December Makerspace Monday

snowflake imageOn December 13th an old-time favorite has been requested once again, Cinnamon Salt Dough OrnamentsSecret Hot Chocolate Recipe, Wood Slice Snowman or Reindeer Ornaments, Beautiful Book Angel Ornaments, Jingle Bell Surprise, and more!!

Coming up in December at our Makerspace Monday
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Date: December 13th
Ages: All Ages
ActivityTreasured Ornament Making Workshop!!
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Online Registration

NOT ABLE TO JOIN…
If you are unable to join in person, no problem, just complete the online registration form and choose “mail activity kit and video link” directly to your preferred address.

Looking for past library program activities and videos?  Check out our Youth Program Archive

Please contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338

This Friday! Join the Friends of the Library for a Holiday Benefit Concert

Friend Your Library LogoJoin the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for their annual Jolly Time Benefit Concert.  This year’s event features musical performances by Barbershop Quartets, Antique Harmony and Off the Cuff.  Sing along as they harmonize with your holiday and Barbershop favorites.

When: Friday, December 3rd from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where:  Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA  50309
Only $10.00 per ticket, available at the door.
Refreshments will be available for purchase during the concert.

More information about the Friends of the Library

November Makerspace Monday Recap and What’s Next

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundOn November 8th everyone discovered what goodness really tastes like as we mixed together only a few ingredients and made Scrumptious Cinnamon Bites. YUM! The Makerspace room smelled AMAZING! With the air filled with the scent of spice and pumpkin, it was only fitting to design our 7-Days of Gratitude Wreath. The table was filled with all types of fall treasures; textured leaves, gourds, pumpkins, acorns, twine, ribbon, burlap, and even a sparkly poinsettia was part of the design. The creative juices were flowing as the burlap wrapped tightly around the wire wreath. However, the most important part of this night was our time spent together! After all the glue was added and fall pieces put into place, we all look forward to next month’s Makerspace!

Next month, on December 13th an old-time favorite has been requested once again, Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments, Secret Hot Chocolate Recipe, Wood Slice Snowman or Reindeer Ornaments, Beautiful Book Angel Ornaments, Jingle Bell Surprise, and more!!

Coming up in December at our Makerspace Monday
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Date: December 13th  
Ages: All Ages
Activity: Treasured Ornament Making Workshop!!
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Online Registration

NOT ABLE TO JOIN…
If you are unable to join in person, no problem, just complete the online registration form and choose “mail activity kit and video link” directly to your preferred address.

Looking for past library program activities and videos?  Check out our Youth Program Archive

Please contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338

November Story Time Has a Special Surprise!

A drawing of a scarecrow with a bird on its arm.Mr. Scarecrow is excited about fall and with autumn off to a great start, so are our fun times at the Youth library!

Every Friday please join Denise for story time, crafts, and don’ forget to bring your imagination, either “in–person” at 3:30pm or “virtually” at 10:00 am.

For the month of November, we are giving thanks to you and your family! To participate, sign up by clicking on the link below. Because we love reading, you will receive a free print/braille book called, “The Runaway Pumpkin!” by Kevin Lewis. It will tickle your fancy with runaway laughter! Also, your child will receive 2 make at home crafts with suggested book titles that are all about touch and delicious scents of fall! All ages are welcome to join!

Registration for Story Time and Crafts with Denise

 HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!!

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

Makerspace Monday: Recap and What’s Next

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundOn October 11th we were joined by guest Christine and Shell from “Artful Connections” who taught us how to relax, find our inner peace, and of course, zest for life. Say what? This sounds like fun! We cranked up the music and began mixing together potions of Essential-Oil Blends. The night felt like being on a retreat at a tropical resort with all the smells that filled the air. Each guest made their very own personalized scent of mixes. In addition to the essential oil blend roller each guest was given, jewelry was designed with actual lava beads. As the evening drew to an end, we added our final touches of paint from last month’s Pottery Workshop!

Next month on November 8th we will be creating the “7-Days of Gratitude Wreath” and mixing together homemade Pumpkin Spice Bites. This month’s Makerspace will be a month full of gratitude and thankfulness with a dusting of dessert to tantalize your sweet tooth!

Coming up in November at our Makerspace Monday
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Date: Monday, November 8th  
Ages: All Ages
Activity: 7-Days of Gratitude Wreath & Homemade Pumpkin Spice Bites!
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Online Registration

NOT ABLE TO JOIN…
If you are unable to join in person, no problem, just complete the online registration form and choose “mail activity kit and video link” directly to your preferred address.

Looking for past library program activities and videos?  Check out our Youth Program Archive

Please contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338

Banned Books Week 2021: Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020

Banned Books Week logoBanned Books Week is September 26th through October 2nd.  It is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. 

Every year the Office for Intellectual Freedom, a part of the American Library Association, compiles a list of the 10 most challenged books of the previous year.  The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2020. Of the 273 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books: 

  1. George by Alex Gino DB82273 
    It was challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community” 
  2. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds DB98926 and BR23102 
    It was banned and challenged because of the author’s public statements, and because of claims that the book contains “selective storytelling incidents” and does not encompass racism against all people 
  3. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely  DB83370 
    It was banned and challenged for profanity, drug use, and alcoholism, and because it was thought to promote anti-police views, contain divisive topics, and be “too much of a sensitive matter right now” 
  4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson DB49958 and BRN27713 
    It was banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint and it was claimed to be biased against male students, and for the novel’s inclusion of rape and profanity 
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie DB65403 and BR21549 
    It was banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and allegations of sexual misconduct by the author 
  6. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin DB100015 
    It was challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to promote anti-police views 
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee DB77672BR12850 and LT10965 
    It was banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience 
  8. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck DB48515, BRN19107 and LT4820 
    It was banned and challenged for racial slurs and racist stereotypes, and their negative effect on students 
  9. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison DB49914BR12618 and LT5895 
    It was banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and depicts child sexual abuse 
  10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas DB101117BR21874 and YA LT Tho 
    It was challenged for profanity, and it was thought to promote an anti-police message