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