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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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The Oscars Book List

Hollywood’s biggest night is set after the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards (aka the Oscars) were announced this week. If you prefer to read the book before you see the movie, there are a few books you’ll want to pick up from the library. We also have several DVDs of nominated movies for you ...

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Spark Stories: Celebrating the "Spark" that Ignites Passion

A new monthly series at the Central Library is giving you some insight on local organizations and community groups. Librarian Elizabeth Hoover de Galvez is heading up the Spark Stories program, which begins next Wednesday, January 15, at 12:15 PM. The first program features Jacki and Joe Steven...

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DMPL Podcast: John Peragine

Today on the podcast, we welcome John Peragine. Peragine is a writer that lives in Davenport. He's the author of 14 books, including A History of Iowa Wine: Vines on the Prairie, which was published last year. During the podcast, Peragine tells us how German immigrants and a New York lawyer were ...

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Ask the Staff: New Year's Reading Resolutions

You've celebrated the holidays with family and friends, and now it's time to get into your regular rhythms - including reading! We asked our staff what reading goals they had this year. We hope you enjoy some of their answers: Elizabeth, Librarian, Central Library:
A few years ago I ...

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Year in Review - The DMPL Podcast

With 22 episodes in 2019, the DMPL Podcast had a great year chatting with authors, illustrators, program presenters, librarians, and more. We've gone through and picked out some of our favorite conversations from the past year for you to browse below. A vast majority of our conversations and intervi...

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The Most Popular Books and DVDs of 2019

The most popular books and movies at the Des Moines Public Library in 2019 include everything from AViD authors to Oscar winners to, once again, Harry Potter. Lists are comprised of items with the most holds placed on them throughout the year. For Kanopy, these are the most watched films on ...

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DMPL Podcast: Favorite Books of 2019

Librarians Carrie Anderson and Sarah Lane join the podcast today to discuss their favorite books of 2019.   Carrie's Books   Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep
Carrie's review: Harper Lee fans will love how it delves into her psy...

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Just Like Podcasts: True Crime Audiobooks

Some of the most popular podcasts are driven by a single, spooky story. Whether it be an inexplicable crime, a suspicious person, or a tragic tale being retold, podcasts like Serial, S-Town, and In the Dark have captured the public's imagination and curiosity.  Audiobooks of the "true crime"...

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