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Karl, Retired Pastor

The West Des Moines Library has empowered retirement days for me in two ways. One, I am able to read extensively in the newspaper and magazine sections. Two, I am able to borrow books to read rather than to purchase and keep in my now limited home library. An added feature is borrowing audiobooks to savor while I drive to visit family in other states. 


Summer Reading

Welcome to our 2020 Summer Reading Challenge, a summer like no other! On this page you’ll find a collection of information, resources, and program content for each week of our annual challenge. Your librarians are working tirelessly to create a brand new model for this program and we are trying hard to offer the very best program we can while also keeping in mind best practices for keeping our community safe and healthy. This is how the program will function this year:

  1. We are offering reading tracking and incentives through Beanstack, as we have for the past several years. If you prefer a paper reading log, we have created a PDF version that is available for at-home printing after you register for this year’s program. Each participant will need to log into the Beanstack website or the Beanstack Tracker App (iOS and Android) to register. After registration, you may download and print the reading log or track your reading online. Prize information will be shared in Beanstack, so we encourage you to check in periodically even if you choose to use the paper logs.
  2. For our super readers ages 0-18, we are offering a Bonus Log program that starts July 13 and runs through August 31. This replaces our previous Challenge Logs and will be in Beanstack only. Complete fun reading activities and earn badges. Each Bonus Badge will earn one entry in the Bonus Raffle at the end of August.
  3. We are working hard to create new virtual options for our regular summer programs. As these plans are finished, you’ll find information about them across our social media platforms and here on this central web page. Each week of the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge is listed to the left, and there you’ll find storytime information, craft kit listings, special events, and more!

If you have any questions about any of these changes or need assistance in registering for the program, please contact the library and we’ll be glad to help! Take care, West Des Moines. Your library is here for you!