Notary Service Suspended for May

Due to staffing changes, Notary service will not be available at the Library for the month of May, 2024.

West Des Moines City Hall offers free Notary services – please contact them ahead of time to arrange an appointment.

You can also search for Notaries in your area through the State’s Notary Search tool.

Tale Trail

Walk a Story!

The Tale Trail is an interactive outdoor story path for young readers.  As they move along a path, they can explore the page panels at their speed and immerse themselves in the story.

The story adventure starts on the pond side of the WDM Library and leads you through the tunnel and up to Ashawa Park, then back again. 

The Tale Trail was sponsored by the Friends Foundation of the WDM Library.  Youth Services staff update it several times per year.  

Current Story

Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin

Is there anything more splendid than a baby’s skin? For families of all stripes comes a sweet celebration of what makes us unique—and what holds us together.

Look at you!
You look so cute
in your brand-new birthday suit.

Just savor these bouquets of babies—cocoa-brown, cinnamon, peaches and cream. As they grow, their clever skin does too, enjoying hugs and tickles, protecting them inside and out, and making them one of a kind. Fran Manushkin’s rollicking text and Lauren Tobia’s delicious illustrations paint a breezy and irresistible picture of the human family—and how wonderful it is to be just who you are.

Happy In Our Skin Tale Trail
tale trail two children

Tale Trail Map

See the map below to start your adventure - it starts on the pond side of the library.  

You can also print out a PDF version of the map.  

Tale Trail Map