2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge

Braille Challenge LogoWe are excited to announce the 2022 Braille Challenge Page has been updated with the most current information about the event and how to register.

This year’s theme, chosen by the students, is The Magic of Braille.

Watch for more blog posts and updates to the 2022 Braille Challenge Page and for information about how to order this year’s Iowa Braille Challenge t-shirt.

2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge
Date:  Saturday, February 26, 2022 (snow date Saturday, March 5, 2022)
Where:  Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA  50309
Testing Remotely:  Students can also test remotely with their TVI or paraeducator.  The remote testing window runs from February 1, 2022 – February 18, 2022
Registration Due:  Tuesday, January 25

For more information check out the 2022 Braille Challenge Page

CHECKOUT January’s Makerspace Monday Workshop!

Image of Chocolate Soufflé Butter LotionMake Chocolate Soufflé Butter Lotion & Hot Chocolate Lip Balm!Image of a cup of hot chocolate

Do you ever wonder how making Chocolate Soufflé Butter Lotion and science may have a few things in common, well; you better sign up and discover the scientific softness featured in this month’s Makerspace Workshop to learn all about it!

This month, let your fingers swirl the surface of a bowl, while you whip together special ingredients, made by BEES!           

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  
Date: January 10th 2022   
Ages: All Ages
ActivityFeatured Agenda – Chocolate Soufflé Butter Lotion and Hot Chocolate Lip Balm!
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street Des Moines, IA 50309 

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. SEE YOU SOON!

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.

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

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

December Makerspace Monday

snowflake imageOn December 13th an old-time favorite has been requested once again, Cinnamon Salt Dough OrnamentsSecret Hot Chocolate Recipe, Wood Slice Snowman or Reindeer Ornaments, Beautiful Book Angel Ornaments, Jingle Bell Surprise, and more!!

Coming up in December at our Makerspace Monday
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Date: December 13th
Ages: All Ages
ActivityTreasured Ornament Making Workshop!!
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.

Looking for past library program activities and videos?  Check out our Youth Program Archive

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

Winter Reading Program for Kids

snowflake imageREADsquared Online Reading Program invites you to our Winter Reading Program for KIDS!

As you snuggle by the warm fireplace this winter, or spend time baking delicious cookies the Youth Library invites you to participate in our READsquared Online Reading Program specially created just for you and your family.

For every 4 missions you complete you earn a reading tag. Complete all 16 missions and earn a prize! 
In this program, you will earn points by completing reading missions instead of logging books. Each mission will earn you 25 points. Once you reach 400 points, you have completed the program! 

Here is how it works!

Program Starts: December 21, 2021
Ages: 0 – 18
Visit http://iowablindreads.readsquared.com/
Select Register in the top right corner of the screen.
Select if you would like to register an Individual Account. If you would like to create a Family Account, please register yourself first and then register your children under your account.

Hope to see you soon!
Denise Bean, Youth Librarian
denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
515-452-1338