Thank You To Our Donors!

In Memory Of

Leslie Maach

Karen Engman

Paul Johnson

Paige Philips

James and Joan Thorpe

Deanna Lehl

ARAG: Matching gift to Leigh Nelson

Drs. Randall and Laura Gibson

Amy and Paul Houston

Chris Owens

Richard Owens

Tamara and Jason Menke

Friends of Forest Avenue Library

Christine Summy

Darlene Tursi

Marci Behm

Dory Briles

Deborah Cox

Sandy Deyoe

DMPL Staff Association

Brenda Hall

Bekki Kirkland

Chris Knox

Sarah Lane

Dora Pimentel

Burke Shiffler

Sue Woody

Kate Young

Veronica Zuniga

Joan Middleton

Matching Gifts

Wellmark Foundation

Wellmark Foundation

Athene Employees: via United Way

City of Des Moines Employees

Meredith Employees: via United Way

Nationwide Employees

Principal Employees

State of Iowa Employees (Iowa One Gift)

Wells Fargo Employees


Belinda Alexander

Carol Bakkie

Dr. Lee Bash

Mary Benton

Cassie Bonefas

Elvin Eugene Davenport

Lea Delong

Oma Blaise Ford

Matthew Gilbertson

Gregory Jackson

Joseph Jones

Elizabeth Happe

Lois Hartline

Toinette Hayes

Lauren Knoelke and Cory McAnelly

Taylor Madison

Mark Movic and Susan Skinner

Rachel Miller

Stanley Miller

Catherine Padilla

Elizabeth Pontier

Kenneth and Donna Reams

Robert G. Riley, Jr.

