ReadRover is a United Way, Women’s Leadership Connection, funded program that partners with the DMPL to provide literacy experiences to preschool age children in 11 different United Way supported child care centers in the Des Moines area. Lisa Stocksleger is the Read Rover reader for the program. Each week she visits 24 different classrooms to provide interactive story times for children ages 3 – 5 years. Lisa models for teachers the before, during and after strategies she uses to create interactive literacy experiences and develop early literacy skills. She also provides teachers with a monthly newsletter containing early literacy information, her monthly themes and songs and finger plays for those themes. In addition, Lisa and the DMPL provide library books for the teachers based on their weekly or monthly teaching themes. This provides classroom and teachers with more books and more literacy experiences.
The Des Moines Public Library, through the use of volunteers, offers home delivery of library materials to library patrons who are unable to visit the library facilities due to a physical disability or illness. Any resident of Des Moines who is homebound due to physical disability or illness is eligible. Homebound service is a free service, relying on volunteers to do the delivery and pickup and library staff to select materials. Books in large print, books in regular size print, books on compact disc, music CDs and magazines are available for homebound service. Contact the Des Moines Public Library branch nearest your home and ask to speak to the homebound services librarian.