Library News Podcast: May 2022

Join library staff for May’s Library News podcast which features Children’s Book Week, the Elizabeth Perowsky Volunteer Luncheon, and the Friends of the Library.  As well as the top ten fiction books downloaded on BARD last month, information about Makerspace Monday, other upcoming Youth programs and ongoing library events and programs.

Our Volunteers Take the Prize

Thanks to our volunteersApril is National Volunteer Month and the library would like to thank and acknowledge our many volunteers during that month who generously donate their time and efforts to the library.  The library has many behind the scenes volunteers who help with narrating books, braille transcription, editing, shelving and processing books, and much more!  Even during this challenging time, we have volunteers who are assisting our library in providing services and resources to our patrons all across Iowa.

Today we are wrapping up National Volunteer Week with our Elizabeth Perowsky Workshops and Luncheon.  Our volunteer audio narrators are attending a workshop to share their knowledge and expertise with each other and discuss their continued work on recording books for our library collection.  This afternoon our volunteers from all areas of the library will enjoy lunch, networking and awards.  The Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will also host their annual meeting which will feature the library staff as they discuss their work over the last two years.

Every moment our volunteers give makes a huge difference in so many ways.  Their willingness to share both their time and talents by volunteering with the Library says a lot.  Their willingness to give selflessly to help others speaks to both their strength and the quality of their character.

Staff member, Jodi Aldini, wrote a poem honoring our volunteers.

Volunteers Take the Prize

Today’s the day we celebrate
All of our volunteers.
You’re a crucial part of our Library,
And have been for many years.

You give of yourself and your time,
As if it’s no big deal.
We want to reach out to all of you
And tell you how we feel.

Whether you’re a Pioneer, Transcriber, or Narrator,
Or tackling the new braille.
The impact you have on blind Iowans
Is something no one can curtail.

We couldn’t do it without you,
Your work is second to none.
We’re in awe of your dedication
To get each task done.

The difference that you make,
Cannot be disguised.
That’s why we’re honoring all of you,
Because our “Volunteers Take the Prize!”

— Jodi Aldini

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for the library check out our Volunteer Page.

It’s Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week 2022 is April 9th through the 16th.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of this national public education program coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and delivered by a network of supporters.  This week-long free virtual campaign aims to help people better manage their personal finance.  Topics include: budgeting, credit, buying or refinancing a home, and understanding social security benefits. 

This year’s line-up includes:

  • Monday, April 11 @ 1:00 p.m. CT | Spend Smart. Eat SmartPresented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Tuesday, April 12 @ 1:00 p.m. CT | Credit: Build & Improve It!  Presented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Wednesday, April 13 @ 1:00 p.m. CT | Buying or Refinancing a Home: Options & Tools  Presented by North West Housing Partnership
  • Thursday, April 14 @ 1:00 p.m. CT | Understanding Social Security Benefits  Presented by the Social Security Administration

Go to www.moneysmartweek.org to see the list of free, virtual events and to get registered.

The Magic of Braille T-Shirts + DSM Book Festival

We are taking The Magic of Braille to the Des Moines Book Festival today! 

Front of the t-shirt: says in print, The Magic of Braille, with a graphic of a cauldron with books piled on top surrounded by stars. The Magic of Braille T-shirts will be available to purchase starting today through April 4th in our online store.

Link to Online Store

All shirts are crew neck and short sleeved.  Shirts are heather black with gold lettering.  The front of the t-shirt says in print: The Magic of Braille, with a graphic of a cauldron with books piled on top surrounded by stars.  The back of the t-shirt says, The Magic of Braille, in Braille.  All sizing is unisex and all shirts are $20.00.  The t-shirts will be mailed directly to you.  We are pleased to work with local, small business The Side Garage.

All proceeds from the t-shirt sales will benefit the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped who help fund library programs.

Image of DSM Book Festival logoAnd join the Library and the Iowa Department for the Blind at the Des Moines Book Festival today at Capital Square in Downtown Des Moines from 9:00am – 7:00pm.  For more information about the DSM Book Festival: https://www.dsmpartnership.com/dsmbookfestival/

The library will be hosting programs for adults and families:

  • 12:00pm: That All May Read:  Intro to Braille Hands-On Workshop
  • 2:00pm: The Story of Braille: stories and hands-on activities in the Just for Kids Room

We will also have a table throughout the day, so stop by!

The DSM Book Festival connects people who love books with the people who create them.

Join us at the DSM Book Festival!

Image of DSM Book Festival logoJoin the Library and the Iowa Department for the Blind at the Des Moines Book Festival on Saturday, March 26th at Capital Square in Downtown Des Moines from 9:00am – 7:00pm.  For more information about the DSM Book Festival: https://www.dsmpartnership.com/dsmbookfestival/

The library will be hosting programs for adults and families:

  • 12:00pm: That All May Read:  Intro to Braille Hands-On Workshop
  • 2:00pm: The Story of Braille: stories and hands-on activities in the Just for Kids Room

We will also have a table throughout the day, so stop by!

The DSM Book Festival connects people who love books with the people who create them.

Join the Great Reading Challenge!

Clipart Image of books on a shelfIt’s not too late to join!

The Great Reading Challenge (GRC) is a six month long reading challenge open to adults 18 years of age or older who are a patron of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled. 

To complete the challenge, you need to read 12 books by July 15, 2022. 

The challenge of the GRC is to read books that fit into one of the many categories on the Mission page in ReadSquared.

Go to iowablindreads.readsquared.com to create an account or log in and find out more information. 

Please contact Leslie at 515.452.1329 with any questions!