Recognition & Awards


February Birdies for Charity Spotlight - February 1, 2021

New Chapters: Libraries For At-Risk Youth

From shiny Kindles to crowded bookstores, the number of ways to access books is almost unlimited and probably something most take for granted. However, most children who live in a crisis shelter or receive mental health care at a treatment facility do not have the luxury of utilizing a school or public library. Luckily…

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Business Record - 2018 Pillars of Philanthropy Issue

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award

Stacie Plamer left the workforce when her second child was born, and for more than two decades she dedicated her time, talent and treasure to building literacy, opportunity and hope for the at-risk youth of Greater Des Moines.

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Orchard Place - November 6, 2018

Money Can’t Buy Happiness, But It Can Buy A Book

What were once relatively unused spaces at the Orchard Place Campus, are now three busy libraries and a family sitting room thanks to the organization, New Chapters: Libraries For At-Risk Youth.

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DSM Magazine - October 29, 2018

Room to Read

Libraries at residential facilities help at-risk youth ‘imagine and wonder.’

Stacie Palmer isn’t the target audience for young adult fiction.  But ever since she made it her mission to put books into the hands of Des Moines’ at-risk youth, she finds she rarely reads anything else.

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