July 4 closure

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours will commence Tuesday, July 5.

Franklin Pickup Window Closed

The Franklin Avenue Library pickup window is closed until further notice. If you are scheduled to pick up your holds at the window, please go inside Franklin Avenue Library to do so.

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Chuy Renteria, author of 'We Heard It When We Were Young'

Author Chuy Renteria joins the DMPL Podcast to talk about his memoir, We Heard It When We Were Young. The book details Chuy's life growing up Mexican-American in West Liberty, Iowa, the first minority-majority town in Iowa. During the talk, Chuy and host Aaron Gernes talk about his experie...

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Binge-then-Read: Stranger Things

Love all things Stranger Things? Take a trip to the Upside Down with creepy reads that push the bounds of reality. Check out these recommendations from our Book Chat librarians for books to add to your holds list. Easily place holds on any of these items on our Stranger Things list on our new lib...

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DMPL Podcast: Romance Read Recs from Book Chat

On today's DMPL Podcast, Sarah from the Book Chat team is talking about some of her favorite recent romance reads. Listen to the podcast, and then be sure to come to Meet Cute, Book Chat's romance event on Wednesday, June 15!  Apple Podcasts/iTunes | Google Play | Spo...

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Books to Read for Refugee Awareness Month

In honor of Refugee Awareness Month, the June bonus category for the 2022 DMPL Reading Challenge is " A book featuring the story of an immigrant or refugee."  On June 20, 2022 the Des Moines Public Library is thrilled to be partnering with Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa for their World Refuge...

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Books on Trauma

Several recent events have, including the tragic shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, have brought to light the importance of talking to children about traumatic events. Our Book Chat team has put together a list of books - fiction and nonfiction, for kids, teens, and adults, that can help you discuss t...

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Binge-then-Read: Ozark

The Netflix drama Ozark follows the story of Marty Byrde, a financial advisor, and his family, who are wrapped up in laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel. Following the death of Marty's business partner they move their family from Chicago to Lake of the Ozarks. After the discovery of the body ...

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DMPL Podcast: AViD Author Jason Mott

AViD Author Jason Mott joins us on the newest episode of the DMPL Podcast! During this chat, he talks about the development of Hell of a Book, including when how the special cameo by Nic Cage came to be. He also talks about the book's amazing reception and what surprising nonfiction topic he en...

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Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. To celebrate our librarians, curated a list of recommendations of books by authors from the Asian Pacific American community to read and enjoy during the month of May, and throughout the year. Read the blog to see some of our staff recommendations. Fo...

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Binge-then-Read: Cakes, Family Sagas, and Romances

In this edition of binge-then-read we are covering not one, but three trending shows. If you have been watching Des Moines native Andrew Fuller rise to stardom on Is it Cake, we have recommendations to inspire your baking endeavors. If you are loving the Apple TV adaptation of Pachinko, we h...

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DMPL Podcast: Local Author Beth Hoffman

On the latest episode of the DMPL Podcast, host Aaron Gernes sits down with Beth Hoffman, author of Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America. The book traces the journey Beth and her husband have taken as they started farming on a 5th generation family farm in south centra...

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The 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021

The American Library Association recently revealed their list of the 10 most challenged books of 2021. 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. ...

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Money Smart Week at DMPL

Budgeting, building credit, getting the most out of your trip to the grocery store - these are important personal finance skills, but they can also seem overwhelming. It doesn't have to be, though! The Des Moines Public Library is teaming up with the Financial Empowerment Center in Des Moines for a ...

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DMPL Podcast: AViD Author Amanda Montell

On the latest episode of the DMPL Podcast, we’re joined by Amanda Montell! Amanda is the author of Cultish: the Language of Fanaticism, and she co-hosts the hit podcast “Sounds like a Cult.”  She is also the next author in our Authors Visiting in Des Moines series! Amanda will be in Des Moin...

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Earth Month Reads

April is Earth Month, a time to celebrate all of the wonders of this amazing planet that we live on. There are thousands of books about the natural world that you could choose to read this month. To help you out, our Book Chat librarians put together a list of fiction and nonfiction books with great...

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Storytimes Return!

Gather round at your local branch, because in-person storytimes are back at the Des Moines Public Library! After nearly two years of virtual storytimes, take-home activities, and passive events, our librarians are back telling tales and singing songs to kids and families in our own locations. Hundre...

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