Ask the Staff: The Book that Changed Your Life

Every Reader Anna Q Quote

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 path to books that helped them confront tough questions in their lives. Take a look at what they said, and let us know about your life-changing books.

8 New Releases This Month Worth Checking Out

December New Releases

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 the year with help from inspirational authors.

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 titles that have the literary world buzzing. Below is an example of what you'll be receiving on a monthly basis.