DMPL Blog

Meet the Librarian: Dana Smith

Dana Smith, DMPL Librarian

What he does: Adult Services Librarian. My position at the Forest Avenue Library is half-time. Most of my efforts are directed at providing service at our public service contact points and development of adult programs. I also oversee the weekly “Conversations and Coffee” meetings, participate in collection development, provide tours and divert to whatever else may come along when needed.

How did you get to this position? 

8 Awesome Women to Celebrate on International Women's Day

IWB

International Women’s Day has been celebrated for more than 100 years. The day has become a focal point to recognize efforts for women’s equality and to empower women around the globe. The library is home to hundreds of inspiring books that highlight the achievements of women in politics, the arts, revolutions, and more. We encourage you to read their stories and find inspiration in their lives.

9 New Books to Read in March

March New Releases

March is very eventful, being Women’s History Month, Irish American Month, and (usually) a transition into spring. There’s a book out there for those topics and more. These nine titles offer just a taste of the new items hitting our shelves; we recommend getting your holds in now. If you want to learn more about the books everyone is buzzing about, sign up for our newsletter to receive monthly book picks straight into your inbox.

Explore the History of the Des Moines Fire Department at the Library

DMFD Ambulance

The Des Moines Fire Department celebrated its 135th anniversary last year, and the Iowa Association of Fire Fighters Local 4 in Des Moines is recognizing its 100th anniversary. To celebrate these momentous occasions, the department created a “Legacy Book,” honoring its predecessors and capturing the accomplishments of its current members.

DMPL Podcast: Iowa Romance Novelists President Jan Walters

Jan Walters

With Valentine's Day occuring this week, we invited Iowa Romance Novelists President Jan Walters on the podcast. Jan shares with us a new book from an Iowa author and a romantic paranormal series she loves that was recently completed. She also talks about her own books and shares how working with Iowa Romance Novelists has made her a better writer. 

Island Paradise: Eight Great Books Set on an Island

Island Books

It’s the winter that never ends. More snow fell again last night. You’re probably tired of shoveling and wiping the snow off your car, and the kids have cabin fever. Don’t you wish you were on an island right now? Take a mental break and find paradise in your mind by reading one of these eight books set on islands across the globe.

6 Concerts to Watch on Qello Before the Grammys

Willie Nelson

Award season continues with the Grammy Awards this Sunday. You may not be able make it to Los Angeles to see some of music’s biggest stars walk the red carpet, but you can see them rock the stage from the comfort of your home with the Des Moines Public Library's Qello streaming service. Qello has hundreds of live concerts and music documentaries featuring modern pop stars, classic rockers, and more.

What We’re Loving: January

What We're Loving - Jan 2019

Your library card can get you more than just books! We have a huge digital collection – including TV streaming services, eAudiobooks, newspaper subscriptions, digital yearbooks, and more – that you can access for FREE. If you’ve got questions about everything your library card can do, our staff can help! Here are a few of the things in the digital collection that we’ve been loving in the month of January.