NEW! Library Chat Book Club

A set of books with headphonesJoin us in October for the first-ever Library Chat Book Club. Library Chat is a monthly podcast the library staff hosts to discuss books and podcasts on all sorts of topics.  

For the October Library Chat Podcast, we will be reading What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline (DB107276) and discussing it during the October Library Chat podcast.
Book synopsis: After Jason Bennett and his family have an encounter with carjackers with ties to a drug trafficking organization, the Bennetts are enrolled in the witness protection program. But their lives begin to fall apart as they try to adjust to life in the program, and Jason realizes he needs to take matters into his own hands. 

Read the book and then submit your comments or questions to the Library Chat group to be discussed during the October Library Chat Podcast.
You can email with the subject Library Chat Book Club. Or call the library at 515-281-1323. Please have your comments or questions submitted to the library by Friday, October 6.

Happy Reading!

Library Chat Podcast: September 2023

September’s Library Chat is all about Dolly Parton.  Join library staff as they discuss podcasts, books, movies and music by and about Dolly.

Podcasts, Songs, Books, Movie and More from the Podcast:


Stuff You Should Know – Why does everyone love Dolly Parton? April 25, 2023

Dolly Parton’s America


9 To 5 from the album 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs

Coat Of Many Colors from the album Coat of Many Colors

Jolene from the album Jolene

I Will Always Love You from the album Jolene

Books – Large Print

LT4784 Dolly : My Life And Other Unfinished Business by Dolly Parton

Books – Braille

BR4740 The New Breed by Rober Krishef

BR19802 Dream More : celebrate the dreamer in you by Dolly Parton

BR24102 Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

Books – Audio

DB21782 Roy Acuff’s Nashville : The Life and Good Times of County Music by Roy Acuff

DB39868 Dolly : My Life and Other Unfinished Business by Dolly Parton

DB92810 Dolly on Dolly : Interview and Encounters by Dolly Parton edited by Randy L. Schmidt

DB95006 What Would Dolly Do? : How to Be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World by Lauren Marino

DB101091 She Come By It Natural : Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh

DB102063 Dolly Parton, Songteller : My Life In Lyrics by Dolly Parton with Robert K. Oermann

DB104697 Music Is My Life by Myles Tanzer

DB107053 Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

DB110430 I Am Dolly Parton by Brad Meltzer

Television and Movies

9 To 5


Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square

Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors

Hannah Montana

Joyful Noise


Steel Magnolias

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
The Porter Wagoner Show

Book Reviews from Deena

Heart shape filled with books on shelvesCheck 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

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey DB101312
I enjoyed the part when he writes of his younger years, but this good ol’ Texas boy is kind of crass.  This is not your typical memoir.  There are stories of McConaughey’s past. There are also observations on life and his thoughts about life. One fact: his parents married each other three times. Some of the book has raw language and situations.

The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas BR11261, DBC13285
The Persian Pickle Club gathers to quilt, gossip and share the ups and downs of life such as illness, births and deaths. One member suffers a terrible loss, after her husband is found murdered.  Rita, the newest member of the group, who wants to be a reporter is determined to solve the murder. She gets more than she bargained for when she finds out the truth. For anyone who enjoys historical fiction and books about women’s relationships.

Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf  DB10647
Wylie is a writer who goes to isolated farm house to write.  A blizzard ensues and she finds a little boy in the snow. She brings him inside.  Wylie returns to the blizzard to look for someone the boy was with and finds a woman. The two are silent when Wylie asks them who they are and where they came from. Eventually Wylie coaxes information out of them.  Wylie’s past begins to collide with her present.  If you are interested in books that take place in Iowa, this Iowa author delivers.  She is spot in her descriptions of the landscape.

September’s The Many Faces of BARD Virtual Program (Thursday, September 14th at 6:00pm)

On Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 6:00pm (central), the Patron Engagement Section of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) will hold its monthly virtual program called The Many Faces of BARD on Zoom.  The event is free to attend.

For this session of The Many Faces of BARD, Judy Dixon will demonstrate how to access BARD braille books located on your iPhone and read them with your braille display. Note that information in this session will apply to any braille display including the NLS Braille eReaders. After the demonstration, Judy and the rest of the NLS staff will take questions about the demonstration or anything else relating to BARD.

To learn more and join the conversation, visit The Many Faces of BARD page from NLS.

NLS’s Patron Corner Program Coming Up on Monday, September 11th

On Monday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m. central time, the National Library Service for the Blind and Disabled (NLS) Patron Engagement Section will host the quarterly Patron Corner. The topic for this program is Job Hunting: Dos, Don’ts, Whys and Why nots. The session will be a panel of speakers who will address experiences with employees and employers. Speakers include Richard Rueda, Assistant Director of the APH Connect Center; Katie Frederick, Digital Content Manager for Vision Aware at the APH Connect Center; and Lex Huth, Communications Director for the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT), a policy initiative funded by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. The session will run for 90 minutes.

To learn more and join the conversation, visit the Patron Corner page from NLS.

The Patron Engagement Section at the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress is hosting the quarterly program and will provide an opportunity for patrons to learn more about various services directly from NLS staff. Bring your questions and your thoughts about the NLS collection.