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Margaret C, WDM mom

Our one-year-old son had surgery and was in arm splints for 3 weeks. ...We could not have made it through that recovery period without the Children's Department at the West Des Moines Public Library! Our son loves books and while he was in the arm splints, his affinity for books grew even more, when playing with toys was more difficult.  Even now out of the arm splints, we return for more books, with new discoveries behind each cover. The West Des Moines Public Library is an invaluable resource to us as parents and a place our little one already loves. 

 

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

Teens (under 18 years old):

WDM Library Summer Volunteer Application

The Library is interested in summer volunteers who are at least 13-years-old and/or have completed 7th grade.  Volunteers should be able to work independently without supervision as well as collaboratively as a team.  Please fill out the Summer Volunteer Application then return it to any of the Library’s service desks.

After reviewing student availability and library needs, chosen applicants will be contacted and interviewed.  Summer applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled.  please contact wdmlibraryvolunteers@wdm.iowa.gov with any questions.


WDM Library Group Service Project Application 2016-17

Are you looking for a few Silver Cord, Community Service, or volunteer hours?  The Library is looking for volunteers to help out with monthly group service projects.   We will be performing a variety of tasks to help out the Library.   No experience or training necessary!

Project is for students in 9th-12th grade. To participate or for more information please call 515.222.3412 or email wdmlibraryvolunteers@wdm.iowa.gov.


 

**PLEASE NOTE: all of our regular student volunteer positions for the 2016-2017 school year have been filled**

WDM Library Student Volunteer Application 2016-17

We are interested in student volunteers who have completed 7th grade who are self-motivated, reliable, hard-working, and cooperative.  Please complete the Student Volunteer Application then return the application to any of the Library’s service desks.  After your volunteer application is reviewed, your name will be put on a list of potential volunteers. Your name will remain on the list of potential volunteers until a need arises. You will only be contacted if we are in need of a volunteer.

Volunteer positions are for students in 8th-12th Grade. To participate or for more information please call 515.222.3412 or email wdmlibraryvolunteers@wdm.iowa.gov.