Guide to Clive Public Library


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Clive Public Library

1900 NW 114th Street Clive, IA 50325

Open 7 days a week

Clive Public Library is a place that our entire family loves to visit! From the summer reading program to audiobooks, we are constantly finding new ways to love this library.

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Reasons We Love Clive Public Library

  • Summer Reading Program: This library has the best summer reading program! The reading expectations are just enough of a challenge to make my kids put forth some effort, but still easy enough to accomplish. And the prizes are amazing! We were able to go mini-golfing, get some ice cream, and do some other fun family activities too!
  • This library is easy to manage. Everything is clearly labeled and there are lots of spaces for us to find a comfy place to read. Besides kids’ seating, there is also a fish tank and fireplace to make reading and relaxing here a lot of fun.
  • Adult Reading Programs: Last summer I participated in the Adult Bingo. This was a great way to learn what resources the library has to offer. I checked out audiobooks, recipe books, and even a stamping kit! This was definitely a highlight of my summer. I’m already looking forward to this year’s program.
  • The Staff is Exceptional! The summer that we moved to Clive was hectic. However, I just walked in and said we were new to Clive, and within a few minutes we each had new library cards, summer reading programs, and they even answered questions about the area for me!Clive Public Library Des Moines Moms Blog

Activities for Kids

  • Toys like cars, trucks, games, interactive toys, and a really cool “tree house” area. We also love the little doorway into the kids’ area. They really know how to make kids feel welcome at CPL!
  • Puppet Theater
  • Building Table
  • Lots of cozy reading areas and small tables for kids.
  • The big fish tank is pretty cool!
  • Huge variety of books, genres, and reading levelsClive Public Library

Why My Kids Love Clive Public Library

My kids are a bit older, so they aren’t as impressed with toy selection at libraries now. However, they highly recommend the Clive Public Library because they have a lot of books about different topics. They love the access to lots of series of books in all reading levels. A close second for favorites reasons to love CPL is the summer reading program and other activities the library offers. 

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Programs at Clive Public Library

  • Baby Bear Lap Time (Newborns to Early walkers)
  • Teddy Toddler Story Time (Toddlers 3 and younger)
  • Big Bear Story Time (Preschoolers 3 and older)
  • Saturday Stories
  • Toddler Music and Movement
  • Preschool Music Ed
  • Postpartum Play Group
  • Spring Break Programs
  • Creation Corner (ages 10 and up)
  • Animanga Club (ages 10 and up)
  • Kids Pokemon Cards (ages 6 and up)
  • Thursday Night Family Activities (all ages)
  • Monthly events
  • Adult book clubs and activities too

Insider Tips

I highly recommend learning about all of the different things you can check out at the library besides books! Did you know you can check out magazines like Magnolia? I checked out a few cookbooks last summer as well. I love audiobooks and have been listening to a lot of autobiographies from famous celebrities.

Do you know about Iowa Adventure Pass? Iowa Libraries provide free passes to area attractions by using a valid adult Library card and a valid photo ID. Any adult library patron may borrow a pass to enjoy an educational day of family fun. Places include the zoo, science center and more! 

I also recommend whole family events like Family Bedtime Stories or Family Lego Night.

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This post is part of Des Moines Moms Blog’s Guide to Libraries in the Greater Des Moines area. 

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