45 episodes

A new podcast about books, reading, and public libraries. Together we'll learn about the ins and outs of the West Des Moines Public Library through interviews with staff members, book recommendations, and learning about all the cool and different library resources, services, and programs they provide.

In This Day and Page WDM Public Library

    • Arts

A new podcast about books, reading, and public libraries. Together we'll learn about the ins and outs of the West Des Moines Public Library through interviews with staff members, book recommendations, and learning about all the cool and different library resources, services, and programs they provide.

    Episode 46: Exploring Our Learning Kits (November 6, 2023)

    Episode 46: Exploring Our Learning Kits (November 6, 2023)

    In today’s episode, we sat down with our Head of Youth Services, Jenna Ehler. She highlighted some of the new learning kits we recently added to our collection and shared how our patrons can start checking them out and exploring them at home. Check out a Learning Kit here.

    • 14 min
    Episode 45: Talking Children's Book Publishing with Brooke Van Sickle (October 23, 2023)

    Episode 45: Talking Children's Book Publishing with Brooke Van Sickle (October 23, 2023)

    In today’s episode, we sat down with local picture book author Brooke Van Sickle. Not only is Brooke the author of three picture books, but she is the creator of a children’s publishing house called Bibliokid Publishing. Through Bibliokid and her blog, Journey to Kidlit, she has helped over thirty picture book authors realize their dreams of getting published.

    • 19 min
    Episode 44: Celebrating Banned Books Week (October 2, 2023)

    Episode 44: Celebrating Banned Books Week (October 2, 2023)

    In today’s episode, we sat down with our Library Director Darryl Eschete. If you’re listening to this episode between October 1-7, it’s Banned Books Week. While we chatted, Darryl shared the historical context behind Banned Books Week and explained why we celebrate here at the West Des Moines Public Library. Learn more about it at BannedBooksWeek.org.

    • 33 min
    Episode 43: Memory Care Storytime (September 18, 2023)

    Episode 43: Memory Care Storytime (September 18, 2023)

    In today’s episode, we sat down with our Homebound and Outreach Assistant Betsy Richter. Betsy wears many hats in the outreach world, but one of her newest is coordinating memory care storytimes and kits to eldercare facilities in our community. She shares what inspired her to start this program and why it’s so important to engage with our population experiencing cognitive decline. Learn more about this program by visiting: https://www.wdmlibrary.org/services/outreach/elder-care-facilities

    • 24 min
    Episode 42: Happy National Intern Day, Ben! (July 27, 2023)

    Episode 42: Happy National Intern Day, Ben! (July 27, 2023)

    In today’s episode, we sat down with our Youth Services Summer Intern Ben Siegal in honor of National Intern Day! He spoke with us about his experience working at the West Des Monies Public Library for the summer as well as plans for his future.

    • 13 min
    Episode 41: WDM Library Staff Celebrate National Library Week (April 24, 2023)

    Episode 41: WDM Library Staff Celebrate National Library Week (April 24, 2023)

    In today’s episode, we’re sitting down with four library staff members in honor of National Library Week. First, we’ll speak with Susan Greenwood, the Library’s Administrative Secretary. Next we’ll chat with Megan Hartman, a Youth Services Assistant. Third on the list is Rachel Bussan, our Collection Services Specialist. And last but certainly not least we’ll talk with Chris Mortimore, one of our hardworking Circulation Clerks. National Library Week is a yearly, week-long celebration that highlights our nation's libraries, library workers' contributions and promotes library use and support.

    • 22 min

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