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Melissa, stay-at-home mom

When our first child was eighteen months old, I left my job to become a stay at home mom. I hadn't realized how challenging it would be to keep coming up with new ways to entertain a toddler. When I started looking for activities for kids, the West Des Moines Library was ready for us with free story times, sign language classes, music classes, crafts, and puppet shows. The library staff kept me and my kids from going stir crazy on many long winter mornings. Now that our two kids are in elementary school and have their own library cards, they still make frequent visits to the library. They learned long ago that there's always something new to explore and check out at the West Des Moines Library. 

 

Friends Foundation

Become a Friend of the West Des Moines Library

The West Des Moines Library Friends Foundation supports the West Des Moines Public Library and the many services, materials, and programs it provides to our community. With your support, this year the Friends Foundation will help the Library:

  • Purchase new books, electronic materials, technology, and library artwork.
  • Support essential programs that serve the unique needs of children, teens, adults, and seniors.
  • Help fund the library’s Summer Reading Program serving almost 2,600 registered children.
    During the summer, over 170 programs were offered to more than 25,000 attendees.
  • Sponsor and operate special events like the Visiting Author series, featuring Iowa authors

 

2016 Friends VJ VIP card

One of the many benefits of becoming a Friends member!

 

2016-2017 WDM Library Friends Foundation Board

2016-2017 WDM Library Friends Foundation Board

If you share our belief that a strong public library is essential to making West Des Moines an even better place to live, please join or renew your membership to the Friends Foundation by clicking the “Make a Donation” button below.

You can also send your membership donation to:

West Des Moines Library Friends Foundation

4000 Mills Civic Parkway

West Des Moines, Iowa 50265-2049

Your membership is tax-deductible and will ensure a strong and vital community library.

Make a Donation

Click the Make a Donation button to donate and become a Member of the Friends.

Questions can be directed to wdmlibraryfriends [at] gmail.com.  Note that this email is staffed by volunteers, and may not be answered same-day.

2016-17 Board members Pictured:

Front Row, left to right: Elizabeth Baustian, Michelle Mahoney, Sally Beisser, Katie Getting, Dan Werner, Ashley Sly, Mary Kay Newton, Melissa Gillespie (Library Board of Trustees), Kathleen Till Stange

Back Row, left to right: Drew Engebrecht, Jean Fajen, Bob Grove, Danielle Stull, Doug Pfeil, Jon Pink, Jeff Thomas, Carol Grant

Not pictured: Cam Coppess, Susan Freed, Justine Morton, Kevin Trevillyan