DMPL closed Monday, May 27

Plan ahead: All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day Holiday. 

COMING SOON: Summer Reading Challenge

The 2024 Summer Reading Challenge starts Monday, June 3! Find more information on the program HERE, and learn all about our special Summer Reading Kickoff Party on June 2 HERE!

Be a Rosie Reader!

How to Get Involved

You Can Be a Rosie Reader Too!

A lifetime of success begins with early literacy. Everyone has a role to play in creating better readers and better leaders in Des Moines. That includes you! By donating time and/or money, you can help make a difference in the lives of the early readers across this city.

Learn how you can help below:

Des Moines Public Library Foundation

You can always donate to the Des Moines Public Library Foundation, which counts the Summer Reading & School Readiness program as one of its signature fundraising efforts

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Everybody Wins! Iowa

Everybody Wins' signature program is Power Read, where volunteer reading mentors are matched one-to-one with a student for about an hour each week and together they read and engage in conversation.

Programs may take place during breakfast, lunch, after-school, or evening dinner sessions primarily at elementary schools or through community organizations.


Everybody Wins! Iowa Website

Everybody Wins Iowa

Reach Out & Read Iowa

As part of Reach Out & Read Iowa's program, pediatric primary care providers (Doctors, NPs, and PAs) deliver literacy guidance to parents and caregivers of children from infancy through age 5.

Starting at 6 months, participating providers start each regular doctor appointment by giving the child a new, developmentally appropriate book to take home. In this manner, each child will have a collection of 8-10 new books before they start kindergarten.

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READ to SUCCEED, a United Way of Central Iowa program, is an integrated initiative to improve early childhood literacy in central Iowa. This important work has long-reaching implications in our community's ability to thrive.

The United Way of Iowa has several programs and initiatives that are designed to provide the tools, resources, and opportunities for students to enhance their reading, and for volunteers to help.

Read to Succeed Central Iowa

Sankofa Literacy & Empowerment Group

Sankofa Literary & Empowerment Group strives to create educational spaces where community meets culture, and history meets legacy.