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IDB Staff Favorites from 2015

Book with Pages Shaped as a HeartThe staff of Iowa Department for the Blind possesses such diverse interests, knowledge and talents that we thought it would be fun to share what their favorite books were in 2015.

The Martian by Andy Weir  BR 21144, DB78389

My Heart Remembers by Kim Sawyer  DB68450 

The Girl from Krakow by Alex Rosenberg

Visit from Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell   DB75336

One Summer: America, 1927  by Bill Bryson  DB77749

Intensity by Dean Koontz  DB41250, LT4745

Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Motorcycle Club by Sonny Barger

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenge by Amy Cuddy

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brenne Brown  DB75619

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  BR12850, DB77672, LT10244

Hannibal by Thomas Harris  BR12326, DB48524

After the Storm by Linda Castillo  DB82360

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah  DB81189

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison  DB79198

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein  BRN20963, DB25524

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern  DB73783

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith  DB78834

Harry Potter Book Night

Today the world will be celebrating Harry Potter Book Night. The theme this year is “A Night of Spells.” The first Harry Potter Book Night was held in February 2015, and there were an amazing 10,500 parties and celebrations held all over the world. It will be a night to join the world in celebrating, not only J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, but reading and the impact books can have throughout generations. Which Harry Potter Book was your favorite? Or what is your favorite book to share?

Save the Date – Harry Potter Book Night

On Feburary 4th the world will be celebrating Harry Potter Book Night, “A Night of Spells.” It is a night where booksellers, librarians, teachers and others plan events and discuss the popular Harry Potter Series. It is a great opportunity to share and talk about your favorite books and share them with a future generation of readers.

So for all you Potter Fans:

Who was your favorite professor at Hogwarts?  Professor Snape, Professor McGonagall, Professor Lupin or Professor Slughorn

How many goal posts are there in a Quidditch Pitch?  2, 4, 5 or 6


The 2016 Regional Iowa Braille Challenge & STEAM Activities

Braille Challenge LogoThe 2016 Regional Iowa Braille Challenge, a unique event that highlights the importance of braille reading and writing and celebrates Iowa braille readers, was held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Department for the Blind in Des Moines, Iowa. Follow this link to view the results of this year’s competition.

2015 Book Awards

As 2015 comes to an end, let’s look back on some of the best books.

The Goodreads Choice Awards are chosen by the readers.  These are the picks for the best of the year.  What are some of your favorites from 2015?

Fiction:  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee  BR20919  DB81896

Mystery & Thriller:  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  BR20688  DB80635

Historical Fiction:  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah  DB81189

Young Adult:  All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven  DB80476

YA Fantasy & Science Fiction:  Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas  BR21194  DB82439

Humor:  Why Not Me?  by Mindy Kaling  DB82596

NonFiction:  Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari  DB81878

History & Biography:  Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson  DB80936

Science & Technology:  Beneath the Surface:  Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish by John Hargrove  DB81120

Science Fiction:  Golden Son by Pierce Brown  DB80643

Fantasy:  Trigger Warning:  Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman  BR20791  DB81340

Horror:  Saint Odd by Dean Koontz  DB80776  LT11480

Food & Cookbooks:  The Pioneer Woman Cooks:  Dinnertime by Ree Drummond  DB72395

Middle Grade & Children’s:  The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan  BR21237  DB82749