Franklin teens give Cinder 4 stars

Franklin Pizza and Pages


This week at Pizza & Pages, the Franklin teens discussed Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Their average review was 4 stars out of 5. Cinder is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, featuring a main character who is a cyborg and a mechanic. Its sci-fi element is sure to make this Cinderella-ish tale more appealing to guy readers–as well as gals–than the traditional fairy tale. Each book in the Lunar Chronicles will feature a different fairy tale character. Book two is already out and is titled Scarlet — any guesses on who our main character represents in this book?

For information on future Franklin Pizza & Pages book discussions, or at one of our other DMPL locations, see our events calendar!


Teen Read: Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan by Rick Bowers

Did you know that Superman was created by two teenagers? Did you know that the KKK used to wield serious power in the U.S? This book tells the story of how the entertainment industry used the Adventures of Superman radio show to combat the pervasive influence of the KKK in the 1946 “Clan of the Fiery Cross” episodes.

Bowers provides a brief but insightful history of the KKK, its beginning after the Civil War, and cycle of influence in the U.S. Alternating chapters discuss the modest beginnings of Superman and his rise from comic book to radio show to T.V. and the silver screen.

South Side teens read the book for our March book discussion and were surprised by the long history and real power the KKK exercised. They also enjoyed the chapters about Superman and how a couple of teenagers were responsible for his creation. In book discussion, we listened to the first episode of the “Clan of the Fiery Cross” (below) and laughed at the Kellogg’s cereal commercials as well as the out-of-date insults used by the teens. They found it hard to believe that millions of kids tuned into this show just because it sounds so cheesy to us today.

Who would enjoy this book? South Side teens said: Anyone really interested in Superman or general U.S. history. Check out a a copy from DMPL!

The Power of the Library at Your Fingertips!

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Attention all Digital Teens! Did you know that you can checkout eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines with your Des Moines Public Library Card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?

The 3M Cloud Library offers eBook downloads for residents of Des Moines and Windsor Heights. Check these out now:

 Revolution 19    The Madman's Daughter     Don't Turn Around

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Wilbor eBook and audiobook downloads are available for residents of Des Moines, Rural Polk Co. and Windsor Heights. Browse through their Teen Fiction Section today!

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One Click Digital has over 4000 downloadable audiobooks to choose from. Have a listen to these this during your next car ride:

Airhead (Airhead Series #1)     All the Right Stuff     The Juvie Three

Need to do research, but can’t make it to the library? Browse through over 200 books on subjects that include business, education, environment, history, medicine, nature, science, and general reference titles by accessing the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

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With Zinio, you can easily access more than one hundred popular magazines electronically on your own tablet, computer, or smartphone! Check out some of our current titles!


Get Digital Today!

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Calling All Whovians!

Doctor Who turns 50 this year! Are you ready for some new Doctor Who episodes? Me too! It feels like ages since the Christmas special aired. Did you know the library has Doctor Who DVDs, books, eBooks and audio books  Well, we do! Stop in the library and ask the information desk for help in finding these items.

Check out the trailer for the upcoming series starting on March 30th! Tell us what you think in the comment section. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite Doctor after watching the video!


Who is your favorite Doctor?