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Gladys M., SAHM

I moved here with my family from the East coast. Where we lived the library system had limited resources and locations. Being new to the area we really tried to find ways to get to know the community as well as connect with other families and find fun activities for our daughters. The West Des Moines library really felt like a warm embrace...We love the library. I love how the staff is always wonderful and enthusiastic with children and always super helpful when I myself need help. ...The library is an asset to our community. I love it. 

 

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):

Student Volunteers

2014-15 Student Volunteer Application

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
  • Help with book returns

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

Group Service Projects

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.  Contact Courtney for more information or with any questions – courtney.bench@wdm.iowa.gov or 515.222.3412.