Library Chat Podcast: October 2020

The Library is excited to announce the first episode in a new podcast called Library Chat. It is in addition to the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.  Check out the library’s Podcast Page for information on all the library’s podcasts and episodes.

 During the Library Chat podcast, we discussed books and other podcasts around different topics. October’s Library Chat will focus on the topic of Halloween. Listen in to hear about spooky books, Halloween traditions and more. We also discussed the podcast Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From? The popular Stuff You Should Know podcast and video series is published by Stuff Media and hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant, both writers at HowStuffWorks. The podcast launched in 2008 and covers a variety of topics in the fields of science, history, urban legends and pop culture.

Check out the book list below highlighting the books we discussed during the podcast and other noteworthy spooky titles.

Library Chat:  October 2020 Book List

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson  DB26427  BR11092  LT4028

Dracula by Bram Stoker  DB31689  BR8277

Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley  DB25835  BR12173  LT5603

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman  DB68027  BR18241

Hallowe’en Party:  a Hercule Poirot mystery by Agatha Christie  DB97649

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury  DB44005  BR10971

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson  DB26179  LT11759

Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving  DB16731  BR08876

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King  DB62402  BR22530  LT4278

Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark by Alvin Schwartz  DB19713

The Shining by Stephen King  DB51373  BR13271  LT4276

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury DB50233  BR12583

Braille Learning Resources and Podcast

Check out the great braille learning resources the library offers and our Braille Bits podcast!

Code Master

The Code Master Adult Braille Learning System is designed to help teens and adults who are blind or have low vision to learn braille and use it in their daily lives. Code Master breaks the learning of the braille code down into two parts: learning the code and developing the sense of touch needed to read braille tactilely.  Contact the library for more information about Code Master.

Braille Bits Online Course

We will be offering an online Braille Bits course starting on October 30, 2020 at 4:00pm. Braille Bits is designed to teach braille to sighted people who have connections with braille readers. Participants are taught through a combination of visual representation of braille and vocalization of dot positions to instill a better understanding of the braille code. This is an experience geared towards understanding the mechanics of braille without developing the skill to read braille code tactilely and instead focusing on reading visually.  Not only does this course offer a bite size sampling of Braille but you will partner up with a Certified Braillist who will mentor you through, bit by bit. If you are interesting in attending this virtual class, please contact Denise Bean to sign up.

  • Start Date: 10/30/2020
  • Time: 4:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Course Goal: Certificate of the Braille Bits Course Completion, 25 Hours of Training

Denise Bean Certified Braille Transcriber
Denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
(515)452-1338

Braille Bits Podcast

The Braille Bits Podcast corresponds with each Braille Bits lesson.  It features each Braille Bits Lesson and an interview with a special guest to discuss all things braille.  Check out the Braille Bits Lessons and Braille Bits Podcast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to help raise awareness, promote education and research about breast cancer.  Unfortunately, we all probably know someone who has been affected by the disease.  According to http://www.cancer.org, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life.  Of course this also means that there is a 7 out of 8 chance she will never have the disease.  Breast cancer awareness month hopes to increase the awareness of the need for regular mammograms, self-exams and screenings. Early detection of breast cancer is important to the treatment, as breast cancer is easier to treat in the initial stages.  October is the time to remind your friends and family members to schedule their mammograms!

There are a lot of good resources out there to assist women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and resources to help their friends, families and care givers as well.  Below are just a few of those resources.

Online Resources

National Breast Cancer Foundation

American Cancer Society

Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa

Cancer Support Community

Breast Cancer Now

 

Books

Bald is better with earrings : A Survivor’s Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer / Andrea Hutton (eBook)

A Breast Cancer Alphabet (2014) / Madhulika Sikka (DB79029)

Breast cancer surgery and reconstruction:  what’s right for you / Patricia Anstett : with photography by Kathleen Galligan (eBook)

Dr. Susan Love’s breast book (2015) : sixth edition / Susan M. Love, M.D. ; with Elizabeth Love and Karen Lindsey (DB82608)

Had I known : a memoir of survival / Joan Lunden (DB83028)

How not to die : discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease / Michael Greger and Gene Stone (eBook)

John Hopkins Patients’ Guide to Breast Cancer (2010) / Lillie D. Shockney (DB69983)

John Hopkins Patients’ Guide to Breast Cancer (2010) / Lillie D. Shockney (BR18558)

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book (2012) / Lynne C. Hartmann (DB75600)

Coming Soon: Library Chat Podcast

The Library is excited to announce a new podcast starting this month called Library Chat. This will be in addition to the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.

The first Library Chat podcast will be released the week of October 19, 2020. During the Library Chat podcast, we will discuss books and other podcasts around different topics. October’s Library Chat will focus on the topic of Halloween. Listen in to hear about spooky books, Halloween traditions and more. We will also discuss the podcast Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From? The popular Stuff You Should Know podcast and video series is published by Stuff Media and hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant, both writers at HowStuffWorks. The podcast launched in 2008 and covers a variety of topics in the fields of science, history, urban legends and pop culture. If you would like listen to the podcast discussed this month, you can listen to Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From? here.

Just in case your missed our Podcasts 101 Webinar we have posted it to our YouTube channel.  During the webinar library staff discuss what is a podcast, how do you listen to a podcast, where do you find them and what do our library podcasts have to offer.

 

Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday, where we talk about a book we enjoyed years ago!  Today we are throwing it back with Leslie, Special Services Librarian.

My Throwback book would of course have to be a book by Stephen King! He is my absolute favorite author and always tells a great story that completely sucks me in!  Even if the story scares the pants off me, I can’t put it down.  Although, sometimes I can’t read it right before bed.  This title wasn’t that scary, but it definitely sucked me in!  It is The Green Mile.  I don’t know if some of you remember, but when The Green Mile was first published in 1996, it came out in six separate installments and it was torture waiting for the next installment to be released!  I was in college at the time and would put everything aside to read the next installment as soon as I could.  My roommates thought I was crazy!  The Green Mile tells the story of “criminal,” John Coffey, sentenced to Death Row in 1932 for the rape and murder of two young girls.  But Coffey is an unusual human being and thus begins an irresistible journey through the Green Mile.  If you like suspense, mystery, a little horror and human compassion, this book is for you!

Is there a book that throws you back?