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How to find your next great read

Posted January 15, 2014 in Community Featured, Downtown

All readers encounter book lag once in a while, that period when you’ve finished reading something fantastic and struggle to find your next great book. The Des Moines Public Library can help. Visit our Virtual Library at, click on Our Collection and then Books and More. You’ll find our new online Flipboard Magazine, packed with book reviews and author interviews, and our Books and Beyond Blog.

Click on The Shelf, then Adult Fiction to find all kinds of book lists. If you’ve consumed everything by your favorite author and are seeking something similar, click on Adult Fiction and then If You Liked.

At the bottom of the screen, click on the Pinterest logo to visit the DMPL Pinterest page, featuring nearly 30 boards and 2.500 pins. Follow the boards that tickle your reader’s mind.

Stop in on Sundays
The Central Library is open from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sundays. Our floor-to-ceiling windows let the warm winter sunshine in while keeping the chill out. It’s the perfect remedy for your cabin fever. Stop in and see us, especially during our Sunday Funday event scheduled Feb. 23.

Central Library events
Find the complete schedule online at

Writers Workshop
Monday, Feb. 3, 5 – 7 p.m.
Meeting Room One
If you love to play with words, fantasize about writing fiction, yearn to blog or hope to write a memoir someday, this dynamic group is the place for you. Share samples of your work and receive feedback from others. Preregister online at or by phone at 515-283-4152.

At the Scene of the Crime
Wednesday, Feb. 12
3 – 4 p.m., Meeting Room Wing
Third through fifth graders — come solve a mystery. Kids will work in groups using a fingerprint chart and a magnifying glass to fingerprint each other, analyze their prints and create a class graph recording different patterns. This program is presented by Iowa State University’s Student Role Models Group. Preregister online at or by phone at 515-283-4152.

Iowa College Goal Sunday
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 4 – 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 – 4 p.m.
Computer Lab
Need help paying for college? College bound students and their parents can receive free help to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online from local financial aid volunteers. Learn about other additional opportunities for financial aid and scholarships, too.

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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