A NOTE TO OUR CUSTOMERS: As of Sunday, March 22, Beaverdale Books will be closed to the public due to the COVID-19 situation. Our utmost concern is the safety of our staff and customers, and we feel that this is the responsible and wise thing to do. We're operating on the restaurant model right now - takeout and delivery. You can call us at 515-279-5400 Monday through Saturday 10:00 - 5:00 (or leave a message), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order a book, and we'll get your order ready for parking lot pick-up, home delivery, or $2.00 shipping.
Obviously, this affects our event schedule. Right now, we simply don't know how long we will have to remain closed, so the information below is either out of date since we don't have new information or very tentative at this point. Call us at 515-279-5400 for updates or if you have any questions. Thanks for your understanding, and we hope to see you soon. We'll get through this together!
Thursday, March 12
Beaverdale Book Browsers Book Club
Beaverdale Books' original book club is once again open to new members!
This book club was at capacity for a while, but as people come and go there are openings for new readers looking for a book club. The club started when the store opened in 2006 and has been going strong ever since. What began as a group of strangers has been a testament to the power of books to bring people together. Selections are eclectic and the discussion is always interesting. Food and wine are always part of the fun as well. Anyone is welcome!
Selection this month: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Monday, March 16
Urbandale UCC Book Club
The Urbandale United Church of Christ Book Club meets every month here at Beaverdale Books! Membership is open to anyone, so if you like good books and a good discussion, this could be your book club!
Selection this month: Kindred by Octavia Butler
NO MARCH MEETING - CHECK BACK!
Mystery Book Club
Come join this group that has been meeting for over 20 years! New members always welcome; all you need is a love of mysteries and a burning desire to talk about them with a fun group of folks!
Selection this month: 1st to Die by James Patterson
Tuesday, April 14
Are there some "classic" books you have always wanted to read? Or maybe that you read some years ago and would like to read again? Whether you're catching up or want to read with a new understanding and perspective, the Classic Club might be for you! Join Hunter the second Tuesday of the month to converse, compare and contrast, with no high school flashbacks!
Selection this month: The Movie Goer by Walker Percy
Saturday, April 18
Environmental Book Club
This book club was formed out of an interest in raising not just awareness, but interest and the "environmental IQ" of our local community. Group members represent a range of interests and knowledge about environmental issues, and have set out to create and maintain a place where ideas and information can be shared in civil and welcoming ways. The community is welcome to attend, listen and discuss.
Selection this month: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer
Monday, May 11
Raccoon River Reading Series
It's time for the second meeting of the Raccoon River Reading Series. Our inaugural event in August was a big success, with a full slate of authors who signed up to read their work. The series is being organized and led by local writer Suzanne Guess, who, after traveling to Omaha to participate in similar events, wondered why we didn't have something similar in Des Moines. An email inquiry led to a meeting, and the idea quickly resulted in a new literary experience at Beaverdale Books.
If you're a writer, you know there's a lot more to the profession than getting words on the page (although that's a big part of it), and that's what this reading series is all about: giving you the opportunity to gain exposure, test out your work on an audience, practice your public reading skills, and network.
This recurring event is open to all writers and all genres. There are a few guidelines, however:
1. Register at least 48 hours in advance of the reading. You'll receive a confirmation email that you're scheduled to read.
2. Cancel 24 hours in advance. No-shows are uncool and may affect future registrations.
3. Read for up to ten minutes and wow us with your words! If you're still reading at the ten-minute mark, hungry zombies are released to chase you away from the mic.
4. Any unclaimed slots on the agenda will be open mic.
You can register at https://suzanneguess.com/raccoon-river-reading-series/.