Curbside Pickup Service Begins Monday, June 1

All Des Moines Public Library buildings will be 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 begins June 1. Read more about that HERE

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Meet the Librarian: Kate Young

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 accoun...

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Warm Up at the Library This Week

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?...

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7 Winter-Themed Books to Read While You're Inside and Warm

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 winte...

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What's Happening at Your DMPL (01/21-01/27)

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. You can also sign up for our ema...

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11 New Fiction Books You'll Want to Read This Year

It’s going to be a tremendous year in fiction. Award-winning authors are returning with new novels, hotly anticipated series are launching, and we even have a sequel 24 years in the making. Take a look at what books we’re most looking forward to in 2019. ...

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11 New Nonfiction Books You'll Want to Read in 2019

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...

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DMPL Podcast: 'The Saboteur' Author Paul Kix

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: Finding out about La Ro...

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What's Happening at Your DMPL (01/14-01/20)

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. You can also sign up for our email new...

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9 Books to Help With Your New Year's Resolutions

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...

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Ask the Staff: New Year's Reading Resolutions

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 Challeng...

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The 2019 Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) Lineup is Here

We are thrilled to announce this year's Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) lineup. Six guests will be visiting, beginning in March. This year's lineup includes best-selling writers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a National Book Award finalist, a Man Booker Prize finalist and NAACP Ima...

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7 Days, 7 Events at Your DMPL (01/07-01/13)

Happy Monday! The Des Moines Public Library is open for a full week this week, and we're excited about everything going on. We have just a sampling of programs below; be sure to go to our online events calendar for a full listing of programs. You can also sign up for our email newslet...

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Manga Takes Center Stage with a New Mural

A new mural is spicing up the Forest Avenue Library. A manga-inspired piece by local artist Bill Barnes is now covering the library’s back wall. We sat down with Jen Thomas, a library assistant at Forest, to talk about the project. Jenn is a manga enthusiast and was the point person at the libr...

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8 Must-Read Books Coming Out in January

Happy New Year! With the calendar flipping to 2019, there's a new opportunity to find "the best book I read this year." These eight books are just some of the great books the industry is buzzing about right now. Whether you're looking for a mystical fantasy, a page-turning thriller, or a real-l...

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7 Days, 7 Events at Your DMPL (12/31-01/06)

Hello! Celebrate the New Year at the library this year. All branches will be closed tomorrow, January 1, to celebrate the New Year. We will reopen as scheduled on Wednesday, January 2.  This week, we have movies, crafts, and games to keep you busy! Storytimes are back on as scheduled, except fo...

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