January 2022 Programming Update

Due to staffing concerns, Youth Services in-person programming, and some Adult Services in-person programming, will be suspended for the remainder of January.  Calendar events affected by this change have been updated.

Reading Challenges

Read for a Better World (January 1 - 31)

From January 1 to January 31, West Des Moines Library is participating in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. "Read for a Better World" encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. Our community has unlimited access to Lerner’s “Read for a Better World” themed books for the month of January through the challenge activities!

We challenge our patrons to read at least 15 days during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site.

Thousands of libraries and schools across the nation are encouraging their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. Top-performing libraries and schools will earn prizes from Lerner Publishing Group, including book collections, signed books, and virtual author visits. 

For all ages. Register online at https://wdmlibrary.beanstack.org/ or use the Beanstack app (iOS and Google Play). Happy reading!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten (ongoing)

For parents and children ages 0-6

Read to succeed! The best and the brightest have parents who read to them. Register on our reading challenge website or use the Beanstack app for iOS or Android. Select the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program and track the stories you share with your child. We all know how children love to hear the same stories over and over again, and re-readings are certainly welcome! When you reach 1000 books, come visit us at the Children’s Desk and earn a free book for your home collection.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten animals reading on text

Previous Reading Challenges

Missed one of our previous Reading Challenges?  Revisit the title lists and recommendations via the links below!  

Hallow-Read Around the World (October 1 - 31)

Hallow-Read Around the World Feartured Card

Halloween season is upon us! In the U.S., Halloween is a holiday full of merrymaking, magic, and mischief. Many cultures celebrate life and death through rituals and celebrations with their communities. Learn about the origins and practices of various Halloween-like traditions around the world. Read all month long and complete activities to earn badges.

Sign up today online or via the Beanstack app (for iOS or Android).

For information on registering groups (such as classes or daycares) please send a message to youthservices@wdm.iowa.gov.