Thank You! We Love Our Donors!

Without the support of community contributors, the DMPL Foundation would not be able to add value to your library experience by enhancing the Library services, collection and programs. Please help us thank the following donors.

Struck Gift Enhances Sound Quality

The generosity of donors Mike and Dr. Lynn Struck made it possible to improve the sound quality in a meeting room at the Central Library. Their $10,000 contribution will make a difference for the thousands of people attending events each year, especially AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) author appearances.

Mike Struck is the author of three books, and a soon to be released fourth, The Guardian Hope. He is president of MAS-Link and Connectivity vice president, for IP Pathways. Dr. Lynn Struck is a neurologist affiliated with Unity Point Health Clinics.

2017 AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) Is Made Possible With Gifts From These Amazing Donors

Since the start of AViD in 2001, donor support has brought 126 authors to Des Moines for the enjoyment and education of citizens of all ages from throughout Iowa. The free author presentations have been attended by 43,987 people. AViD brings authors with national and international reputations to Des Moines each year to speak about their writing.

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Kelly & Brad Edmister
Denise & Alan Holck
Shirley Foster
Mary K. and Daniel M. Kelly Family Foundation
Karen Shaff & Steven Jayne
Pamela Bass-Bookey & Harry Bookey
Jan Kaiser
Mary M. Riche
Judy Blank
Mary Kay Shanley and Dennis Rhodes
Dianne and David Swieskowski
Barbara & Jon Yankey
HD Art Club

We Are Grateful for Three New 2017 Summer Reading & School Readiness Sponsors

We thank Kum & Go, The Green Foundation, and the O’Halloran Family Foundation for joining our group of sponsors for the 2017 Summer Reading & School Readiness Program. These new contributors help to make it possible for the Library to offer this popular and important program serving over 18,000 area children, teens, and their families.

In 2017, the program will expand from six weeks to ten weeks in the summer with the objectives of improving literacy skills, bolstering kid’s enthusiasm for school, preventing loss of learning during the summer, and offering hundreds of free activities. The School Readiness portion of the program offers services and activities from August through December to help students have a strong beginning to the school year and be more knowledgeable about using the library's free resources to stay in and succeed in school.

With the growth from six to ten weeks in the summer, and from occurring in just the summer to activities from May through December, the cost has increased from $40,000 to $55,000. If you are interested in supporting this program and helping to improve young lives, please contact Dory Briles at 515-248-6402 or

Thank You to the Polk County Board of Supervisors

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The Polk County Board of Supervisors awarded a $50,000 Community Development Grant to the Library Foundation for the Technology Fund Campaign. This generous grant brings the Library Foundation closer to the goal of $500,000 for the purchase of new computers and technology for adults and children accessing the public computers at all Library locations.

Dawn Taylor, Library Foundation Development Committee co-chair, said: “The Polk County Board of Supervisors’ grant makes it possible for members of our community without computers or internet in their homes to complete homework, access the library web resources for advice on preparing for an interview, writing a resume’, and studying English and 79 other languages. There are thousands of library computer users applying for jobs online, researching health topics, and staying connected to friends and family.”

If you would like to contribute to the Technology Fund Campaign, please contact Dory Briles at 515-248-6402 or

Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities and Humanties Iowa logosOn October 31, 2016, Foundation Executive Director, Dory Briles, announced a $5,000 Humanities Iowa major grant for the 2017 AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) program: “We are very grateful for the continued support of AViD by the Board of Directors of Humanities Iowa, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Des Moines Public Library has built its reputation as a state-wide leader in cultural programming through the annual AViD program. Since 2001, the AViD program has brought 120 authors to Iowa to expose Iowans from throughout the state to a wide variety of literary genres and a wide range of authors of diverse backgrounds. This popular series would not be possible without donor support, especially Humanities Iowa.”

