Don’t miss tonight’s Patron Corner by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

Tonight (Monday, June 13) at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (6:00pm Central Time), the Patron Engagement Section at the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress will hold the first event as part of their Patron Corner programming. Each quarterly program will provide an opportunity for patrons to learn more about various services directly from NLS staff. The program will be interactive, last for one hour, and have a designated topic of discussion.

The topic for the June 13 session is Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Collection Selection, but Did Not Have the Vehicle to Ask. Our guests will be members of the Collections Division at NLS who are responsible for selecting the books in the NLS collection. Bring your questions and your thoughts about the NLS collection

For information on how to join NLS’s online Patron Corner Zoom event check out our Events Calendar.

Recap: Summer Reading Program Week 1

Ready, Set, Adventure!
Our first week of our Summer Reading Program is off to a fantastic start!

Image of a blue dragon sniffing a flower.On Monday, we discovered that fish, snakes, and squirrels can fly… did you know that? We put our builders’ hats on and constructed birdhouses to hang in our trees.  We also made a 5-minute feather out of ribbon. We flew on the back of Hercules, an eagle, as he soared into the sky, with the help of cameras but of course.

On Wednesday, we were joined by Terry Jones, a Wildlife Rehabilitator, who took us on a tour of her back yard to visit her baby raccoon nursery and took a quick peek at her baby bunnies. Terry even introduced us to her 20-year-old horse. We ended our time together creating a very special Heart Raccoon Craft.

On Friday, Allison the 2022 Iowa Honeybee Queen stopped by for a visit. We discovered that a honeybee has 3 million hairs, the same as a squirrel. We finished up by making our very special Jiffy-Pots Bumblebee Mini Garden and enjoyed delicious pancakes in the shape of monkeys and bumblebees. Without a doubt, this week was full of making new discoveries and meeting new friends!

Coming up next week:

Around the World in a Week!

June 13th Cool Artist from Around the World

  • Claude Monet’s Water Lily Water Art
  • Kandinsky Concentric Circle Art
  • Pablo Picasso Giraffe Ruler Art
  • Cherry blossom Tree of Art

June 15th ALOHA Hawaii Awaits!

  • Hawaiian Lei

June 17th Trip to Africa!

  • African Spin Drum
  • Edible Crayons

Library News Podcast: June 2022

Join library staff for June’s Library News podcast which features information about the library’s Summer Reading Program, a Pride Month reading list, information about training available to educators from our Instructional Materials Center, announcing Iowa’s Braille Challenge finalists and information on great upcoming programs.

Patron Corner June Virtual Program by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

Logo Image National Library Service for the Blind and Print DisabledOn June 13, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (6:00pm Central Time), the Patron Engagement Section at the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress will hold the first event as part of their Patron Corner programming. Each quarterly program will provide an opportunity for patrons to learn more about various services directly from NLS staff. The program will be interactive, last for one hour, and have a designated topic of discussion.

The topic for the June 13 session is Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Collection Selection, but Did Not Have the Vehicle to Ask. Our guests will be members of the Collections Division at NLS who are responsible for selecting the books in the NLS collection. Bring your questions and your thoughts about the NLS collection

For information on how to join NLS’s online Patron Corner Zoom event check out our Events Calendar.

May Makerspace Monday Recap and What’s Next = Summer Reading Program

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundWe did it! The May’s Makerspace Bowl Stamping Workshop was a success! We rolled nearly 1 pound of airdry clay into what appeared to be a delicious, tasty pie crust. We smooshed and squished until finishing up with the perfect thickness and began to add our mark! This was the best part of the night; we pressed each stamp and danced each style all over the top! With the help of our cereal bowl transformed flatten clay into a bowl of its own.

This time together has come to a quiet halt but will start back up on September 12th. We will have fresh new ideas, and maybe a few of our favorites from the past.

In the meantime, our Summer Reading Program sign up is open!

Ready, Set, Adventure!Image of a blue dragon sniffing a flower.

June 6th – July 29th 
Virtually Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:00pm – 1:45pm

For youth (0 – 18 years old)

Online Registration

This Summer Reading Program will have 24 sensational programs full of crafts, food, science, adventure!

  • Mondays – Double Craft Mondays
  • Wednesdays – Story Prompt Wednesday
  • Fridays – Food Frenzy Fridays

Upon sign up participants will receive:

  • a TEAM Summer t-shirt personalized with your name in Braille or Large Print
  • Passes to the Blank Park Zoo
  • a 9-piece puzzle set [which by the way, if all the pieces are earned you win a grand prize]
  • Braille Uno Game cards
  • Mystery prizes you will have to wait and see

Interested in learning more don’t hesitate to ask!

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

Library Chat Podcast: May 2022 – An Episode Featuring the Library Staff

Clip art image of headphonesThis month’s Library Chat Podcast is a special episode for us.  The library staff was asked to present at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in April.  We were asked to present on the extraordinary lengths the staff went through to keep the Library functioning during the pandemic. In addition, the we spoke about the library receiving the 2020 National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Network Library of the Year Award.

The presentation by the library staff reflects on what was accomplished by the library over these two years and what we learned from the challenges and opportunities those years presented. It is an amazing story that we wanted to share as part of our May Library Chat Podcast by including the audio recording of our presentation.  We would also like to extend a huge thank you our Friends of the Library for giving us the opportunity to tell our story.