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Posted October 15, 2014 in Community Featured, Downtown

The Des Moines Public Library has incorporated NoveList into our catalog, creating richer catalog records for nearly every item in our system.

That means when you search for an item, you’ll see a series of book covers as you scroll down the page. First, if the book you’re viewing is in a series, NoveList quickly tells you what other books are within the series. Handy! But best of all — and this is where NoveList really shines — the record shows reading recommendations based on the specific item you’re viewing. You’ll see a collection of book covers with brief synopses, and when you hover over “Why?” NoveList details why it has included the book recommendation with the selection you’re viewing. NoveList is a great tool to introduce you to new possibilities — other books and authors similar to those you read and love. Visit and look up some books to see how dynamic NoveList is in action.

Central Library events
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Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!
The Central Library is now open Sundays from 1-5 p.m. (Now through May.) Stop in and stay a while. To celebrate, the children’s department is planning a series of Sunday Funday activities one Sunday each month. On Nov. 16, we’ll have everything you need to make a turkey puppet. On Dec. 14, we’ll have lots of fun board games.

Retro Des Moines – History of Coal Mining in Polk County
Nov. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Doug Wilson’s interest in Iowa coal mining stems from the fact that his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were involved in the industry for many years. Wilson has collected photographs, maps and stories from coal miners and their families.

“Little Louie” author presents two storytimes
Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-6): Nov. 13, 10:15-10:45 a.m.

Toddler Storytime (Ages 18 months to 3 years): Nov. 14, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
Local children’s author and illustrator Kathryn Finney reads her book “Little Louie.”

Animal Show and Tell With the Blank Park Zoo
Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Join the Blank Park Zoo’s educational coordinator for show and tell about different animals at the zoo, and check out some animal books.

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: 1-5 p.m.
Pick-up window hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 4-6 p.m.

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