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Virtual library

Posted November 20, 2013 in Community Featured, Downtown
By Amy McDowell, Central Library assistant

Surely you’ve noticed how many things are available online these days. And now the Des Moines Public Library has launched the Virtual Library, putting thousands of electronic resources at your fingertips 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Find our new site online at

With your library card and PIN, the Virtual Library grants access to e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines with apps from 3M Cloud Library, Overdrive, OneClickdigital, and Zinio. (Some collections are limited by area of residence.)

You also have access to research information, magazine articles, electronic encyclopedias and reference books, repair manuals, test preparation guides and many other databases.

Use the Virtual Library “Ask a Librarian” via chat or phone. Try the Tumblebook Library — a fun service for young readers. Visit “The Shelf” to find your next great read.

The Virtual Library will soon add virtual meeting space to hold book discussions, author talks and other programs.

Holiday collection
It’s the holiday season. Your library has hundreds of resources available sure to put you in the holiday mood. Re-discover traditional foods and ways of celebrating or begin new traditions with your family. Gather crafty decorating ideas and yummy holiday recipes from our many magazines. Check out our DVDs and share favorite holiday movies with loved ones. Don’t forget the library’s extensive collection of holiday books and music. Whatever holiday you are celebrating, you are sure to find some great ideas at the library.

Central Library events
Find the complete schedule online at

Tactically Speaking: A Woman Soldier’s Reflection of Gender Roles in the Iraq War
Tuesday, Dec. 3, noon
Meeting Room One
Miyoko Hikiji, author of “All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq,” will discuss her nine years in the Army and Iowa National Guard, which included service in Iraq that earned her 14 uniform decorations. She will reflect on what it’s like to be a woman in today’s military. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunches.

Kids New Year’s Eve at Noon
Tuesday, Dec. 31
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meeting Room Wing
Hey kids! Can’t stay up until midnight this year? Come celebrate the new year early with our first-ever Kid’s New Year’s Eve at Noon celebration. Come make a party hat, play games and listen to a story before we count down to noon for the new year.

Central Library
1000 Grand Ave. • 283-4152
Mon. – Wed.: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thur. – Fri.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Pick-up window hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 4 – 6 p.m.

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