2023 AViD lineup coming Monday!

The Des Moines Public Library's 2023 Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series lineup will be announced at 12 PM on Monday, February 13! Check back here or on the library's social media platforms to see which acclaimed authors are coming to DMPL this spring and summer. 

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Beyond the Shelves E1: Reading Resolutions

Welcome to Beyond the Shelves, a new podcast hosted by the Des Moines Public Library! This podcast is hosted by DMPL Librarians Brooklyn and Jes, both of whom are on the Book Chat team. In this first episode, they introduce themselves and talk about their reading goals this year, while also providin...

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Simple Steps Finds New Success in Des Moines Community

We all want children to have the skills they need to succeed in school and life. That’s where the Simple Steps to Success initiative comes into play. The program, which began in 2017, aims to increase awareness of the pre-literacy skills of reading, writing, singing, playing, and talking. We provide...

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Book Chat's Best of 2022

Last night our Book Chat Librarians shared their favorite books of 2022 with a group at the Franklin Avenue Library. If you were unable to join us due to weather or other extenuating circumstances we have shared each of their lists blow.  Rebecca Cloud, South Side Library Migrat...

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Binge-then-Read: 2023 Book to Screen Adaptations January-July

Do you love to read the book before you see the movie or TV show? Our team put together a list of the books being turned into movies and TV shows in the first half of 2023. So you can get reading before you turn on the TV or head to the theater.  Please note we are listing books and movies w...

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Binge-then-Read: Hallmark Holidays

'Tis the season for cheesy holiday movies from Hallmark to Netflix to Apple TV and more! There are some wild titles out there from You, Me, & The Christmas Trees to The Santa Stakeout to A Royal Queens Christmas and more. In the spirit of the season we made a list of 25 of our favorite feel-good...

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Holiday Shopping with Consumer Reports

Searching for holiday gifts can feel like a hassle any year, and 2022 is no exception. If you're doing some last minute virtual shopping, make sure you're getting your loved ones a great product at a good price by checking out Consumer Reports online, free with your library card. Consumer Re...

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DMPL Podcast: Iowa Children's Author Victor D.O. Santos

Victor D.O. Santos, author of several children's books, including My Dad, My Rock, joins the DMPL Podcast today. Victor will be taking part in the Des Moines Public Library's Iowa Author Series this Thursday, November 17. The program begins at 5:30 PM at the Central Library and is free to all! On...

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DMPL Podcast: Atmospheric Book Picks with Rebecca

Crashing waves, falling leaves, a shadowy forest - books that provide a strong sense a place are what we're talking about on the latest episode of the DMPL Podcast. Book Chat team member Rebecca talks about three new books that she thinks of when she thinks "atmosphere." Apple Podcasts/iTunes...

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DMPL Podcast: Iowa Author Award Honoree Heather Gudenkauf

Iowa Author Award Honoree Heather Gudenkauf is the latest guest on the DMPL Podcast! She discusses her newest book, The Overnight Guest, as well as her 14-year career.  Gudenkauf is one of three honorees at the 2022 Iowa Author Awards Dinner, which takes place Friday, October 14, at 6:30 PM ...

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Binge-then-Read: Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power

This month for Binge-then-Read we are covering books to read if you have been enjoying the Amazon original series Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The DMPL Book Chat team has put together a list of epic fantasy novels that immerse you in far away lands, magic, quests, and impeccable storytelli...

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DMPL Podcast: Banned Books Week with the ACLU of Iowa

This week is Banned Books Week! Veronica Fowler, the ACLU of Iowa Communications Director, joins us to discuss Banned Books and the Freedom to Read. This is one of many things happening at the library this week celebrating the Freedom to Read. Check out our social media accounts, including Instag...

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The 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021

Each year, the American Library Association releases their list of the 10 most challenged books. The ALA tracks challenges to library, school, and university materials each year as part of their work to ensure free access to information. In 2021, 1,597 books were targeted for various reasons - the 1...

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DMPL Podcast: Rachel Mans McKenny

Rachel Mans McKenny, author of The Butterfly Effect, is the newest guest on the DMPL Podcast! Rachel stopped by as she gets ready to appear at the Iowa Author Spotlight Series on Thursday, September 15, at 5:30 PM at the Central Library. The Butterfly Effect was selected as the 2022 A...

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