This Saturday! STEM & Stories Saturday @ The Playground

Join us this Saturday as our special guest – Abigail Kelly, the “2020 Iowa Honey Queen” buzzes in for a visit!

STEM & Stories Saturday has its buzz going on too, sit and relax while you learn about interesting Bee Facts as you dip your way into making your very own Lip balm beeswax. Story time included but of course!
Date: September 19, 2020 at 10:00am
Setting: ZOOM
Register Here
Upon sign up you will receive a “free” material kit!

As a special gift to you, in addition to all of this, you will also receive delicious and tasty Honey Recipes that your entire BEE friends can create and make!


Did you miss this Monday’s Makerspace Monday Virtual Event?  Don’t worry, check out the recording. It features Abigail showing us how to roll this precious wax into candles, you will become a bee expert as you learn all about honey facts & Tips.

Makerspace Mondays are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30pm.
Register Here
Upon sign up you will receive a “free” material kit!

To view past programs and for more information about Makerspace Mondays and STEM & Stories Saturdays visit our Mondays and Saturdays Page.

Latest D-List: Is the Book Better Than the Movie?

We are announcing our latest D-List (Digital List Including Special Titles)!

Is the movie better than the book or is the book better than the movie?  You be the judge with books from our newest D-List.  This list is comprised of books that have been made into movies over the years.  Call the library to request this most recent D-List and we will send you special cartridges filled with books that have been made into good and some not so good movies.

Call (515-281-1323) or email (library@blind.state.ia.us) the library today to request the newest D-List and we will send you special cartridges with those books included.

Past D-Lists are also still available to receive on cartridge.  Just let us know which ones you would like.

  • The Great American Reads – features 100 books from the Great American Read list featured on PBS.
  • VOICE (Voices of Iowa Connecting Everyone) – features the library’s volunteer narrators and the books they have recorded for our collection.
  • Bookmark Series – if you are a fan of Hallmark movies this list is for you.
  • Staff Picks – comprised of 60 books, all filled with our staffs’ all-time favorite books.
  • Plants in Name Only – is a list includes books with a kind of plant or flower in the title.

September Virtual Events @ The Playground

So what is the buzz @ the Playground, it is a special guest – Abigail Kelly, the “2020 Iowa Honey Queen.” She is buzzing in for a visit and will be inviting you to make products out of beeswax! Don’t miss out, you have two chances to get “bee busy” with learning and creating!


Image of a Sign with Makerspace Monday @ the Playground written on itMakerspace Monday Virtual Event for families will feature the creation of BEESWAX Candles, imagine that, BEESWAX Candles! As Abigail lights your way to rolling this precious wax into candles, you will become a bee expert as you learn all about honey facts & Tips.
Date: September 14, 2020 at 6:30pm
Setting: ZOOM
Register Here
Upon sign up you will receive a “free” material kit!


Image of a Sign with STEM & Stories Saturday written on it

STEM & Stories Saturday has its buzz going on too, sit and relax while you learn about interesting Bee Facts as you dip your way into making your very own Lip balm beeswax. Story time included but of course!
Date: September 19, 2020 at 10:00am
Setting: ZOOM
Register Here
Upon sign up you will receive a “free” material kit!

As a special gift to you, in addition to all of this, you will also receive delicious and tasty Honey Recipes that your entire BEE friends can create and make!

Setpember is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Image of Wonder Woman reading a book.September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when our library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.  Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year.

This year, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In her new role, Wonder Woman will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card.
Libraries offer resources, programs and activities to help transform lives and communities through education.

Our library, along with libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our community. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, visit our library website at https://iowalibrary.blog/.

New Braille Bits Podcast

Join us for a great conversation as Denise talks to a very special guest, Leland Smith, Vocational Rehabilitation Teacher for the Iowa Department for the Blind.  They will also review Braille Bits Lesson 15.

What is Braille Bits did you ask? Braille Bits is an introductory class that is flexible and convenient, supportive and structured in providing a fun, tiny size sampling of braille. You may want to call this dot learning experience, an appetizer of braille.

This online program is designed to teach braille to sighted people who have connections with braille readers. For example, teachers and parents are taught through a combination of visual representation of braille dot positions, through lessons, homework and a podcast. Did we mention a Podcast? Prepare to be both entertained and delighted by listening to others share their love for braille.

For more Braille Bits information:
Braille Bits Introduction
Braille Bits Lessons
Braille Bits Podcast