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Last fall a survey was put out by the Van Meter Public Library to ask for community input about library services. This year the survey can be completed online, or paper copies will be available at the Van Meter Public Library and the Van Meter City Hall.
Please comment on what you have experienced in the last year and what you would like to see for programs and materials in the future year. The survey will remain open through October 31st.


What is happening at your Van Meter Public Library?


Special events

Remembering the Orphans on Thursday, October 18th 7:00 p.m.

This presentation will summarize the historical era known as the Orphan Train Movement that took place in the US, dating 1854-1929. Speaker Lori Vicker is a retired reading specialist, who has taught in Van Meter and who travels the state sharing her interest and enthusiasm for this little known and forgotten era of history. A bibliography will be provided to highlight popular non-fiction and historical fiction for your reading interest.

Lori’s interest in this topic began while teaching Children’s and Adolescent Literature for Viterbo University when she met Mary McClain, an orphan train rider decedent who shared her mother’s experience with teachers in Lori’s classes. Lori’s display includes vintage children’s clothing similar to what might have been worn while traveling westward. She has frequently visited the National Orphan Train Museum in Concordia, Kansas where she has acquired many books and artifacts.

Time will be allotted for your questions.


Hallow-Teen on Thursday, October 26th 5:30 p.m

Teens and tweens – join us for a showing of The Ring (PG-13) at the Van Meter Public Library. If you are under the age of 13 you will need parental permission. Pizza and beverages will be provided. So we can know what to order you MUST call and reserve a spot! (515) 996-2435


Every week

Tech Tuesdays

Drop by with your questions about technology or make an appointment for a more involved issue. If we cannot answer it that day, we will find the answer!  If there is interest, we will schedule classes on e-books, Facebook, or Microsoft programs.  Let us know what you need.


Story Time on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

There will be stories, puppets, rhymes and songs. We will end with a craft!


Tween/Teen Crafting on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a fun craft, all supplies will be provided.


Toddler Time on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for interactive play, puppets, rhymes, stories, and finger plays!


Movie Matinee on Fridays at 1:45 p.m.

A child friendly movie will be shown every Friday afternoon.




Monday        10:00 – 5:00

Tuesday        12:00 – 8:00

Wednesday  10:00 – 5:00

Thursday      12:00 – 8:00

Friday           10:00 – 5:00

Saturday      10:00 – 3:00

Sunday         Closed

If you have any questions call the Van Meter Public Library at (515) 996-2435.