Calendar

Apr
1
Wed
Preschool Storytime @ Grimes Public Library
Apr 1 @ 9:30 am

Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years are invited to join us as we share stories, rhymes, songs, games and crafts. No registration required.

 

 

First Wednesday @ Des Moines Children's Museum
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am

The first Wednesday of every month, Bruce Day provides some fun sing-a-long songs. Always a little extra fun at The Des Moines Children’s Museum!

 

Preschool Storytime @ Grimes Public Library
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am

Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years are invited to join us as we share stories, rhymes, songs, games and crafts. No registration required.

 

Story & Craft Wednesdays & Fridays @ Artfull
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am

A wonderful activity for children who aren’t old enough to be in school yet. Join us for story time with a coordinating craft project. Each week will feature a different children’s story and craft project.

February 12/14: Stories will be My Heart Is Like A Zoo and The Day It Rained Hearts. We’ll make animals out of hearts.

February 19/21: Stories will be Red Sled and 10 On The Sled. We’ll make sled craft.

February 26/28: Leap’s Day + Leap Back Home and for our craft we’ll make paper jumping frogs.

March 4/6: Hail to Spring + The Tomten and we’ll do Paper tree paper and finger paint craft.

March 11/13: Time for Spring + Walk with a Wolf and we’ll do a wolf mask paper craft.

March 25/27: Raindrops Fall Around + In the Small Small Pond and we’ll make an umbrella paper craft.

April 1/3: April Fool Phyllis + Planting a Rainbow and we’ll plant seeds in ceramic planters.

Storytime @ Altoona Public Library
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am

Children of all ages can come to storytime to hear stories, sing songs, and learn early literacy skills. Each week will have a new theme and kids will make a craft to take home or participate in a hands-on activity after the storytime is over.

Storytime Together @ Johnston Public Library
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am

Interact with your child as we use books, songs, music, finger plays, and flannel boards to build early literacy skills. Designed for children from 18 months through preschool and their caregivers.

Preschool Storytime @ Pleasant Hill Public Library
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am

Come for stories, songs, and a simple craft!

Storytime @ Altoona Public Library
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am

Children of all ages can come to storytime to hear stories, sing songs, and learn early literacy skills. Each week will have a new theme and kids will make a craft to take home or participate in a hands-on activity after the storytime is over.

Wednesdays After Class @ Science Center of Iowa
Apr 1 @ 1:00 pm

Every Wednesday during the school year, head to SCI from 1:00-5:00 pm to test your problem-solving skills with engineering challenges and unleash your creativity with extended making activities during Studio Time. And don’t forget to catch a live science program or planetarium show!

Students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Interactive Family Movie: Trolls @ Altoona Public Library
Apr 1 @ 3:00 pm

We will be watching the Trolls movie and making awesome crafts! Free fun for the whole family.

Children, teens, and their guardians are welcome to attend. Ages 7 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

No registration is necessary.

The Cake @ Stoner Theater - Civic Center
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm

Why Would She Say No?

A young woman returns to her North Carolina hometown to ask her deceased mother’s best friend to bake her wedding cake. But she’s marrying a woman, and the friend, very religious, refuses. And then things, including a baking reality TV show and dormant marriage, get very, very interesting.

Facts About The Play

  • From a writer of the hit TV show This Is Us

  • Inspired by the events that led to the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case

Apr
2
Thu
Bouncing Babies @ Johnston Public Library
Apr 2 @ 9:15 am

Bouncing Babies story hour includes rhymes, songs, bounces and books just right for your little one! Build your baby’s foundation for lifelong reading and learning with this engaging story time. Designed for children from birth-18 months and their caregivers.

Teddy Toddler Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Apr 2 @ 9:30 am

Toddlers age 3 and younger (with an adult, siblings welcome)

Tuesdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Thursdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Fridays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy this 20-minute program with your toddling teddy bear. This is bonding time for you and your child. Early literacy skills are modeled with the use of picture books, puppets, felt stories, finger plays, music, dancing, and bubble fun.

Drop-in program. No registration required.

Teddy Toddler Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am

Toddlers age 3 and younger (with an adult, siblings welcome)

Tuesdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Thursdays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.
Fridays 9:30, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy this 20-minute program with your toddling teddy bear. This is bonding time for you and your child. Early literacy skills are modeled with the use of picture books, puppets, felt stories, finger plays, music, dancing, and bubble fun.

Drop-in program. No registration required.

