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Our daughter learned to read the summer before she went to kindergarten, mostly because she wanted to do the same things her older brother could do.  She then promptly informed me that she didn't like reading because it meant she had to sit still...Last night she was bursting with excitement over the reading club book she had finished and how much she thought I would enjoy it.  She made a point of leaving it on my nightstand to make sure I would get to it! Thank you all so much for making reading fun and cool and not just something Mom says she has to do. 

 

Volunteer

What Volunteer Opportunities does the Library offer?

We appreciate your choice to offer your time and abilities to the West Des Moines Public Library! We periodically have volunteer opportunities. We ask that you fill out one of the applications below (adult or student), so that we have your information. As needs and opportunities arise, we can then contact you.

Adults (18 years and older):

Library Adult Volunteer Application Please fill out the Adult Volunteer Application above and return it to the Information Desk.We try to match our applicant’s interests, abilities, and schedule with available positions. Your application will be kept on file for approximately one year, and you will be contacted if an appropriate position becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact the library Community Services Office at 515-222-3407. Possible duties may include:

  • straightening, dusting, shelf reading
  • delivering books to a homebound patron
  • children’s programs assistant, crafts preparation
  • special projects – stuffing envelopes, surveys, etc.
  • calling patrons regarding reserved items

Students (ages 13 to 18 years):

Summer Volunteers

2015 Summer Volunteer Application PRINT

2015 Summer Volunteer Application ONLINE

The Library is looking for summer volunteers!  Several positions are available for students at least 13 years of age and/or have completed 7th grade.  Some duties may include:

  • Help with Children’s programs
  • Call prize winners
  • Help with book returns and shelving books
  • Prepare craft supplies
  • Cleaning book bins, shelves, etc.

To be considered for a volunteer position, please either fill out an online application or print then return a completed Summer Volunteer Application to the Library’s Children’s Desk.   Please email wdmlibraryvolunteers@wdm.iowa.gov with questions.

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Student Volunteers

2014-15 Student Volunteer Application PRINT

2014-15 Student Volunteer Application ONLINE

The Library offers 2-3 regular volunteer positions during the school year.  Volunteers must be at least 13 years old and have completed 7th grade.   Some volunteer duties may include:

  • Prepare program materials
  • Tidy public areas
  • Shelve picture books
  • Cleaning book bins, shelves, etc.
  • Dusting/straightening book shelves

To be considered for a volunteer position, please return a completed Student Volunteer Application to the Library’s Children’s Desk.   Please email wdmlibraryvolunteers@wdm.iowa.gov with questions.

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Group Service Projects

Group Service Project Application 2014-15

Are you looking for a few Silver Cord, Community Service, or volunteer hours?  The Library offers a monthly 2-hour Group Service Project for students age 14 – 18.  A variety of tasks will be performed and no training or experience is necessary.  Please see the Library’s Calendar of Events for 2014-2015 Group Service Project dates.

Registration and parent permission is required.  Please fill out a Group Service Project Application 2014-15 then return it to the Library’s Reference Desk.  Please email wdmlibraryvolunteers@wdm.iowa.gov with questions.