Transition to a New Library System

The Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is happy to report that the transition to the new library system during the first half of the month of March went well and services have resumed. In addition, the new On-line Public Access Catalog (OPAC) is live and operational.

As always, patrons may call the library with any questions at 515-281-1323 or, in Iowa, 800-362-2587, ext. 1-1323. You can also send questions via email to

Watch the blog for more information about the new system, services and the online catalog.

Reading and Technology

BARDDid you know you can read books from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) on your smart phone or tablet? It’s like having a book in your pocket!  Download the BARD app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and start reading today.

BARD is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).

If you need to set up a BARD account, please contact the library.

Celebrate Teen Tech Week and download a book today!

Teen Tech Week – Twist Fate Challenge

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As part of Teen Tech Week™, YALSA is teaming up with the Connected Learning Alliance, Deviant Art, National Writing Project, and Wattpad for the Twist Fate Challenge.

The goal of the challenge is to get young people (ages 13-17) to tell stories about what happens when a hero becomes a villain, or a villain a hero (through writing, video, digital art, animation, etc.) and sharing them across the Deviant Art and Wattpad platforms.

The challenge takes place March 6 – April 6.

Try your hand at creative writing! What hero would you turn into a villain? Or what villain would you make a hero?

Books for Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week is under way!  TTW2016 Logo2Try one of these technology related books from the library.

10 Inventors Who Changed the World   DB70684

Computing: A Concise History   DB75267, BR19587

The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age   DB79227

Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World    DB71442

The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age   BR16095

100 Greatest Science Inventions of All Time   DB64790

Create It At Your Library – Teen Tech Week

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Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This week draws attention to the importance and availability of various technologies in libraries as well as the importance of digital literacy. Besides offering technologies such as audiobooks, 3D printers, databases, computers with internet access and more, libraries also have librarians with expertise in using many of these resources effectively. This year during Teen Tech Week, YALSA’s twitter account will be taken over each day by an organization who will share out information, news and resources of interest to those working to build digital literacy skills in teens. Topics may range from connected learning, makerspaces and making, learning labs, web literacy, digital skills, practical tips for using digital tools, and more. Follow @yalsa for the latest info! Or #TTW16 to see the conversation

Watch our blog for posts throughout the week on great books, activites, apps and more at your library!

March Madness

March madness is in full swing here in Des Moines, with the Iowa Girls’ State Basketball tournament happening only a few blocks away at Wells Fargo. Crowds of people are roaming in our neighborhood, and you can feel the energy. You can also enjoy some excitement by reading these and other books about basketball, available here at the library.

Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever by Jack McCallum

Sports Illustrated reporter covers the 1992 U.S. gold medal-winning Olympic basketball team — the first ever composed of professionals — from its inception to the medal ceremony in Barcelona. Details the selection of the players, the fourteen games they played together, and the team’s mark on basketball history. Available in audio.

A History of Basketball for Girls and Women: From Bloomers to Big Leagues by Joanne Lannin

History of women’s basketball from its beginnings at Smith College in 1892 — mere weeks after its invention — to the professional arena. Describes the changes in the game and its major players and coaches. For junior and senior high readers. Available in audio.

Longshot: The Adventures Of A Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid And His Journey To The NBA by Lance Alfred

Allred describes his childhood in a polygamous Mormon community in Montana. Covers his dealing with hearing loss and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Discusses maintaining a high GPA and a dedication to basketball in college — despite having an abusive coach — and eventually earning a stint in the NBA. Available in Braille.

Knight: My Story by Bob Knight

Autobiography by Indiana University’s controversial basketball coach, fired in September 2000 after twenty-nine seasons. Describes his days as a player before moving to teaching positions and explains the circumstances that led to his dismissal. Available in large print.