Please note, some programs required advance registration and schedules may vary. For the most current information about any of these programs or to register, please call us at 515-278-3945 or check out our online calendar.
The age recommendations provided for the storytime programs described below indicate the developmental level the program targets. However, every child is different. If you’re not sure if a storytime is the right fit for your child, we encourage you to try it out.
Storytime is a fantastic opportunity to bond and share the learning experience, so caregivers should plan on attending and participating! No registration required. Siblings welcome!
Summer 2019 Storytime Schedule (June 1 – July 31)
Please make note of our Summer Storytime schedule. To accommodate our summer crowds and special events, there are several changes to our regularly scheduled programs starting June 1.
- Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:00 AM
- Mondays and Tuesday at 10:00 AM
- Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:45 AM
- Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
Rise and Shine (Ages 2 -7): An active exploration of music and movement with instruments, bubbles, stretching, and more!
- Thursdays at 9:00 AM
There will be no Saturday storytime events in June or July.
Always check our events calendar for current information about these and other programs.
2019 Summer Reading Challenge
The 2019 Summer Reading Program, “A Universe of Stories, ” will run from June 1 – August 2nd. To sign up, download the free Beanstack app or visit urbandalelibrary.beanstack.org. We’re also featuring a variety of special weekly and one-time events including those described below. See our full calendar of events for more information and to register.
Weekly Children’s Programs
Please note, many programs required advance registration and schedules may vary. For the most current information about any of these programs or to register, please call us at 515-278-3945 or check out our online calendar.
Art from Scratch (ages 10-14): In this 8-week course, kids ages 10-14 will learn the basics of computer science as they work with Scratch to create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and other exciting artistic projects! Registration Required
- Mondays at 6:00 PM
4- H Food, Culture, and Literacy (ages 7 -12): Read, cook, and eat with 4H. Learn about foods from Mexico, Russia, Greece, Kenya, Japan, and the United States. Learn about the food groups, healthy eating habits, and how to live a healthy, lifestyle. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration Required
- Wednesdays at 10:00 AM, starting June 12
Galaxy of Crafts (ages 4-12): Drop in for a variety of space related crafts–from sand art to sun prints. We’ll have different projects each week for a variety of ages. Please note, not all projects will appeal to all ages. Projects are while supplies last.
- Tuesdays at 3:00 – 5:00 PM, in June
Mission Makerspace (ages 6-14): Drop in for engineering challenges that are out of this world. Each week you’ll find yourself in the role of astronaut or NASA engineer, and you’ll find a creative way to solve the problem. We’ll have different projects each week for a variety of ages. Please note, not all projects will appeal to all ages. Projects are while supplies last.
- Wednesdays at 3:00– 5:00 PM, in July
Dinosaurs Rock (ages 4-8): Back for a second year, Junior Paleontologists get hands on with activities and stories about prehistoric creatures. Fridays in July, we’ll get the dirt on dinos with discussion and activities perfect for ages 4-8. Adults should plan on attending and assisting! Registration Required
- Fridays at 10:00 AM, in July
Evening and Weekend Events in June and July
Blast Off Urbandale (all ages): Join us for a celebratory event to kick off the Urbandale Public Library’s summer reading program for kids, teens, and adults.
- June 1, 9:00–11:00 AM
Star Labs w/Heartland AEA (all ages): Join us for an evening under the stars…inside the building. Heartland AEA is providing an inflatable planetarium so you can see the cosmos and learn about celestial bodies. Please Register for your time-slot.
- June 6, 4:00-6:00 PM
Touch a Truck (all ages): Families are invited to get up close and explore mighty machines!
- June 15, 10:00 –11:00 AM
One Woman Wonder (all ages): Martika Daniels is a one woman circus, and you can get in on the act! Join her interactive show and enjoy amazing stunts! Registration Required
- June 19, 6:00 PM
Wonder of Drones (ages 6+): Find out what it takes to work with drones, explore drone technology, and learn how drones are changing the world! Women and Drones is a national platform for women in the UAS industry, and they’ll be on hand to show you the drones and answer all your questions! Registration Required
- June 27, 6:00 PM
Cosmic Dance Party (all ages): Come dressed in your best and ready to move. We’ll have a galactic good time at this dance party. We’ll have a DJ, balloons, and bubbles, at this glow in the dark dance party! Get ready to shine! Registration Required
- July 11, 6:00 PM (all ages)
Mission to Mars (all ages): Families will play a game that steps through a human mission to Mars, to learn about the variety of people on the ground supporting missions, and the factors that can affect a mission outcome. Registration Required
- July 25, 6:00 PM (all ages)
We also offer one-time, special events for early learners, school-age kids, and their families. Please check our events calendar for more details. For more information on programming for teens ages 12-17, please visit our For Teens page.