We are asked regularly for historical information on local homes and businesses. Here is a slideshow by Paula Mohr from the State Historic Preservation Office that will serve as a beginner's guide to researching your historic home.
In recent years, spy shows have been a staple of series television. That followed a long period of their near absence. The last era to feature a major concentration of spy series was the sixties, though many of those shows have never completely gone away!
Have you used the library's collection of Sanborn maps for family history research? They are a great resource for a family historian attempting to identify property owned by ancestors. Sanborn maps can also show the evolution of a city, including residences, businesses, schools, churches, and mining companies (a surprisingly popular topic)...
The rise of grunge music from the Seattle scene to the rest of the country was sudden and unexpected. Nirvana led the way, but they were neither the first, nor the last grunge band that the city helped produce. The grunge era proved short-lived, but for a time it was very potent.
In the Stacks -- formerly known as Blurbs from the Backlist -- is a great way to find good books that you might not know about or haven't had a chance to read yet. These are books that are currently available in the Des Moines Public Library, meaning you could take one home today!