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.

Prairie Meadows Donates $8,000 to Des Moines Public Library Foundation

Betterment Grant will help fund Summer Reading & School Readiness Program

“We are truly grateful for the continued support of Prairie Meadows. The grant will allow the Des Moines Public Library to serve over 19,000 children, teens, and their families. The program promotes literacy and academic performance by engaging kids and their families in reading and reading -related activities. All activities are free due to the generosity of our donors,” stated Dory Briles, Des Moines Public Library Foundation Executive Director.

“At Prairie Meadows, we are dedicated to transforming the lives of those living in Central Iowa. We are proud and excited to support this and many other projects in our community,” said Julie Stewart, Prairie Meadows’ Director of Community Relations.

W.T. and Edna M. Dahl Trust $10,000 Gift for Technology Fund

We are delighted to announce a $10,000.00 grant from the W.T. & Edna M. Dahl Trust for the Technology Fund. We greatly appreciate the Trustees Paul R. Tyler and Jerry G. Jones for their generosity and caring. This grant will help the Library provide updated public access computers and printers for library goers to use to apply for jobs, access online materials, apply for college and scholarships, and conduct research for business and personal needs.

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, 2017, Foundation Executive Director, Dory Briles, announced a $5,000 Humanities Iowa major grant for the 2018 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.”

2017 Friend of Literacy – The Easter Family

Easter Family Recognition

We salute the Easter Family, for helping to make it possible to have a city library system that grows more relevant by the day and is dedicated to cultivating readers of all ages. We thank the Easter Family for their commitment to improving our community.

The Easter Family parents, Don and Marian, were blissfully married for seventy years, with a positive outlook on life they imparted to their children: David (Maud), Paul (Sandy), Dennis (deceased), daughters Martha Easter-Wells (Kriss), Jane Bahls (Steve), and daughter-in-law Jan Stump (Layton). There are ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Don passed away in 2011, age 90, and Marian in 2014, age 97.

Easter Stores and Easter Enterprises were the family business, begun by the father of Don Easter, with a single store in Norwalk. Don and his brothers grew the business into stores in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The business included grocery stores, family centers, hardware stores, trucking and banking.

The Easters have been committed to improving life in central Iowa by supporting the Des Moines Public Library Foundation, Drake University, the Des Moines Symphony, Des Moines Metro Opera, Civic Music Association, the Norwalk Public Library, and the Des Moines Community Playhouse.

A letter from daughter Jane, about her parents, is filled with their love of life, of practicing kindness toward others and the joy they took in contributing to the community by sharing both money and their participation.

Wells Fargo

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Wells Fargo approved a grant for $12,500 to fund the very popular and important Des Moines Public Library program, 2018 Summer Reading & School Readiness. For ten weeks in the summer, kids and family members keep up their reading skills and attend free educational and entertaining events. In 2017, 6,640 children and teens were enrolled. A total of 12,838 kids and adults attended the 623 free events. From August through December, children and teens improve literacy skills and learn to use all the free library resources to succeed in school.

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Thank You to Our Donors

The following donations were received by the Des Moines Public Library Foundation from July 15, 2017 through November 15, 2017. We apologize for any errors or omissions. Please contact us, and we will make corrections.

In Memory of

Michelle Chappell
Sue Haskell

Catherine Childers
Marguerite Fitch and Benjamin Allen Terry Taylor Insurance Agency

Marjorie Connors
Deanna Jackson Ellen and Chet Prust Theresa and Harvey Rindt Virginia Rowen Beverly Simpson and Judy Pertzborn Lillian and Ronald Vasquez

Ellen L. Cox
Jo E. Cox and Charlie Harrington

Heather Hartline Funaro
Lois and Donald Hartline

Raymond Gaule
Anonymous Raymond Dominick Dick Elliott Motor Sports Deborah and Robert Kennedy Harold Luko C.J. and Phyllis Manning Lisa and Brion Oakley Carolyn and Kenton Rohren

Dewey Royce Heaton
Candance and Robert Rankin Jan and Layton Stump

Clyde E. and Mary Lou Herring
Victoria L. Herring Charitable Giving Fund

Alfred Leiserowitz
Carolyn Greufe Caryl Yanow and William Grueskin Dorothy and Harland (Bud) Hockenberg

Reba Marie Nichol
Mary Lou Aspengren
Cindia and John Badger, Jr.
Mary (Molly) Bain
Jeanne and Ed Beardsley
Melinda and Luther Berkeland
Linda Birocci
Mr. and Mrs. Dirk Bliss
Alice Catalfo
Donald Elly
Patricia and Patrick Kerr
Renee and Mark Knowles
Doris Merrill
Raymond Morris
John (Tim) Nichol
Gloria and Roy Patton
Randy Patton
Jon and Lois Snyder
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Snyder
Kathy Stockham
Janet Twohig
Mrs. Dolores Walker
Susan Wallace
James C. Walters

Jeff Sanders
Dory Briles
Public Library of Des Moines Staff Association

Cheryl E. Sharp
Carolyn Greufe

Diane Carol Stone
Leslie Maach

Janet L. Wilson
Joy Averill
Sharon Gee
Amy Getty
Mary Harlan
Barbara Kester
Joanne Page
Janet Pickerell
Paula Stewart
Carol Taylor
Barbara Zimany


