June IDB Parent Toolbox Virtual Meetup

Image IDB Parent Toolbox logoThe Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled is excited to introduce a new program that will encompass a variety of supportive, enriching opportunities designed specifically for parents of blind children. The IDB Parent Toolbox Program will combine a newsletter, virtual meetups, and a subscription box to provide parents with information, activities, and a network of support.

Upon registering parents will have access to three programs:

  • Monthly IDB Parent Toolbox Virtual Meetings
    On Monday June 26, 2023, at 6:00pm, parents are invited to a monthly meetup with IDB staff, guest speakers, tips and more on various topics and upcoming events. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month.
  • Receive Monthly IDB Parent Toolbox Newsletter via Email
    Parents are kept informed about current and agency upcoming events, activities, and helpful topics.
  • IDB Parent Toolbox Subscription Box
    Sent quarterly filled with activities, information, and fun and helpful items for parents and families.

Online Registration Form

Library News Podcast: May 2023

Join library staff for May’s Library News podcast which features:

  • Updates from our Perowsky Volunteer Workshops and Luncheon held last month
  • Top ten most downloaded Nonfiction books on BARD
  • How to register for our Youth Summer Reading Program
  • Information on the new IDB Parent Toolbox Program
  • More about this month’s topic for the NLS Many Faces of BARD program

Iowa Department for the Blind Volunteer Open House

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You can positively affect the lives of blind Iowans by volunteering with the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB). By volunteering with IDB, you can use your skills and talents to help us reach more Iowans, and help individuals live their dreams—whatever they may be!
Learn more about the Iowa Department for the Blind and the volunteer opportunities at our Volunteer Open House.

WHERE: Iowa Department for the Blind (524 4th Street Des Moines) or Virtually
WHEN: April 21, 2023
TIME: In person sessions 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 pm and Virtual Session 12:00 p.m.

Questiosn? Contact:
Iowa Department for the Blind

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Library News Podcast: March 2023

Join library staff for March’s Library News podcast which features:

  • A recap of the 2023 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge and STEM Fest
  • Top ten most downloaded nonfiction books on BARD
  • Upcoming Makerspace Monday and other youth programming
  • Information about the Library’s participation in the upcoming Des Moines Book Festival
  • Save the date for the Elizabeth Perowsky Workshop and Luncheon
  • And Programs from the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled

Today is World Braille Day!

Logo Iowa Department for the BlindToday is #WorldBrailleDay and Louis Braille’s birthday!  Happy Birthday Louis Braille, the inventor of #Braille, six dots creatively put together to create a code for writing and reading all by touch.
“Braille is knowledge, and knowledge is power.” – Louis Braille

Library Braille Programs and Resources: