DMPL Blog

Explore the History of the Des Moines Fire Department at the Library

DMFD Ambulance

The Des Moines Fire Department celebrated its 135th anniversary last year, and the Iowa Association of Fire Fighters Local 4 in Des Moines is recognizing its 100th anniversary. To celebrate these momentous occasions, the department created a “Legacy Book,” honoring its predecessors and capturing the accomplishments of its current members.

DMPL Podcast: Iowa Romance Novelists President Jan Walters

Jan Walters

With Valentine's Day occuring this week, we invited Iowa Romance Novelists President Jan Walters on the podcast. Jan shares with us a new book from an Iowa author and a romantic paranormal series she loves that was recently completed. She also talks about her own books and shares how working with Iowa Romance Novelists has made her a better writer. 

Island Paradise: Eight Great Books Set on an Island

Island Books

It’s the winter that never ends. More snow fell again last night. You’re probably tired of shoveling and wiping the snow off your car, and the kids have cabin fever. Don’t you wish you were on an island right now? Take a mental break and find paradise in your mind by reading one of these eight books set on islands across the globe.

6 Concerts to Watch on Qello Before the Grammys

Willie Nelson

Award season continues with the Grammy Awards this Sunday. You may not be able make it to Los Angeles to see some of music’s biggest stars walk the red carpet, but you can see them rock the stage from the comfort of your home with the Des Moines Public Library's Qello streaming service. Qello has hundreds of live concerts and music documentaries featuring modern pop stars, classic rockers, and more.

What We’re Loving: January

What We're Loving - Jan 2019

Your library card can get you more than just books! We have a huge digital collection – including TV streaming services, eAudiobooks, newspaper subscriptions, digital yearbooks, and more – that you can access for FREE. If you’ve got questions about everything your library card can do, our staff can help! Here are a few of the things in the digital collection that we’ve been loving in the month of January.

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 account, etc. Behind the scenes I spend a lot of time planning the staff schedule and helping the branch manager with administrative tasks.

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

Winter-Themed Books

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 winter-like atmosphere without the need for a heavy coat, mittens, and boots.