Toddler Tales @ Jester Park Nature Center
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am

Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft. Recommended for ages 3-6. FREE. No registration required.

Toddler Time @ Altoona Public Library
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am

Get ready to read, dance, and play at the Altoona Public Libary! We will have a half hour of books, rhymes, and music, followed by a free play time where toddlers can play with each other.

Ages 18 months – 3 years

Big Bear Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Apr 2 @ 10:30 am

Preschoolers age 3 and older (adults and siblings welcome to join)

Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.
Thursdays 10:30 a.m.
Fridays 10:30 a.m.

Preschoolers are invited to this 30-minute program of book-related fun. Program highlights include picture books, puppets, felt stories, finger plays, music, dancing, and bubbles galore.

Drop-in program.

Preschool Storytime @ Pleasant Hill Public Library
Apr 2 @ 10:30 am

Come for stories, songs, and a simple craft!

Thursday Night Fun @ Clive Public Library
Apr 2 @ 6:15 pm

Families with children of various ages will delight in making memories during\ our Thursday night programs! As a reminder, these programs are free and pre-registration is necessary as indicated below. For programs that require registration, please register each person attending to ensure that we have plenty of supplies available. Go online, call, or stop in the library to register.

Description Dates/Times/Notes

Read ’n Romp: Are you getting tired of winter? Need something new to do that keeps you inside and warm? Come to the library for a safe and cozy place to let your kids get the winter wiggles out and read together. This program features a variety of indoor movement activities and a book nook in our community room in lieu of our regular story times. Adults need to accompany their children at all times. Older siblings 6 and older are welcome to do an art project in the teen room. February 6, February 13* 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. *More Read ‘n Romp dates (see page 9). Library Community Room No registration required.

African Culture Night: Bring the whole family for an exciting night that celebrates culture and traditions of the African Continent. Story time and music followed by exploration stations that involve all the senses such as a taste testing, an art project, language, and more! February 20 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration for each attendee required.

Bear Track Tales: Follow Dewey Bear’s tracks through an interactive, indoor story walk. Each child will receive a story time mini prize to take home. Limit one per child. February 27* 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. *Also offered during morning Story Time hours (see page 9) Story Time Room No registration required.

Art Night Out: March is National Art Month! Enjoy a creative evening making art as a family. Program begins with a short story time featuring a famous artist and an art project follows. March 5 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each child. STEM

Bedtime Stories: End the day as a family with books and bedtime fun all related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Pajamas, slippers, and favorite bedtime friends and blankets are welcome. Program highlights include picture books, puppets, felt stories, music, dancing, bubbles, and a STEM activity. March 12 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each child.

Science Show: Join Iowa’s Grout Museum to explore the magic of bubbles! Why are bubbles always round? What is needed to create a giant bubble? Discover the answer to these questions and more as we experiment and have a blast with bubbles. March 19 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each attendee.

Family Sing Along: Explore music together in a relaxed and playful setting. This is a 45 minute educationally-based program taught by local instructor and guitarist, Denise Forney. This class includes exploration of our natural singing voices, early music concepts, a variety of movement, and early music concepts with instruments. March 26 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each attendee.

The Wonders of Water: Celebrate life on planet Earth! Library Staff is teaming up with the Polk County Conservation to bring a program in which you become a water molecule and travel through the water cycle. Enjoy this hands-on experience with various activities and an eco-prize at the end geared towards families with children ages 5 and older. Siblings of all ages are welcome. April 2 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each child.

Stretches and Stories: Bring the whole family for a 30-minute Yoga story time led by a local Yoga instructor. Enjoy some of your favorite children’s books while stretching into fun and silly poses. Literacy exposure, physical exercise, and giggles will end the day off great! Please bring a mat or a towel for each participating member of your family and feel free to come in your cozy pajamas. April 9 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each attendee.

Stories, Seeds, and Songs: Ready, set, grow! Jump-start the summer sun by participating in stories, music, dance, and a planting activity all related to the joys of spring planting, summer gardening, and fall harvesting. April 16 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Library Community Room Registration required for each child.

Make ‘n Take Mother’s Day Crafts: We will provide the supplies and some ideas to get you inspired. Make and take something truly from the heart for the mothers in your life! While supplies last. April 23 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Library Community Room No registration required.

 

Storytime @ Grimes Public Library
Apr 2 @ 6:30 pm

Bring your family and join us to listen to stories, sing songs, and make a craft. For all ages. No registration required.