Special Edition of Library News March 2020

Greeting Readers!   We hope this finds everyone safe and healthy. The Library is dedicated to your safety and well-being, as well as to the safety and well-being of our employees who are serving you!  Although we are asking the public not to come to the Iowa Department for the Blind building, library staff are continuing to work (some in the building, some at home) and will be providing services through all avenues as best we can such as mail, email, BARD and phone calls.

We are also offering some alternative programs that you can participate in from your own home.

IDB Read.

With IDB Read you can call in and listen to one of our wonderful volunteer narrators read live on the phone, followed by a short chat about the book. IDB Read will start the week of March 30th.

  • 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!

Tech Time with Tyler

Wednesdays from 8:00am-11:00am you can call Tyler Swett, Accessible Media Specialist, and get your tech questions answered.  The phone number to call is 515.452.1343.

Braille Bits Online.

Monday and Wednesday at 2:00 pm. starting March 30th. 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

While our building is closed to visitors, we hope that you will stay connected with the library through these additional programs. We hope that we can bring a little distraction and some happiness during this uncertain time. If you have any questions, please call the library at 515.281.1323. Stay safe, stay connected and happy reading!


U.S. Currency Reader Program

Currency ReaderThe United State Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals.
The reader, called iBill® Currency Identifier, provides a convenient means for blind or visually impaired individuals to identify all Federal Reserve notes (U.S. currency) in circulation.  It uses a single AAA battery, which is included, and denominates the note in one of three modes: a clear natural voice, a pattern of tones, or a pattern of vibrations for privacy.  The vibration mode also assists people who are deaf and blind.
The U.S. Currency Reader Program is a component of the BEP’s initiative to provide meaningful access to Federal Reserve notes.  Currency readers became widely available to all U.S. citizens, or persons legally residing in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired, on January 2, 2015.
Additional information about the U.S. Currency Reader Program can be found on the Bureau of Engraving and Printing website, http://www.bep.gov/uscurrencyreaderpgm.html
Interested individuals can download the application from the BEP’s website at http://www.bep.gov/uscurrencyreaderform.html.
It must be filled out completely, signed by a competent authority that can certify eligibility, and returned to the mailing address provided on the form.
Also, please feel free to contact the library with any questions, 515-281-1323. 

Friends of the Library – Be Among Friends

FriendsofBlind-Logo-BlueReversedOutFounded in 2005, the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is an all-volunteer, nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the Library’s efforts to be the best. Through fund-raising efforts the Friends of the Library:

Support the library’s programs throughout the year.  These programs include the summer reading program for both youth and adult patrons, special presenters and literacy initiatives.

Recognize the contributions of library volunteers.  The Library would not be able to meet the needs of print-disabled Iowans without the efforts of a dedicated corps of more than 100 volunteers. These individuals transcribe books into braille, narrate audio recordings, inspect and rewind returned audiocassette books, and perform other needed to tasks to ensure that Iowa readers have access to the information they need for work, school, or personal enrichment. The Friends help the Library to recognize these contributions.

Sponsor the purchase of sacred texts for print-disabled readers throughout the state.  Readers with disabilities may contact the Library to request a personal copy of the Bible, the Koran, the Book of Mormon, or other sacred text.

Support the Iowa Braille Challenge for young Braille readers.  This academic competition tests students’ skills in reading comprehension, Braille spelling, chart and graph reading, proofreading, and Braille speed and accuracy.

Outfit the Library’s reading room.  The Friends have purchased comfortable furniture, carpeting, and lighting to create a cozy, quiet area in the library.

Purchase new technology for the library.  The Friends purchased a 3D printer and digital scanner for the library.

For more information visit the Friends of the Library website at http://www.iafriendslibraryfortheblind.org