Our Library Receives Regional Library of the Year Award

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The staff of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

The Iowa Department for the Blind is incredibly pleased to share that the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, a division of the Iowa Department for the Blind, has been named 2020-2021 Regional Library of the Year by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress. Our library provides reading materials in braille, audio, large print, and other alternative formats to Iowans of all ages who cannot read standard print. We also provide instructional materials in all alternative formats to pre-K12 students in Iowa schools through a grant from the Iowa Department of Education.

Once again, during a time of great challenge and uncertainty, our library embraced the challenges, kept services going, and even created new programs. Our library did not miss a day of sending out books, even during the early days of the pandemic. Our Instructional Materials Center ensured that all orders from schools for materials were filled in as timely a manner as possible to make sure that students struggling with online learning were not further set back by lack of textbooks and worksheets. We held online trainings for para-educators on braille, access technology, and library ordering that served over 30 para educators and provided a stipend to defer the cost of participation.  We created a new program called IDB Reads where narrators read and discussed books with patrons over the phone to help reduce isolation and create community. We took Maker Space Mondays and STEM and Stories Saturdays online. We have sent out materials and presented the programs live and via YouTube to the youth and families monthly.

As IDB Director, Emily Wharton, stated: “I’ve been telling our legislature, the Governor, and everyone who would listen how fantastic our library is and about all the wonderful things they are doing to empower blind Iowans of all ages.—especially the youth It is truly gratifying to see their hard work and dedication recognized by NLS.” Library Director, Sarah Willeford, shared: “I want to thank our entire team for their creativity and teamwork. Your passion for braille literacy, providing timely and abundant reading material for all patrons,, willingness to fight to make  sure students get high-quality educational materials, and ability to adapt to change continue to give me joy and energy.”

This Saturday! STEM & Stories Saturday and Braille Babies

Join us this Saturday, March 20th at 10:00am for our virtual STEM and Stories Saturday, it is Story Time with Dan Chibnall, astronomer, as we experience space sounds in space.  Also, this Saturday join us for virtual Braille Babies at 11:00am for fun learning about Braille, singing songs, and more! We didn’t want to leave anyone out, grown-ups will also learn about a great parenting tip.

STEM and Stories Saturday Virtual Program
Date and Time: March 20th 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Featuring special guest, Dan Chibnall Story Time in Space!
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Braille Babies Virtual Program
Date and Time: March 20th 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Braille, learning and Parenting Tip
Ages: 0 to 4 years old
Register Here


Did you miss this month’s virtual Makerspace Monday Virtual Event?  Don’t worry, check out the recording. This month you can touch the moon and create textures and make scientific discoveries when you learn about the different Moon Phases.

Makerspace Mondays are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30pm.
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Upon sign up, you will receive a “free” material kit!

STEM & Stories Saturdays are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:00am.
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To view past programs and for more information about Makerspace Mondays and STEM & Stories Saturdays visit our Mondays and Saturdays Page.

This Saturday! STEM & Stories Saturday @ The Playground

Join us this Saturday as our special guest from AHeniz57 Pet Rescue and be ready for a tail-wagging surprise!

STEM & Stories Saturday
Date: January 16, 2021 at 10:00am
Setting: ZOOM
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Upon sign up, you will receive a “free” material kit!


Did you miss Monday’s Makerspace Monday Virtual Event?  Don’t worry, check out the recording. Denise escapes to a topical oasis and makes Coconut Sugar Scrub and Body Soufflé.

Makerspace Mondays are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30pm.
Register Here
Upon sign up, you will receive a “free” material kit!

To view past programs and for more information about Makerspace Mondays and STEM & Stories Saturdays visit our Mondays and Saturdays Page.

December Youth Programs

@ The Playground

Oooohhhh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire inside is delightful… wait a minute, I am not ready for winter yet, are you? Take a deep breath, in the month of December get ready for our two incredible programs! Makerspace Monday, on December 14th, will start our month off by offering a sparkling, dazzling Ornament Workshop mixed-in with hot chocolate and special guest Jodi Aldini. Next, for our STEM and Stories Saturday, on December 19th, we will have a special story time and song with featured guest Emily Tinsman, Miss Iowa 2019-2020. Sign up early and receive a “Woodbead Snowman Kit.”  

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date: December 14, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Activity: Sparkling and Dazzling Ornament Workshop!
Setting: Zoom
Registration

STEM and Story Saturdays featured guest, Emily Tinsman, Miss Iowa 2019-2020 
Date: December 19, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Activity: Song and Story Time
Setting: Zoom
Registration

*Upon signing up you will receive a “free” activity kit.

Hooked on Books

Hooked on Books Virtual Autumn Reading Adventures each Wednesday at 4:00pm.  While you are “chillin’ and relaxing at this afterschool event, you will be kicking back with games, story times with a twist, celebrations, and so much more.
Register for Hooked on Books

READsquared

Plus, our library is partnering with READsquared which is an interactive online program! RIGHT NOW, if you sign up, not only will your child be a part of this “cool” learning experience, but this program will track time spent reading and growing, while rewarding “FREE” Activity Kits. Simply click to participate. DON’T MISS OUT!
Register for READsquared

Questions?  Contact Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian, denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us, 515-452-1228

November Youth Programs

@ The Playground

November is packed with hands-on experiences and listening funMakerspace Monday, on November 9th, we will listen and learn about music with our guest, Amanda Drish from the Des Moines Symphony.  Amanda will take us on a trip to the past as we learn about professional musicians and we will create art on canvas.  STEM and Stories Saturday, on November 21st, is rolling out scented cookie cutter star creations.  We will make Cinnamon Salt Dough ornaments with our guest Ellie.

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date: November 9, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Activity: Listen and learn about music and create art on canvas with special guest, Amanda Drish from the Des Moines Symphony
Setting: Zoom
Registration

STEM and Story Saturdays featured guest, Sarah Borzo, Educator Coordinator from Metro Waste Authority
Date: November 21, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Activity: Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments with special guest Ellie
Setting: Zoom
Registration

*Upon signing up you will receive a “free” activity kit.

Hooked on Books

Hooked on Books Virtual Autumn Reading Adventures each Wednesday at 4:00pm.  While you are “chillin’ and relaxing at this afterschool event, you will be kicking back with games, story times with a twist, celebrations, and so much more.
Register for Hooked on Books

READsquared

Plus, our library is partnering with READsquared which is an interactive online program! RIGHT NOW, if you sign up, not only will your child be a part of this “cool” learning experience, but this program will track time spent reading and growing, while rewarding “FREE” Activity Kits. Simply click to participate. DON’T MISS OUT!
Register for READsquared

Questions?  Contact Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian, denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us, 515-452-1228

October Youth Programs

@ The Playground

In the month of October, your youth library is excited and delighted to put learning about recycling at the top of your list! All of us have this in common; clothes, clothes and more clothes! What if I told you that Makerspace Monday, on October 12th, is turning those worn tattered shirts into a practical useable tote bag? Plus, so much more!  STEM and Stories Saturday, on October 17th, 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 while putting creativity into action by creating a recycled butterfly feeder!

Makerspace Monday Virtual Event
Date: October 12th
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Activity: Tote Bag
Setting: Zoom
Registration

STEM and Story Saturdays featured guest, Sarah Borzo, Educator Coordinator from Metro Waste Authority
Date: October 17th
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Activity: Recycled Butterfly Feeder (butterflies not included!)
Setting: Zoom
Registration

*Upon signing up you will receive a “free” activity kit.

Hooked on Books

Hooked on Books Virtual Autumn Reading Adventures is set to begin on October 7th at 4:00pm. While you are “chillin’ and relaxing at this afterschool event, you will be kicking back with games, story times with a twist, celebrations, and so much more.
Register for Hooked on Books

 

READsquared

Plus, our library is partnering with READsquared which is an interactive online program! RIGHT NOW, if you sign up, not only will your child be a part of this “cool” learning experience, but this program will track time spent reading and growing, while rewarding “FREE” Activity Kits. Simply click to participate. DON’T MISS OUT!
Register for READsquared