West Des Moines Library – Free Kids Programs

West Des Moines Library – Free Kids Programs


The West Des Moines Library is one of my kids favorite places to visit.  Not only do they have a great selection of children’s books, DVDs and music CDs to choose from they also have some great free programs for young children.  Here’s what they have to offer coming up in December:

Oliver’s Tales

Join Betsy and Oliver the sheep dog in our Story Room for loads of stories, flannelboards, movement rhymes, and music! Each week we will focus on a specific early literacy skill and provide tips and tricks for parents and caregivers to try at home. Our 9:30 “drop-in” program is open for kids of all ages and registration is required. The 10:30 and 1:30 programs are for ages 3-6 (including children not yet in preschool and any half-day kindergarteners!) and do require registration to help us prepare our crafts in those sessions. To sign up, call 515.222.3405, come in, or visit the ONLINE CALENDAR.

Wednesday, December 10th – 9:30am (Drop-In no registration required), 10:30am, 1:30pm

Wednesday, December 17th – 9:30am (Drop-In no registration required), 10:30am, 1:30pm

Family Storytime

Picture books, action rhymes, flannelboards, puppets, and songs for the whole family! This program meets in the large Community Room at the front of the library so there is plenty of room for strollers, parents, and siblings. Each week there will be plenty of movement, rhyming, stories, and FUN!  If you would like to register for Family Storytime, call 515.222.3405, come in, or visit the ONLINE CALENDAR.

December 11th – 10:30am

December 18th – 10:30am

Nighty-Night Storytime

Same format at the Family Storytime described above.

Monday, December 8th – 6:45pm

Monday, December 15th – 6:45pm

Mother Goose

Stories, rhymes, flannelboards, gentle tunes, and puppets for children 6 months old through 2 years with an adult. Each week we will incorporate rhymes and songs that emphasize and reinforce animal sounds, body part identification, counting, fine and gross motor skills, rhythm, and sensory stimulation.  Registration is required, call 515-222-3405 or REGISTER HERE.

Monday, December 8th – 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am

Monday, December 15th – 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am

Lapsit Lambs

Rhymes, songs, puppets and a short story for children 1 month through 18 months old with an adult. Each week Amy will introduce early literacy skills through rhymes, songs and play ideas that are easy to incorporate in baby’s everyday activities. We will be focusing on sensory stimulation, animal sounds, fine and gross motor skills and of course FUN! Registration is required, call 515-222-3405 or REGISTER HERE.

Tuesday, December 9th – 9:30am, 10:30am

Tuesday, December 16th – 9:30am, 10:30am

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.

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