Founded in 2005, the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is an all-volunteer, nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the Library’s efforts to be the best. Through fund-raising efforts the Friends of the Library:
Support the library’s programs throughout the year. These programs include the summer reading program for both youth and adult patrons, special presenters and literacy initiatives.
Recognize the contributions of library volunteers. The Library would not be able to meet the needs of print-disabled Iowans without the efforts of a dedicated corps of more than 100 volunteers. These individuals transcribe books into braille, narrate audio recordings, inspect and rewind returned audiocassette books, and perform other needed to tasks to ensure that Iowa readers have access to the information they need for work, school, or personal enrichment. The Friends help the Library to recognize these contributions.
Sponsor the purchase of sacred texts for print-disabled readers throughout the state. Readers with disabilities may contact the Library to request a personal copy of the Bible, the Koran, the Book of Mormon, or other sacred text.
Support the Iowa Braille Challenge for young Braille readers. This academic competition tests students’ skills in reading comprehension, Braille spelling, chart and graph reading, proofreading, and Braille speed and accuracy.
Outfit the Library’s reading room. The Friends have purchased comfortable furniture, carpeting, and lighting to create a cozy, quiet area in the library.
Purchase new technology for the library. The Friends purchased a 3D printer and digital scanner for the library.
For more information visit the Friends of the Library website at http://www.iafriendslibraryfortheblind.org