National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Announces Patron Listserv

Want to get the latest news and updates from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS)?

NLS’s Patron Engagement Section now hosts an announce-only listserv that will include announcements about NLS programs, services, and products that might be of interest to patrons. New announcements will be posted to the list few times a week.

If you are interested in signing up for this listserv, please send your name and email address to the Patron Engagement Section at You will be able to unsubscribe yourself from the list at any time. So email now!

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A Message from Our Friends of the Library

Save the Date

Holiday Benefit Concert
Friday, December 2nd from 7:00pm – 9:30pm
at the Iowa Department for the Blind (524 Fourth Street, Des Moines)

Time to get in the holiday spirit!  Sing along with Antique Harmony and Midnight Madness as they harmonize to your Holiday and Barbershop favorites also with Frank Strong & Dave & Cindy.

Only $10 a ticket – Tickets available at the door

A benefit concert for the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

2023 Friends of the Library Campaign

If you love the services you receive from the Iowa Library for the Blind and would like to see them expanded, read below about a great way to make your gift go even further.

The Friends Board of Directors have renewed their matching challenge. For the first 50 new members (defined as someone who has not been a member for 2 years) or renewals of those who were new last year who joins by February 28,2023 $20 will be given.  This year we have a donor who will match our Board match dollar for dollar up to a total of $475.  This means, for each new member and renewal of the new members from last year, the Friends will receive an additional $40 per member!

If you are not already a member of Friends, this would be an excellent time to join since your membership will generate an additional $40 for Friends.

If you are already a member of Friends, please renew your membership and help spread the word about our matching grants.

Below is our 2023 Friends Campaign Card.  Please fill out the card and return it with your check.
2023 Friends of the Library Campaign Card

Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

PO Box 93046

Des Moines, IA 50393Friends of the Iowa Lilbrary for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Logo



Latest Iowa Department for the Blind Volunteer Newsletter

Iowa Department for the Blind Logo features the state outline of the state of Iowa with idb in braille in the center of the state.Welcome to our Volunteer Newsletter! In this issue the Instructional Materials Center Launches New Ordering Portal, Director’s Update, and the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Enhances Library Services for All Patrons.

Iowa Department for the Blind Volunteer Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 4

The National Book Awards

The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Since 1989, they have been overseen by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture. Although other categories have been recognized in the past, the Awards currently honors the best Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature published each year. (  The winners for 2022 will announced November 16th.  In celebration of the National Book Awards, check out the winners of the Fiction category for the last ten years which are available in audio on BARD.


Hell of a book: or the altogether factual, Wholly Bona Fide story of a big dreams, hard luck, American-Made Mad Kid DB104515

Mott, Jason 
 A Black author sets out on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling novel. His story is intertwined with Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child who appears to the author on his tour. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.


Interior Chinatown DB98416

Yu, Charles 
Every day, actor Willis Wu heads to the Chinatown restaurant where they are perpetually filming a police procedural TV show. He feels like he plays a bit role even in his own life, but dreams of one day having a chance at something more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.


Trust exercise DB94561

Choi, Susan
In the 1980s, David and Sarah are both students at a competitive performing arts high school. Their passionate relationship is noticed by the school’s charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley. Years later, Sarah publishes a novel about that time in her life, calling into question what really happened. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.


The friend: a novel DB90286

Nunez, Sigrid 
A writing professor is mourning the suicide of her best friend and mentor, a famous author. She takes responsibility for Apollo, her friend’s huge Great Dane, finding in the dog someone to share her immense grief. Some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2018.


Sing, unburied, sing: a novel DB89552

Ward, Jesmyn 
Thirteen-year-old Jojo has been raised by his grandparents, as his black mother, Leonie, is a drug addict and his white father, Michael, is in prison. When Michael is released, Leonie packs Jojo and his baby sister in the car for a nightmarish road trip. Violence and strong language. 2017.


The Underground Railroad DB85212

Whitehead, Colson 
Cora, a third-generation slave, flees the plantation where she lives. She escapes with a man who claims to know how to get to the Underground Railroad. Once there, she discovers it is an actual railroad, and every stop shows her moments of horror and joy. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.


Fortune smiles DB82453

Johnson, Adam
A collection of short stories from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son (DB 74282). A man searches for his son’s mother. A computer programmer finds comfort in a digital copy of the recently assassinated president. A former Stasi agent ponders his past. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.


Redeployment DB78988

Klay, Phil 
Twelve stories about soldiers at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the personal wars they fight reintegrating into society at home. In the title story, a soldier who had to shoot dogs on the battlefield must readjust to life in suburban America. Violence. 2014.


The Good Lord bird DB77431

McBride, James 
Henry “Onion” Shackleford is a ten-year-old slave when abolitionist John Brown rolls into town. Henry’s father is killed in a scuffle and John Brown takes in Henry, believing him to be “Henrietta.” Living as a girl, Henry bears witness to Brown’s reign of terror. Violence and strong language. National Book Award. 2013.


The round house DB75641

Erdrich, Louise 
North Dakota, 1988. Thirteen-year-old Joe Coutts’s mother Geraldine, a tribal enrollment specialist, is brutally raped at the Ojibwe Round House. Joe and his father, a judge, each search for Geraldine’s attacker to bring him to justice. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. National Book Award. Bestseller. 2012.


Salvage the bones: a novel DB74033

Ward, Jesmyn 
Mississippi, August 2005. Young black teenager Esch Batiste–pregnant, hungry, and rejected–helps her widowed father and three brothers prepare for the approaching hurricane. When the storm arrives, the family seeks refuge in the attic. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. National Book Award. 2011.

Reminder: Join NLS for Tomorrow’s The Many Faces of BARD Program

On Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 6:00pm (central), the Patron Engagement Section of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) will hold its monthly virtual program called The Many Faces of BARD on Zoom.  The topic for the November program will be the new features in BARD Mobile 2.0 for iOS.

For the full Zoom invitation information

Many Faces of BARD is held on the second Thursday of every month. It lasts for one hour and covers one aspect of BARD (the Braille and Audio Reading Download) usage.  Each program will start with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD usage.  These sessions are open to all patrons and are held over Zoom. 

2023 All Iowa Reads Selections to be Announced on Iowa Public Radio Tomorrow!

A set of books with headphonesThe State Library of Iowa is partnering with Iowa Public Radio to announce the new titles for the 2023 All Iowa Reads, Teen All Iowa Reads, and Kids All Iowa Reads programs, tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 9th LIVE on the Talk of Iowa program!

Talk of Iowa runs weekdays at 10:00 a.m. on Iowa Public Radio (IPR). The All Iowa Reads portion of the program will begin promptly at 10:40 a.m. Host Charity Nebbe will be joined by Bethany Nelson of the Waverly Public Library and co-chair of the All Iowa Reads selection committee; and Janeé Jackson-Doering, Youth Services Consultant at the State Library of Iowa and chair of the Kids and Teen selection committees, to reveal the new titles and authors for 2023. Stream the program live at or tune in to your local IPR station on the radio.

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