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!


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Upcoming Cover Reveals!

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(If you haven’t heard about the new Harry Potter covers yet, check out our last post!)

We left you on Monday with the following questions:

Does a cover really matter? Do you judge a book by its cover?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, you are among the majority of readers. The cover of a book is the first thing you see and publishers use that artwork as their main means of marketing. The question then becomes:

How do you judge a book by its cover?

  • Do you go off of a gut instinct and just grab a book that looks awesome?
  • Does a great cover stop you in your tracks, but you still have to look it over to be sure?
  • Is it more about the title?
  • Do ‘bad’ or ‘uninteresting’ covers stop you from picking a book off the shelf?

Eleanor & Park         Uses for Boys

Here are a few covers that DMPL currently has on order. Take a look and decide if you would check them out based on cover alone. Click on the book, be guided to the DMPL catalog, and put the item on your request list! If you can’t decide on cover alone, scroll down to receive some more information.

  Dualed           When We Wake

Eleanor & Park Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

Uses for Boys

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, it was just the two of them against the world. But now her mom’s gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, the next stepfather. Anna gets used to being alone, until she discovers that she can make boys her family, from Desmond to Joey to Todd. But filling the void comes at a price.


Dualed by Elsie Chapman

Two of you exist. Only one will survive. The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate–a twin raised by another family–and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage–life. Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt.

When We Wake

When We Wake by Karen Healey

In 2027, sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl–playing the guitar, falling in love, and protesting the wrongs of the world with her friends. But then Tegan dies, waking up 100 years in the future as the unknowing first government guinea pig to be cryogenically frozen and successfully revived. Appalling secrets about her new world come to light, and Tegan must choose to either keep her head down or fight for a better future.

Does a cover matter? Share your thoughts in a comment!

New Harry Potter Cover Art!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)         'Harry Potter' Books Get New Covers!

Scholastic has announced that they will be unveiling new cover art for the Harry Potter series in celebration of its 15th anniversary. The artwork comes from Kazu Kibuishi and will debut in September as a box set.

Books often need to be re branded in order to appeal to a new generation of readers. Publishers, like Scholastic, do this by redesigning the cover. Here are a just a few examples:

1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

  Re-Covered Books: The Outsiders      The Outsiders

2. Forever by Judy Blume


3. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

                  Uglies (Uglies Series #1)

(all links will transport you to the DMPL catalog!)

Does cover design really matter? Do you judge a book by its cover?

What do you think of the Harry Potter cover makeover?

Check back with us on Wednesday for some upcoming cover reveals!

2013 Possible Teen Trends

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Now that we have said goodbye to 2012, it is time to look forward to what 2013 will bring us in terms of young adult fiction. Here are 3 possible trends we are forecasting:

1. Mermaids

We have made it through the wizard craze, the vampire hype, and the zombie sensation successfully. Those trends, while still trickling in, are in the past and it is time to focus our attention on the next teen fiction fad: mermaids. Want to get ahead of this trend? Check out these amphibious creatures at your library!

Wake (Watersong Series #1)   Monstrous Beauty  Lost Voices (Lost Voices Trilogy Series #1)

(click on the cover to be transported to the DMPL catalog!)

2. More Teen Fiction Showing Up on the Big Screen

With the success of The Hunger Games (Wordwide Gross of $686,533,290!!!), more young adult fiction than ever before is being optioned for films in 2013. Here are just a few of the books coming out in theaters in 2013:

Beautiful Creatures (Movie Tie-In) City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series #1) Ender's Game (Ender Wiggin Series #1)

(clicking on a cover will send you to the DMPL catalog!)

3. More Covers Featuring Girls Wearing Glamorous Dresses

While this trend was very evident in 2012, certain series continuing into 2013 make it easy to predict this fad’s continuance. Here are a few examples to get you started:

The Selection Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin Trilogy Series #1) The Luxe (Luxe Series #1)

(choose a cover to be sent into the DMPL closet (catalog)!)

What trends do you think we will see in 2013? Share your answers in a comment!

Express Yourself!

How do you let the world know who you are? How do you let out everything that has bottled up inside you?

Express Yourself!!!