2016 Friend of Literacy – Meredith Corporation


Meredith Corporation was honored as the 2016 Friend of Literacy at Book Ball 150. Meredith has generously supported literacy, education, cultural, and recreational opportunities for thousands of people using the Des Moines Public Library.

Meredith Chairman and CEO, Steve Lacy, said upon receiving the award: “We are so proud to be a major supporter of this organization. Whether it’s a gift to your capital campaign, operating support, event sponsorships, employee volunteerism, or special projects, we are happy to contribute because of the importance of the library and its programs as a resource to our community.”

Wells Fargo

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Wells Fargo approved a grant for $12,500 to fund two very popular and important Des Moines Public Library programs: The Summer Reading & School Readiness program and the AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) author series. Summer Reading & School Readiness improves literacy skills year round for 10,000 area children, teens, and their families. AViD, now in its 16th year, brings a wide variety of authors to our community for informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining events.

Tim Hickman, Development Committee Co-Chair for the Des Moines Public Library Foundation, said, “Private donations and grants are greatly needed, as tax dollars do not support the total costs of these programs. Wells Fargo’s generosity to the Library Foundation, ensures the Library is a vital and essential public resource improving lives every day.”

New Summer Reading & School Readiness Sponsor – BWA Foundation

We are grateful to the BWA Foundation for their grant of $2,500 to support the 2016 Summer Reading and School Readiness program through the purchase of books for children and teens.

The BWA Foundation is an organization of women dedicated to helping women and children lead healthy, fulfilling and productive lives. Their grants are intended to improve the education, health, and well being of women and children in the Des Moines area, and to support programs that enrich their lives.

Thank you to the BWA Foundation for enriching the lives of hundreds, and even thousands of children, teens, and their families.


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Lamar Advertising contributed billboard space at 63rd Street and Grand Avenue to help us recognize the 150th Anniversary of the Des Moines Public Library – Committed to Our Community. Lamar Advertising also made space available on their digital signs throughout the metro.

Thank You to Our Donors

The following donations were received by the Des Moines Public Library Foundation from July 16, 2016, through October 15, 2016. We apologize for any errors or omissions. Please contact us, and we will make corrections.

In Honor of

Pamela Bass Bookey & Harry Bookey
Katherine Elsner & Steven Adelman

Deidre Fudge
Karen & Steve Herwig
Pat Winters

Barbara & Michael Gartner
Janis & John Ruan
Carole Villenueva & Douglas Dorner, MD

Fred & Charlotte Hubbell’s 40th Anniversary
Karen & Arnold Engman

Susan Skinner & Mark Movic
Kelly & Brad Edmister

Rachel Stauffer
Nora & Dave Everett
Keith Swanson

In Memory of

Ellen Cox
Jo E. Cox & Charlie Harrington

David Lee Farren
Willie Hall

Geraldine Flaharty
Julie Goldman

Jane LaMair
Brothers of Sigma Nu
Bob Burnett
Janelle Holmes
Charlotte & Fred Hubbell
Independent Insurance Services
Barbara & Henry Kinney
Ann Lehmann
Kay Runge
Lori & Roger Schemmel
Julie & Larry Taylor
Carole Villenueva & Douglas Dorner, MD

Jane Lepley
Sagacious Consultants

Cynthia Mitchell
Barbara Beatty

Diane Stone
Sharon Brown
Jack L. Johnson
Mary Ryan

Colleen Stundins
Frederick Aldrich, MD
Stephanie Burnett
Amy Dawley
Ann DiDinato & Michael Fitzgerald
Nora & Jay Jackson
Deb Kolb
Shawna & Drew Mazeitis
Cynthia & Dale Mikle
Sara & Timothy Miller
Jacquelyn Murphy
Office of Economic Development, City of Dallas (TX)
Rhonda Ortale
Megan Ramspott
Susan Ryan
Michele & Todd Schatzberg
Shirley & Burke Shiffler
Holly Siasoco
Bradley Smith
Kathleen Starr & Paul Tymosko
Laura Stundins
Nancy Taylor
Laura Whitener & Rex Wiant
Michele, Frank, Ben & Kate Yager

