Winter Closing

Due to continuing travel issues for staff and patrons, we will be closing at 5pm today, Tuesday.  There will be no closure for cleaning - we will stay open until 5pm.  We will be open regular hours tomorrow.  Please be safe!  

Reading Challenges

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 graphic

Winter Reading 2021 (January 1 – January 31, 2021)

Winter Read graphic banner: "Simon and Schuster's Books like Us Winter 2021"

From January 1st to January 31st, West Des Moines Library will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Book Like Us,” sponsored by Simon and Schuster (S&S). We challenge our patrons/students to read at least 100,000 minutes during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site or on the Beanstack app (iOS or Android). Thousands of libraries and schools across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books.

Prizes will include book collections and virtual author visits. Ten (10) winning schools or libraries will each get a collection of fifty (50) books from the “Books Like Us” collection. Happy reading, West Des Moines!

Summer Reading 2021

Coming soon!