Meet Your Neighbors
Strong communities actively include and engage people of all backgrounds. The “Meet Your Neighbors” program offers opportunities to understand why people from all around the world are making West Des Moines and surrounding communities their new home. Through activities, workshops, and discussions, “Meet Your Neighbors” will give long-term residents and newcomers a chance to meet and get to know one another! Inspired by groups around the nation hosting similar events, we believe the best place to find out about your new neighbors is from your new neighbors themselves.
All events and activities are free. We look forward to seeing you!
As our neighborhoods grow more diverse, our community is enriched by new voices, different experiences, and unique perspectives.
Recognizing this, WDMCS Community Education partnered with West Des Moines Public Library to create the Meet Your Neighbors Story Boxes. Each Story Box focuses on a different cultural group found in our WDMCS neighborhoods. We believe that shared stories, food, crafts, music, and activities can foster understanding across difference and help us be good neighbors to all who make the West Des Moines area their home.
What You’ll Find Inside
Inside each Story Box, you’ll find both fiction and nonfiction books, music, and a reading and listening guide you can use at home or in your classroom.
While not every country, culture, or experience is represented in a Story Box, we hope the included books will serve as an entry point for learning. If you have suggestions about how we might better represent the experiences of our neighbors in different regions around the world, please fill out our feedback form.
We hope these Story Boxes will be useful tools to engage young children with materials that reflect their experience, as well as invite the whole community to learn from our neighbors both near and far.
Story Boxes are available for checkout at the West Des Moines Public Library.
Intercultural Outreach Office
Learning Resource Center
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265