Season’s greetings! We want to wish you happy holidays and a wonderful new year!
The Iowa Department for the Blind and the Library will be closed on Friday, December 23rd, Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd for the holidays.
We wish you happy reading!
December’s Library Chat Podcast, celebrates one of our library staff members. Join us as we celebrate staff member, Karen Eis, on her 39th year with the Iowa Department for the Blind and the Library and on her upcoming retirement. Karen shares with us stories about the library, her role as a reader’s advisor, her work with the library collection and audio production, her favorite books and more.
We wanted to share some fun facts and information about our library. Watch for Did You Know posts each month.
When did the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled program begin?
The free library service was established by Congress when the Pratt-Smoot Act became law in 1931 to provide blind adults with books in an embossed format. This program would become the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). The Act was amended in 1934 to include sound recordings (talking books), expanded in 1952 to include children, in 1962 to provide music materials, and again in 1966, to include individuals with physical limitations that prevent reading regular print. Our library became a regional Library of the National Library Service in 1960.
For more information on the history of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled visit their History Page
Check out these book reviews from Deena. Deena was a member of the Library’s Patron Service Team and continues to generously share book reviews with us during her retirement. Thank you, Deena!
Let us know if you would like any titles added to your booklist or head over to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) to download the titles availalbe. Need more information about BARD? See our BARD Page.
Leeway Cottage by Beth Gutcheon CTC3778
Laurus and Sydney fall in love. Laurus is a well-known musician from Denmark. Laurus and Sydney marry, but Laurus goes off to defend Denmark in World War II staying in Europe for several years, for the duration of the war leaving Sydney pregnant During the war, Laurus’s sister, Nina joins the resistance and eventually is caught and sent to a concentration camp. Laurus returns to the U. S. and he and Sydney have several more children. Their son is a troublemaker and is kicked out of a number of boarding schools.
Sydney, like her mother, is more concerned with herself and how she looks to other people than she is her children. Each summer the family spends their time in Maine at Leeway Cottage participating in sailing, parties, and golfing. If you are interested in family sagas spanning from the 1930’s to the 1990’s this is an interesting story.
The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans DB70292
James Keir, is a ruthless businessman. His obituary appears in the newspaper, only they have mixed-up the James Keir’s. As James reads the negative comments on “his” obituary on the Internet, he begins to think about his life and how he would like to be remembered. He decides he must change his ways and make amends to those he has hurt. He asks his secretary to make a list of those he has wronged and goes to visit each person with mixed results.
The 13th Day of Christmas by Jason F. Wright UDBU01543
Charlee Alexander’s family is down on their luck. They move to a new town for a fresh start. Charlee makes friends with Marva, an 80-year-old widow. They become the best of friends, talking every day. Charlee is soon diagnosed with a brain tumor just before Christmas. Marva creates the 13 days of Christmas to give Charlee little gifts each day to lift her spirits. As Charlee gets better Marva becomes ill. When Marva’s life ends Charlee and her brother Zach take over the 13 days of Christmas tradition giving to those who need a lift.