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

Thank You for Celebrating National Library Week with Us!

Image of an open book with the pages forming a heart.Epilogue:

Thank you for celebrating National Library Week with the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled!  As the week winds down, we would like to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to you, our patrons.  Your continued support and your love for reading are what inspire us to continue providing our services and resources to the community.  Remember, there’s more to the story!  And if you are in the building, stop by the Front Desk for a treat!

Tune in for a National Library week edition of IDB Read!

Chapter 2:
Celebrate National Library Week and tune in today for a National Library week edition of IDB Read!  Listen to IDB narrator, Bob White, read Dragons Don’t Cook Pizza by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones. 

This event will be done via Zoom at 10:00 am and again at 3:00 pm today! 

Register Here or call the library for information (515.281.1323)

Image of National Library Week Logo There's More to the Story

Celebrate National Library Week with the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled!

Image: National Library Workers Day logo

Chapter 1:
National Library Workers Day! Give thanks to library workers.  Call in, send an email, or mail in a card to the library workers in your life! 

Watch the blog for information on the many fun activities the library has planned for this week and check out the schedule for this week.

Celebrate National Library Week with the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled!

Check out the library podcast, Library Chat!  This month’s episode is all about Libraries and National Library Week.  Watch the blog for information on the many fun activities the library has planned for this week and check out the schedule for this week.

Books, Podcasts and Resources from the April Podcast:


Encyclopedia of the Library of Congress: For Congress, the Nation, and the World
by John Cole 

Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever In The Age Of Google by John G. Palfrey  DB82147

America’s Library: The Story of the Library of Congress by James Conaway  DB50345  BR12707

The bodies in the library by Mary Wingate DB97038

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron  DB67516  LT8860  BR17821

The midnight library by Matt Haig  DB 100906  BR23507

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins  DB82679

Lighthouse Library Mystery series by Eva Gates

Mobile Library Mysteries by Ian Sansom


Call Number with American Libraries Podcast

The Librarian Is In

Julie’s Library


History of National Library Week 

National Library Week Honorary Chairpersons 

Facts from the Library of Congress

Our Volunteers Spread Sunshine!

Thanks to our volunteers

April is National Volunteer Month and the library would like to thank and acknowledge our many volunteers during this month who generously donate their time and efforts to the library. The library has many behind the scenes volunteers who help with narrating books, braille transcription, editing, shelving and processing books, and much more!

Today we held our annual Elizabeth Perowsky Workshop and Luncheon. Each year the Library and the Iowa Department for the Blind honors our volunteers with this luncheon and the theme for 2023 was Volunteers Spread Sunshine.

Our volunteer audio narrators attended a workshop to share their knowledge and expertise with each other and discuss their continued work on recording books for our library collection. During the luncheon, our volunteers from all areas of the library enjoyed lunch, networking and awards.

The Friends of the Library also presented the library with their annual contribution in the amount of $12,000.00. Throughout the year the Friends raise funds through memberships and events which is then given to the library. These funds are essential to the success of many library programs such as; the Iowa Regional Braille Challenge, year round youth programming, the new youth library space, the purchase of a 3D printer, additions to the library’s collection and so much more. The library would like to thank the Friends of the Library for their constant support, advocacy and commitment. 

As part of the Elizabeth Perowsky Volunteer program we honor volunteers who have gone above and beyond throughout the year to assist and support the library.

Every moment our volunteers give makes a huge difference in so many ways. Their willingness to share both their time and talents by volunteering with the Library says a lot. Their willingness to give selflessly to help others speaks to both their strength and the quality of their character.

For more information about our volunteers, volunteer opportunities and our awards check out our Volunteer page.  Image: Service Enterprise Certification Badge