Library Administration

Director: Sue Amend Woody

Sue Amend Woody

Susan Amend Woody is proud to have been born, raised and educated in Des Moines, Iowa. Susan’s work ethic started at an early age as she delivered morning newspapers before school and worked at Younkers Department Store throughout high school. She also spent time at the family business, Amend Meat Packing Company.

Graduating from the University of Iowa with a Finance degree and a minor in English, Susan was hired as a management trainee by Brenton Banks. In 1987, she married Michael. After five years, Susan left the banking world to raise her two young sons, Thomas and Jack. In 1997, Susan opened The Alligator’s Tale, an iconic children’s bookstore. For three years, the bookstore was one of the most unique places in Des Moines and one of the hardest jobs Susan ever loved.

In 2004, Susan accepted a position with the Des Moines Public Library as Library Assistant in Youth Services and later became the Rosie Outreach Coordinator. While working full-time, Susan returned to school and received her Master’s degree in Library Science. Upon completion of her degree, she was hired as Supervising Librarian managing two branches simultaneously. In 2015, Susan was promoted to the newly-created position, Community Engagement Librarian. In this position she oversees library marketing, publicity, outreach and community engagement efforts. She also helms the Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) author series. In her spare time Susan enjoys kayaking, gardening, teaching religious education and, of course, reading.

Location Managers

Linda Roe | Deputy Director

Dawn E. Work-MaKinne | Manager, Virtual Library

Jennifer Tormey | Manager, Technical Services

Sarah Scholten | Manager, Central Library

Ashley Molzen | Supervisor, East Side Library

Nikki Hayter | Supervisor, Forest Avenue Library

Carolyn Greufe | Manager, Franklin Avenue Library

Jon Hobbs | Supervisor, North Side Library

Brenda Hall | Supervisor, South Side Library