December 2018

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

Free Flicks: Lego Movie-A-Thon

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 for at Central, where the storytime break continues until next Monday, January 7.

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, events, and lots of new books. Check out what we're featuring below, and don't forget to look at our full events calendar.

7 Days, 7 Events at Your DMPL (12/24-12/30)

Thursday Morning Fever

Happy Holidays! All branches of the Des Moines Public Library are closed today, December 24, and tomorrow, December 25. Our branches will open for their normal hours on Wednesday, December 26. With our doors shut for two days, we're packing in the fun the rest of the week and keeping you entertained over Winter Break. Join us for a dance party, play some bingo, and get ready for the new year with us this week. 

Most Popular Books of 2018: Adult Non-Fiction, Children, and YA

Non-Fiction Most Requested Books

So what were the books that everyone was buzzing about this year? This week, we're revealing the most popular books and movies of 2018 according to stats provided by you, our patrons. Your requests and your checkouts are how we built these lists. Today, we'll start with children's and YA books, before revealing the top 10 adult non-fiction titles of 2018. On Friday, we'll reveal the top 10 DVDs as well as the top 10 adult fiction books.

Ask the Staff: The Book that Changed Your Life

Every Reader Anna Q Quote

For those voracious readers among us, several books captivate the mind. Every now and then, however, there's a book that changes the course of our lives. Some members of our staff were recently asked about this. Their answers ranged from stories about that opened their minds and changed their life path to books that helped them confront tough questions in their lives. Take a look at what they said, and let us know about your life-changing books.