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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. 


Databases – Find a Great Book To Read!

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Novelist Plus



A reader’s advisory tool for finding a great book to read! You can search by title, author, genre (mystery, sci-fi, romance) or series.

Includes both Fiction and Non-Fiction (you can limit your search to either or both).


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Novelist Plus K-8



NoveList K-8 Plus helps parents, teachers, librarians and young readers ensure successful reading by discovering titles that students will understand, read, and enjoy, and then find more books like those.


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Gale Books and Authors


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Access your next great read via author search, title and series search, “if you like…” search, author, title and genre browse, awards search, who, what, when, where — graphical search, advanced search and much more.


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Literary Reference Center PLUS



Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a massive, easily searchable and browseable database of literary criticism, reviews, author biographies and more.  Learn more about your favorite authors and find authoritative literature reviews.

Great for homework assignments and book club prep!


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