Calendar

Oct
21
Mon
¡Los Cuentos! Bilingual Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am

Ages 5 and younger (with an adult, siblings welcome)

Begins September 9 and runs for nine weeks.

Early exposure to multiple languages is beneficial to developing brains and early literacy. Native and non-native Spanish speaking children will enjoy this 30-minute story time which uses both English and Spanish to present books, rhymes and songs along with puppets, finger plays, and bubble fun.

Drop in program. No registration required.

Books & Babies @ Waukee Public Library
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am

For infants (0-17 mo.) and caregivers. 15 minutes of songs, rhymes and books, followed by playtime to build early literacy skills. Class size is limited for the safety of the babies. Attendance will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Play, Grow, Learn! @ Forest Avenue Library
Oct 21 @ 10:15 am

newborn – 6 years

Play, Grow, Learn! is an opportunity for you to use the Imagination Station to explore early literacy tips and books, play with others, and develop early literacy skills using Forest Avenue Library’s space and toys. This is an unsupervised, drop-in playtime where parents and caregivers are encouraged to interact with their children. Many items will be available for free exploration and play.

Preschool Storytime @ Franklin Avenue Library
Oct 21 @ 10:15 am

Children ages three to five can come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and more, followed by a craft.

Drop-in Family Storytime @ West Des Moines Public Library
Oct 21 @ 6:45 pm
Build a lifetime love of books and reading. Join us as we share stories, songs, and interactive rhymes with an early literacy focus. For ages 0-6 w/adult. No registration.
Oct
22
Tue
Postpartum Play Group @ Clive Public Library
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am

Ages newborn to 3 and parent(s)

Every Tuesday in September and October, November 12 and 19 only

9:00 – 10:30 a.m

This is a parenting play group for little ones newborn to three years old, along with older siblings. Come gather to celebrate milestones and accomplishments, share concerns, ask questions, and support one another in a casual, fun, non-judgmental environment. Little ones are given a safe place to interact with each other, books, and discovery toys. Special guests to be announced. Led by local childbirth and postpartum educator, Amy Brooks-Murphy.

Drop-in program. No registration required.

Public Tour @ The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am

THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE HALL OF LAUREATES tells a story in every room – from the building’s rich history as the Des Moines public library, to the Foundation’s celebrated agricultural and humanitarian pioneers there is something for every visitor.

Built in 1903, this century-old building has been restored into a museum that celebrates those who have dedicated their lives to fighting hunger around the world. The Hall of Laureates is a beautiful space of learning and collaboration, and we welcome you to visit.

The Hall is open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Admission is free of charge, and visitors have the opportunity to take a guided tour or explore the building on their own. Private and group tours are also available.

Tuesdays:
Guided tours at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early

Saturdays:
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
There are no guided tours on Saturdays. Docents are stationed in the building to provide information and education.

The Hall of Laureates is closed during all federal holiday weekends, including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving week and Christmas. The Hall of Laureates is also closed during World Food Prize Week.

Preschool Storytime @ Waukee Public Library
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am

Enjoy 25 minutes of stories, songs and rhymes, followed by a simple craft. For children who can sit for longer stories to develop school readiness. Recommended for ages 3-5 years. Class size is limited for the safety of the children. Attendance will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Toddler Time @ Waukee Public Library
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am

Enjoy 20 minutes of short stories, songs and lots of movement, followed by playtime to build early literacy skills. Recommended for 18 mo.-3 year olds. Class size is limited for the safety of the children. Attendance will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Baby Rhyme Time @ Franklin Avenue Library
Oct 22 @ 10:15 am

newborn – 18 months

Social storytimes for babies and their caregivers featuring rhymes, songs, bounces, and a story.

Mother Goose on the Loose @ North Side Library
Oct 22 @ 10:30 am

“Mother Goose on the Loose”, is a 30-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to three-year-olds. The class helps to strengthen babies’ and toddler’s foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement. No registration is required.

Mother Goose on the Loose @ East Side Library
Oct 22 @ 10:30 am

“Mother Goose on the Loose”, is a 30-minute nursery rhyme program for newborns to three-year-olds. The class helps to strengthen babies’ and toddler’s foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement.

Toddlers Wiggle @ Indianola Public Library
Oct 22 @ 10:30 am

Stories, rhymes, and music — and plenty of wiggle time! Join us for 30 minutes of fun for toddlers and their caregivers. Ages 18-36 months, with an adult.

Books & Babies @ Waukee Public Library
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am

For infants (0-17 mo.) and caregivers. 15 minutes of songs, rhymes and books, followed by playtime to build early literacy skills. Class size is limited for the safety of the babies. Attendance will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Toddler Time @ Waukee Public Library
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am

Enjoy 20 minutes of short stories, songs and lots of movement, followed by playtime to build early literacy skills. Recommended for 18 mo.-3 year olds. Class size is limited for the safety of the children. Attendance will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Story Hour in the Park @ Raccoon River Nature Park Lodge
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm

Join West Des Moines Park and Recreation for an hour of story power! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as our Naturalist shares nature books, stories and games.

Preschool Storytime @ Waukee Public Library
Oct 22 @ 1:30 pm

Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs and rhymes, followed by a simple craft. For children who can sit for longer stories to develop school readiness. All storytime attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited for the safety of the children.

Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos en Español e Inglés Para Toda la Familia @ East Side Library
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm

Come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and crafts in English and Spanish. Venga y disfrute cuentos, rimas, canciones, y manualidades en inglés y español.

Nature Friends @ Multiple Parks
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm

Nature Class for children ages 3-5 with an adult

Children have great skills of observation. Come join in a fun evening of exploring “preschool” style.
This evening will be lead by the West Des Moines Naturalist. A nature themed story, craft and
snack are included in this hour of nature packed fun!

Participate in a Park Passport Program. Attend five different programs, each located at a different
park and receive a Nature Friend Explorer pack. Participants must record program name, location
and date with the speaker’s initials on their passport. Turn the passport in at the office at Jester
Park or Raccoon River Nature Lodge to receive your Nature Friend Explorer pack. One Nature
Friend Explorer pack per child please.

Mon Sep. 9 6:30pm – 7:30pm Possum Pockets RRP Coneflower Shelter A
Tues Sep. 17 6:30pm – 7:30pm Fossil Dig Jester Park Shelter #6
Mon Oct. 7 6pm – 7pm Terrific Trees American Legion Park Shelter
Tues Oct. 22 6pm – 7pm Owl Calling Jester Park Shelter #6

 

Meteor Shower Watch @ Jester Park Nature Center
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm
Come learn all about asteroids, meteors, and meteorites! Plan to spend your time gazing up at the night sky for the Orionids meteor shower, as well as the moon and any stars out this night.

All ages welcome.