Winter Reading: Week 4 Winner

Cover image of "The Boys on the Boat" by Daniel James Brown

I can't believe the Winter Reading Program is already over! Of course, the good news that comes with the end of the program is that it's also the end of February. Spring is just within our reach and we'll be celebrating warm temperatures in no time (hopefully). Thanks to everyone who particpated in this year's program! I enjoyed getting each of the reviews and sharing them with the DMPL community. What a great way to beat the cold and snow, and find new book recommendations. I'll be posting all of the reviews we received so that everyone can enjoy all the great suggestions.

Winter Reading: Week 3 Winner

Cover image of "Have Mother, Will Travel" by Claire and Mia Fontaine

Another great week of reviews for the Winter Reading Program! Thanks to everyone who participated. Remember, there is one week left to participate! All you have to do is read a book (and who isn't reading during this freezing cold weather?!) and fill out a review form. It's that simple and you'll be entered in the weekly drawing and the grand prize drawing. Here is this week's winning review:

Winter Reading: Week 2 Winner

Cover image of "March: Book One" by John Lewis

Wow! What a great week for Winter Reading! I’m so impressed with the reviews that were submitted and excited to add many of the titles to my own reading list. I hope you enjoy writing your reviews as much as I enjoy getting them! Thanks to everyone who has participated so far and keep those reviews coming. Here is this week's winning review:

Winter Reading: Week 1 Winner

Cover image of "Private Vegas" by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Thanks to everyone who participated in the first week of the Adult Winter Reading Program! After that big snow storm, it was the perfect time to stay in and read. We had some great reviews the first week and we'll be posting them all here throughout this week, so keep checking back. You may find your next read here! First up: Week 1 Winner!

Adult Winter Reading Program

Adult Winter Reading Program poster

Although February is the shortest month of the year, it sometimes seems to last forever -- especially after a storm dumps 10 inches of snow! To help you get through the month, the Des Moines Public Library is going to celebrate the season with a Winter Reading Program! It’s really easy — all you need to do is read a book and then tell us about it.  After you’ve finished your book, go online to and submit a review.

Piano Rock: From Elton John to Jack's Mannequin

The album cover for Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

The piano was a commonly used instrument in the days of rock and roll. When musicians started upping the volume, the result was rock, which favored electronic keyboards over the traditional piano. Nevertheless, Elton John and Billy Joel showed what could be done with a rockin' attitude and a baby grand. Although few followed their lead intially, since the nineties, a number of musicians have chosen the classic instrument over its electronic offspring.