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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Rosie's Corner: January 2019

We hope the holidays are treating you well! Whether you're reading this from your computer at work, on your phone in the car, or on your laptop on the couch at home, we know your mind may be starting to wander to the new year. We have lots of great things coming up in January, including programs, ev...

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Introducing: The 2019 DMPL Reading Challenge

Do you like reading books? Do you like winning cash? We thought so, so we made a contest just for you. It's time to tell you about the 2019 DMPL Reading Challenge.  What is the 2019 DMPL Reading Challenge? The Reading Challenge is simple. We're asking you to read 12 books in 12 month...

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7 Days, 7 Events at Your DMPL (12/24-12/30)

Happy Holidays! All branches of the Des Moines Public Library are closed today, December 24, and tomorrow, December 25. Our branches will open for their normal hours on Wednesday, December 26. With our doors shut for two days, we're packing in the fun the rest of the week and keeping you entertained...

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Most Popular Books of 2018: Adult Fiction and DVDs

On Wednesday, we released our most popular books of the year for children, teens, and adult non-fiction. Today, we start with DVDs, before heading to the main event - the most popular fiction books of 2018. What do you think of the list? Let us know by following us on Facebook, T...

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DMPL Podcast: Barry Phipps

Iowa photographer and artist Barry Phipps joins us on the podcast today. Barry recently published a collection of photos called From Gravity to What Cheer: Iowa Photographs. The book has several striking photos of sites across Iowa, with a focus on color and architecture. Several of those photo...

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7 Days, 7 Events at Your DMPL (12/17-12/23)

Happy holidays from the Des Moines Public Library. This week, we have plenty of crafts and STEM activities to help whet your creative whistle. Come to the library to grab your holiday reads, and check out these great activities. Go to our online events calendar for a full listing. You can ...

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Meet the Librarian: Carrie Anderson

What she does: Information Services and Collection Development Librarian. She started with the Des Moines Public Library in 2013. How would you describe your job with DMPL? "I spend the morning in the Technical Services department working on ordering all of the materials for the library&n...

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Ask the Staff: The Book that Changed Your Life

For those voracious readers among us, several books captivate the mind. Every now and then, however, there's a book that changes the course of our lives. Some members of our staff were recently asked about this. Their answers ranged from stories about that opened their minds and changed their life p...

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7 Days, 7 Events at Your DMPL (12/10-12/16)

We're 15 days from Christmas, and the library is as busy as ever. This week, we'll have lots of holiday-themed programs, and you'll have the chance to hang out with Rosie Reader and her friends Llama Llama, Skye from Paw Patrol, and one of the Minions. On the Blog:
We asked our staff w...

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8 New Releases This Month Worth Checking Out

December starts with a flurry of new book releases a few weeks before the holidays. We've taken a look at all the books coming out and selected a handful from a variety of genres. Cozy up near the fireplace with a mystery, learn new recipes for the holidays, and power through the shortest days of th...

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The Perfect Gift: Using 'Consumer Reports' Online

The holidays are coming, and perhaps the stress has already started. You have an idea for a gift – perhaps you want to buy that budding chef in your life some new cookware, or your kid is pestering you about a new tablet.  Your library card can help you find a gift that is of solid quality, ...

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10 Books to Read: Sign Up for Our Monthly Email

The Des Moines Public Library is your oasis for books, and we're making it easier than ever to navigate the stacks and find a new book to read. Our new monthly email will feature a selection of books chosen by our librarians, delivered straight to your inbox. These are new and recently released...

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DMPL Podcast: Favorite Books of 2018

Today on the podcast, we are joined by Steph, Becky, and Gen, who all work at the library. They discussed three books each: Steph talked about adult books, Gen discussed YA books, and Becky talked about children's books. The books they talked about are listed below, as well as other books they enjoy...

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7 Days, 7 Events at Your DMPL (12/03-12/09)

Happy Monday! The library has some great events lined up for you this week at each of our branches. This is, of course, just a sample of all our programs. Go to our online events calendar for a full listing. You can also sign up for our email newsletter, where you'll learn more about ...

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