbandale Public Library • 3520 86th Street •  Urbandale, IA 50322 •  (515) 278-3945
Time: 9:30 to 9:50 am
Age: 12-24 months
Activities: Simple stories, activities and songs.

Oliver’s Puppy Tales

West Des Moines Public Library • 4000 Mills Civic Parkway • West Des Moines, IA 50265 •  (515) 222-3400
Time: 10:30 to 11:10 am
Ages: Toddlers and Preschoolers
Activities:  Stories, songs, rhymes, gross and fine motor play.

Big Bear Storytime

Clive Public Library •  1900 NW 114th Street • Clive, IA 50325 • (515) 453-2221
Time: 11:00 am
Age: 3 year olds and up
Activities: Picture books, felt stories, plays, music and movement.

Saturday

DIY Storytime

Waukee Public Library •  950 Warrior Lane • Waukee, IA 50263 • (515) 987-1280
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Age: All ages
Activities: Special stories and activities selected by youth services staff.

Storytime

Barnes & Noble •  4550 University Avenue •  West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 221-9171
Time: 11:00 am
Age: All ages.
Activities: Stories and simple crafts.

 

 

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