Calendar

Jan
27
Mon
¡Los Cuentos! Bilingual Story Time @ Clive Public Library
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am

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

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.

Toddler Time @ Altoona Public Library
Jan 27 @ 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
Jan 27 @ 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
Jan 27 @ 10:15 am

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

Baby Bear Lap Time @ Clive Public Library
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am

Ages newborn – early walkers (with an adult)

This is a bonding time for you and your infant that models beginning literacy skills with the use of board books, puppets, finger plays, nursery rhymes, singing, and tips to take home. An open play and social time follows. Feel free to come even if baby believes it’s naptime.

Drop-in program. No registration  required.

Jan
28
Tue
Public Tour @ The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
Jan 28 @ 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
Jan 28 @ 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.

Toddler Time @ Grimes Public Library
Jan 28 @ 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
Jan 28 @ 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 Time @ Grimes Public Library
Jan 28 @ 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
Jan 28 @ 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
Jan 28 @ 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
Jan 28 @ 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.

Two for One Tuesdays @ Brenton Skating Plaza
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm
2 admissions for the price of 1 every Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Skate Rental  |   $5.00
  • Skate Sharpening  |  $5.00
  • Shoe Check  |  $1.00
Fish Feedings @ Bass Pro Shops
Jan 28 @ 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!

Creative Readers @ Franklin Avenue Library
Jan 28 @ 4:00 pm

ages 3 & up
Read a story, explore, and create with art and STEM activities!

Bilingual Storytime/Cuentos en Español e Inglés Para Toda la Familia @ East Side Library
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm

Bilingual Storytime / Cuentos y Canciones | entire family/toda la familia
Enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs in English and Spanish!
Disfruten cuentos, rimas, y canciones en inglés y español!

Evening Family Storytime @ Franklin Avenue Library
Jan 28 @ 6:15 pm

newborn – 18 months

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

Evening Family Storytime @ Central Library
Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm

newborn – 18 months

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

Jan
29
Wed
Mother Goose on the Loose @ Central Library
Jan 29 @ 9:30 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.