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Loved Squid Game? Here's what you should read next

Everyone's talking about Squid Game and for good reason: it's utterly impossible to stop watching. Squid Game is not new. Sure, the series is quite new, but the script was written more than a decade ago, in 2007. Hwang Dong-hyuk wrote it with inspiration from books like Liar Game or Battle Royale. He has never imagined the story would gain so much notoriety, fearing people would find it a bit weird and hard to understand. He failed to realize that his story would perfectly match today's society.

Indigenous People's Day

Today is Indigenous People’s Day and for the occasion, we have compiled suggested materials for our patrons. The library strives to be a welcoming place for all people and to provide resources and books that genuinely reflect the stories of the authors and of our community. This MAP is a resource to show you what Native Land you are on.

Autumn Staff Picks

Whether you're a fan of a cozy read or a spooky read to bring you into the fall season, our library staff has you covered! We've narrowed down our favorite books with fall vibes for kids, young adults, and adults below. Let us know if you end up reading any of our suggestions! 

 

Celebrating Banned Books Week | September 26 - October 2, 2021

Each year, the West Des Moines Public Library celebrates Banned Books Week to honor the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.  Librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types come together during this week to support the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Library Board Reflection: Do They Still Have Libraries?

by Ray Seidelman, Secretary, WDM Library Board of Trustees

Talking with a friend soon after I was appointed to the West Des Moines Library Board of Trustees in 2019, I expressed how excited I was to serve such a dynamic community institution.  He met my enthusiasm with, “that’s great…but do they still have libraries?”. 

Library Staff Picks from the Summer

Ever wonder what the WDM Library staff is reading? Here's your chance to get a peek into what our favorite books were from this summer! 

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Iowa Core Parent Guides

As West Des Moines students start back to school, we wanted to highlight an invaluable resource that was developed by The Iowa Core. Their Parent Guides, in English and Spanish, provide an overview of what students will learn by the end of each grade level as directed by the Iowa Core, the state’s academic standard.

YA Books Set in the Summertime

Longer days and sunny skies are abundant in these young adult books!

Get in the Olympic Spirit with These Reads!

Who else is ready to dive into the Tokyo 2020 games? These fantastic reads are waiting to get you into the Olympic Spirit!