Check Out the Recent Foreign Language Quarterly from NLS

Foreign Language Quarterly, a way to keep up with the foreign language books that the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is adding to the collection. Foreign Language Quarterly is posted to the NLS website every three months and features titles uploaded to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download).

Thanks to its participation in the Marrakesh Treaty and expanded book acquisition, NLS is adding more foreign language books to its catalog than ever before!

This past quarter, NLS added books in 24 unique languages: Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Urdu.

You can find a selection of the most popular foreign language titles recently added to the NLS collection in Foreign Language Quarterly (FLQ), an online publication found at

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October’s The Many Faces of BARD Program

Image of National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled LogoOn Thursday, October 13, 2022, at 6:00pm (central), the Patron Engagement Section of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) will hold its monthly virtual program called The Many Faces of BARD on Zoom.  This month NLS will present a Spanish language session of their Many Faces of BARD program, titled, Using BARD If Your Primary Language is Spanish.

For the full Zoom invitation information

Many Faces of BARD is held on the second Thursday of every month. It lasts for one hour and covers 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.  These sessions are open to all patrons and are held over Zoom. 

October Makerspace Monday Workshop: Fidget Designs

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundDid you know that “fidgeting” has proven repeatedly to help you focus in school, and may even make you a little smarter, while keeping you cool, calm and collected. Really, it is true!

For our very special In-Person October Makerspace Monday Workshop we will be joined by a very special guest, Jessica Bruhn, who will bring her hand made Fidget Jewelry Designs that everyone would want to make! All designs will include memory wire, glass beads, textured beads, lava stone and leather fidget bands. In celebration of autumn, we are rolling out all the ingredients for making delicious Smores, as we enjoy a special book discussion that will bring this night to a close.

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Date: October 10th, 2022
Ages: All Ages
Activity: Fidget Designs!
In-Person Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
At-Home: Sign up to receive Activity Kit and Video Link sent directly to your home.

Top Ten Most Downloaded Fiction Books from BARD

A set of books with headphonesCheck out the most popular fiction books downloaded from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) last month:

The Old Man by Thomas Perry DB108946 

Sleeping Bear by Connor Sullivan DB108828

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager DB108524

The Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery DB108708

Sparring Partners by John Grisham DB108257

The River Murders by James Patterson and James O. Born DB108451

The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean Pendziwol DB108915

Nightwork by Nora Robers and Will Damron DB108296

Double Jeopardy by William Bernhardt DBC24978

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens DB92245

September Makerspace Monday Recap and What’s Next in October

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundDid you know that wood burning means writing with fire, sound dangerous? No, not really. Our evening started out with practicing our tooling skills on a beautiful piece of wood. Finding the magic touch with such a hot tool was key to this night’s adventures. Designs were doodled onto paper until decision time to take that creative design one step further, wood burning onto the actual piece of wood! The whole entire room was filled with the scents of an outdoor autumn bonfire. We only wished we had brought the ingredients for making smores. Guess what? Smore making will be on our list for October’s Makerspace Workshop! For those that were unable to make it to our in-person Makerspace, no worries, we did not leave you out. For those that sign-up received all the materials for making a “Twisted Scented Autumn Tree Sculpture.”

Coming up next month in October
Date: October 10th
Time: 6 – 7:30pm
Where: 524 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

In October, we will be joined by a very special guest, Jessica Bruhn, who will bring her hand made Figit Jewelry Designs that everyone would want to make. From football, baseballs, gem, or jewels, this is a night you don’t want to miss! As an extra bonus, Smores and Book Talk will be included! More information coming soon.