2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival on September 24th

Image of a colorful shelf of books with text below, 2022 IDB Virtual Book FestivalJoin library staff and special guests for a morning all about books and reading at the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival!

Saturday, September 24th from 10:00am – 12:30pm

10:00am – 11:00am:  Author Visit with Reid Forgrave, Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy

11:00am – 12:00pm:  Pick from 4 sessions all about books and reading

  • The Art of Creating an Iowa Audiobook
  • Your Reading Toolbox
  • Braille Books:  From Print to Shelf
  • Ready, Set, Adventure!  Books that Spark Storytelling

12:00pm – 12:30pm:  Be our guests as we record the Library Chat Podcast live

Join us for one or all of the sessions planned throughout the morning.

For more information and to register go to the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival Event Page

Questions contact the Library at 515-281-1323 or library@blind.state.ia.us

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled: Patron Corner Program on Sept. 12th

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) will host their quarterly Patron Corner on Monday, September 12th at 6:00 pm.  The topic for this session is Narration: The Art of Telling the Story.  Guest speakers will include Celeste Lawson, a narrator and the head of the NLS Media Lab.  The session will run for about 90 minutes and will be on Zoom.

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

For information on how to join NLS’s online Patron Corner Zoom event check out our Events Calendar.

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Announcing The Many Faces of BARD Program by the National Library Service

On Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 6:00pm (central time), the Patron Engagement Section will offer a monthly program called The Many Faces of BARD. This program will occur on the second Thursday of every month. It will last for one hour and will cover one aspect of BARD (the Braille and Audio Reading Download) usage.

Each program will start with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD usage. NLS will announce the topic for the next presentation at the end of each program. The first presentation will provide an overview of all of the available BARD products.  These session are open to all patrons and are held over Zoom. 

For the full Zoom invitation information

 

Big Library Read

Image of The Girl in His Shadow book cover. Text An unforgettable historical fiction novel about one woman who believed in scientific medicine before the world believed her.Join the #BigLibraryRead digital book club! Borrow the ebook or audiobook of The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake from our digital collection with no waitlists or holds.

Our patrons can dive into a suspenseful USA Today bestselling novel during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From July 13-27, readers will join over a hundred thousand others around the globe in enjoying Audrey Blake’s historical fiction The Girl in His Shadow from their public library. The Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled library card holders can borrow the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app or visiting Bridges: https://bridges.overdrive.com/

Readers can then discuss online at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.

This Big Library Read novel is available in more than 21,000 libraries around the world including and approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. During the program, readers participate in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the Libby app.

The Girl in His Shadow takes place in London in 1845. Raised by surgeon Dr. Horace Croft after losing her parents, Nora Beady knows little about conventional life and much about suturing and anatomical illustrations of dissections. Women face dire consequences if caught practicing medicine, but in Croft’s private clinic Nora is his most trusted—and secret—assistant… until the new surgical resident Dr. Daniel Gibson arrives. To protect Dr. Croft and his practice Nora must learn to play a new and uncomfortable role—that of a proper young lady. When she makes a discovery that could change the field forever, Nora faces an impossible choice. Remain invisible and let the men around her take credit for her work, or step into the light—even if it means being destroyed by her own legacy.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. The Girl in His Shadow is the 28th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.

The Girl in His Shadow was published as an ebook by Sourcebooks and as an audiobook by Recorded Books. The title can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read titles and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com

All Iowa Reads Virtual Author Visits

Image with text 2022 All Iowa ReadsThe three authors of the 2022 All Iowa Reads titles will appear in virtual visits starting this week. The State Library of Iowa is sponsoring these conversations to give Iowans a chance to hear from the All Iowa Reads authors. The author presentations are free and open to the public, but note that registration is required.

At each event, the authors will be joined by a moderator to discuss their books, their creative process, and to address questions from the virtual audience. Attendees will have the option to submit a question ahead of time when registering; otherwise people are encouraged to ask questions in chat during the event. Reading any of the three 2022 All Iowa Reads titles in advance is encouraged, but not required.

July Dates & Registration
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Thursday July 14 @ 4:30PM | Jennifer Longo, author of the 2022 Teen All Iowa Reads title What I Carry
Tuesday July 26 @ 4:30PM | Kate O’Shaughnessy, author of the 2022 Kids All Iowa Reads title The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane
Wednesday July 27 @ 7:00PM | Rachel Mans McKenny, author of the 2022 All Iowa Reads adult title The Butterfly Effect

About All Iowa Reads
Established in 2003, the purpose of All Iowa Reads is to foster 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 calendar year. All Iowa Reads consists of three programs, each with one title chosen per year: adults, teens ages 12-18, and kids ages 8-12.
All Iowa Reads is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of Iowa.

Don’t miss tonight’s Patron Corner by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

Tonight (Monday, June 13) at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (6:00pm Central Time), the Patron Engagement Section at the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress will hold the first event as part of their Patron Corner programming. Each quarterly program will provide an opportunity for patrons to learn more about various services directly from NLS staff. The program will be interactive, last for one hour, and have a designated topic of discussion.

The topic for the June 13 session is Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Collection Selection, but Did Not Have the Vehicle to Ask. Our guests will be members of the Collections Division at NLS who are responsible for selecting the books in the NLS collection. Bring your questions and your thoughts about the NLS collection

For information on how to join NLS’s online Patron Corner Zoom event check out our Events Calendar.