The Great Reading Challenge Begins January 15th!

Clipart Image of books on a shelfThe 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 between January 15, 2022 and 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.

This reading challenge will begin on January 15, 2022 but you can get signed up now! 

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

Please contact Leslie at 515.452.1329 with any questions!

Library News Podcast: January 2022

Happy New Year!  Join library staff for January’s Library News podcast which features information on a new program starting this month called the Great Reading Challenge, the top ten fiction books downloaded on BARD last month, information about the 2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge, upcoming youth programs, and information about ongoing library events and programs.

Join the Thursday Book Club

Heart shape filled with books on shelvesJoin the Thursday Book Club on January 20th at 2:00 pm as they discuss The Library Book by Susan Orlean. The Library Book looks at the mystery of the 1986 LA Public Library fire that ruined over a million books. The Thursday Book Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of every other month at 2:00pm.

Here is a list of books for 2022:

  • January – The Library Book by Susan Orlean  DB92869     
  • March – End of Watch by Stephen King  DB85178  
  • May – My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman  DB83204
  • July – Before and After: the Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate  DB97454
  • September – The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah  DB102287
  • November – Finder Keepers by Fern Michaels  DB47416 

Contact Angie at 515-452-1330 or for the conference call information.

All Iowa Reads Author Visits – Iowa Center for the Book

The Iowa Center for the Book is excited to sponsor virtual visits in 2021 from each of the All Iowa Reads authors!

All Iowa Reads fosters a sense of unity through reading. Iowans are encouraged to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year.

There are three winning titles each year, an adult title, a teen title, and a kids title.  Starting this month, the authors of the winning selections will offer free virtual author visits to the public.  Each author will conduct three webinars each over the course of the next few months.

  • May 15th at 2:00pm:  Remy Lai, the author of the 2021 Kids All Iowa Reads title, Pie in the Sky will conduct the first of her free virtual webinars.
  • May 19th at 7:00 pm: Nickolas Butler, the author of the 2021 Adult All Iowa Reads title, Little Faith will conduct the first of his free virtual webinars.
  • Late June:  Randy Ribay, the author of the 2021 Teen All Iowa Reads title, Patron Saints of Nothing, is scheduled for his first free webinar.

All the webinars will be hosted by the Iowa Center for the Book and will last about an hour.  The author will discuss the book and answer questions from attendees submitted in the chat window during the webinar.

You can find more information, see the complete schedule of the virtual author visits, and register for the webinars at

Do you want to read the book before the webinar? Call the library and request them!  We have all three selections in audio, braille, and large print.

Cozy Mystery Served Up with a Glass of Peach Iced Tea

The Cozy Mystery IDB Read group has been enjoying stories by Bree Baker in her Seaside Café Mysteries series.  They center around Everly Swan and her seaside iced tea shop and café called Sun, Sand and Tea.  After a failed attempt at culinary school and leaving her ex-boyfriend, Everly has returned to her hometown of Charm, North Carolina and opened her café on the beach.  She is trying to get her newly established café off the ground but murder and mayhem seem to be following her around the island.  With the help of some loving aunts, her childhood best friend and a hunky new detective in town, Everly tries to solve these murders on her own. This series comes with some great characters and many plot twists and turns.  It makes you want to travel to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, especially when the author describes the ocean air and all the wonderful things served at Sun, Sand and Tea.  Peach Iced Tea seems to be a specialty of Everly’s made from a secret family recipe.  While we couldn’t track down the secret family recipe, below is a recipe for Peach Iced Tea from  Make a batch and imagine you are sitting on the beach in North Carolina.

The IDB Read Cozy Mystery Group meets every Wednesday and Friday from 10:00-11:00 am via a conference call.  Call the library at 515.281.1323 for the conference call number and you too can listen to one of our volunteer narrators, Judy Fausch, read live from the Seaside Café Mysteries series. 

Peach Iced Tea Recipe


  • 2 ripe peaches, pitted and cut into chunks
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 6 black tea bags
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • Ice for serving


Place peaches and mint in the bottom of a large heatproof and shatterproof pitcher. Muddle with a wooden spoon until the peaches are pulpy and broken down. Hang tea bags in the pitcher and pour in boiling water. Let steep for at least 20 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Refrigerate the tea until cold. Fill glasses generously with ice. Strain the tea and pour over the ice. Garnish with mint if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/4 Cups 

Per Serving:  14 calories; protein 0.4g; carbohydrates 3.3g; dietary fiber 0.7g; sugars 2.4g; fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 282.7IU; vitamin c 2.6mg; folate 6mcg; calcium 15.1mg; iron 0.6mg; magnesium 7mg; potassium 94.3mg; sodium 5.6mg.

Virtual Money Smart Week 2021

Image:  Virtual Money Smart Week April 10-17, 2021Virtual Money Smart Week 2021 will be held Saturday, April 10 – Saturday, April 17. Money Smart Week is a national public education program coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago & delivered by a network of supporters. This week-long free virtual campaign aims to help people better manage their personal finances with a focus on those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This year’s line-up of virtual program topics include; saving, basic banking, student loans, fraud protection, personal finance, budgeting, and more. Virtual Money Smart Week 2021 will focus on one daily “Money Smart” theme. Content will be provided by government, non-profit and educational institutions through a combination of 10-15-minute presentations, checklists, toolkits, and other pertinent resources.

View more details at  Events are free and open to the public, but registration is advised.