Fall Guide to Cedar Rapids Area Library Story Times and Activities

Have you tapped into this valuable resources in our area? Local libraries provide engaging and fun activities for children of all ages, from newborns to teens. Here is a list of Cedar Rapids area library story times and activities from October to December. Unless registration is required, most activities are free!

As always, make sure to double check each library’s calendar for any scheduling changes or holiday closings.

edar Rapids Area Library Story Times and Activities

Cedar Rapids Public Library Story Times 

Mondays

9:30-10:30 a.m. | Play Group for any age at the Ladd Library

10:00-10:30 a.m. | Parachute Fun! Games and songs for preschool-kinder kids at the Downtown Library (first Monday of the month)

3:30-5:30 p.m. | On Demand activity for teens at the Downtown Library

Tuesdays

9:30-10:30 a.m. | Mother Goose on the Loose (story time and nursery rhymes) for 0-3 year olds at the Ladd Library

3:30-5:30 p.m. | Board to Bits games for teens at the Downtown Library

Wednesdays

9:30-10:30 a.m. | Mother Goose on the Loose (story time and nursery rhymes) for 0-3 year olds at the Downtown Library

10:30-10:50 a.m. | Story Time for preschool-kinder kids at the Downtown Library

Thursdays

10:00-10:30 a.m. | Story Time for preschool-kinder kids at the Ladd Library

4:40-6:30 p.m. | Virtual Reality for ages 10+ at the Downtown Library

Fridays

10:00-10:30 a.m. | Parachute Fun! Games and songs for preschool-kinder kids at the Ladd Library (first Friday of the month)

2:30-4:30 p.m. | Laddworks (STEAM activities) for teens at the Ladd Library

Saturdays

10:00-10:45 a.m. | Saturday Special (a different activity every week) for all ages at the Downtown Library

Sundays

2:00-4:30 p.m. | Scholastic Chess Club elementary-teens at the Downtown Library (first and third Sundays of the month)

Special Programing:

Oct 27 | 9:30-12 p.m. | Concert for preschool-kinder kids at the Downtown Library

Oct 28 | 10:30-12:30 p.m. | Halloween Party for all ages at the Downtown Library

Oct 30 | 10:30-12:30 p.m. | Halloween Party for all ages at the Ladd Library

Dec 02 | 4:00-6:00 p.m. | Fire & Ice celebration for all ages at the Downtown Library


Marion Public Library Story Times

Mondays

3:30-5:30 p.m. | Teen Pathfinder Club (roleplay games for middle and highschoolers)

6:00/6:30-7:30 p.m. | Family Time (activities appropriate for all ages—crafts, movies, games, etc.) October 23, 30 and November 6

Tuesdays

10:00-10:20 a.m. | Toddler Time (18 months – 3 years old)

10:45-11:15 a.m. | Preschool Story Time (3 years to 5 years old) Doodlebugs on the last Tuesday of the month.

3:00-5:00 p.m. | Travel Tuesdays, different themes every week (teens). Anime Club on the first Tuesday of the month from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Wednesdays

10:45-11:15 a.m. | Preschool Story Time (3 years to 5 years old). Learning Safari on the second Wednesday of the month.

3:00-5:00 p.m. | Game Day Wednesdays (teens)

Thursdays

10:30-11:00 a.m.| Baby Time (Birth to 18 months)

3:00-5:00 p.m. | Lego Club (all ages) second Thursday of the month

Fridays

10:00-10:20 a.m. | Toddler Time (18 months – 3 years old)

3:00-5:00 p.m. | STEAM Fridays (teens) Not on Oct 27th

Special Programming:

Oct 27  | 9:30-3:30 p.m. | Kid’s robot Boot Camp (kindergarten – 3rd grade, registration required)

Oct 27  | 5:00-8:00 p.m. | Paranormal Teen Lock-In (registration required)

Oct 30  | 11:00-5:30 p.m. | Teen Game Day

Oct 31  | All Day | Trick-or-Treat at the library!

Dec 22  | 10:00-11:30 a.m. | Babble & Brew, playtime for the kids & coffee for the grownups


Hiawatha Public Library Story Times

Mondays

6:30-7:45 p.m. | Youth Chess Club.  Nov 20th and Dec 18th

Tuesdays

10:30-11:00 a.m. | Toddler Time

Wednesdays

10:30 a.m. | Preschool Story Time (3-5 years)

Thursdays

10:00-11:30 a.m. | Play & Learn (0-5 years)

Fridays

10:30 a.m. | Alpha-Bits (young children) Nov 10 and Dec 8

3:00-4:00 p.m. | Lego Club (preschool-5th grade) Nov 10 and Dec 8

Saturdays

9:30-10:00 a.m. | DoReMi Music Therapy (kids with Down Syndrome)  Nov 11

Special Programming:

Oct 27  | 10:30 a.m. | Doodlebugs: Skin Deep, crafts (preschoolers)

Oct 27  | 3:00 p.m. | Crafts for Kids (age 3rd – 5th grade)

Nov 3  | 10:30-11:15 a.m. | Ruby Reads! from Blank Park Zoo, meet animals from the zoo and make crafts. (registration required)

Nov 4  | 11:00-12:30 p.m. | Funky Abstracts Layers Workshop (5th-12th grade, registration required)

Nov 11  | 10:30 a.m. | Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin Story Time

Nov 17  | 10:30 a.m. | Doodlebugs: Gimme a Hand (preschoolers)

Nov 17  | 3:00 p.m. | Friday Flicks: Cars 3

Dec 29  | 10:30 a.m. | Doodlebugs: Your Novel Navel (preschoolers)


Ely Public Library Story Times

Mondays

10:00-10:20 a.m. | Toddler Time (3 and under)

10:30-11:15 a.m. | Alphabet Art

Tuesdays

4:00-4:45 p.m. | ATLAS (At the Library After School, different activity each week)

7:00 p.m. | Bedtime Books (all ages, pajamas encouraged)

Thursdays

9:00-9:45 a.m. | Babygarten (0-24 months)

10:00-10:45 a.m. | Preschool Story Time (3 and over)

Special Programming:

Oct 28  | 10:00-11 a.m. | Halloween Party


Cole Library Story Times (Mount Vernon)

Tuesdays

3:30-4:30 p.m. Lego Club (email Grace Rowray to join [email protected])

Thursdays

9:30-10:00 a.m. Story Time (preschool)

Fridays

3:30 p.m. Crafternoons (elementary) Oct 13 & 27

Special Programming:

Early Out Movie Days | 1 p.m. | Nov 9, Dec 7 


Lisbon Public Library Story Times

Thursdays

10:30-11:00 a.m. Story Hour (all ages)


Call or stop by these other Cedar Rapids area libraries for more information on their programs:

Fairfax Public Library

Shellsburg Public Library

Swisher Community Library

Quick tip: With all the Holidays coming up in the fall, make sure to check each Cedar Rapids area library’s website for program disruption or special activities before you head out the door!


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