Recap: Summer Reading Program Week 4

Image of a blue dragon sniffing a flower.Ready, Set, Adventure!

This week our Summer Reading Program took us on a magical journey during Disney week!

Monday, we enjoyed the sounds of the past, did you realize that the most popular Disney movie of all time is called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Yep, that is correct, it was created in the year of 1937. There was an apple in the movie, so we decided to mix a few ingredients together and make Cinnamon Scented Apple Pinch Pots, it smelled delicious on the set. In honor of the movie Cars, we made the Clothespin Race Car.

Wednesday was an extra special day, we were joined by a friend from the past Liz Soenen, who hand made each of our puppets that we brought to life. Thank you again for sharing your talents with all of us!

Friday, Ellie, and Taryn had some fun making the Click Clack Musical Maker and we finished up with the sweet smell of cake in the air by making the Orange Cream Cake, YUMMY!!

Join us next week – you do not want to miss next week’s special guest!

Coming up next week

Nature Week!

July 6th Special Guest visitor Dan Gutman

  • Butterfly Sponge Art!
  • Bonus Craft Day!

July 8thth Wilderness Exploration

  • Wire Rock Art
  • Eat my Dirt!

Book Reviews from Deena

Check out these book reviews from Deena.  Deena was a member of the Library’s Patron Service Team who recently retired.  She has generously continued to share book reviews with us.  Thank you, Deena! 

Let us know if you would like any titles added to your booklist or head over to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) to download the titles now.  Need more information about BARD?  See our BARD Page

Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles   DB105197

As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it.  I grew up in a town along the Lincoln Highway and at one point in my life our kitchen window faced the highway.

1954: Emmett has just been released from a juvenile detention center and the warden brings him home due to the death of his father.  Emmett needs to take care of his precocious eight-year-old brother, Billy.  Unbeknownst to Emmett two of his ne’er-do-well friends have sneaked into the warden’s trunk and they change Emmett’s plans. Emmett and his brother have decided to go to California to find their mother who abandoned the family.

The friends Duchess and Wooley want to go to New York to claim Wooley’s inheritance.  So, the adventure begins and it not smooth sailing. Before they get out of Nebraska, Emmett is urged to make a stop.  Duchess says he will return in five minutes and when he does not return, Emmett goes after him. Wooley and Duchess take off with the car and leave Emmett and Billy stranded with no money and they have to hop a train to New York to get the car back. There are many mishaps on their journey.

This book reminded me a bit of This Tender Land only darker. If you like road trips this book might be for you. There are several famous landmarks mentioned in the book.

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman  BR19607, DBC02517 

I loved this book! Lenka and Josef fall in love in Czechoslovakia and marry. Josef is going to America and promises to secure Visas for Lenka’s family also.  Josef is unable to get the Visas and Lenka refuses to go without her parents and little sister. Josef leaves with his parents and sister and while awaiting their visas Lenka and her family are sent to a work camp. Josef loses contact with Lenka.  As the war drags on, Josef eventually marries, but never forgets his first love. Lenka after surviving a concentration camp, marries an American soldier. They meet again 60 years later at a dinner for their grandchildren.

The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson  DB101366

I was not a big fan of John Lennon or head over heels for the Beatles, but this was interesting story about how the group evolved and their relationships with each other. If you are true Beatles fan and have read a number of things about them, I am not sure that this book uncovers any new details.

Recap: Summer Reading Program Week 3

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Last week was our third week of our Summer Reading Program and it took us to infinity and beyond during Science Camp!

Monday, we took off in a rocket and explored the moon, and of course, many other fun planets too. We turned yarn into Yarn Planets. Adding texture is always a good time, we splattered, squished, and let dry, the results of our space art – Moon Art!

On Wednesday, we discovered stories through space. Did you know that the word astronaut stands for “Star Sailor”? Or how about this, an astronaut’s suit weighs more than 220 pounds and will take 45 minutes to put on? We had a good, yummy time with the Summer Skies Marshmallow Constellations Activity. We even danced to the Moonwalk Freeze Dance.

Friday, we enjoyed eating like an astronaut.  We spent time with Chris Hadfield in the cabin of a spaceship and learned the tricks and tips astronauts do while in space. As the week of learning all about space came to an end, we mixed ingredients together and made Astronaut Chocolate Pudding, while enjoying the sounds of space in the background.

Coming up this next week

Disney Week – Where the Magic Begins!

June 27th Most Popular Disney Movie of all Time

  • Apple Scented Cinnamon Pinch Pots
  • Clothespin Race Car

June 29th All about Puppets Today – Roll that Movie Clip!

  • Puppet Creations with Guest Liz Soenen
  • Puppet Build-A-Story Play

July 1st Food Frenzy Friday with Disney

  • Click Clack Musical Maker
  • Orange Cream Cake

National Library Service (NLS) Launches Braille-on-Demand Pilot Project

As part of its braille modernization initiative, the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) has launched a Braille-on-Demand project. This project will allow our active library patrons to request and receive up to one hard-copy braille title per month to keep for personal use. To be clear, this does not replace normal braille circulation, but is a way to get a permanent copy of a title you will re-read many times, like a cookbook or your child’s favorite bedtime story.

NLS must have an electronic version of a title in order to emboss it, so requested titles will be limited to braille books that are currently available on BARD. Some older titles may not be available. The maximum number of books you may request is one per month. Only complete titles will be distributed. Please be considerate and only request those books you intend to read multiple times and have room to store.

The form to request a braille-on-demand book can be found linked from https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLSbrailleondemand. Patrons may complete the form themselves or contact their network library for assistance. They may also contact NLS Reference at  for assistance in completing the form.

Please let us know if you have any questions.
515-281-1323
library@blind.state.ia.us

Library Chat Podcast: June 2022

Clip art image of headphonesIn June’s Library Chat Podcast, we discuss summer reads and how to decide what to read next.  We talk about the library’s Great Reading Challenge program and great podcasts to help you pick your next book to read.   For more information about the library and our podcasts go the library’s blog.

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Recap: Summer Reading Program Week 2

Image of a blue dragon sniffing a flower.Ready, Set, Adventure!
Our second week of our Summer Reading Program took us around the world!

Monday, we made the discovery that art comes in all different shapes and sizes.  Did you know that music is art as well? This week we are recreating a masterpiece from the very famous artist Claude Monet named “The Water Lilies”. If you like circles you would enjoy the Kandinsky Concentric Circle art activity. Did you also know that Picasso’s first word he spoke was “pencil?”  

On Wednesday, we took flight and landed in Hawaii and made a Hawaiian Lei. A lei is a symbol of love, friendship, and celebration. When you arrive in Hawaii, it is tradition that you are greeted with a lei. Fun Fact: The word Aloha means “hello” and “good-bye” in Hawaii.

On Food Frenzy Friday, we finished our week by dancing in our seats to the sound of drums while learning the moves to the African song “A Lion with a Tail.” Here is something you may not know about Africa; it is the hottest continent in the world and it has the largest desert. At the end of the day Taryn read the book titled, Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin while we enjoyed the crunchiness and chocolaty flavors from the Edible Crayons Activity we made. It was a great week of fun and so much more to come! 

Coming up next week

Science Camp – To Infinity and Beyond!

June 20th Let’s Go Exploring the Moon

  • Yarn Planets
  • Moon Art
  • Galaxy Shirt DIY Weekend Fun

June 22nd Discover Stories from Space

  • Summer Skies Marshmallow Constellations
  • Moonwalk Freeze game!

June 24th Life in Space with Astronauts

  • Astronaut Challenge Game!
  • Astronaut Pudding