Summer Reading Program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryWhat a blast this week learning about jellyfish and sharks and making our very own Amazon Rain Stick!

Don’t forget to join Bob White at IDB Read Kids every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00pm as he begins a new book called, Howliday by James Howe!

Coming Next Week…

Let’s go on an Adventure Around the World Virtual Event!
July 13th, 15th and 17th at 1:00pm
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat breakfast in Australia, or better yet, make a new friend from Australia?  Pack your suitcase we are going on a trip to visit other countries.

To see the full Summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page.

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!
Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian

Summer Reading Program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryWhat a blast this week entailed from making our very own “Pet Rock” friend and learning about habitats! We got our hands messy with Ellie making Pine Cone Bird Feeders and Feather Bead Necklace.

On July 6th we have a special visitor, Connor, who is going to introduce us to Jellyfish and Sharks, YIKES! I wonder if he has met a Jellyfish up close?  And we can’t wait to visit the Amazon with our Amazon Rain stick. Did you know that it takes 10 minutes for the rain to land on the jungle floor? Yes, that is correct, it is because the jungle canopy is so thick!

Don’t forget to join Bob White at IDB Read Kids every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00pm as he begins a new book called, Howliday by James Howe!

Coming soon …

Let’s go on an Adventure Around the World Virtual Event!
July 13th, 15th and 17th at 1:00pm

To see the full Summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page.

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!
Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian

Summer Reading program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryHere at our Youth Library with all of our library friends has been a blast of electric fun!

In the first week of our Summer Reading Program we explored the weather and met with a real storm spotter Scott who taught us a few tricks in predicting the weather! We also made pinwheels, and learned all about what happens when you put soap in the microwave and so much more!

In the second week, our library friends Raced into Space with Dan Chibnall! Dan made space come alive with excitement! To top it all off in a twinkling star fashion we explored the sun, which by the way is a star, and discovered how craters form on the moon!

We also had a great time on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00pm listening to Bob White, a volunteer narrator, read from the book Bunnicula by James Howe.  Feel free to join us and listen to the story during IDB Read Kids.  The sky is the limit on all the fun this Summer Reading Program has in store for everyone!

Join us next week for our Animal Virtual Events.  We are going to have a roaring good time!

  • June 29th:  Pet Rock Activity and Recipe Fun “Dog Chow”
  • July 1st:  Pine Cone Bird Feeder and Feather Bead Necklace Frenzy
  • July 6th:  Jellyfish, Sharks and Amazon Rain Stick Activity

To see the full Summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page.

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!

Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
Denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
515.452.1338

Summer Reading Program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryIt has been a blast of electric fun, as we explored the weather this week and actually met with a real storm spotter. Scott taught us a few tricks in predicting the weather! We also made pinwheels, and learned all about what happens when you put soap in the microwave and so much more!

Now don’t miss out, because next week we are going to Race into Space with Dan Chibnall! Dan will make the sounds of space come alive with excitement!  We will learn all about the stars and galaxies and you will get your very own tactile constellation booklet. To top it all off in a twinkling star fashion we will pretend to be an actual comet while exploring the moon! We will learn about gravity like a real astronaut. They sky is the limit on this week of fun!

June 22 – Guest Speaker Dan Chibnall
June 24 – WIKKI Stick Constellation Design Challenge, Comet Activity
June 26Moon Dough Activity, Gravity Test 1 Water Drop Activity, Gravity Test 2 The Feather and the Ball

To see the full Summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page.

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!

Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
Denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us

The Summer Reading Program Is Here!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryJoin us at the Library for a great summer of STEM and Fun. The Summer Reading Program begins June 15th!

The Summer Reading Program includes hands-on learning, singing, crafts, STEM learning activities, reading and more.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 p.m. over six weeks there will be 18 virtual events that include, “Learning About the Weather”, “Get Ready to Race Into Space”, “Animals”, “Adventure Around the World”, “Exploring Nature Together” and “A Week of STEM”. Participants will receive a packet with the items needed to do the activities each week. If you are unable to attend a virtual event, activities and videos will be provided on the Summer Reading Program blog page.

IDB Read Kids will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., join us as our guest narrator Bob White reads Bunnicula and Howliday Inn by James Howe.

You can also use Beanstack to track your reading throughout the summer. Our Beanstack site includes educational activities like; cool sounds, exciting activities, exploration and learning.  It also allows you to log your minutes and activities in a quick and easy way using the Beanstack website.  Earn badges and much more!  If you prefer not to use Beanstack, you can receive a logbook to record the minutes your child will read this summer.

Check out the Summer Reading Blog Page for registration information and more!

Questions? Contact Youth Services Librarian, Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515.452.1338.

Summer Library Program News

Due to continuing health concerns and our desire to make sure we keep everyone healthy and safe, we will be cancelling our Makerspace Monday on Monday, June 8th and our STEM & Stories Saturday on Saturday, June 20th.  The library will also cancel its extended hours on June 8th and June 20th.

