The braille and talking book program is a free library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from using regular print.
Patrons of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in the Library of Congress speak about the benefits of receiving free braille and talking books, magazines and music materials in the mail.
In this video, NLS patrons speak about the benefits of receiving free braille and talking books, magazines, and music materials in the mail: The freedom to read their way.
Here is more information about our library, a regional library of the National Library Service.
Our Summer Reading Program, On Your Mark, Get Set, Read, is a chance to read some great books and earn prizes at the same time.
Here are links to two book lists if you just aren’t sure what to read this summer. The links will take you to our online catalog where you can find out more about the title and if you would like to read it you can place it on hold and we will send it to you.
Summer Picks for 9 to 12 year olds
Summer Picks for 13 to 18 year olds
Here is the link to more information about the 2016 Summer Reading Program
Summer is here and that means it is time for reading! Here are two book lists we put together highlighting some books for summer. The links will take you to our online catalog where you can find out more about the title and if you would like to read the title you can place it on hold and we will send it to you. Also, you can give us a call and have them put on your book list.
Great Beach Reads for Adults – these have the beach, romance, humor and more. Great titles to read in the sun or even on a rainy summer day.
Great Summer Reads – on this list there are classics, bestsellers, mysteries, science fiction and more. There is something for everyone on this list.
Happy Summer Reading!
2016 Summer Reading Program
On Your Mark, Get Set, Read
June 6, 2016 – July 29, 2016
Join us for summer reading fun!
For Children and Teens
Online Registration Form
Online Reading Log
Online Book Review
How to Earn Prizes
Use the Online Reading Log to submit your time read.
3 hours = Earn a prize and a chance to enter the Grand Prize Drawing
9 hours = Earn a prize and a chance to enter the Grand Prize Drawing
15 hours = Earn a prize and a chance to enter the Grand Prize Drawing
21 hours or more = Earn a prize and a chance to enter the Grand Prize Drawing
Every 6 hours over 21 hours read earn a chance to enter the Grand Prize Drawing
Complete up to 5 Book Reviews (Online Book Review Form) and earn a chance to enter the Grand Prize Drawing for each review
Watch the online catalog and our blog for lists of great books to read this summer.
The accessible voting machine demonstration scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 13-14 at the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) has been postponed. The demo will be rescheduled for a later date.
The list of regional Braille Challenge contestants that have qualified for competition at the national level has been released. Two students, Kayla Bartholomew and Lauren Thomson, participated in Iowa’s regional Braille Challenge and will be traveling to Los Angeles this June to participate nationally at The 2016 Braille Challenge.
Roxanne Book, Iowa Braille Challenge Regional Coordinator, notes, “The Iowa Braille Challenge raises awareness about Braille and celebrates Braille readers, while encouraging them to sharpen their Braille skills.” We applaud all who participated and wish best of luck to two Iowans who are going to sunny southern California!
For more information go to the Iowa Department for the Blind website.