Crafting Your Story Afterschool Program

Image of a stack of booksTime to put magic into your Tuesday afternoons with friends and a story time, all with a brand-new twist. Coming this fall we will roll out our much-anticipated afterschool program.  Kicking off our first monthly theme in September, let’s celebrate “Autumn.”

Date: September 13, 2022 – May 2, 2023 [Every Tuesday of the month.]
Time: 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom – Virtual
Ages: All ages!
Registration Link

 A monthly theme, with 4 weekly events!

  • Week One: Crafting Corner!
  • Week two: One Week Challenge Mission!
  • Week three: Featured Guest of the Week!
  • Week four: Stirring up “Edible and Tasty Recipes” that are mixed with science!

When you sign up, once a month, your family will receive for FREE:

  • Program Supply Kit
  • Family Fun Activity Check List
  • Read a Book Challenge
  • Access to our READsquared Online Reading Program

Please reach out if you have any question!
Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian or 515-452-1338

Join us at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market!

Image of a fruit standJoin Library Staff this Saturday, August 20th at the Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market from 7:00am – 12:00pm.    The Library will have a booth with fun braille activities and information about the library.  Our booth will be located south of Court Avenue on the west side of 3rd Street.  Stop by and say hello!

Announcing The Many Faces of BARD Program by the National Library Service

On Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 6:00pm (central time), the Patron Engagement Section will offer a monthly program called The Many Faces of BARD. This program will occur on the second Thursday of every month. It will last for one hour and will cover one aspect of BARD (the Braille and Audio Reading Download) usage.

Each program will start with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD usage. NLS will announce the topic for the next presentation at the end of each program. The first presentation will provide an overview of all of the available BARD products.  These session are open to all patrons and are held over Zoom. 

For the full Zoom invitation information


Library News Podcast: August 2022

Join library staff for August’s Library News podcast which features information about the library’s Summer Reading Programs, the top ten nonfiction titles on BARD, a new D-List (Digital List Including Special Titles) focusing on travel, the National Library Service’s upcoming programs, more about the Braille on Demand project and more.

Check Out the Music Notes Blog by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

Image: Musical notes silhouetteHave you discovered the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Music Notes blog?

It’s for and about those who want, need or provide the special format music in braille, audio, and large print offered by the NLS Music Section.

Blog posts showcase NLS’s world-renowned Music collection with news about recent additions; articles about blind and low-vision musicians and music braille transcribers; and features about current music events and activities.

New posts appear every Thursday.

To read any of the more than 400 archived posts or to subscribe to future posts, visit