We have Summer Library Program News!

We are offering an incredible online virtual experience. This hands-on learning, includes singing, crafts, STEM learning activities, engaging sounds, reading and exploring new worlds that will openly welcome the unexpected. This Summer Reading Program will be launched on June 15th! Over six weeks there will be 18 virtual events that include, “A Trip Around the World”, “Exploring Nature Together”, “A Week of STEM”, “ANIMALS”, and last but not least “Race into Space”. As an extra treat you will be introduced to a very special guest, the fun is endless.

There are two ways you can track reading for your child. This year we are partnering with Beanstack.  Beanstack allows you to log your minutes and activities in a quick and easy way using the Beanstack website.

If you prefer not to use Beanstack, you can receive a logbook to record the minutes your child will read this summer. Everyone who completes the program by reading 300 minutes and attends all 6 weeks of our incredible virtual summer events will be sent a summer reading t-shirt and certificate.

Register Here for the Summer Reading Program

Cozy Mystery and a Scone

Detective magnifying class with finger printsOne of the IDB Read groups has been reading cozy mysteries by H.Y. Hanna. What is a cozy mystery you ask? According to Wikipedia, “cozy mysteries, also referred to as ‘cozies’, are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence occur off stage, the detective is an amateur sleuth, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.”

The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries by H.Y. Hanna center around Gemma Rose and her tearoom near Oxford in England. Gemma is trying to get her newly established tearoom off the ground, but trouble and dead bodies keep getting in her way. This series comes with a fun, interesting set of characters, a pesky, entertaining cat and of course, a love interest or two. Your mouth will water as the author describes delectable scones, muffins and delicious dinners. You’ll soon want to start baking your own pastries. Well, we’ve got you covered. Below is a recipe for a classic English scone from Plated Cravings (www.platedcravings.com).

The IDB Read Cozy Mystery group meets every Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm via a conference call to listen to one of our volunteer narrators, Christine Mach, read live. If you would like to be a part of the group, please call the library 515.281.1323 and we will give you the conference call number.

ENGLISH SCONES RECIPE

Ingredients
• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 3/4 stick cold butter
• 3 tbsp granulated sugar
• 3/4 cup milk
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 egg beaten
Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. In a large bowl mix flour with the salt, baking powder, and sugar. Add the butter, then rub it in with your fingers until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.
3. Heat up the milk on the stove until warm, but not hot. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, then set aside for a moment. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and put it in the oven.
4. Add the milk mixture to the dry mixture and combine them quickly with a fork.
5. Scatter some flour on the work surface and tip the dough out. Dredge the dough and your hands with a little more flour, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother. Don’t overwork the dough. Pat into a round about 1.5-inch (4cm) high.
6. Use a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter and plunge into the dough, repeat until all the dough is used. You should get 8 scones.
7. Brush the tops with egg wash, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.
8. Bake for 10-15 mins until risen and golden on the top. Eat just warm or cold on the day of baking generously topped with jam and clotted cream.
Notes
If freezing, freeze once cool. Defrost, then put in a low oven for a few minutes until warm.
Nutrition
Calories: 259kcal

April 25th S.O.A.R. Saturday Cancelled: Check out Books for Kids

Due to health concerns and our desire to make sure we keep everyone healthy and safe, we will be cancelling our S.O.A.R. Saturday on April 25, 2020.  The library will also cancel its extended hours on Saturday, April 25th form 10:00am – 2:0pm. Please continue to watch our blog and the Iowa Department for the Blind website, https://blind.iowa.gov/ for updates.

Books for Kids Program

During this time the Books for Kids program is a great way to keep kids reading!  It is designed to provide kids daily access to books throughout the year.  We want to motivate kids to help develop a love of reading, spark the imagination and provide tools for future success in school and beyond.

The program provides at least five Braille, print/Braille, large print and/or audio books each month to participants.  It allows for the child to choose the books they want in as many formats as they would like to receive.  The books can be sent to the child’s home, school and/or other addresses.  Check out the Books for Kids Page for more information and the registration form.

Braille Bits Online

Legos spelling the word brailleStarting next week, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:00 pm we will start our Braille Bits Online program. It will be conducted over Zoom, an online meeting platform that is very easy to use. Join us twice a week for 45 minutes as we listen to a Braille Bits podcast and have a fun and lively conversations surrounding all things Braille. Please contact Denise Bean at 515.452.1338 for more information or to register.

You can also register by completing this registration form

Join Us Next Week for IDB Read

Join us next week as we begin IDB Read.  Call in and listen to one of our wonderful volunteer narrators read live on the phone, followed by a short chat about the book.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:00pm, you call in and listen to our narrator, Christine Mach, read a cozy mystery. The first one is titled A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am – 11:00 am, you can call in and listen to our narrator, Bob White, read a western, titled Sackett’s Land by Louis L’Amour.

Please call the library at 515.281.1323 to get the conference call number for IDB Read.

We look forward to reading with you!