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All Buildings Remain Closed, Curbside Service Available

All Des Moines Public Library buildings remain closed to the public until further notice as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Patrons can now place new holds on materials, and curbside pickup service is available at all locations. Read more about that HERE

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Fun in the Kitchen: Kid's Cookbooks and Books About Food

Spending time together in the kitchen is a great way to shake up the time you spend together as a family. When you cook together, you talk together, and kids can work on motor skills by scooping, pouring, and dumping. Writing out recipes together is a great way to work on spelling and writing as wel...

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Make Tonight a Movie Night: Borrow DVDs for Free

Any night can be a free movie night when you borrow a movie from the Des Moines Public Library! We know you love checking out books via curbside pickup, but don't forget about our massive DVD selection as well, featuring more than 15,000 titles.  Right now you can borrow tons of popular movi...

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Play Ball: Baseball Books to Prepare for the New Season

We're (hopefully) less than two weeks from the first pitch of the 2020 Major League Baseball season. It's been a long wait, but with luck, at least one of these books will be enough to hold you over until we hear "Play Ball!" for the first time this year. We have books for adults and children on thi...

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Beach Reads

It's the start of an unconventional holiday weekend. Though there may not be as much sand and travel in store for the 4th of July this year, it's good to remember "the beach" can be a state of mind. Kick back and relax, wherever you are this weekend, and grab one of these easy reads while enjoying y...

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Dad-Approved: Books for and about Dads

Father's Day is Sunday. You know what Dad really enjoys? The perfect book. We've compiled a list of books below that will definitely whet your dad's whistle, no matter his interests. Whether it covers one of his hobbies, provides inspirational messages, or gives father and child a chance t...

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The Five Simple Steps to Success

It's never too early to begin introducing books into your child's life. Even before they begin learning to read, children are developing skills that will help them learn sounds, write letters, and recognize words. Just hearing both new and numerous words has been proven to give children a head start...

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What Should I Read? A Librarian Answers

With the opening of our curbside pickup program, as well as the thousands of copies of eBooks and eAudiobooks available, we know our patrons are eager to add their "to be read" list. Librarian Sarah Lane has been busy reading, as she always is. She picked out nine of her favorite reads duri...

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Racial Justice and Antiracism: A Book List

Anger. Sadness. Helplessness. That is how people are feeling right now as protests grip the nation – including in Des Moines – in response to the death of George Floyd, the African-American man who was killed when a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes as he c...

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PRIDE Month - Resources & Books

June is Pride Month! Though Capital City Pride has canceled Des Moines' annual celebration of the LGBTQ community due to concerns over the COVID pandemic, we wanted to help start the month with a list of local resources utilized by the LGBTQ community, as well as some book recommendations for reader...

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One Week with Mango

The library’s free language-learning program, Mango, offers the chance to learn dozens of language from across the globe, including Spanish, Mandarin, German, Japanese, and many others. Beginning the process of learning a language can typically be intimidating and overwhelming: You open up an app an...

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The Most Popular Items During Self-Isolation

During this time of social distancing and isolation, our patrons are using the library's digital materials than ever before. In fact, April saw a record number of eBooks checked out (by a wide margin). We wanted to know what you've been reading, requesting, and watching on Libby an...

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5 Authors You Can Only Find on RBDigital

We know you all love Libby, but there’s another eAudiobook service that offers titles you can’t find *anywhere* else. You may have heard of RBDigital before – fun fact, the RB stands for “Recorded Books” – but have you spent time looking at their library? It’s full of exclusive eAudiobooks from seve...

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Armchair Travel Book Picks

Real talk: You're STILL stuck inside, and you're starting to get sick of your TBR book list. So our librarians put together a list of book suggestions to help you see the world ... from your bed or living room.  ...

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