Library Card Sign-Up Month at Des Moines Public Library

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Even if you already have a library card, you may not realize everything that you can do with your card. With a myriad of ways to use your card, we want to help you get started. Below we've listed seven of the countless ways your library card can help you use the library to its full potential:

6 Films to Watch on Kanopy Right Now

Kanopy Front Page

Some of the best films in history are now available at the touch of your fingers, for free! We're excited to launch Kanopy at the Des Moines Public Library. Kanopy is an on-demand streaming service with a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries. (Residency restrictions apply - cardholders must live in Des Moines or rural Polk County to access the service.)

New Books to Read for the Reading Challenge

DMPL Reading Challenge

There have been tons of great new books released in 2019 - certainly more than you can keep up with on your To Be Read list. That said, if you need to fill some holes in your categories for The 2019 DMPL Reading Challenge, we have you covered. We didn't suggest these books at the beginning of the year, because they hadn't been released yet. Now that they're on our shelves, you should grab them. 

Top 5 Books and DVDs of the Year Thus Far

Top 5

The year is just over halfway through, and it's time to take a look at what you, our patrons, are reading this year. We've identified the top five most requested fiction and nonfiction books and DVDs of the year so far. You'll probably recognize most of the names on the list, and you may have even seen one or two of these authors recently - our AViD authors have been very popular this year!

Finding the Answers to Your Questions

Research Team

Do you have a nagging question that you just can't answer? Whether you're looking to settle a quibble over a piece of trivia or need a deep dive on genealogical research, you can find your answers at the Des Moines Public Library. Librarians are research experts, and the Des Moines Public Library research team assists people across the world. Since 2013, this group has assisted patrons in six countries, 38 states, and 229 cities. 

Catchin' Them All and Making Friends


Nothing brings together kids of all ages like our Pokémon programs. At several of our branches, including the Franklin Avenue Library and the East Side Library, we have Pokémon Clubs, Pokémon card swaps, and other Pokémon activities. These programs serve a purpose beyond excited chatter and colorful crafts. Youth librarian Jen Leveck says when you get all sorts of kids together, it helps them learn to socialize.

Bilingual Storytimes and More at the Library

Bilingual Storytime

There’s a new face walking around the Forest Avenue Library. The bilingual storytimes are back on the schedule, and Lesvia Juarez is the new bilingual storyteller. “Les,” as she likes to be called, has previously worked as the childcare director at St. Anthony’s school and as part of Lutheran Services of Iowa’s HOPES program, which helped serve parents and children from pregnancy to age 5.