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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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One of my favorite authors is Laurie Halse Anderson, so you can imagine my delight when I ran across this excellent interview done by Nancy Pearl, librarian-author extraordinaire. LHA’s young adult books are often called “problem novels,” but in this interview she disagrees with that label and instead calls them “resilience literature.” She writes about […]

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The Library has a lot of books (duh, right?)    But how do we decide what books to get?   Well, there are several things that help us choose the best books. 1. Patron Requests Public Libraries usually reflect the communities they are in.  For instance, if a library is in a primarily non-English speaking […]

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Bookletters Are you always on the lookout for a good book to read?  Then the YALSA Teen Book Finder app is for you! The American Library Association’s (ALA) division for Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) has developed an app specifically to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature. […]

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“Have You Seen This Yet?!” posts feature books, memes, sites, songs, artists, movies, news, stars, and anything else we think you should see.   Sometimes it will be an old favorite, other times it will be something brand new, but it will always be something you should see. _____________________________________________________________ Books we’re looking forward to reading […]

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“Have You Seen This Yet?!” posts feature books, memes, sites, songs, artists, movies, news, stars, and anything else we think you should see.   Sometimes it will be an old favorite, other times it will be something brand new, but it will always be something you should see. ______________________________________________________________ DYSTOPIAN – A society set up […]

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“Have You Seen This Yet?!” posts feature books, memes, sites, songs, artists, movies, news, stars, and anything else we think you should see.   Sometimes it will be an old favorite, other times it will be something brand new, but it will always be something you should see. ______________________________________________________________ I don’t blog.  Not only do […]

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“Have You Seen This Yet?!” posts feature books, memes, sites, songs, artists, movies, news, stars, and anything else we think you should see.   Sometimes it will be an old favorite, other times it will be something brand new, but it will always be something you should see. _____________________________________________________________________________ November is… National Novel Writing Month […]

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I recently ordered the novel 45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson for the YA collection. One of the reasons I ordered this book is because I don’t think the Library can ever have enough novels about real people with real problems.  Don’t get me wrong, I like a good paranormal romance between a […]

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I just finished listening to Changeling by Philippa Gregory book 1 of the Order of Darkness series, it was fabulous. Luca, a suspected changeling who had been given to the service of the church as a young man after his parents disappeared, is the inquirer, who travels across Europe exposing witches, poisoners, werewolves and other […]

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Finally an old school Vampire novel perfect for sinking your teeth into! The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black is a fast-paced adventure into a world where vampires do not glitter and are actually quite dangerous.  Seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up after a night of partying to discover that she is the only survivor of […]

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