Diana Ronk

Beverly Ross

Denisue Rupp

Kristin Sunde

Amanda Svetlecic

Adam Vinhateiro

Emily Webb

Roger White

Shelley Wolfe

Nancy Adams

Belinda Alexander

Margo and Don Blumenthal

William Brackett

Nancy Crowfoot and John Pollak

Christina Dahl

Tej Dhawan

Gerri Lawrence Dunn

Kelly and Brad Edmister

Candice Endecott

Barbara Fischer

Christina Gammell

Joan Ghrist

Cecelia Hanley

Phillip Hall

Cindy Helgason

Lynn Heuss

John Hunter

Jan Kaiser

Frances Landers

Caroline Levine

Caroline (Tracy) Levine

Joe LeValley

Pat Martin

Janet Metcalf

Donna Miller

Meredith Moore

Tim Paluch

Susan Robel

Samuel Reed

Kathy and Randy Rupiper

Janice Sime

Jack Stewart

Kristin Sunde

Kathie Swift

Aaron Weinberg

Douglas and Deborah West

Emily Willits and Craig Sieverding

Brian Wirt

Janet Wise

Belinda Alexander

Nancy and Richard Amend

Lee Bash

Beaverdale Books

BTC Capital Management

D. Roger and Amy Bruner

Dianne Chadwick

Joyce and Rick Chapman

Caroline and James Cunningham

Stephanie and Steve DeVolder

Janet Donnelly

Patricia Dornacker Friends of the Forest Avenue Library

Carole Frier

Drs. Greg and Corrine Ganske

Al and Mary Gross

Katherine Hauser

Cara and Kurt Heiden

Don & Gerri Heinrich

Quelly Turney Hicklin and Bart Hicklin

Tim Hickman and Frank Vaia

Diane and Greg Hoyman

John D. Hunter

Phyllis & Joe Hutchinson

Martha James and Michael Myszewski

Sheila and David Lingwall

Kathy Leonard

Rita McCarville

Eric and Linda McMasters

Teri and Trevor Meers

Cheryl D. Muller

Chris Nebons

Elizabeth and Rick Neumann

Eliza Ovrom and Mark Schuling

Crystal and Joel Paige

Carl and Judy Patterson

Sally Pederson and Jim Autry

Richard Peirce

Susan and Dale Pierce

Susan Phillips

Susan Robel

Kathleen Schneider

Mary Kay Shanley and Dennis Rhodes

William and Faith Sherman

Emily and Craig Sieverding

Martha Smith

Karen Stille

Clancy Sullivan

Rick Tollakson

Christie Vilsack

Charlene Vukovich

Sue and Michael Woody

Ellen Yee

Gerald Feuerhelm

Martha James and Michael Myszewski

Sasha and Mike Kamper

William C. Knapp

Charitable Foundation

Nancy and William Main

Pat Martin

Shirley and Raymond Michel

Amy and Chris Nebons

Daniel Ross

Janis and John Ruan III

Martha and Stephen Stephenson

Toni and Tim Urban

Carole Villeneuve and Dr. Douglas Dorner


Casey Walter and Jean Tuetkan

American Library Association: Libraries Lead with Change


Pamela Bass Bookey and Harry Bookey

Dory Briles and Jim Christenson

Shelley and Martin Brody

Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation

W.T. & Edna M. Dahl Trust

Gartner Family Foundation

Quelly Turney Hicklin

Trudy Holman Hurd

Greg Hoyman

Michael and Deborah Hubbell

Rusty Hubbell Family Fund

Humanities Iowa


Mars Café

Kathleen and Paul Melde

Meredith Corporation

Katherine Murphy

Christopher and Amy Nebons Family Foundation, A Donor Advised Fund of the U.S. Charitable Gift Trust

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino

Kay and Robert Riley

Karen Shaff and Steven Jayne

Walt Smith Family Foundation

Martha and Stephen Stephenson

Jan Stump

Wells Fargo

Principal Foundation

Union Pacific Foundation

1717 Brewing Company

801 Chophouse

Belinda Alexander


Back Country Outfitters

Dr. Robert B. Bannister

Beaverdale Books

Beaverdale Confections

Better Homes & Gardens

Big Tomato Pizza

Dory Briles

Business Record

Capitol Row

Rachel Caufield

The Central Library

Chuck E Cheese’s

Mike Clausen

Cookie Food Products

Courtyard by Marriott: Ankeny

Tina Dahl

Des Moines Art Center

Des Moines Buccaneers

Des Moines Performing Arts

Des Moines Playhouse

Des Moines Police Department

Des Moines Radio Group

Des Moines Register

Des Moines Symphony

Noah Doely

East Village Spa

Embassy Suites

Fleet Feet

Scott Franklin

Funny Bone

Matt Glenn

Gong Fu Tea

Deb Gordon

Graham Construction

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Gym-N-Eat Crickets

Tammy Harcharik Designs

Victoria Herring

Dr. Kerrie Hill

HOQ Restaurant

Iowa Barnstormers

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Iowa DCI Criminalistics Lab

Iowa Public Radio

Iowa State Fair

Iowa Wolves

John Wayne Birthplace & Museum

Kitchen Collage

Lauren Knoelke

Lamar Advertising

LaMie Bakery

LaQuercia, LLC

Lauritzen Gardens

Patrick Leer

Legacy Golf Course

Living History Farms


Marriott Hotels Downtown

Elvin McDonald and John Zickefoose


Motley School Tavern Restaurant

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Chris Nebons

Noah’s Art


Nothing Bundt Cakes

Power Life Yoga


Riverside Casino & Golf Resort


Salisbury House Foundation

Seven Oaks

Shakti Yoga

Silver Fox


Walt Smith

Sprint Print



Splash/Jethro’s BBQ

Tilda Brown Swanson

Toad Valley Golf Course

Trader Joe’s

Trellis Café

Brian and Kelly Wirt

WOOD Magazine

2017 year-end donor, Sherry Thorn, shared this inspiring letter.

“I’ve been using the DM Public Library since I was 10 years old and started riding my bike downtown to the main library. I remember going downstairs to the children’s section, sitting on the floor and reading every horse book I could find.

Adult years were spent in the stacks upstairs on those creaky wood floors and looking books up in the card file in the middle of the floor.

I also learned how to say “Good Morning” in Russian by calling the Reference Desk.

Old days are gone – technology has taken over – but I have great memories and have probably read thousands of books. I still get 2 – 3 a week and will until I can’t any more.

Here’s a small donation. Maybe it will get another 10 year-old interested in horses.”