All Library Locations Closed Until Further Notice

All Des Moines Public Library buildings will be closed to the public until further notice as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). For more information about library services during our closure, please go HERE.

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Seven Things to Watch on Kanopy Kids

Make extra screen time extra educational with Kanopy Kids, a video streaming service that’s free with your Des Moines Public Library card. Kanopy Kids includes hundreds of movies, TV shows, and read along books you’re your kids will love. The app is appropriate for children ages 2 and up, with ...

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Keep Learning With The Great Courses

As you spend the next few weeks social distancing, you may find yourself with more free time than normal. One if our digital products you definitely should consider using during this time is The Great Courses. The Great Courses are a series of video courses narrated and instructed by college...

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DMPL Guide to eBooks and eAudiobooks

With our buildings closed to the public, we know more people than ever are using our digital services, including our large collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. For many people, this may be their first time using these services, or at least the first time using them extensively. So here's a ...

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The Coronavirus and the Information You Need

The Des Moines Public Library will close all buildings until further notice, effective immediately. All programs at the Des Moines Public Library have been canceled through the end of May. The 2020 Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series has been postponed. Learn more about how you can us...

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7 Ways to Use DMPL Online 24/7

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library are closed until further notice, but know that we are still a source for entertainment and education. And you don't even have to step foot in our buildings to take advantage! Here are 7 ways to use your library card online right now.   ...

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Book Picks: Women's History Month

This month is Women's History Month, and International Women's Day was celebrated across the globe this past Sunday. To commemorate the occasion, library staff has compiled a list of books about inspiring and courageous women. Don't forget to also checkout the Strong Women of the Past and Present...

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The Soul Food Festival at the Forest Avenue Library

On the first Saturday of every March, a line forms in the Forest Avenue Library outside the meeting room. As you walk inside, wondering what the hub-bub is all about, you may start getting wafts of chicken, beans, spices, and greens. You're in luck - you just walked into the annual Soul Food Fe...

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DMPL Podcast: Iowa Author Cheryl Mullenbach

Today on the podcast, we welcome Iowa author Cheryl Mullenbach. Cheryl has penned several books, including her newest, Stagecoach Women, which comes out next month. The book encompasses the expansive history of women in the old west, including drivers, bandits, gunslingers, and more. During the...

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What's New at DMPL - Winter 2020

It's time to give our patrons some updates on all the new additions we've made to our collection and buildings over the past several months. VOX Books: These are picture books that have a built-in audio player that reads the book to the reader. Each book has a narrator and page turning s...

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Project Des Moines

Take a glimpse at Des Moines history by checking out Project Des Moines, a digital directory of digestible tidbits dating back more than 150 years. Each story in Project Des Moines' directory features a short description of a building, organization, or landmark that once was a prominent part...

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DMPL Podcast: Iowa Author Nicole Baart

Iowa author Nicole Baart joins us on the DMPL Podcast today. She is the author of nine books, including her latest, You Were Always Mine. You Were Always Mine is a domestic suspense novel centered on a widow, her late husband's suspicious death, and the family she must hold together through her grie...

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Book Picks: Galentine's Day

Like Festivus or Friendsgiving, Galentine's Day started as a fake holiday on a television show (Parks and Recreation). In the past decade, it has become a popular real holiday in its own right, celebrating female friendship and platonic love. Taking place on February 13 (the day before Val...

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DMPL Podcast: Natalie Benson

The DMPL Podcast welcomes Natalie Benson to the show today. She will be hosting a five-week program at the Franklin Avenue Library titled A History of Modern Art. During the podcast, Benson discusses what exactly the nebulous that is modern art encompasses. She talks about well-known modern art...

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Black History Month at the Library

We're thrilled to be celebrating Black History Month at the Des Moines Public Library throughout February. We're highlighting books by black authors and about black people throughout the month. We also have several events throughout the month celebrating black history, culture, and the future. ...

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Planning Your Reading Challenge

We're nearly one month through the 2020 Reading Challenge. We know our readers have made varying amounts of progress. Some of our most voracious readers have finished six or more of the twelve required books, while others are probably about midway through that first book right about now. I (Aaron...

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