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Melissa, stay-at-home mom

When our first child was eighteen months old, I left my job to become a stay at home mom. I hadn't realized how challenging it would be to keep coming up with new ways to entertain a toddler. When I started looking for activities for kids, the West Des Moines Library was ready for us with free story times, sign language classes, music classes, crafts, and puppet shows. The library staff kept me and my kids from going stir crazy on many long winter mornings. Now that our two kids are in elementary school and have their own library cards, they still make frequent visits to the library. They learned long ago that there's always something new to explore and check out at the West Des Moines Library. 

 

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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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March, and no end to snow in sight. Have you read all the books you had on your list?  Well the list of best books read in 2013 by WDMPL Staff is fairly long, and we’ve only explored some of the fiction so far in  the last post. A great deal of non-fiction was read and [...]

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Some time ago, the library started a homebound delivery program for patrons with limited means to get around town. We’re trying to spread the word about it to  those who might qualify to have books delivered to them and to those who might be interested in volunteering to do the delivering. When the program started, [...]

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    Well ‘Ground Hog Day’ came and went and we’re getting the message,- its great reading weather. WDMPL staff read a wide variety of authors and themes, both fiction and non-fiction in 2013.   At the close of the year I asked staff to list some of their most memorable reading of the year. This post will lead [...]

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Did you have a special teddy bear or stuffed animal when you were young?  A partner-in-crime who listened to your secrets and jokes.  A protector who hid with you under the covers when you were scared.  A confidant who helped dry your tears when you were sad.   A certain someone that was Much Loved. [...]

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