Winter Reading

Adult Winter Reading Program Rules

Read or listen to a book (ebooks count!), and go online to the Winter Reading page to fill out an online review form. The book and its review will be posted to the Winter Reading page on the Virtual Library. Every Friday, we’ll pick the best review and announce it on our Books and Beyond blog and the Winter Reading page. Reviews submitted after 12 p.m. on Friday will be eligible for the next week's drawing. Each weekly winning reviewer will receive a $10 gift card to Beaverdale Books. At the end of the program, all reviewers will be eligible to win a winter gift package. [more...]

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In the Stacks

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

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

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

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

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!

Summer Reading Lists

I love reading lists. I love when someone pulls together a list of good books, tells me a little about each one and then lets me choose my next read. I'll take a good reading list any time of the year, but I especially enjoy a summer reading list.

Book Bingo: Nonfiction and World Fiction

Are you participating in the Adult Summer Reading program? If you've picked up a Book Bingo form, you've seen the variety of reading challenges to complete. If you're not sure what you're going to read, or you're just looking for suggestions, we have them here.