Free Storytime Events Around Central Iowa

Free Storytimes

Storytimes are great for many reasons.  They are inside, which is warm, they are free and they inspire a children’s imagination.  Here are some places to find storytime events around Central Iowa.

Make sure to look at our event calendar to keep track when there is a story time in Central Iowa.

Local Stores

Barnes and Noble Both West Des Moines locations have free storytime and events.  Click here for schedules. Check out when we visited at Christmas time!

Beaverdale Books Every Thursday at 11:00 a.m., we have something special for the youngest customers of Beaverdale Books. Thursday mornings are “Storybook Time at Beaverdale Books”. Bookseller Shirley Shiffler reads favorite selections from our children’s department along with time for singing, sharing and occasional surprises. (Driving Directions)

Pottery Barn Kids offers free story time weekly! Every Tuesday at the Jordan Creek Towncenter.

Whole Foods Market offers a free story time about once in a month in their kids area! Take a look at their event calendar for dates and times!

Local Libraries

Adel Public Library – Family Storytime, Fun movies, LEGO fun and more! Check it all out here!

Altoona Public Library – Family Storytime, Baby Bounce, Pipsqueak Playdate and much more! Check out the calendar!

Ames Public Library – Baby Time, Toddler Time, Family Storytime and more! Check out here for all dates and times!

Clive Public Library – Lots of fun, age appropriate story times. Most you need to pre-register. Check out here for dates, times and how to register!

Des Moines Public Libraries – Various Toddler Storytimes and Baby Rhyme Times at different branches. For a list and schedule click here.

Grimes Public Library – Baby Lapsit, Family story time’s, Evening story times and other fun events! Check here for the schedule!

Indianola Public Library – Story Explorers, Toddler Time and more! Check here for times and dates!

Johnston Public Library – Babies & Books, Music Together and more! Most classes you may need to pre-register. Check here for dates, times and to register.

Kirkendall Public Library (Ankeny) – Tot Time, Storytime and more.  Click here for schedule.

Urbandale Library Various storytimes.  Click here for schedule. Our favorite library to visit! Make sure you also check out Science Sleuths on the second Friday of the month! A free science & reading class!

Waukee Public Library – Toddler Time, Storytime and more. Click here for schedule.

West Des Moines Public Library Family Storytime, Oliver’s Tales, Mother Goose time and more.  Click here for schedule.



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