Ronald Wilson
Ellen & Gary Batten
Amy & Eric Carlson
Mary Cloe
Gretchen Fousek
Roberta Gilbert
Linda Green
Juleen McGrath
Marie McPartland
Darla Priest
Robert Thompson
Mary Wilson


Up to $99
Cecelia & Larry Brown
LuAnn Brown
Jo Ellyn Clarey
Patricia Davison
Nancy & Art Dunbar
Dorothy & Dwayne Hall
Karen Kuhn
KellyMarie Meek
Nora Nurre
Patricia O’Conner
Kay Pudil
Rachel Stauffer
Wellmark Employees ($12 + $14)
Rochelle Woerner

$100 - $249
Sandra & Ray Benter
Margo Blumenthal
Estate of James O. Boyt
Elizabeth Brown & Matthew Busick
Joy Corning
Linda Dawe
Elaine Estes
Sally Gottstein
Kathryn Griffin
Michele Guinn
Greg Heid
Robin Heinemann
Martha Henrichs ($200 + $100)
Jen Jaqueth
Jan Kaiser
Tracy Levine
Adrienne Moen
Polly Moore
Kathie Swift
John Tone
Adele & Dirk Ver Steeg
Catherine Williams
Jan Wise

$250 - $499
Bruce Carr
Avril & Hal Chase
Judy McCoy Davis
Stephanie & Steve DeVolder
Judith & Marshall Flapan
Friends of Forest Avenue Library
Hubbell Realty
Phyllis & Joe Hutchinson
Joseph Jones
Susan Judkins & Robert Josten
Ruth & Joseph Lakers
Lisa & Michael LaValle
Tracy Lewis ($100 + $100 + $100)
Maureen Mondora & Sean Sexton
Liz & Rick Neumann
Sonya & Mark Siebert
Maryanne & Bob Sobiech
Myrt Levin & Tom Stephenson
Principal Employees ($466.87 +$29)
Reynold & Reynolds
Mary Riche ($250 + $200)
Vicki Sehgal & Ryan Clutter
Mary Kay Shanley & Dennis Rhodes
State of Iowa Employees ($139.81 + $139.83)
Maura Strassberg
John R. Taylor
United Way
Kim Walker
Jennifer Warne & Kerry Peterson
Wells Fargo Employees ($458.47)
Ellen Yee

$500 - $999
Beaverdale Books
Theresa & David Chivers
City of Des Moines Employees ($141 +$141 + 141 + $141 + $141 + $141)
Kum & Go Charitable Fund
Cyril & John Mandelbaum
Elvin McDonald
Robert McLearen, Jr.
Joan Middleton
Virginia & Michael O’Keefe
Patsy & John Shors
Emily & Fred Weitz

$1,000 - $9,999
Bankers Trust
Pamela Bass-Bookey & Harry Bookey
Dory Briles
Shelley & Martin Brody
Julius Connor
Davis Brown Law Firm
Richard Deming, MD
Easter Family Fund
Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library
Barbara & Michael Gartner
Graham Ervanian & Cacciatore LLP
Tim Hickman
Charlotte & Fred Hubbell
Ellen & Jim Hubbell
Mary & Dan Kelly
Kum & Go Charitable Fund
Carolyn Lynner
John Ruan Foundation Trust
Mary & John Pappajohn
Prairie Meadows
Jody & Stan Reynolds
Kay & Bob Riley
Charles Rohm
Karen Shaff & Steven Jayne
Susan Skinner & Mark Movic
Walt Smith
Substance Architecture
Dawn Taylor
Mary & Tom Urban
Susan & Carl Voss
Deborah & Douglas West
Nancy Woods

$10,000 - $49,999

$50,000 and above
Polk County


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