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Gabby, 9 years old

I love the WDM library. All the librarians help me find books but Betsy helps me the most. With her help, I find a lot of good books. At the WDM library, I can get books from good series. I enjoy the library. It's so much fun. I like reading and at the library I can find books that I enjoy. Thank you WDM library! 

 

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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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Memoirs of the not-so-famous have become one of my favorite types of nonfiction writing.  Reading memoirs provide a way to laugh – or cry -about the trials and situations that others have (and I usually haven’t) endured.  It also helps me appreciate my life and increases my empathy with those who haven’t had it so […]

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March is women’s history month and you may have seen the displays of books we’ve put out on the second floor.  There are books in our collection to answer most any question you have about women in history.  In addition you may find the following links especially interesting if you teach or just want to […]

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Have you finished binge-watching all the seasons of Downton Abbey on PBS?  Are you wanting to escape this harsh winter inside the pages of a similar book or movie?  We have some recommendations! First, have you watched Gosford Park, a movie written by Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes?  You’ll see many of the themes of […]

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