Latest D-List: Is the Book Better Than the Movie?

We are announcing our latest D-List (Digital List Including Special Titles)!

Is the movie better than the book or is the book better than the movie?  You be the judge with books from our newest D-List.  This list is comprised of books that have been made into movies over the years.  Call the library to request this most recent D-List and we will send you special cartridges filled with books that have been made into good and some not so good movies.

Call (515-281-1323) or email ( the library today to request the newest D-List and we will send you special cartridges with those books included.

Past D-Lists are also still available to receive on cartridge.  Just let us know which ones you would like.

  • The Great American Reads – features 100 books from the Great American Read list featured on PBS.
  • VOICE (Voices of Iowa Connecting Everyone) – features the library’s volunteer narrators and the books they have recorded for our collection.
  • Bookmark Series – if you are a fan of Hallmark movies this list is for you.
  • Staff Picks – comprised of 60 books, all filled with our staffs’ all-time favorite books.
  • Plants in Name Only – is a list includes books with a kind of plant or flower in the title.

Setpember is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Image of Wonder Woman reading a book.September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when our library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.  Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year.

This year, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In her new role, Wonder Woman will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card.
Libraries offer resources, programs and activities to help transform lives and communities through education.

Our library, along with libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our community. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, visit our library website at

New Braille Bits Podcast

Join us for a great conversation as Denise talks to a very special guest, Leland Smith, Vocational Rehabilitation Teacher for the Iowa Department for the Blind.  They will also review Braille Bits Lesson 15.

What is Braille Bits did you ask? Braille Bits is an introductory class that is flexible and convenient, supportive and structured in providing a fun, tiny size sampling of braille. You may want to call this dot learning experience, an appetizer of braille.

This online program is designed to teach braille to sighted people who have connections with braille readers. For example, teachers and parents are taught through a combination of visual representation of braille dot positions, through lessons, homework and a podcast. Did we mention a Podcast? Prepare to be both entertained and delighted by listening to others share their love for braille.

For more Braille Bits information:
Braille Bits Introduction
Braille Bits Lessons
Braille Bits Podcast

Using Your Digital Audio Book Player: Sequential Play and Bookshelf Mode

Image of the Natonal Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled digital audio playerOur digital audio book players and cartridges allow the library to download multiple books to each audio cartridge for our patrons.  The library is currently putting 20 books on each patron audio cartridge.  There are two ways to access the books on cartridge: sequential play and bookshelf mode.

Sequential Play

Sequential play will play your books in the order they were downloaded to the cartridge.  To use sequential play feature, put your cartridge into the player and listen to your first book.  At the end of the book, the closing announcements will play; when they are finished, a voice will say “end of book, press play/stop to go to the next book.”  Press the green, rectangle play/stop button and the next book on the cartridge will begin to play.  Repeat this step after each book.

Bookshelf Mode

Bookshelf mode lets you pick what book you want to listen to.  To use bookshelf mode, turn your player on and put in your cartridge.  Next, hold down the green, square “play/stop” button until your player beeps and says “bookshelf”. Once in bookshelf mode, you can use the white, right arrow “fast forward” button and white, left arrow “rewind” button to scroll through the books downloaded to the cartridge.  When you have located the book you would like to read, press the green, square “play/stop” button again and it will start to play the book you have selected.  Repeat this process after you select the titles on the cartridge.

Battery Life of Your Player

When you receive your player or when you are not using it on battery power, plug it in and leave it plugged in as much as possible. This will maintain the battery life of the player.  If you experience problems, call the Library at 515-281-1323 and we will assist resolving the issue.


Books for Kids

Bunny with a bookJoin the Books for Kids program 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 Braille, print/Braille, large print and/or audio books each month to participants, including summer months.  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.

To join the Books for Kids Program just follow these steps:

Step 1: Become a library patron 

Step 2: Register for the Books for Kids Program

Once we have received these forms, the library will begin sending books to your child.  You can let the library know if there are changes in the books your child would like to receive, how often your child would like to receive books or changes in address information at any time.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Denise Bean at 515.452.1338 or email

Happy reading!