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DMPL Podcast: Thaddeus Russell

Today, we welcome Thaddeus Russell on the DMPL Podcast. Russell is the author of A Renegade History of the United States, a counter-history of the United States. The book examines groups of people that Russell says shaped the country without being etched into history books, including "drunkards, lag...

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Young Readers' Week

The second week of November is Young Readers’ Week. Created by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in 1989, the week brings awareness to the importance of reading, especially for young children and elementary school students. The Des Moines Public Library's Program Coordinator, Katie ...

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DMPL Podcast: Wini Moranville

Wini Moranville joins us on the DMPL Podcast. The former Datebook Diner columnist at the Des Moines Register has a new cookbook out - The Little Women Cookbook. The book is a love letter to the classic novel Little Women, using scenes from the book to create recipes that are classic, yet modern. Mor...

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The Best Cookbook for Every Situation

The holidays are around the corner, and with them come lots and lots of food. If you need some inspiration for your family potluck or want to try your hand at something new, We have hundreds of cookbooks at the library for you to browse. Below we’ve listed eight cookbooks that are useful for diff...

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Day of the Dead at the Des Moines Public Library

Day of the Dead, or El Día de los Muertos, is a traditional Latin American holiday celebrating the lives of loved ones who have passed away. Originating in Mexico, the holiday has since spread across much of Latin America and among those of Mexican heritage in the United States. The holida...

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DMPL Podcast: Greer Macallister

The DMPL Podcast welcomes author and Iowa native Greer Macallister to the podcast. Greer and host Aaron Gernes chat about her most recent novel, Woman 99, which is largely set in a woman's insane asylum in the late 19th century. The book was called "A gorgeous ode to the power of female courage" by ...

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Book Picks: LGBTQ+ History Month

October is LGBTQ+ History Month. The month-long observance was first recognized in 1994. The event was created by Missouri high school social studies teacher Rodney Wilson, who chose October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11. The month is a recognition of the contributions that ...

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Indigenous Peoples' Day

Please note: all branches of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 14 for our annual in-service day. It's the one time each year that employees from all branches gather together as a group to discuss timely topics and receive important education. We will reopen for normal b...

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Meet the New dmpl.org

Welcome to the new dmpl.org! The Des Moines Public Library is happy to launch a refreshed website for the first time in six years. We asked you, our users, for feedback, asking how you used the website and what you liked and didn't like about it. Hundreds of you responded, allowing us to build a web...

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Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library

National Hispanic Heritage Month is underway across the country. The month of recognition runs from September 15 to October 15, when people recognize and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the country's history and culture. It began as Hispanic Heritage Week, establ...

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New Books to Read for the 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 t...

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DMPL Podcast: David Thoreson

Our guest today on the DMPL Podcast is Iowa native, explorer, adventurer, and photographer David Thoreson! David grew up on Lake Okoboji in northwest Iowa, where he still resides – when he’s not sailing around the world. Thoreson has sailed more than 65,000 nautical miles across the globe, includ...

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Library Card Sign-Up Month at Des Moines Public Library

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Even if you already have a library card, you may not realize everything that you can do with your card. With a myriad of ways to use your card, we want to help you get started. Below we've listed seven of the countless ways your library ca...

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10 Ways the Library Can Help You This School Year

It’s the first day of school! The library is here to help your you and your family make this a great school year. Do you know about everything the library offers? From practice tests to quiet study spaces, learn more about all the different ways the library can help out during school: LearningExp...

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