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,

IDB Staff Favorites from 2015

Book with Pages Shaped as a HeartThe staff of Iowa Department for the Blind possesses such diverse interests, knowledge and talents that we thought it would be fun to share what their favorite books were in 2015.

The Martian by Andy Weir  BR 21144, DB78389

My Heart Remembers by Kim Sawyer  DB68450 

The Girl from Krakow by Alex Rosenberg

Visit from Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell   DB75336

One Summer: America, 1927  by Bill Bryson  DB77749

Intensity by Dean Koontz  DB41250, LT4745

Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Motorcycle Club by Sonny Barger

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenge by Amy Cuddy

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brenne Brown  DB75619

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  BR12850, DB77672, LT10244

Hannibal by Thomas Harris  BR12326, DB48524

After the Storm by Linda Castillo  DB82360

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah  DB81189

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison  DB79198

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein  BRN20963, DB25524

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern  DB73783

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith  DB78834

Harry Potter Book Night

Today the world will be celebrating Harry Potter Book Night. The theme this year is “A Night of Spells.” The first Harry Potter Book Night was held in February 2015, and there were an amazing 10,500 parties and celebrations held all over the world. It will be a night to join the world in celebrating, not only J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, but reading and the impact books can have throughout generations. Which Harry Potter Book was your favorite? Or what is your favorite book to share?

Save the Date – Harry Potter Book Night

On Feburary 4th the world will be celebrating Harry Potter Book Night, “A Night of Spells.” It is a night where booksellers, librarians, teachers and others plan events and discuss the popular Harry Potter Series. It is a great opportunity to share and talk about your favorite books and share them with a future generation of readers.

So for all you Potter Fans:

Who was your favorite professor at Hogwarts?  Professor Snape, Professor McGonagall, Professor Lupin or Professor Slughorn

How many goal posts are there in a Quidditch Pitch?  2, 4, 5 or 6