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Rachel E., 2017

I had just hurt my back really badly and could barely walk. With three little kids in tow, it seemed impossible to get in and out of the library. But I called and explained the situation, and [staff were] able to check the books out to me and even brought them out to my car. ...Over and over I am amazed at the friendliness and helpfulness of the WDM Library employees. 

 

teens’ blog articles

In Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, Maddy is allergic to everything. Her air is purified before she can breathe it, every guest is cleaned before she meets him or her, she can’t even step outside. But she can look outside and one day she sees a boy move in next door. His name is Olly and he’s […]

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Thank you to the Fire Department for assisting with this fun program! Teens created protective contraptions to house their eggs as they made the drop from the top of the firetruck’s ladder. Would the eggs survive in one piece?

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Last Wednesday, Sara from Alternative Artistry taught a group of attentive and excited teens. They learned about the history of henna, how to make it, and got to try it on themselves! Thanks, Sara!              

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We have a new Summer Reading Club site for 2017!  If you’ve previously participated in our Summer Reading Clubs, you will need to Register on the new site one-time.  We hope to use this site for year-round reading challenges and more, so be sure to sign up! Once you register, then print out your reading […]

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Skyler and Luis of CLZN Co. hosted a teen workshop on screen printing this Wednesday! They created a design just for the library (thank you!) and taught the teens how to screen print it on their very own t-shirts!

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I’m an information junkie. Any time I hear a word I don’t know or the name of an obscure historical figure, I immediately write it down so I can look it up later. All these tidbits of information I gather get stored away in the “random facts” file in my brain. Fortunately I work at […]

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Teen blogger Elizabeth reviewed Dear Mr. Knightley. Read her thoughts below!             Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay is a Jane Austen-spinoff that follows Samantha (Sam) Moore, an orphan who has just won a grant to study journalism at Northwestern’s prestigious Medill School. However, she’s less than enthusiastic—Sam would prefer to study literature and immerse […]

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee wrote those words in To Kill A Mockingbird, first published in 1960. Those words describe a feeling and an action that is even stronger than empathy. […]

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A while back, I met with another librarian to program plan for the winter. We tossed around the idea of an Oscar-nominated or winning best picture series. Then I recalled that February is also Black History Month, which led us to another idea: why not combine the two? Why not feature films with African Americans […]

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For the past 2 months, the Des Moines Art Center has housed an exhibit of photos by Vivian Maier. As a brief background, Maier was a Chicago nanny, who carried a camera with her. Many of her photos were not found or even developed until after her death in 2009. The exhibit departed on the […]

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