A Poem for January

Happy New Year 2022Library staff member, Jodi, shares a poem with us each month honoring our volunteers, the library, and reading. Here is her poem for January.  Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

A new beginning…

The holidays are over,
and we’ve put them in the past.
It’s time for a new beginning,
with the new year at last.

With the new year comes resolutions,
that people tend to make.
Some are too hard to keep,
others are a piece of cake.

We say we want to eat healthier
and shed some unwanted pounds.
We also want to exercise more,
but it’s harder than it sounds.

There’s one resolution,
we all should think about.
Take the time to read more,
you’ll love it, I have no doubt.

Reading broadens your horizons
And opens you mind to many things.
It will take you on a journey,
With the excitement that it brings.

Whether it be a short story or a novel,
The sky is definitely the limit.
You can get so lost in a book,
You may even think you’re in it.

Set aside some time each day
in a place with little noise.
So you can unwind and enjoy yourself
as you read your book of choice.

— Jodi Aldini-Zepeda

The Great Reading Challenge Begins January 15th!

Clipart Image of books on a shelfThe Great Reading Challenge (GRC) is a six month long reading challenge open to adults 18 years of age or older who are a patron of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled. 

To complete the challenge, you need to read 12 books between January 15, 2022 and July 15, 2022. 

The challenge of the GRC is to read books that fit into one of the many categories on the Mission page in ReadSquared.

This reading challenge will begin on January 15, 2022 but you can get signed up now! 

Go to www.iowablindreads.readsquared.com to create an account or log in and find out more information. 

Please contact Leslie at 515.452.1329 with any questions!

Top Ten Most Popular Fiction Books on BARD in December 2021

A set of books with headphonesHere are the most popular fiction books downloaded from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) last month:

The Whistler: a novel by John Grisham  DB86026

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman  DB100981

Birthright by Nora Roberts  DB55869

The Water Keeper by Charles Martin  DB100040

The Night Bird by Brian Freeman  DBC16046

All the Light We Cannot See: a novel by Anthony Doerr  DB79182

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty  DB92901

The Affair: a Reacher novel by Lee Child  DB73922

Comfort & Joy: a novel by Kristin Hannah  DBC16784

Black Hills by Nora Roberts  DB69690

Library News Podcast: January 2022

Happy New Year!  Join library staff for January’s Library News podcast which features information on a new program starting this month called the Great Reading Challenge, the top ten fiction books downloaded on BARD last month, information about the 2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge, upcoming youth programs, and information about ongoing library events and programs.

What were your top books of 2021?

Stack of three booksAs 2021 comes to a close, we thought it would be fun to look back on the top books from the year.  But how do you decide what the top books are?  We did a bit of research, pulling together a list of titles that were found on multiple “Top Books of 2021” lists and that are found on BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download).  This list is not comprehensive by any means, but definitely interesting.
Wishing everyone a happy New Year!

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry  DB103191

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah DB102287

The Last Thing he Told Me by Laura Dave  DB103326

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir  DB103718

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney  DB104825

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro  DB102764

The Antisocial Network by Ben Mezrich  DB105076

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles  DB105197

Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart  DB105496

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen  DB105192

Second Place by Rachel Cusk  DB103349

Empire of Pain: the secret history of the Sackler Dynasty DB102965

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead  DB104914

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead  DB103266

A Little Devil in America: notes in praise of black performance  DB103276

Matrix by Laruen Groff  DB104843

December Makerspace Monday Recap and What’s Next

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundOn December 13th music filled the air as hot chocolate was served with a candy dish filled with yummy marshmallow chocolaty treats. The Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments were at the top of our night! It was such a blast mixing and blending the different textures of salt, flour and spiced aroma cinnamon! We also made gingersnap ornament cookies. Each edible crunchy cookie was drizzled with frosting and sprinkles of candy. Because they tasted so incredibly scrumptious not many of these Cookie Ornaments will make it to the Christmas tree. Smiles found their place on many faces as Miles and his mom stopped by for a visit. They created the sparkling Wood Slice Reindeer Ornament and Jingle Jangle Wreaths. What a wonderful night of fun, Happy Holidays to you and your family! We cannot wait to this all over again next year!

Coming up NEXT YEAR January at our Makerspace
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Date: January10th, 2022 
Ages: All Ages
Activity: Spa Bonanza – Whipped Soufflé and Sugar Scrub!
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Online Registration

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.

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