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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. 

 

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Happy Halloween! We have lots of fun activities planned to celebrate: Preschool Halloween Party: space still available on Thursday! Call 515-222-3405 to register or click on Calendar link above.  Trick-or-Treat @ the Library: visit the Children’s Desk after any of our Preschool Halloween Parties for a special Trick-or-Treat. Be ready with your joke! Also, this […]

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Have you ever seen a really old “Fallout Shelter” sign in a school or other public building?  If you ask your grandparents or anyone who lived in the 1950’s and 1960’s, they can tell you about the sign and what it was like to live during  the time of atomic bomb drills, home bomb shelters, […]

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I was very excited to hear that a 12 year old from West Des Moines was recently published in Stone Soup Magazine.  His article is in the November/December 2013 issue which is available at the library.  The young writer told me he had submitted 10 or 11 short stories before and this was the one […]

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The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman -companion book to The Grimm Legacy  “The Wednesday when the whole time-travel adventure began, I was fiddling with my game controller, trying to make the shoot button more sensitive.” The opening line of the book starts the wild roller coaster through the history of science and fiction.  Time travel, […]

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I just finshed reading From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos, the follow up to his Newbery Award Winning Dead End in Norvelt.  In June, I went on a cross country trip with my dad and step-mom.  I brought along many audio book choices for our journey and was thrilled when my dad said that […]

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The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes Starting second grade is hard.  Starting second grade after getting a bump on your head and landing in the hospital is even harder.  Billy Miller, a seven year old boy from Wisconsin, was visiting the Jolly Green Giant statue in Blue Earth, Minnesota when he fell and landed in the hospital.  […]

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Check out this great infographic from Zero to Three on how children become school ready. Then visit the library for programs and materials that will help your family reach the goal of school readiness for your children! http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/school-readiness-infographic.html

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As I was preparing for our Shake, Rattle and Roll class here at the library I came across a fabulous article “Music and Movement – Instrumental in Language Development” Music classes like Shake, Rattle and Roll help your children develop a beat, encourage movement which develops their vestibular system, involves many senses – including sight, sound, […]

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Next year’s Iowa Children’s Choice books are available at the library.  Get a head start reading the books on the list this summer so you are ready to vote next spring. This year we have included the Fauntas and Pinnell levels used by the West Des Moines Schools.  Feel free to discuss the books with your librarians; we […]

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I recently read Josh Berk’s fantastic new book, Strike Three You’re Dead.  Lenny Norbeck loves baseball, but is unable to play due to an embarrassing incident that you really don’t want to know about.  Lenny entertains his two best friends, both named Mike, with his comments throughout each Philadelphia Phillies game.  When the Mike’s help Lenny win a competition […]

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