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Storytimes for Children & Families

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We connect you to the world of ideas through a variety of programming
for infants to teens, families and adults.  All programs are free.

The regular programs listed below begin September 9.  They will NOT take place on the following:

  • Holidays in which the Library is closed

For information about special events for families, see the main "Kids' Events" webpage!

Babytalk / Toddler Time / Family Storytime / Other World Language Storytimes


For Children, 0-walkers, and an Adult
This program is designed for pre-walkers (newborns to around one year old) and their caregivers. 20 minutes of books, songs, bounces, action rhymes, and baby sign language will stimulate your baby while you learn how to incorporate early literacy skills in your day-to-day activities together. Older siblings are welcome and may want to bring a stuffed animal. Networking with other parents and baby playtime after the program is encouraged.

Starting September 10

Tuesdays: 1:30pm, Ames Public Library
Wednesdays: 11:05am, Ames Public Library
Thursdays: 6:00pm, Ames Public Library                                                  

Toddler Time                                 

For 0- to 3-year-olds and an Adult
Join Dewey Bear for 20-25 active minutes of music, books, and interactive early literacy activities. This program focuses on children ages 3 and younger, accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Starting September 9

Mondays: 10:00 and 10:30am, Ames Public Library
Tuesdays: 1:00pm, Ames Public Library
Wednesdays: 10:00 and 10:30am, Ames Public Library
Fridays: 10:00am, Ames Public Library

Family Storytime   

For Families with Children of All Ages
This 30-minute program of storytime fun will build listening, language, and literacy skills through music, rhymes, visual aids, and movement. Families with children of all ages are welcome to attend.

Starting September 12

Thursdays: 10:30am, Ames Public Library
Fridays: 10:30am, Ames Public Library

Other World Language Storytimes

These programs feature a variety of stories, songs, movies, and more presented in the following languages by native- and English-speaking volunteers.  All foreign language storytimes are held in the Davidson Storytelling Room.

  • Chinese Storytime
    First Saturday of Each Month at 10:15am, Ames Public Library
  • Russian Storytime
    Every Saturday at 11:45am, Ames Public Library

updated 08/22/2013