October Recap @ The Playground

October has been such a busy time at @ the Playground! We started our adventures off at the Makerspace Monday Virtual Event. Did you know that it takes 700 hundred gallons of water to make one t-shirt, no, really it does! Also, we put on our super hero masks while learning about the 3 Rs of recycling; Reduce, Reuse, and of course, Recycle. Now, wait a minute, let’s not forget about the cool, “No-Sew Designer Tote Bag.” It was a real hit!  

Next, we fasten our seatbelts as we took a ride to the landfill, yep that is correct, the LANDFILL, for our STEM and Stories Saturday. Sarah Borzo from Metro Waste Authority had us dive right into the sounds of all the working equipment at a landfill! We experienced a symphony of sounds, such as; stomping, pumping, whirling, swooshing, not to mention smashing, as we ended to the relaxing sounds of nature. Great care is taken at the landfill, they even plant flowers to attract butterflies and bees. It is so important to recycle, and by recycling, you can become a true “planet saving hero.” This video is a must to watch! Plus, we learned that if you recycle an aluminum can, it only takes 30 days to get it right back on the store shelf again! Wow, now that is super cool stuff! We ended our time together by making a reusable Butterfly feeder!  

Couldn’t make it?  Check out the program recordings

Coming up in November @ the Playground

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event

Date and Time: November 9th 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Art and Music go Hand in Hand with guest Amanda Drish from the Des Moines Symphony
Registration

STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Event

Date and Time: November 21st 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Gratitude Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments with guest Ellie Klop from the Summer Reading Program
Registration

National Friends of Libraries Week

The Library is spending this week, celebrating its Friends of the Library group as part of the annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.  We would like to thank our Friends for their continued advocacy, support and financial contributions to the services and programs the library provides.

The Friends of the Library is a vital source of funding for the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled.  In 2020, the Friends of the Library gave the library $12,000.  Through their fundraising efforts and memberships, they have helped the library provide materials for the library’s 3D printer, print/braille books for our younger readers, new large print titles for the collection, support for the annual Braille Challenge and furniture for our new youth library space.

This year the Friends are excited to offer matching funds for every $20 membership for the first 50 new members. The board is so passionate about increasing our membership that they have made this match possible for anyone who has not been a member in the last 2 years.

Save the Date:

Friends of the Library Virtual Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
The annual meeting will include presentations and business meeting.
Special Presentations By:

  • Karen Keninger, Library Director for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled
  • Emily Wharton, Director of the Iowa Library for the Blind
  • Peggy Chong, The Blind History Lady

Join us in thanking our Friends of the Library for all their work and support. For information on how to join the Friends of the Iowa and learn more their history, see their website at http://www.iafriendslibraryfortheblind.org/

Braille Learning Resources and Podcast

Check out the great braille learning resources the library offers and our Braille Bits podcast!

Code Master

The Code Master Adult Braille Learning System is designed to help teens and adults who are blind or have low vision to learn braille and use it in their daily lives. Code Master breaks the learning of the braille code down into two parts: learning the code and developing the sense of touch needed to read braille tactilely.  Contact the library for more information about Code Master.

Braille Bits Online Course

We will be offering an online Braille Bits course starting on October 30, 2020 at 4:00pm. Braille Bits is designed to teach braille to sighted people who have connections with braille readers. Participants are taught through a combination of visual representation of braille and vocalization of dot positions to instill a better understanding of the braille code. This is an experience geared towards understanding the mechanics of braille without developing the skill to read braille code tactilely and instead focusing on reading visually.  Not only does this course offer a bite size sampling of Braille but you will partner up with a Certified Braillist who will mentor you through, bit by bit. If you are interesting in attending this virtual class, please contact Denise Bean to sign up.

  • Start Date: 10/30/2020
  • Time: 4:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Course Goal: Certificate of the Braille Bits Course Completion, 25 Hours of Training

Denise Bean Certified Braille Transcriber
Denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
(515)452-1338

Braille Bits Podcast

The Braille Bits Podcast corresponds with each Braille Bits lesson.  It features each Braille Bits Lesson and an interview with a special guest to discuss all things braille.  Check out the Braille Bits Lessons and Braille Bits Podcast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon: Library Chat Podcast

The Library is excited to announce a new podcast starting this month called Library Chat. This will be in addition to the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.

The first Library Chat podcast will be released the week of October 19, 2020. During the Library Chat podcast, we will discuss books and other podcasts around different topics. October’s Library Chat will focus on the topic of Halloween. Listen in to hear about spooky books, Halloween traditions and more. We will also discuss the podcast Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From? The popular Stuff You Should Know podcast and video series is published by Stuff Media and hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant, both writers at HowStuffWorks. The podcast launched in 2008 and covers a variety of topics in the fields of science, history, urban legends and pop culture. If you would like listen to the podcast discussed this month, you can listen to Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From? here.

Just in case your missed our Podcasts 101 Webinar we have posted it to our YouTube channel.  During the webinar library staff discuss what is a podcast, how do you listen to a podcast, where do you find them and what do our library podcasts have to offer.

 

Podcast 101 and Library Chat

What is a podcast? How do you listen to a podcast? Where do you find podcasts to listen to?

Join us for our Podcast 101 Webinar on Wednesday, October 7th at 10:00am and have your questions answered as we discuss how to find and listen to podcasts and learn about the podcasts that are being created by our library. Contact the library at library@blind.state.ia.us or 515-281-1323 for information on how to attend the webinar.

The Library is excited to announce a new podcast of our own coming in October called Library Chat. This will be in addition to our monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.

The first Library Chat podcast will be released the week of October 19, 2020. During the Library Chat podcast, we will discuss books and other podcasts around different topics. October’s Library Chat will focus on the topic of Halloween. Listen in to hear about spooky books, Halloween traditions and more. We will also discuss the podcast Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From? The popular Stuff You Should Know podcast and video series is published by Stuff Media and hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant, both writers at HowStuffWorks. The podcast launched in 2008 and covers a variety of topics in the fields of science, history, urban legends and pop culture. If you would like listen to the podcast discussed this month, you can listen to Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From? here.

September Recap @ The Playground

BUZZ! BUZZ! BUZZ! That is what we did, we were all as busy as bees @ The Playground! Makerspace Monday had the air filled with the scent of fresh strawberries as we created and made Beeswax strawberry Lip balm with our very special guest Abigail Kelly. We didn’t stop there, with our wings still moving in a rhythmic fashion we rolled beeswax into beeswax candles! STEM and Stories was also a honey of a good time, as we learned about the many benefits of honey. Did you know that just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, gee that sounds familiar. We were tucked inside a honeycomb with the finger “bee” puppets as we listened and learned even more about honey bees! Thank you Abigail for being our guest @ The Playground in the month of September!  If you missed these great programs, don’t worry, we have the recordings on our Mondays and Saturdays Page.

COMING UP NEXT IN OCTOBER

We are learning all about recycling, but in a fun way of course! Abracadabra, that worn out shirt will be turning into a personalized, AND usable Tote Bag at our Makerspace Monday night event!

STEM and Stories Saturday is hosting Sarah Borzo, Educator Coordinator from Metro Waste Authority. She will teach all of us about how to take better care of our planet. Not only are you going to become a planet-saving-hero, you will make all those butterflies smile as you create a Butterfly Feeder!

October Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date and Time: October 12th 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Designer Tote Bag
Setting: Zoom
Register Here

October STEM and Story Saturday featured guest, Sarah Borzo
Date and Time: October 17th 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Recycled Butterfly Feeder (butterflies not included!)
Setting: Zoom
Register Here

*UPON SIGN UP you will receive a FREE activity kit!