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. Thursday mornings are “Storybook Time at Beaverdale Books”. An employee reads favorite selections from our children’s department along with time for singing, sharing and occasional surprises.

Plot Twist Bookstore Located in Ankeny, local book store offers story time at various times. Take a look at their event calendar here.

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.



Thomas Brogan

Thomas Brogan, a native of Des Moines, was the original founder of Des Moines Parent and is a father to an 8 & 10-year-old. In his free time, he likes to explore nature, try new local restaurants and enjoy life as best as he can. Check out more of Thomas at www.broganlist.com.

2 thoughts on “Free Storytime Events Around Central Iowa

  1. The Norwalk Easter Public Library has free story times as well. Tuesday’s at 10:30 called story time and Thursday’s at 10:30 called Rhyme Time. Both are followed with play time. We love them!

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