Up to $99
Marlu Abarca
Rachelle Henry Chase
Lauretta and Darrell Cross
Nancy and Arthur Dunbar
Ruth Klotz
Thomas Leahy
Mark Morrison
Jacquelyn Murphy
Pamela Patton
Glenda Siekert
Helen and Gary Thull
Wellmark Employees

$100 - $249
Jane Pinkerton Bell Trust
Andrea Biklen
Phyllis Cadwallader
Frank Carroll Farms
Judith Conlin
Fred Darbonne
Ann Townsend Davidson Trust
Robert Douglas, Jr.
Grace Eckley
Barbara Fischer
Jeanine Freeman
Joan Ghrist
Dr. Sue Haskell
Dr. Katherine Hauser
Cora Hayes
Greg Heid
Norma Hirsch Trust
Robyn Hofland
Lori Howe
Jan Kaiser
Dorothy Kelley
Daniel Kiekhaefer
Ann Lehmann
Tracy Levine
Judy McCoy Davis
Karen McGregor
Gina Messaner
Ellen Nelson
William Newland
Terri Nielsen
Dr. Linda Railsback
Dr. Lois Roets
Jenelle and Jim Sarcone
Jessica Siefert
John P. Smith
Kathleen Swift
Deborah Tharnish
Alice Van Lew
Linda Wagner
Janet Wise
Susan and Michael Woody

$250 - $499
Kathy Elzner and Steve Adelman
Sally Pederson and James Autry
Margaret and Arden Borgen
BTC Capital Management
Bruce Carr
Avril and Hal Chase
Franklin and Tracy Codel Endow Iowa Fund
Jackie Crawford and William Friedricks
Stephanie and Steve DeVolder
Catherine and Jim Dietz-Kilen
Jennifer Fiihr
Jann Freed and John Fisher
Deidre Fudge
Susan Hase
Karen and Steve Herwig
Laura Rowley Hilker
Dixie and Will Hoekman
Robyn and Les Hofland
Charlotte and Fred Hubbell
Phyllis and Joe Hutchinson
Pamela and Eric Hyde
Brenda Jensen
Susan Judkins and Robert Josten
Mary Ann Juhl
Craig Kelinson
Myrt Levin and Tom Stephenson
Caroline Levine
Tracy Lewis
David and Laura Mackaman
Elvin McDonald
Paul Melde
Mary and David Moermond
Maureen Mondora and Sean Sexton
Frances and Brian Morris
Liz and Rick Newman
Donna Paulsen and Thomas Press
Phyllis Pearson and Dan Bohner
Diann and Dean Peyton
Mary Kay Shanley and Dennis Rhodes
Patricia and John Shors
Mark Siebert
State of Iowa Employees
Martha and Stephen Stephenson
Dr. Lynn and Mike Struck
Mary Tabor and Phillip Roeder
Cornelia Throssel
Anuradha Vaitheswaran and Rahul Parsa
Vicki Vanderqwaak
Diane and Dr. Michael Versackas
Carole Villeneuve and Dr. Douglas Dorner
Christine and Tom Vilsack
Susan and Michael Woody
Helen Young
Eleanor and Dr. Robert Zeff

$500 - $999
Fredda (Ellen) and Richard Caplan
Mike Draper
Judith and Dr. Marshall Flapan
Heather Groben
Martha James and Michael Myszewski
Dr. Earl Kelley
Kevin Komos
Julie Lehman
Nancy and Bill Main
Cyril and John Mandelbaum
Isobel Osius
Jolene Pfaff
Jody and Stanley Reynolds
Sue Rutledge
Wells Fargo Employees

$1,000 - $9,999
Banker’s Trust
Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey
Christine Branstad and David Phillips
Dory Briles
Joyce and Rick Chapman
Teresa and David Chivers
City of Des Moines Employees
Monte Combe
Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C.
Easter Family Foundation
Ann and Steve Flood
Friends of Franklin Avenue Library
Dr. Carole Frier
Gartner Family Foundation
Wesley Graham
Tim Hickman
Humanities Iowa
Sasha Kamper
William C. Knapp Charitable Foundation
George & Kathleen Kochheiser Family Fund
Kum & Go
Lauridsen Family Endowment
Carolyn Lynner
Joan Middleton
Helen Redmond
Kay and Robert Riley, Jr.
Charles Rohm
John Ruan Foundation Trust
Susan Skinner and Mark Movic
Karen Shaff and Steven Jayne
Smith Family Foundation Trust
Martha Stephenson
Dawn Taylor
United Way of Central Iowa
Mary and Tom Urban
Susan and Carl Voss
Deborah and Douglas West
Wells Fargo
West Bank
Wild Rose Entertainment

$10,000 - $49,999
W.T. & Edna M. Dahl Trust
Meredith Corporation
John and Mary Pappajohn


Best Case Wines, LLC
William Friedricks
Hy-Vee Downtown
Ingersoll Wine & Spirits
Iowa State Fair
Koch Brothers
Meredith Corporation
The Des Moines Register
Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure

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