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 April 15, 2017 through July 15, 2017. We apologize for any errors or omissions. Please contact us, and we will make corrections.

A recent note from donors: “The public library is a big part of our lives. Thanks for being there.”

In Honor of

Dory Briles
Kristi L. Lozier

Shirley Shiffler
Dory Briles

Rachel Stuaffer
Morgan Stanley

Sue Woody
PEO Chapter HF

Dick & Mary Terp
60th Wedding Anniversary
Janice Thomas
Jeanne Lapp

In Memory of

Catherine Elliott
Iowa Antiques Association

Betty Gottschalk
Barbara and David Geller
Cyril A. Mandelbaum

Shirley Greufe
Des Moines Public Library Staff Association
Shari Olson

Dewey Royce Heaton
Donna & Paul Bebensee
Jane Headrick
Maura Broderick & James Russell
Candace and Robert Rankin
Jan and Layton Stump

George Heid
Karen Baker
Cat Bierling
Dory Briles
Tina Brooks
Deborah Cox
Des Moines Public Library Foundation
Des Moines Public Library Staff Association
Sandy Deyoe
Nanette Hall
Tania Kac
Chris Knox
Cathy Newton
Shari Olson
Dora Pimentel
Linda Roe
Kris Sheaffer
Shirley & Burke Shiffler
Sue Woody
Kate Young

Sarah Hesnard
Amy Peterson

Jeffrey Hockett
Leanne & Bob Kennard

Sam Kalainov
Margo & Don Blumenthal
Joyce and Wendell Downing

Nancy Kengla Jones
Proteus Club

Winifred Kelley
Judy McCoy Davis

Jane LaMair
Iowa Antique Association

Alfred Leiserowitz
Yvonne and Jon Alsip
Jan Kaiser
Rebecca Papian
Gloria Perry
Barb & Bruce Sherman

Cynthia R. Mitchell
Rosemary Connolly

Frances Nassif
Mary Cosimo

Dr. Joseph G. Schupp
Julie Carpenter
Margret & Bryan Close
Judy McCoy Davis
Joyce & Wen Downing
Carol & Mark Engebretson
Lisa Hubbell
Mary & Kevin Krause
Marsha & Tim Lind
Madison Elementary Sunshine Club
Marlene Sarby
Gaskins, Bennett, Birrell, Schupp LLP
M.A. Vickers
Lori & Todd Watters

Ella June Vilsack
Cyril & John Mandelbaum
Kay Runge

Sophie Vlassis
Kathryn A. Griffin


$1,000 - $9,999
BWA Foundation
City of Des Moines Employees
Stephanie & Steve Devolder
Easter Family Foundation
Forest Avenue Library Endowment
Gunderson Family Foundation
Sara & Steve Marquardt
Diane & Roger Munns
Mary & John Pappajohn
Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino
Maryanne & Robert Sobiech
United Way of Central Iowa
Nancy Woods

$500 - $999
Sue Rutledge Brenton & J.C. (Buz) Brenton
Shirley & Raymond Michel
Susan Moore
Paul & Claudia Schickler
Eliza Ovrom & Mark Schuling
Emily & Fred Weitz

$250 - $499
Mary Lou Andrews
Beaverdale Books
Burnett Family Foundation
Marilyn and Frank Carroll
Dr. Hal & Avril Chase
Mary Middleton
State of Iowa Employees
Martha Stephenson
Mathilde Brown & Richard Swanson
Wells Fargo Employees

$100 - $249
Jody Caswell
M J Dolan
Carole Frier
Cindy Helgason
Carolyn Hunter
Marion & Paul E. Johnson
Luhrs Family Fund
Mary L. Lynch
William Nassif
John Nelson
Dr. Franci Phelan & Dr. Randal Peters
John Pollak & Nancy Crowfoot
Mary Quandt
Charlotte H. Stickler
Kristin R. Totagamuwa
United Way Contributors
Teresa Vens

Up to $99
Lee Ann Bakros
Tally Bervid
Mary Ellen Corll
Marguerite Fitch & Ben Allen
Marta Hawkins
Robert Jewett
Arvind Kakani
Mary & Raymond Keables
Linh Nguyen
Nora Nurre
Laura Pearson
Donna & Kenneth Reams
Diana Rezac
Martha Rhoades
C T Rinkel, Jr.
Barbara Rosst
Virginia E. Smith
DeAnn and Brian Thompson
Wellmark Employees
Julie L. Williams
Janet M. Wise


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