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Iowa Core Parent Guides

As West Des Moines students start back to school, we wanted to highlight an invaluable resource that was developed by The Iowa Core. Their Parent Guides, in English and Spanish, provide an overview of what students will learn by the end of each grade level as directed by the Iowa Core, the state’s academic standard.

YA Books Set in the Summertime

Longer days and sunny skies are abundant in these young adult books!

Library of Things Available at the WDM Library

As you start to think about heading back to school, we wanted to highlight some of the hidden gems that can be checked out at the library. These items are part of our Library of Things and range from technology items, children’s STEM kits, Meet Your Neighbors Story Boxes and even a car charging kit!

You might be asking yourself: what is a Library of Things? By definition, it’s a collection of objects loaned that vary widely but go beyond books, journals and media traditionally offered in a library. Our offerings continue to expand as we meet the needs of our growing community.

WDM Public Library Launches New Podcast

In This Day and Page is a new podcast created by the West Des Moines Public Library with the goal of sharing all the different library resources, services, and programs we offer! Through staff and community member interviews, join us as we explore the ins and outs of the library world. Look out for a new episode every Monday on all major podcast platforms.

YA Retellings

Who doesn't love an old story told in a new way? That's why we're featuring Young Adult Retellings on our YA Display Shelf this month! Explore the books we're featuring now. 

We Need More Moxie!

Can't get enough Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu?

Check out our list of Read-a-Likes and the Netflix movie!


A guest post by our student author Claire: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo is a powerful book that uses Oluo’s personal experiences as a woman of color to cover topics of race- including police brutality, white privilege, and cultural appropriation, among others in a blunt, straightforward tone.

A 9th Grade Project on THE ODYSSEY

Today we are delighted to share with you work from Elvira Hadzic’s ninth-grade English class. Students in this class created literary playlists that capture the essence of the themes and phases of characters from The Odyssey in modern song. Since we are unable to invite you into our building to view these projects in person, we are sharing them here instead. Enjoy!

Indigenous People's Day

Today is Indigenous People’s Day and for the occasion, I’ve compiled a couple of resources for you. The library strives to be a welcoming place for all people and to provide resources and books that genuinely reflect the stories of the authors and of our community. We are hosting READ WOKE, and these resources can serve as a compliment to that program.

This MAP is a resource to show you what Native Land you are on.