October Makerspace Monday is Tonight!

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundOctober Makerspace Monday
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Date: Monday, October 11th
Ages: All Ages
Activity: Lava Beads and Essential Oil Blends with Special Guest!
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Online Registration

NOT ABLE TO JOIN…
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

Story Time and Crafts with Denise! Starting this Month

Cartoon image of a worm wearing glasses reading a bookTime to RELAX and just kick back! Please join Denise for an enjoyable storytime and a hands-on craft every Friday either by ZOOM or IN-PERSON, just decide which time or place works best for you! We will read together each week as we flip and listen through the pages of great books! Get ready to laugh, learn a little science, while having fun with sparks of magic along the way!

Program Begins: October 15, 2021
Times and Places:

  • Friday 10:00am – 10-:30am “Virtual Storytime” [Zoom]
  • Friday 3:30pm – 4:30pm “In-Person Storytime” [Iowa Library for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309]

Activity: Enjoy Storytime with a Craft!
Registration Link

“If meeting by zoom, once a month, in the mail, you will receive a Storytime Craft Sleeve containing crafts, designer braille word searches and coloring pages which includes four programs!”

October’s Book List

  • The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry
  • Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
  • The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs

READsquared is an online program designed to track your time as a family spent reading so you don’t have to! Attend Storytime, read and complete activities to earn monthly prizes. Just click to sign up here. http://iowablindreads.readsquared.com/

Hope to see you soon! Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian

Recap: September Makerspace Monday

Image of particpants creating a bowl and a flower using clay.On September 13th we were joined by smiles and abounding laugher at our Makerspace Pottery workshop. Chunks of clay were passed around and imaginations were dancing all throughout the air. Clay coils were created, cinnamon roll bowls of shapes and textures twisted, and were designed by Sam herself. Amunique designed a beautiful clay rose, heart shape pinch pottery, and Emoni got started right away by creating a two-tier designer pottery bowl. We were also joined by Luis, who by the way, was up to his knuckles in clay. Luis made a pottery bowl with ocean waves to remind all of us to just “go with the flow,” right Luis?

Next month, we will be joined by guest “Artful Connections” as we mix and create personalized scented essential oil blends. This evening will be a time simply dedicated to you. You will learn how to relinquish feeling fantastic and being calm in crazy stressful times.

Coming up:  October Makerspace Monday
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Date: Monday, October 11th
Ages: All Ages
Activity: Lava Beads and Essential Oil Blends with Special Guest!
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Online Registration

NOT ABLE TO JOIN…
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

Coming Soon: September’s Makerspace Monday

Get your creative juices flowing and join your friends at the Library for an incredible night of relaxing pottery mastery. You will learn how to sculpt your very own clay pottery into works of art. Discover how to make designer mini pots, plant vases, owls, snake pots, and whatever else you can dream up in just one night!

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Date: September 13, 2021
Location:
Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Ages:
All Ages!
Online Registration

If you are not able to make it to our Pottery Workshop in person, no problem, we can mail an activity kit and email a video link for you to do at home.  Just complete the online registration form and choose “mail activity kit and video link”.

A special thanks to Pam Hide from “The Block” who has generously agreed to give our pottery treasures a firing glaze!

Please contact Denise Bean if you have any questions, denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515.452.1338

*This event is free and limited spots are available

Makerspace Mondays Are Back! Join us for September’s Pottery Workshop

Get your creative juices flowing and join your friends at the Library for an incredible night of relaxing pottery mastery. You will learn how to sculpt your very own clay pottery into works of art. Discover how to make designer mini pots, plant vases, owls, snake pots, and whatever else you can dream up in just one night!

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Date: September 13, 2021
Location:
Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Ages:
All Ages!
Online Registration

If you are not able to make it to our Pottery Workshop in person, no problem, we can mail an activity kit and email a video link for you to do at home.  Just complete the online registration form and choose “mail activity kit and video link”.

A special thanks to Pam Hide from “The Block” who has generously agreed to give our pottery treasures a firing glaze!

Please contact Denise Bean if you have any questions, denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515.452.1338

*This event is free and limited spots are available

TALES & TRAVELS RECAP of the Week – Fairy And Folk Tales

Our Youth Summer Reading program wrapped up the summer with a very busy week!

On Monday, we made the Air Dry Clay Rock Necklace and didn’t even have to mix together flour or cornstarch, believe it or not, it was already premixed and ready to go! We squished, our seashell into the clay, and marked the back with our fingerprint. Next, we enjoyed the sweet-scented air using Kool-Aid Paint, now what a great idea! We painted onto a tactile flower while Ellie read us a book.

On Wednesday, we turned tennis balls into talking friends at our Puppet Workshop with special guest Liz. We laughed so hard our sides hurt. Did you know that puppets know how to tell knock-knock Jokes? Thank you Liz, what a fantastic time we had together, we didn’t want it to end!

On Friday, Jack and the Beanstalk made a visit and we learned how to do magic tricks. Ellie taught us how to make dimes disappear and plates stick and float. Plus, we are growing a bean in our “Bean Tiberian.” Did you know the tallest beanstalk grew as tall as 43 feet high? That is tall! We ended our time together making our crunchy and scrumptious “Chocolate Chip Rice Crisps Clusters.”

Thank you Ellie for such a special summer, and all the producers that went into making this program a success! We made all kinds of cool and amazing STEM activities.  We learned from each other along the way. Most importantly, a HUGE thank you to all the children that came to the 27 events. Sending in your wonderful pictures was like icing on a cake. Be on the lookout, more is coming soon!

  Check out the Activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program!  

A very special THANK YOU from Denise, Ellie and all your library friends!