Through Music & Dance:

  • Head to the BeatLab! Create your own beats and add sounds with the click of a mouse, then share your tracks.
  • You could also go to UJAM to create songs, remix your favorites, or create ‘Hollywood Moments’ with their app!
  • Audition for a musical or chorus! Go to the Des Moines Playhouse  or The Iowa Youth Chorus for more information.
  • Check out these books at your library! (click on the cover for the Des Moines Public Library’s catalog)

            Shiva's Fire           Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Through Art:

  • Go to Big Huge Labs and turn your images into posters, puzzles, wallpaper, pop art and more. 
  • Create your own artwork in the style of Jackson Pollock here.
  • Check out these books at your library! (click on the cover for the Des Moines Public Library’s catalog)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian     Autobiography of My Dead Brother  Just Duct Tape It!

Manga for the Beginner Shoujo: Everything You Need to Start Drawing the Most Popular Style of Japanese Comics

Through Writing:

  • Take just five minutes a day to jot down your thoughts in a journal.
  • If you like writing, try weebook. It is an online community where you can share your works, get feedback from other writers & readers, and find other books to read.
  • You can also submit your work to  TeenInk. They depend entirely on teen writers for their national magazine.
  • Check out these books at your library! (click on the cover for the Des Moines Public Library’s catalog)

Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems  Bronx Masquerade    Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing


Try something new today!

Modern Fairy Tales for Teens

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

~Albert Einstein

Being a teen does NOT make you too old for fairy tales! Check out  some of these retold and re-imagined classic tales at your library today!

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Scarlett and Rosie March have spent years hunting the Ferris–werewolves that took Scarlett’s eye in a brutal attack years ago. But the Ferris are getting stronger, and when a rash of murders shakes Atlanta, the sisters move into the city for answers.

Ash by Malinda Lo

Cinderella retold In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted. The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it awakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

For years, Jacob Reckless has been escaping to another world–a world behind the mirror, where witches haunt the forests and fairies and dwarfs roam. A world for treasure hunts and magnificent quests–but also a world locked in a deadly war. Jacob’s secret seems safe, until one day his younger brother Will follows him, to disastrous consequence. Faced with a curse that is quickly turning Will to stone, the Reckless brothers are thrust into a race against time to find a cure before one of them is lost forever. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, master storyteller Cornelia Funke introduces a lush, enchanting landscape of fairy tales and legends re-imagined as never before.

Beastly by Alex Flinn

I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright-a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever-ruined-unless I can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Tender Morsels is a dark and vivid story, set in two worlds and worrying at the border between them. Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, a world given to her in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters grow up in this soft place, protected from the violence that once harmed their mother. But the real world cannot be denied forever–magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga’s refuge. Now, having known Heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?

(All links take you to the Des Moines Public Library Catalog)

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

The End of Bullying Begins With Me: That’s the message during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. PACER’s campaign began in 2006 with a one week event that has now evolved into a month-long effort to encourage communities, schools, and individuals to raise awareness of bullying prevention.  Bullying can be stopped, but we must all take action. Here are ways you can take an active role in bullying prevention:

Be inspired: visit these sites to learn more about the effects of bullying & check out stories about bullied teens at the library

Do Something: Sign a petition, share your story, or join a Facebook campaign to show your support

Do Something Local: Sunday, October 21st @ 4:30 PM, Walk the Talk with others at Gray’s Lake in support of the 1st Annual Bully Prevention Walk.  

The event is coordinated through the ASK Resource Center and the Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa. Alex,  from the recent documentary “Bully”, and his mother will lead the walk. A donation of $5.00 or more per person is appreciated. 100% of the proceeds from the walk will benefit future bullying prevention efforts for families including statewide training and resources.

Don’t Be Just a Bystander:

If you are a witness to bullying, be more than just a bystander. There are simple, safe ways that teens can help stop bullying when they see it happen.

  • Spend time with the person being bullied. Simple gestures like talking to them or inviting them to your lunch table will show them that they are not alone.
  • Tell Someone-a trusted adult, like a parent, principal, or teacher may be able to intervene.
  • Don’t give bullying an audience. Do NOT encourage the behavior by laughing or standing around to watch.
  • Set a good example. Do not bully others.

What will you do to take a stand?