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.

Forest Avenue Calming Room @ Forest Avenue Library
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am

Do you need a calm place to play? Then come to the Forest Avenue Calming Room for a sensory interactive experience! This is an unsupervised, drop-in program for youth. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

Toddler Time @ Altoona Public Library
Oct 21 @ 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

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.

Halloween Hike @ Annett Nature Center
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm

Join the Friends of Warren County Conservation for a non-scary Rule Breakers’ Halloween Hike! This year’s theme is all about species that break the rules! Science teaches certain rules to determine what makes something a plant and if an animal is a reptile, bird, mammal, fish, or amphibian. Trek down the jack o’ lantern lit trail and meet some interesting species, including the platypus, bat, ostrich, venus flytrap, and the slender glass lizard. Afterwards, you can enjoy a craft and a snack in the nature center.

The event is $2 for children and $3 for adults, children 3 and under are free.

Hikes leave the nature center at 6:30, 6:40, 6:50, 7:00, 7:10, 7:20, and 7:30.

**Please arrive at the Annett Nature Center 5-10 minutes early to get checked in before your departure time. The hikes leave the nature center at the scheduled times. In order to maintain the schedule throughout the entire night, we will not hold hikes. If you arrive late for your scheduled  time, we will do our best to get you into the next opening in the hikes, however that may be at the end of the night. We do have a cap per hike time to avoid overcrowding, and to make sure everyone can hear at each stop on the trail.**

**Registration is required. Contact 515-961-6169 to register**

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.

Teddy Toddler Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Oct 22 @ 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.

Begins September 3 and runs for ten weeks.

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 Time @ Grimes Public Library
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am

Sing songs, listen to stories, and make a simple craft with friends at the library! Recommended for ages 18 months to 3 years old, with a caregiver. No registration required.

Toddler Time repeated at 9:30 AND 10am.

Teddy Toddler Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Oct 22 @ 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.

Begins September and runs for ten weeks.

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 Time @ Grimes Public Library
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am

Sing songs, listen to stories, and make a simple craft with friends at the library! Recommended for ages 18 months to 3 years old, with a caregiver. No registration required.

Storytime repeated at 9:30 AND 10 am.

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.

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.

Fish Feedings @ Bass Pro Shops
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm

Join us every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 3 p.m. as we feed the fish in our Main Aquarium!

Do you have a youngster who would like to help us feed the fish?  Call the store at 515-957-5500 to make reserve a spot for one of our fish feedings days!

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.

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.