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

When Story Time Comes to You Program Hosted at a Public Library Near You!

Image of a bunny with a bookDenise Bean, Youth Service Librarian, is providing an amazing program throughout the year through a great partnership with Iowa’s public libraries. Denise shares the program When Story Time Comes to You in public libraries providing participants of all ages with a fun introduction to braille, the story of Louis Braille, hands-on activities and games. Participants are provided with braille activities to take home and public libraries are provided with braille information and a print/braille book to add to their collection. Check out the Library’s Events Calendar for programs dates.

Upcoming Locations for When Story Time Comes to You:
May 18th at 9:30am – Osage Public Library
May 25th at 1:00pm – Delhi Public Library
June 1st at 10:00am – Ericson Public Library (Boone)
June 7th at 10:00am – Winterset Public Library
June 14th at 10:00am – Grimes Public Library
June 21st at 3:00pm – Hawkins Memorial Library (La Porte City)
June 28th at 2:00pm – Greenfield Public Library
July 5th at 10:30am – Manchester Public Library
July 12th at 10:00am – Eldora Public Library
July 26th at 10:30am – Carnegie-Evans Public Library (Albia)

For more information please contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338

Library News Podcast: May 2022

Join library staff for May’s Library News podcast which features Children’s Book Week, the Elizabeth Perowsky Volunteer Luncheon, and the Friends of the Library.  As well as the top ten fiction books downloaded on BARD last month, information about Makerspace Monday, other upcoming Youth programs and ongoing library events and programs.

April Makerspace Monday Recap and What’s Next

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundDelicious chocolate covered pretzels were enjoyed as a snack when we made discoveries that took place over 6,000 years ago. Did you know that Plaster of Paris got its name because the material called gypsum used in it is abundant in Paris. It is also used to help heal broken bones. Wow, who knew that? But on this night, we whipped and mixed water and Plaster of Paris to make a plant holder for our little succulent plant! As the evening ended, we put our spur wheels into a spinning roll and created metal art tooling, which by the way, is originated from Mexico! The artistic juices were flowing!

Coming up next month, Bowl Stamping! This has never been done before at our youth library, so you don’t want to miss out. By adding in your unique touch, not only will texture be added with a stamp, but your finished art piece can also be used to hold your very special treasure or souvenirs from the past.

Picture of a white bowl with pink flowers

Coming Up Next for our May Makerspace Monday

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Date: May 9th, 2022 
Ages: All Ages
Activity: Bowl Stamping!
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

2022 Summer Reading Program

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

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 and tons of fun and laughter!

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

Get ready to meet an author reading from his very own book. Have you ever thought of mailing a coconut as a postcard, well, that is how they do it in Hawaii? Or, how about the delicious scent of Orange Cream Cake being cooked right in your very own kitchen. You will also discover how a rock is formed by eating your way through Starburst Candies or discover how to eat and make edible crayons. That is right, edible crayons, imagine that!

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
  • and other prizes you will have to wait and see.

All of this is just a little sampling of what your Summer Reading Program has instore for you. We have a brand-new activity this year, you will be given a Story Prompt each week, by the end of summer your Story Prompt will be made into a book and added into our library collection like a real author! Wow can’t wait!

Sign up early and RESERVE your spot!

Watch for updated information on our Summer Reading Program Page

Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
515-452-1338
denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us

The Magic of Braille T-Shirts + DSM Book Festival

We are taking The Magic of Braille to the Des Moines Book Festival today! 

Front of the t-shirt: says in print, The Magic of Braille, with a graphic of a cauldron with books piled on top surrounded by stars. The Magic of Braille T-shirts will be available to purchase starting today through April 4th in our online store.

Link to Online Store

All shirts are crew neck and short sleeved.  Shirts are heather black with gold lettering.  The front of the t-shirt says in print: The Magic of Braille, with a graphic of a cauldron with books piled on top surrounded by stars.  The back of the t-shirt says, The Magic of Braille, in Braille.  All sizing is unisex and all shirts are $20.00.  The t-shirts will be mailed directly to you.  We are pleased to work with local, small business The Side Garage.

All proceeds from the t-shirt sales will benefit the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped who help fund library programs.

Image of DSM Book Festival logoAnd join the Library and the Iowa Department for the Blind at the Des Moines Book Festival today at Capital Square in Downtown Des Moines from 9:00am – 7:00pm.  For more information about the DSM Book Festival: https://www.dsmpartnership.com/dsmbookfestival/

The library will be hosting programs for adults and families:

  • 12:00pm: That All May Read:  Intro to Braille Hands-On Workshop
  • 2:00pm: The Story of Braille: stories and hands-on activities in the Just for Kids Room

We will also have a table throughout the day, so stop by!

The DSM Book Festival connects people who love books with the people who create them.