Book Nook: Saturday Story Times 4 Working Families in Central Iowa

Book Nook: Saturday Story Times 4 Working Families in Central Iowa

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If you are a parent that works away from home, finding a story time to fit your schedule can be difficult.  Yes, when you look at calendars, such as on dsm4kids, there are a number of story times offered during the week. However, most of the Des Moines area libraries, unfortunately, DO NOT offer a regularly scheduled story time on Saturdays.  So working parents need to look elsewhere. 

It’s unfortunate that there are not more Saturday story times offered at local libraries.  As story time can be very beneficial for young children as well as their parents.  Story time can assist with language development, promotes increased attention span in children and helps young kids develop a love of reading.  Story time also teaches parents how important it is to talk, sing, and read to children.  Here are five places that offer Saturday story times in Central Iowa.

Adel Public Library

303 S 10th Street • Adel, IA 50003 • (515) 993-3512 •

Saturday Stories: Held monthly, this is a drop-in story time for kids ages two and up. Enjoy books, lively songs and interactive stories that are fun for the whole family. Next Saturday Stories is March 12th, 2016 at 10:30 am.

Ames Public Library

515 Douglas Avenue • Ames, IA 50010 • (515) 239-5646 •

Saturday Family Fun: Head to the Ames Public Library for story time, puppets, dancing, movement and songs for toddlers, preschoolers and early grade schoolers. Weekly on Saturdays at 10:30 am.

Barnes & Noble

Both Barnes & Noble stores in West Des Moines offer a weekly Saturday morning story time in their Children’s Department.  With a fun and exciting new book every week along with crafts and activities you won’t want to miss it.

Saturdays at 11:00 am: Barnes & Noble The Shoppes at Three Fountains; 4550 University Avenue; West Des Moines, IA 50266

Saturdays at 11:00 am Barnes & Noble Jordan Creek Town Center; 101 Jordan Creek Parkway Unit 12170; West Des Moines, IA 50266

Divine Treasures Catholic Book and Gift Source

5701 Hickman Road • Des Moines, Iowa 50310 • (515) 255-5230 •

Story Hour: This book store promotes Catholic books, beautiful bibles, rosaries and other sacramental. They also offer gift items for First Communion, Baptism and more. Their Story Hour is the first Saturday of every month at 11:00 am. All are welcome.


101 Jordan Creek Parkway, Space 11090 • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 226-0006 •

Crew Cuts Cover To Cover: Join this stylish retailer on the first Saturday of every month at 3:30 pm for a special storybook reading featuring some of their favorite books— and milk and cookies too! The next story time is March 5th, 2016.



Do you have a favorite Saturday story time we missed? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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