Latest Iowa Department for the Blind Volunteer Newsletter

Iowa Department for the Blind Logo features the state outline of the state of Iowa with idb in braille in the center of the state.Welcome to our newsletter! In this issue, we are celebrating the unveiling training center symbol, new Youth Space opens, and an Update from the Director including the State Fiscal Year 2023 State Appropriation. We hope you find this newsletter useful and informative.

Iowa Department for the Blind Volunteer Newsletter

Top Ten Most Popular Nonfiction Books on BARD in October

A set of books with headphonesHere are the most popular nonfiction books downloaded from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) last month:

Rage by Boy Woodward DB100633

Murder of Innocence by James Patterson, Max DiLallo and  Andrew Bourelle DB101365

Thunder Dog: the true story of a blind man, his guide dog, and the triumph of trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory DB73300

Murder Beyond the Grave by James Patterson DB100126

Mindfulness Meditations for Anxiety: 100 simple practices to find peace right now by Michael Smith DB97954

The Splendid and the Vile: a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the Blitz by Erik Larson DB100054

Coffin Corner Boys: one bomber, ten men, and their harrowing escape from Nazi-occupied France by Carole Engle Avriett and George W. Starks DB100154

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey DB101312

Caste: the origins of our discontents by Isabel Wilkerson DB100088

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward DB91876

November Story Time Has a Special Surprise!

A drawing of a scarecrow with a bird on its arm.Mr. Scarecrow is excited about fall and with autumn off to a great start, so are our fun times at the Youth library!

Every Friday please join Denise for story time, crafts, and don’ forget to bring your imagination, either “in–person” at 3:30pm or “virtually” at 10:00 am.

For the month of November, we are giving thanks to you and your family! To participate, sign up by clicking on the link below. Because we love reading, you will receive a free print/braille book called, “The Runaway Pumpkin!” by Kevin Lewis. It will tickle your fancy with runaway laughter! Also, your child will receive 2 make at home crafts with suggested book titles that are all about touch and delicious scents of fall! All ages are welcome to join!

Registration for Story Time and Crafts with Denise


Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian 515.452.1338

Library News Podcast: November 2021

microphone on a book image created by mim studio from Noun ProjectJoin library staff for November’s Library News podcast which features an interview with members of the Friends of Library group, the top ten most popular non-fiction books downloaded on BARD,  information about a new program coming soon called the Great Reading Challenge, upcoming Youth programs, and information about ongoing library events and programs.

Makerspace Monday: Recap and What’s Next

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundOn October 11th we were joined by guest Christine and Shell from “Artful Connections” who taught us how to relax, find our inner peace, and of course, zest for life. Say what? This sounds like fun! We cranked up the music and began mixing together potions of Essential-Oil Blends. The night felt like being on a retreat at a tropical resort with all the smells that filled the air. Each guest made their very own personalized scent of mixes. In addition to the essential oil blend roller each guest was given, jewelry was designed with actual lava beads. As the evening drew to an end, we added our final touches of paint from last month’s Pottery Workshop!

Next month on November 8th we will be creating the “7-Days of Gratitude Wreath” and mixing together homemade Pumpkin Spice Bites. This month’s Makerspace will be a month full of gratitude and thankfulness with a dusting of dessert to tantalize your sweet tooth!

Coming up in November at our Makerspace Monday
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Date: Monday, November 8th  
Ages: All Ages
Activity: 7-Days of Gratitude Wreath & Homemade Pumpkin Spice Bites!
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Online Registration

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 or 515-452-1338