Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
the book returns will be closed. Locked! Unavailable! The good news is that we will not be charging fines for those days we are closed. Whoohoo! If you're headed out of town for vacation you'll want to return your stuff before 8 PM on Thursday July 1st. (6 PM at Central) Last chance until we open back up on the 6th! Our web site will remain accesssible, but we're all gone so no support for the web site. You'll be on you're own. You can do it!Yes, all 6 locations of your Des Moines Public Library will be closed 4 days for the 4th of July. Of course Friday the 2nd is a furlough day and part of the budget cut, so staff will not be paid for that day. And we're not open Sundays in the summer anyway. I'm not sure where I was going with that, but I guess I'm there! And now an important factor of our holiday closing:
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Close Encounters of the Third Kind! Goosebumps again, this time when the little UFO's whiz around the road at midnight. Can you ever see Devil's Mountain and not think of mashed potatoes? Me neither.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The Five Ames Sisters. Left to Right: Barbara, Mary Eloise, Marjorie, Alice and Dorothy.1929.
Synchro intro : a guide to coaching recreational synchronized swimming
Sport training manual for synchronized swimming
Graphic Source: flickr Vintage Photo Sharing
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Nothing I like better than a Mysterious Island Adventure. Ooooooh. In Fragment a ship full of the cast and crew from a 'sea life' reality show wind up at Henders Island. Mayhem ensues. The Henders' inhabitants are all vicious species that want to eat you! Now! First there's the wheelie nasty on the beach. This innocuous-looking beast hurls itself like a live Frisbee and when it hits you the zillions of babies on its exterior jump off and eat you. Well that's weird. Turns out millions and millions of years ago evolution on Henders jogged on over to a different track and the island was isolated enough that it just kept perking along in an entirely new direction. Oh, and salt water kills them. So no leaving the island! If you make it past the wheelies to the interior there are flying nasties, huge spidery nasties, ratty nasties, all really fast! They will only stop trying to eat you if one of their own stumbles. Then they're all over that poor sucker. And they reproduce like crazy so they have enough progeny to eat each other! The author actually backs up all this crazy with lots and lots of science. Lots. But not so much that it ruins the fabulous world he's constructed. For extra value, toward the end there's one more creature that is totally unbelievable but buckets of fun. You can read it in the comfort of your lawn chair, safe in the knowledge that you won't be eaten. Except maybe by mosquitoes.
Fragment by Warren Fahy
Fragment by Warren Fahy
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
A Completely Subjective List.
Jaws! Every time I come across it while flipping channels I watch it again. Even if it's at the point when Roy climbs the mast and gets out the shotgun. Every bit is good.
Aliens! The best of series, due to its emotional heft. Plus Sigourney and major armament. (I was personally offended when Ms. Weaver did that commercial in the yellow robot suit, cheapening the whole movie.) P.S. Ignore Alien 3 entirely as it negates what happens in Aliens.
Batman! (Burton & Keaton, 1989) Michael Keaton. Who knew? And Jack Nicholson lets loose like we know he always wanted to.
Ah, The Lion King! They had me at the 5 minute preview. A single set piece and it's more exciting than the entirety of many films.
Independence Day! All you need to bring down alien spaceships is a laptop. What the heck is taking so long on'V' ?
Terminator 2! Linda Hamilton was not only completely ripped, she was nuts. Add in time paradoxes and you've got some fun.
So if the new movies just aren't doing it for you, try out some of these classics. And relive the magic.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Source: Fun Facts
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
My Stuff in the gray bar towards the top. The My Stuff page has an option to the left that says PAY FEES. Click on that , then click on Pay fines and fees online now. Sign in with your library card number and PIN. You are good to go! Pay away!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
The Floppy Papers
Thursday, June 3, 2010
3. Has ceased to be!
4. Expired and gone to meet 'is maker!
5. Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace!
6. Pushing up the daisies! (Oh the irony)
7. 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory!
8. E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the choir invisibile!
THIS IS AN EX-PEONY!
Ah, they save the best for last. Are you missing Monty Python yet? Re-aquaint yourself using our collection.
Monty Python Videos and DVDs
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Iowa Bird Books
Some of these books will have the word 'Iowa' under 'Collection'. These cannot be checked out but you can use them in-house. There are still lots of books that check out!
Photo Courtesy Gerry Rowland
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Today is the first day for the new hours at two of our locations.
North Side Library:
Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Forest Avenue Library:
Mon -Thu: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
These hours will continue until September 7th.
Summer Reading starts June 14!