Fun Fact

Dandelions first came from Asia, and now call the entire world home. They can be used both as a food and a medicine and the seeds provide food to many small birds.

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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. 

 

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):

5/28/2014 – All summer volunteer positions have been filled!  

The Library is no longer accepting applications for Summer 2014.  We will only accept applications for Fall 2014 volunteer positions.   Please contact Courtney with questions. 2014 Fall Student Volunteer Application

Volunteers must be at least 13 years old and have completed 6th grade.    Please return completed volunteer applications to the Library’s Children’s Desk. Some volunteer duties may include:
  • Prepare program materials
  • Tidy public areas
  • Shelve picture books
  • Cleaning book bins, shelves, etc.
  • Dusting/straightening book shelves
  • Help with book returns

Please email Courtney with questions.