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

On Thursday, December 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 (Braille and Audio Reading Download) on Zoom. The event is free to attend and will last one hour.

The topic for the December, Many Faces of BARD program will be Using Bard Mobile for Android for Low-Vision Users. The demonstration will show how our low-vision users can navigate without speech. After the demonstration, 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.

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NLS’s Patron Corner On Monday, December 11th

On Monday, December 11, 2023, 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 The Life Cycle of the Talking Book. The session will be 90 minutes and will feature the NLS Collections Division, which is responsible for all phases of book selection, production, and distribution.

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

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Library Chat Podcast: November 2023

The Library Chat Podcast and Book Club for November is here. Join library staff as they review and discuss the title Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (DB92245 and BR22862). Spoiler alert if you haven’t read the book.

For December’s Library Chat Podcast staff will be reviewing and discussing the title Educated by Tara Westover (DB90188, DB95267, BR22656, LT12707).

Book Synopsis: Memoir exploring the author’s path from being raised in a fundamentalist, paranoiac Mormon family where she was homeschooled to eventually working her way to graduate degrees at Cambridge and Harvard. Discusses hardships faced by the family, abuse at the hands of a sibling, and more. Some violence, strong language. 2018.


Read the book and then submit your comments or questions to the Library Chat group to be discussed during the December Library Chat Podcast. You can email 
library@blind.state.ia.us 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 Monday, December 4th.

Happy Reading!

November 2023 Peek-A-Box: All Things Fall

Peek-A-Box Logo, blue polka dot with a stack of books.This month’s Peek-A-Box is All Things Fall.

You can’t experience November without experiencing Fall!  Autumn is officially here!  The leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping, the days are getting shorter, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  It’s a great time to settle in and read!  The books for this month all have the word “Fall” in the title.  See below for a sneak peek at the books included this month. Maybe you will discover a new favorite author or genre!

In your box you will find a Thanksgiving themed stainless steel tumbler with straw and lid, turkey or pumpkin sticky notes, maple leaf lip balm, “Give Thanks” stickers, 2.5 oz packet of ground coffee, packet of almonds and fruit rolls.

Happy fall y’all!

Angels Fall by Nora Roberts DB62893

The cradle will fall by Mary Higgins Clark DB58176

Decline and fall by Evelyn Waugh DB12261

Empire Falls by Richard Russo DB52601

Fall of giants by Ken Follett DB71970

Falling angels by Tracy Chevalier DB535613

The falls by Joyce Carol Oates DB59642

The fastest way to fall by Denise Williams DB105775

Fear of falling : the inner life of the middle class by Barbara Ehrenreich DB98151

Free fall in crimson by John D. MacDonald DB15844

Niagara Falls all over again by Elizabeth McCracken DB53633

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult DB80304

Stone’s fall by Iain Pears DB71252

Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe DB47510

Where the stress falls : essays by Susan Sontag DB53718

Thanks for reading with the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled!

November The Many Faces of BARD Virtual Program (Thursday, November 9th at 6:00pm)

On Thursday, November 9, 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.

The topic for the November’s Many Faces of BARD program will be program will be Using BARD Mobile for iOS without VoiceOver.  Since this presentation is specifically for low-vision users, they will be displaying the screen. After the demonstration, 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.

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