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7 Winter-Themed Books to Read While You're Inside and Warm

After a nominally pleasant November and December, it's fair to say winter is having its revenge. With the frigid temperatures and recent snow storms, the need to take refuge on the couch with a blanket and a book is understandable. We've put together a list of books that can transport you to a winte...

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What's Happening at Your DMPL (01/21-01/27)

Despite being closed today for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we still have programs happening each day this week at the library.  We have just a sampling of programs below; be sure to go to our online events calendar for a full listing of programs. You can also sign up for our ema...

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11 New Fiction Books You'll Want to Read This Year

It’s going to be a tremendous year in fiction. Award-winning authors are returning with new novels, hotly anticipated series are launching, and we even have a sequel 24 years in the making. Take a look at what books we’re most looking forward to in 2019. ...

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11 New Nonfiction Books You'll Want to Read in 2019

It's impossible to predict the future with 100% accuracy, but who's to say we can't try? We think these 11 books will be worth your while in 2019. Women and true crime take center stage, but there are also books about The Troubles in Northern Ireland, a gunslinger in the Wild West, the world beneath...

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DMPL Podcast: 'The Saboteur' Author Paul Kix

Iowa native Paul Kix joins us on the DMPL Podcast today. Kix, who grew up in Hubbard, is the author of The Saboteur. The book details the life of Robert de La Rochefoucauld, a French aristocrat-turned-resistance fighter in WWII. During the podcast, Kix talks about: Finding out about La Ro...

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What's Happening at Your DMPL (01/14-01/20)

We're excited to have you at the library this week. With so many great programs happening, there's something for everyone. We have just a sampling of programs below; be sure to go to our online events calendar for a full listing of programs. You can also sign up for our email new...

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9 Books to Help With Your New Year's Resolutions

Eleven days into the New Year, it’s time to take a look at your resolutions. Life has picked up to its normal pace. Perhaps the focus on your resolutions has started to slip to the wayside. Thankfully, the library is here to help. We’ve found books in our collection related to common resolutions, as...

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Ask the Staff: New Year's Reading Resolutions

It's the best time of the year - the time where we all look at our To Be Read list and say "Yes, I will finish that large pile of books this year." Perhaps you want to read new genres, finish a series, or read a certain number of books. Maybe you're even taking part in the DMPL Reading Challeng...

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The 2019 Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) Lineup is Here

We are thrilled to announce this year's Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) lineup. Six guests will be visiting, beginning in March. This year's lineup includes best-selling writers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a National Book Award finalist, a Man Booker Prize finalist and NAACP Ima...

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7 Days, 7 Events at Your DMPL (01/07-01/13)

Happy Monday! The Des Moines Public Library is open for a full week this week, and we're excited about everything going on. We have just a sampling of programs below; be sure to go to our online events calendar for a full listing of programs. You can also sign up for our email newslet...

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Manga Takes Center Stage with a New Mural

A new mural is spicing up the Forest Avenue Library. A manga-inspired piece by local artist Bill Barnes is now covering the library’s back wall. We sat down with Jen Thomas, a library assistant at Forest, to talk about the project. Jenn is a manga enthusiast and was the point person at the libr...

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8 Must-Read Books Coming Out in January

Happy New Year! With the calendar flipping to 2019, there's a new opportunity to find "the best book I read this year." These eight books are just some of the great books the industry is buzzing about right now. Whether you're looking for a mystical fantasy, a page-turning thriller, or a real-l...

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7 Days, 7 Events at Your DMPL (12/31-01/06)

Hello! Celebrate the New Year at the library this year. All branches will be closed tomorrow, January 1, to celebrate the New Year. We will reopen as scheduled on Wednesday, January 2.  This week, we have movies, crafts, and games to keep you busy! Storytimes are back on as scheduled, except fo...

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Rosie's Corner: January 2019

We hope the holidays are treating you well! Whether you're reading this from your computer at work, on your phone in the car, or on your laptop on the couch at home, we know your mind may be starting to wander to the new year. We have lots of great things coming up in January, including programs, ev...

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Introducing: The 2019 DMPL Reading Challenge

Do you like reading books? Do you like winning cash? We thought so, so we made a contest just for you. It's time to tell you about the 2019 DMPL Reading Challenge.  What is the 2019 DMPL Reading Challenge? The Reading Challenge is simple. We're asking you to read 12 books in 12 month...

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