December Makerspace Monday

snowflake imageOn December 13th an old-time favorite has been requested once again, Cinnamon Salt Dough OrnamentsSecret Hot Chocolate Recipe, Wood Slice Snowman or Reindeer Ornaments, Beautiful Book Angel Ornaments, Jingle Bell Surprise, and more!!

Coming up in December at our Makerspace Monday
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Date: December 13th
Ages: All Ages
ActivityTreasured Ornament Making Workshop!!
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Online Registration

NOT ABLE TO JOIN…
If you are unable to join in person, no problem, just complete the online registration form and choose “mail activity kit and video link” directly to your preferred address.

Looking for past library program activities and videos?  Check out our Youth Program Archive

Please contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338

This Friday! Join the Friends of the Library for a Holiday Benefit Concert

Friend Your Library LogoJoin the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for their annual Jolly Time Benefit Concert.  This year’s event features musical performances by Barbershop Quartets, Antique Harmony and Off the Cuff.  Sing along as they harmonize with your holiday and Barbershop favorites.

When: Friday, December 3rd from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where:  Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA  50309
Only $10.00 per ticket, available at the door.
Refreshments will be available for purchase during the concert.

More information about the Friends of the Library

Winter Reading Program for Kids

snowflake imageREADsquared Online Reading Program invites you to our Winter Reading Program for KIDS!

As you snuggle by the warm fireplace this winter, or spend time baking delicious cookies the Youth Library invites you to participate in our READsquared Online Reading Program specially created just for you and your family.

For every 4 missions you complete you earn a reading tag. Complete all 16 missions and earn a prize! 
In this program, you will earn points by completing reading missions instead of logging books. Each mission will earn you 25 points. Once you reach 400 points, you have completed the program! 

Here is how it works!

Program Starts: December 21, 2021
Ages: 0 – 18
Visit http://iowablindreads.readsquared.com/
Select Register in the top right corner of the screen.
Select if you would like to register an Individual Account. If you would like to create a Family Account, please register yourself first and then register your children under your account.

Hope to see you soon!
Denise Bean, Youth Librarian
denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
515-452-1338

Join the Friends of the Library for a Holiday Benefit Concert

Friend Your Library LogoTime to Get in the Holiday Spirit!

Join the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for their annual Jolly Time Benefit Concert.  This year’s event features musical performances by Barbershop Quartets, Antique Harmony and Off the Cuff.  Sing along as they harmonize with your holiday and Barbershop favorites.

When: Friday, December 3rd from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where:  Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA  50309
Only $10.00 per ticket, available at the door.
Refreshments will be available for purchase during the concert.

More information about the Friends of the Library

A Fall Poem and Our Holiday Schedule

Book with a read leaf resting on the pageLibrary staff member, Jodi, wrote a poem about fall that we wanted to share.  Jodi has written some fabulous poems honoring our volunteers, staff, the library, and reading.  Thank you, Jodi, for sharing your talents with us!

Fall

Fall is fast upon us,
And there’s a chill in the air.
Leaves are falling all over,
And the trees soon to be bare.

This is the time to be thankful,
And appreciate the little things.
Family, friends, and books.
And everything in between.

With Fall comes Thanksgiving,
and a meal with all the trimmings.
There’s corn and mashed potatoes,
And gravy from the turkey drippings

When it’s chilly outside and you want to stay in.
Make some cocoa and read a book.
Find a little hideaway,
Your own little reading nook.

Curl up next to a fire,
Wrapped in a soft, warm throw.
Forget about the world outside,
and let your imagination go.

It doesn’t matter what or when,
Or where the storyline will lead.
Anytime is a good time,
To pick up a book and read.

—  Jodi Aldini-Zepeda

Upcoming Holiday Hours for Our Library

The Library will be closed on; Wednesday, November 24th, Thursday, November 25th, and Friday, November 26th.
In December our library will be closed on Thursday, December 23rd, Friday, December 24th, and Friday, December 31st.

We wish you all happy holidays!