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Ask the Staff: Favorite Dr. Seuss Book

Tomorrow is Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday. In the spirit of rhymes and reading, we asked our staff what their favorite Dr. Seuss book was. So many of us grew up with these classic stories, and the memories of reading them have not faded away. We got lots of responses — ar...

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What We're Loving: February

Your library card can get you more than just books! We have a huge digital collection – including TV streaming services, e-audiobooks, newspaper subscriptions, digital yearbooks, and more – and a full schedule of adult and youth programming, all available to you for FREE. If you’...

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DMPL Podcast: Tracey Garvis Graves

Central Iowa author Tracey Garvis Graves joins the podcast for today's episode. Graves new book, The Girl He Used to Know, hits library shelves and bookstores everywhere on April 2. Graves is best well-known for her debut novel, On the Island. She initially self-published that bo...

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4 Books and a Concert to Check Out Before the Oscars

The film industry’s biggest night is on Sunday, as awards season finally culminates with the Academy Awards - also known as the Oscars. As usual, books and other art available at the library can help you dig deeper into some of the year’s best movies. Of course, if you want to watch the Oscar-nom...

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10 Staff Picks for Black History Month

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. – Barack Obama February is Black History Month. Below, our librarians have selected ten books, both fiction and non-fiction, that fo...

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5 Things to Watch on Acorn TV

Anytime is the right time to check out Acorn TV. The "Netflix for British Shows" is free with your Des Moines Public Library card (residency restrictions apply), and they add new shows and episodes each Monday. Check out the shows that are on right now, and mark your calendars to watch the new ...

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DMPL Podcast: Iowa Romance Novelists President Jan Walters

With Valentine's Day occuring this week, we invited Iowa Romance Novelists President Jan Walters on the podcast. Jan shares with us a new book from an Iowa author and a romantic paranormal series she loves that was recently completed. She also talks about her own books and shares how working wi...

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Island Paradise: Eight Great Books Set on an Island

It’s the winter that never ends. More snow fell again last night. You’re probably tired of shoveling and wiping the snow off your car, and the kids have cabin fever. Don’t you wish you were on an island right now? Take a mental break and find paradise in your mind by reading one of these eight books...

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6 Concerts to Watch on Qello Before the Grammys

Award season continues with the Grammy Awards this Sunday. You may not be able make it to Los Angeles to see some of music’s biggest stars walk the red carpet, but you can see them rock the stage from the comfort of your home with the Des Moines Public Library's Qello streaming service. Qello has hu...

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Eight New Books to Read in February

A steamy romance for Valentine's Day, thrilling family dramas, and a new novel from Angie Thomas, the author of The Hate U Give... February is full of great new books. We've highlighted eight of those books below; if you want more great book picks, sign up for our email newsletter. ...

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What We’re Loving: January

Your library card can get you more than just books! We have a huge digital collection – including TV streaming services, eAudiobooks, newspaper subscriptions, digital yearbooks, and more – that you can access for FREE. If you’ve got questions about everything your library card can do, our staff...

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DMPL Podcast: Kevin Gannon

Kevin Gannon, Ph.D., is a history professor at Grand View University. Kevin will be moderating the Becoming American series that begins next Monday at 6:00 PM at the Franklin Avenue Library. Becoming American is a documentary film and discussion series examining immigration. ...

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Meet the Librarian: Kate Young

What she does: Librarian at Franklin Avenue branch. My primary job is customer service. I work at most of the public service desks at Franklin so I’m helping people find their books, upload their resumes, figure out what to read next, use our apps for eBooks, start their first email accoun...

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Warm Up at the Library This Week

With bitter cold temperatures settling in this week, the Des Moines Public Library is here for those who need to get out of the cold. All library branches are official Des Moines Warming Centers. For people that need to spend time in the library during this cold spell: what is there to do here?...

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