Library News Podcast: November 2023

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

  • A Thank You
  • Mailing Library Materials Update
  • Top Ten Fiction Books Downloaded from BARD
  • More about this month’s NLS virtual programs
  • November’s Makerspace Monday
  • Friends of the Library Holiday Concert on November 17th
  • And more!

Join Us in Celebrating National Friends of the Library Week!

Friend Your Library LogoJoin us as our library spends this week, October 15-21, 2023, celebrating our amazing Friends of the Library group as part of the annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.

Our Friends group gave a $12,000 donation this year to the library, as well as an additional $9,000.00 for the purchase of a new 3D printer. 

These funds helped the Library do so much over the last year including:

  • Add activity kits to the Youth Library and Makerspace
  • Provide Kindle Fires for volunteer audio narrators to use when recording books
  • Purchasing program materials for youth activities
  • Support of the Iowa Regional Braille Challenge activities
  • Print/Braille and large print books for the youth collection
  • Support the library’s outreach activities

We would like to thank our Friends Group for their financial support and the advocacy work they do for our library.  These help the library provide great programs and services across the state.

Save the Date: Annual Friends of the Library Holiday Concert

Friday, November 17, 2023 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm

at the Iowa Department for the Blind (540 4th Street, Des Moines, IA)

Sing along with Antique Harmony and Midnight Madness Barbershop Quartets

All proceeds from the concert will go to the Friends of the Library

For more information about the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped fundraising and membership initiatives check out their website at

Friends of the Iowa Lilbrary for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Logo

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