Books and Beyond

Welcome to Books and Beyond -- the Des Moines Public Library’s new blog for adults! Here you’ll find details about library events and other happenings around Des Moines. We’ll also keep you updated on the library’s newest technology, resources and services. Check in regularly for book, movie and music information, to get a book recommendation, including Blurbs from the Backlist, or to read the latest news on libraries, authors, books and beyond!

Winter Reading Program: Week 4 Winner

Book cover for "A Game of Thrones" by George R. R. Martin

I woke up to snow falling two mornings this week! If this hasn't been the perfect winter to stay home and read, I don't know what is. I hear we may have some warmer weather next week, but there are still two more weeks to participate in the Winter Reading Program. Keep reading and keep sending us your reviews! Thanks to everyone who has participated so far! Here is this week's winner:

Winter Reading Program: Week 3 Winner

Cover image for "Object Lessons: The Paris Review presents the Art of the Short Story"

We’re halfway through the Winter Reading Program! After three weeks, we’ve had some great reviews and recommendations. This week has been a doozy — lots of snow, cold temperatures and no promise of a reprieve anytime soon.  That means it’s the perfect time to stay in and curl up with a good book. Week 4 started today at noon and goes until next Friday — plenty of time to read and review. Enjoy!

Here is this week's winning review:

Winter Reading -- Week 1 Reviews

Book cover of "The Son" by Philipp Meyer

Week 2 of the Winter Reading Program is in full swing — have you submitted your review this week? We had some great reviews last week and I wanted to share them with everyone to enjoy. There was a variety of books, from young adult fiction to mysteries and a western. Thanks to everyone who submitted a review the first week, and don’t forget to keep reading and reviewing for a chance to win!

Winter Reading Program: Week 1 Winner

Cover of "Adulting" by Kelly Williams Brown

The first week of our Winter Reading Program is complete! Thanks to everyone who has participated so far and submitted reviews. It’s been so much fun to read about what you’re reading, and I’ve already put a few of the reviewed books on my reading list! We’ve still got five weeks to go and we’re hoping to get more reviews each week. If you’re curled up at home with a good book, tell us about it! Go online to to submit a review. And now, the winning review:

Adult Winter Reading Program

Adult Winter Reading Program poster

For book lovers, there’s not much better than curling up with a good book, blanket and a cup of tea on a cold winter night or day. And because the winter can sometimes seem like it will never end, the Des Moines Public Library is going to celebrate staying in with a Winter Reading Challenge! 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.

Keep your New Year's resolutions

Cover of "Focus" by Daniel Goleman

We’re almost halfway through January -- how are your New Year’s resolutions going?! Those pesky resolutions seem like a good idea during the holidays, but it can be difficult to follow through when you’re back to work, school or whatever else keeps you busy. Plus, it’s cold out there, and it can be hard to get motivated when it’s dark at 5 p.m. and the wind is blowing.


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