Don’t Forget Our Magazines!

You may know that our library has an excellent variety of books, but did you know we also have magazines? You can subscribe to get magazines in audio and Braille, and they will be mailed to your home on a regular basis. It’s also free. Contact the library and ask us for a full list of titles. Here is a sample of some of the magazines available.

  • People: Celebrity news and interviews. Keep up with the latest gossip!
  • Guideposts: Inspirational Christian interviews, stories, and poems.
  • Popular Science: Articles on the latest trends, products, and news in the world of science and technology. Learn which gadgets are worth your money.
  • Birds and Blooms: Home gardening, bird watching, and other nature topics.
  • Cricket: Children’s magazine for ages 9-14. Includes stories, poems, songs, jokes and crafts. It comes packaged with National Geographic Kids.
  • Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine: Mystery stories by unknown and famous authors. If you’re a mystery fan, you might find your new favorite author here.


Digital Learning Day

DLD_Logo_ForWebDigital Learning is instructional practice that uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience ensuring all students reach their full potential and succeed in college or in a career.

Digital Learning Day started in 2012 and is a national campaign to celebrate learning, instructional technology programs and teachers.  With constantly changing technology, it is so important to increase equity and access to educational opportunities to build skills to succeed in college, career and life.

The library and the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) is committed to providing high-quality assistive technology services to clients, employers, and blind Iowans. IDB’s technology team’s mission is to provide the tech and training that empowers clients and staff to become self-sufficient.   We want to help clients build their skills and self-confidence in regards to technology so that they can continue to grow and adapt as technology changes.

Link to more information about IDB’s Technology Services

Link to the Digital Learning Day site by Alliance for Excellent Education

About Turning the Pages

We hope this blog will be a fun and lively way to share information about the library, talk about books and authors, share information about upcoming events and more.  Today we would like to simply share a bit about the library and our services.

The Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides books and other materials in alternative formats to Iowa residents who are unable to read standard print materials.  Materials are provided in braille, large print, audio, print/braille, descriptive video and electronic text.  Registered patrons may also download audio, braille and magazines online on BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download).

The Instructional Materials Center (IMC) is the library unit which assists students and others with their textbook, educational materials and career needs.  The IMC provides textbooks and educational materials to students in kindergarten – college.  The library also  provides career resources and assists Department of the Blind clients and library patrons access materials and information to assist in choosing and finding successful employment.

Here are some links to provide more information about the library and its resources:

The library is always a resource and we are here to help.

Valentine’s Day Reading

Its Valentine’s Day weekend and what better way to celebrate than with a good book.   How about an Old Fashion Romance like Lost December by Richard Paul Evans (DB74065), or a Contemporary Romance like Love’s Encore by Sandra Brown (DB72374). You could also try an exciting Romantic Suspense like Ladies Man by Suzanne Brockmann (DB62159).  No matter what you do, have a great weekend.


National Library Service Music Notes Blog

I wanted to share a great resource from the National Library Service (NLS), NLS Music Notes Blog. Here is the description of the blog from NLS:

“NLS Music Notes is a blog for and about those who want, need or provide the special format music of braille, audio, and large print offered by the NLS Music Section. We will showcase this collection, which covers both classical and popular music, with posts of new titles added, along with interviews of and articles about blind and low vision musicians, music braille transcribers, as well as features about current music events and activities.”  Go to NLS Music Notes Blog

Also, here is a link to more information about the music services provided by the National Library Service. Patrons have access to a collection of braille, large-print, and recorded instructional materials about music and musicians. 

Library Consumer Advisory Committee

LCAC-logoThe Library Consumer Advisory Committee (LCAC) works with the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to assist in:

  • increasing public awareness of the library
  • increasing the potential of library services to underserved individuals
  • assisting in policy development and strategic planning

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, requires that each network library have an advisory committee composed of a representative group of users.

The LCAC meets four times a year on the last Friday of January, April, July and October. The size of the Committee ranges from eight to fifteen members. The Committee maintains a Facebook page to communicate with library patrons and the public. Here for the LCAC Facebook Page

The Library Consumer Advisory Committee is always looking for energetic people to serve on the committee. If you are interested, contact Sarah Willeford, Director, Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, (515) 281-1291,