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We Had Fun All Summer Long!

We had a great time this summer at the Des Moines Public Library! All Summer Long, the library's summer reading program, wrapped up last week. It included puppet shows, space science, storytimes, music, and so much more. Here are some big numbers from this year:

6 Films to Watch on Kanopy Right Now

Kanopy Front Page

Some of the best films in history are now available at the touch of your fingers, for free! We're excited to launch Kanopy at the Des Moines Public Library. Kanopy is an on-demand streaming service with a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries. (Residency restrictions apply - cardholders must live in Des Moines or rural Polk County to access the service.)

New Books to Read for the Reading Challenge

DMPL Reading Challenge

There have been tons of great new books released in 2019 - certainly more than you can keep up with on your To Be Read list. That said, if you need to fill some holes in your categories for The 2019 DMPL Reading Challenge, we have you covered. We didn't suggest these books at the beginning of the year, because they hadn't been released yet. Now that they're on our shelves, you should grab them. 

Top 5 Books and DVDs of the Year Thus Far

Top 5

The year is just over halfway through, and it's time to take a look at what you, our patrons, are reading this year. We've identified the top five most requested fiction and nonfiction books and DVDs of the year so far. You'll probably recognize most of the names on the list, and you may have even seen one or two of these authors recently - our AViD authors have been very popular this year!

Finding the Answers to Your Questions

Research Team

Do you have a nagging question that you just can't answer? Whether you're looking to settle a quibble over a piece of trivia or need a deep dive on genealogical research, you can find your answers at the Des Moines Public Library. Librarians are research experts, and the Des Moines Public Library research team assists people across the world. Since 2013, this group has assisted patrons in six countries, 38 states, and 229 cities. 

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