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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 http://dmpl.org/winter-reading and submit a review.

Best Books of 2014

Collage of the best books of 2014.
One of the great things about the end of the year is the “best of” lists. There’s no shortage of opinions on the best books of the year, and the lists are great for reading recommendations and gift ideas! Here are a few lists of the best books of 2014:
 

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!

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!

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