Reduced Services at All DMPL Locations

All Des Moines Public Library locations have reduced in-person services at this time. Browsing will be unavailable, and public computers will only be available at Central Library by appointment. Curbside Pickup will continue at all locations. Go HERE for all the details about this decision and to see our new hours, services, and offerings at each DMPL location.

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DMPL Podcast: Seven Questions with Adam Higginbotham

On the latest DMPL Podcast, AViD author Adam Higginbotham joins us for seven questions! Learn what stories shaped his writing styles, why he found himself at the very very top of the Empire State Building, and what his next book is going to be about. Apple Podcasts/iTunes | Google P...

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Book Chat's Favorite Books of 2020

Janeé and Rebecca, with the Book Chat team, join host Aaron to chat about their favorite books this year. What made them laugh? What made them cry? What made 2020 a great year for reading? Listen to the podcast to find out, and be sure to check out the show notes to see other books they loved that t...

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DMPL AViD Podcast: 7 Questions with Kate Quinn

It's the first episode in our latest AViD Podcast Series! Kate Quinn answers seven questions about her books, what she reads, how she writes, and more. After you're done listening to the podcast, be sure to register for her AViD event next Wednesday, December 9, at 7:00 PM! You can do so at the AViD...

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DMPL Podcast: Scott Chantler, Author of 'Bix'

Eisner-nominated artist Scott Chantler joins us on the DMPL Podcast today to discuss his newest graphic novel Bix. It's a biography of Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke, a Davenport native and a revered member of the Golden Age of Jazz in the 1920s and 1930s.  Chantler and host Aaron Gerne...

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Book Picks Podcast: All the Feels

Gen and Katie from the Book Chat team join the podcast today to talk about books that give them "all the feels." They both picked one "swoony" book, one "scary" book, and one "funny" book to share, creating a delightful podcast full of fun reads for the holidays. Apple Podcasts/iTunes |&...

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DMPL Podcast: Iowa Author Debra Landwehr Engle

On today's podcast, host Aaron Gernes talks with Iowa author Debra Landwehr Engle, whose novel Twenty came out this past spring. It follows an Iowa woman named Meg, who, in the midst of grief, depression, and loss, makes a decision to take a mysterious substance that a doctor says will ca...

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DMPL Podcast: Spooky Stories with Janeé

On today's DMPL Podcast, Janeé with the Book Chat team is here to discuss her favorite genre, horror. She's picked out six books - two children's, two YA/Teen, and two adult titles - to chat with us about today. Apple Podcasts/iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Sti...

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DMPL Podcast: Latinx Heritage Month

On the latest episode of the DMPL Podcast, we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with some great books by Latinx authors. Janeé is up first to talk about kid's books, and then we're joined by Elizabeth, who gives us some adult book selections: Apple Podcasts/iTunes | Google Play |...

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DMPL Podcast: Non-Traditional Format Book Picks

Today on the podcast, Carrie recommends some books that are in non-traditional formats. This is one of the twelve categories in this year's ongoing DMPL Reading Challenge. Don't forget - it's not too late to sign up and take part in the Reading Challenge! Apple Podcasts/iTunes | Goo...

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DMPL Podcast: Kali White, Author of 'The Monsters We Make'

Iowa author Kali White joins us on the newest edition of the DMPL Podcast. White's newest novel, The Monsters We Make, was released last month. It is set in Des Moines in the mid 1980s and is partially based on the real-life Des Moines Register paperboy disappearances of that time. You may...

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Book Picks Podcast: Magical Realism

On the latest episode of the DMPL Podcast, Book Chat's Alissa joins us to discuss Magical Realism books. As Alissa says in the podcast, magical realism is "a realist fiction that blends magic into the everyday world," with deep roots in Latin American literary traditions. Apple Podcasts/iTune...

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DMPL Podcast: Iowa Author Cheryl Mullenbach

Today on the podcast, we welcome Iowa author Cheryl Mullenbach. Cheryl has penned several books, including her newest, Stagecoach Women, which comes out next month. The book encompasses the expansive history of women in the old west, including drivers, bandits, gunslingers, and more. During the...

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DMPL Podcast: Iowa Author Nicole Baart

Iowa author Nicole Baart joins us on the DMPL Podcast today. She is the author of nine books, including her latest, You Were Always Mine. You Were Always Mine is a domestic suspense novel centered on a widow, her late husband's suspicious death, and the family she must hold together through her grie...

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