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Karl, Retired Pastor

The West Des Moines Library has empowered retirement days for me in two ways. One, I am able to read extensively in the newspaper and magazine sections. Two, I am able to borrow books to read rather than to purchase and keep in my now limited home library. An added feature is borrowing audiobooks to savor while I drive to visit family in other states. 

 

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The West Des Moines Public Library will be closed Monday September 1st, 2014 in observance of Labor Day.  Returns can be left in the outside book return and online services/phone renewals will continue as usual.  Thank you!

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The Iowa Watercolor Society’s 2014 Annual Show is being hosted all this month (August 25th-September 24th) at the West Des Moines Public Library. The 61 paintings are located on the second floor of the building in various locations. Most of the works are hanging on the walls around the non-fiction collection, but some can be […]

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  Beginning Monday, September 8th, patrons owing the library more than $25.00 in overdue fines AND in possession of library materials will have their accounts handled by a third-party collection agency. The public should be aware that  the agency with which the library has contracted has credit reporting authority, and we’d hate to have that […]

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Delayed-stress syndrome is another term for PTSD or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. The National Institute of Health says that “When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This ‘fight-or-flight’ response is a healthy reaction meant to […]

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  The West Des Moines Public Library has acquired thousands of the most current and popular research and non-fiction eBook titles from Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research materials. This influx of new materials to our collection gives students, professionals and general readers access to millions of full-text articles—available anytime, anywhere through […]

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    Here in the Library when helping with Reader’s Advisory, the conversation does sometimes turn to the difference in the reading preferences of  men and women.  Men and boys do sometimes just prefer different writers, settings and pacing than women and girls do. This is a generality, but sometimes a helpful one. We all work at […]

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Some of you have already noticed that we have moved the Adult and Teen audio books to the second floor.  This requires a jaunt up the stairs or a ride on the elevator to transport your next car ride into an audio adventure.  I listen to audio books often and have really enjoyed the  Michael […]

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There are several fiction titles imagining the impact of man-made disasters upon the world.  Many of them serve as cautionary tales of excessive consumption, military madness, or something similar that could be changed if we just did something a little different, or a little less.  But what about things we can’t control – or fix […]

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John Kennedy said that. What do you think about poetry? It’s National Poetry Month and West Des Moines Public Library has a wonderful poetry collection. And right now a great deal is on display on the second floor.  From collections that pay tribute to the poets of every age in America, like “Survey of American Poetry” to […]

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If you like a good thriller, you will probably enjoy The Shining Girls.  Lauren Beukes tells the story of a time-travelling serial killer and the girl who was supposed to die, but survived.  This book is very well-written and hard to put down – one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.  I’m […]

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Adults’ Events

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • 7:00 PMClub Read Adult Book Discussion
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