With Valentine's Day occuring this week, we invited Iowa Romance Novelists President Jan Walters on the podcast. Jan shares with us a new book from an Iowa author and a romantic paranormal series she loves that was recently completed. She also talks about her own books and shares how working with Iowa Romance Novelists has made her a better writer.
It’s the winter that never ends. More snow fell again last night. You’re probably tired of shoveling and wiping the snow off your car, and the kids have cabin fever. Don’t you wish you were on an island right now? Take a mental break and find paradise in your mind by reading one of these eight books set on islands across the globe.
Award season continues with the Grammy Awards this Sunday. You may not be able make it to Los Angeles to see some of music’s biggest stars walk the red carpet, but you can see them rock the stage from the comfort of your home with the Des Moines Public Library's Qello streaming service. Qello has hundreds of live concerts and music documentaries featuring modern pop stars, classic rockers, and more.
Your library card can get you more than just books! We have a huge digital collection – including TV streaming services, eAudiobooks, newspaper subscriptions, digital yearbooks, and more – that you can access for FREE. If you’ve got questions about everything your library card can do, our staff can help! Here are a few of the things in the digital collection that we’ve been loving in the month of January.
With bitter cold temperatures settling in this week, the Des Moines Public Library is here for those who need to get out of the cold. All library branches are official Des Moines Warming Centers. For people that need to spend time in the library during this cold spell: what is there to do here?
What she does: Librarian at Franklin Avenue branch. My primary job is customer service. I work at most of the public service desks at Franklin so I’m helping people find their books, upload their resumes, figure out what to read next, use our apps for eBooks, start their first email account, etc. Behind the scenes I spend a lot of time planning the staff schedule and helping the branch manager with administrative tasks.
After a nominally pleasant November and December, it's fair to say winter is having its revenge. With the frigid temperatures and recent snow storms, the need to take refuge on the couch with a blanket and a book is understandable. We've put together a list of books that can transport you to a winter-like atmosphere without the need for a heavy coat, mittens, and boots.
Despite being closed today for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we still have programs happening each day this week at the library. We have just a sampling of programs below; be sure to go to our online events calendar for a full listing of programs.
It's impossible to predict the future with 100% accuracy, but who's to say we can't try? We think these 11 books will be worth your while in 2019. Women and true crime take center stage, but there are also books about The Troubles in Northern Ireland, a gunslinger in the Wild West, the world beneath our feet, and more.
Iowa native Paul Kix joins us on the DMPL Podcast today. Kix, who grew up in Hubbard, is the author of The Saboteur. The book details the life of Robert de La Rochefoucauld, a French aristocrat-turned-resistance fighter in WWII. During the podcast, Kix talks about:
We're excited to have you at the library this week. With so many great programs happening, there's something for everyone. We have just a sampling of programs below; be sure to go to our online events calendar for a full listing of programs.
Eleven days into the New Year, it’s time to take a look at your resolutions. Life has picked up to its normal pace. Perhaps the focus on your resolutions has started to slip to the wayside. Thankfully, the library is here to help. We’ve found books in our collection related to common resolutions, as well as some that will help you stay motivated as you work through your resolutions and make yourself a better person. You'll discover perseverance in these pages.
It's the best time of the year - the time where we all look at our To Be Read list and say "Yes, I will finish that large pile of books this year." Perhaps you want to read new genres, finish a series, or read a certain number of books. Maybe you're even taking part in the DMPL Reading Challenge (you can still sign up!). Some of our staff shared what their resolutions are this year, and we've posted their responses below. Let us know what your goals are.
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