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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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.

Read Women 2014

Have you heard? 2014 is the Year of Reading Women. Information released last year from VIDA, an organization dedicated to women in literary arts, highlighted the disparity between how male and female authors and book reviewers are treated.

Book Bingo: Iowa Authors and Book to Movie

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.

Book Bingo: Short Stories and Mysteries

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.

Book Bingo: Chunksters and DMPL Staff Shelf

Are you participating in the Adult Summer Reading program? If you've already 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.

Adult Summer Reading Program

Happy Summer! Here at the Des Moines Public Library, the start of summer is official when the Summer Reading program begins. This year, in addition to the children's and teen programs, we're also offering a program for adults.

Comfort Reading

We all — well, most of us — have a go-to comfort food. Mine is macaroni and cheese. But what about comfort reading? For me, comfort reading is being able to sit down with a particular book that makes me feel good.