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In the Stacks

Cover image of "The Gift" by Cecelia Ahern

In the Stacks —  formerly known as Blurbs from the Backlist —  is a great way to find good books that you might not know about or haven't had a chance to read yet. These are books that are currently available in the Des Moines Public Library, meaning you could take one home today!

In the Stacks

Cover image of "Vampires in the lemon grove" by Karen Russell

In the Stacks —  formerly known as Blurbs from the Backlist —  is a great way to find good books that you might not know about or haven't had a chance to read yet. These are books that are currently available in the Des Moines Public Library, meaning you could take one home today!

Lovin' Lerner & Loewe

DVD cover of the 1958 movie Gigi.

Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick “Fritz” Loewe were a highly successful mid-twentieth century songwriting team that wrote lovely, romantic musicals for Broadway and Hollywood. Among their best-known shows are Paint Your Wagon, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, and Camelot.

To finish, or not to finish

Library shelf of books

You know that moment when you're excited to curl up with a book? You can't wait to sit down and start a new one, or keep working through a good one, or a finish a really great one. It's pretty exciting and one of the many things that makes reading so wonderful. But what about that other moment — the moment you would normally be excited to sit down and read, but what you're reading just isn't doing it for you. The moment when you ignore your book in favor of something else.

In the Stacks

Cover image of "Decisive" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

In the Stacks —  formerly known as Blurbs from the Backlist —  is a great way to find good books that you might not know about or haven't had a chance to read yet. These are books that are currently available in the Des Moines Public Library, meaning you could take one home today!

Fall Reading Lists

Fall Reading List collage

The end of 2014 is almost here, which means there are plenty of new books arriving on the shelves. And, if you've read this blog before, you probably know how much I love reading lists. There's so much to read out there, so I always appreciate recommendations from others. You inevitably pick up something you were already planning to read, something you didn't think you would like and something you didn't even know about. Hopefully you'll find all three in the lists I've provided here.

In the Stacks

Cover image of "The Leftovers" by Tom Perrotta

In the Stacks -- formerly known as Blurbs from the Backlist -- is a great way to find good books that you might not know about or haven't had a chance to read yet. These are books that are currently available in the Des Moines Public Library, meaning you could take one home today!

The Accidental Revelations of Sanborn Maps - A Great Introduction

Des Moines, 1884 Sanborn Map from Library of Congress

Have you used the library's collection of Sanborn maps for family history research? They are a great resource for a family historian attempting to identify property owned by ancestors. Sanborn maps can also show the evolution of a city, including residences, businesses, schools, churches, and mining companies (a surprisingly popular topic)...

In the Stacks

Cover image of "The telling room" by Michael Paterniti

In the Stacks -- formerly known as Blurbs from the Backlist -- is a great way to find good books that you might not know about or haven't had a chance to read yet. These are books that are currently available in the Des Moines Public Library, meaning you could take one home today!

In the Stacks

Cover image of "Cinnamon and gunpowder" by Eli Brown

In the Stacks -- formerly known as Blurbs from the Backlist -- is a great way to find good books that you might not know about or haven't had a chance to read yet. These are books that are currently available in the Des Moines Public Library, meaning you could take one home today!