According to the users of GoodReads, there are some books that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. You can find the list here. It is a list of 100 books that were voted on by the users of GoodReads. The Iowa Library for the Blind has every book on that list in at least one format (digital, Braille or large print). Most of the books the library has in multiple formats. There are books for all kinds of readers. Check out the list and see how many you have read and request the ones you haven’t!
Which banned book character would you want to have lunch with?
Banned Books Week, September 25th – October 1st, brings together the entire book community—libraries, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types —in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider controversial and unpopular. First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take the freedom to read for granted.
If you could go back in time, which book would you give your younger self?
Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community—libraries, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types —in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take the freedom to read for granted.
This very month, U.S. libraries of all types and sizes, in cities and towns, will acknowledge Banned Books Week September 25—October 1. Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlighting the value of open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community—libraries, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types —in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider controversial and unpopular. First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take the freedom to read for granted. This year’s Banned Books Week slogan is “Stand Up For Your Right To Read.”
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.
The top ten most challenged books of 2015 include:
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
- I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
- Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
- The Holy Bible
- Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
- Habibi, by Craig Thompson
- Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
- Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Below is a list of banned and/or challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century. Here are the top the top 15 classics from the list, more can be found here http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics/reasons
- The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger
- The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
- The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
- Ulysses, by James Joyce
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison
- 1984, by George Orwell
- Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
- Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
- Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
- Animal Farm, by George Orwell
- The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
- As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
Are you wondering what books you should read or request next? The staff at the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped want to make sure you are reading the books YOU want to be reading. Reading a book that is of actual interest to you will make the reading experience that much more enjoyable. And it is good to play a role in the books you are receiving and reading. Your request list with the library can be as long as you want it to be. When the library staff download books to your cartridge or send you Braille or large print, they are taking books from your request list, so it is good when that list is long and provided by you. There are different resources to help you choose what you want to read next.
You can always use the Talking Book Topics to choose what you want to read. Talking Book Topics does a good job of grouping the books into different genres and also offering a nice summary of the book to help you decide. You can send us your request list through the mail, give us call or send us an email with your picks.
The library’s online catalog (http://idblibrary.blind.state.ia.us/EOSWebOPAC) can also help you choose what book(s) you may want to read. Simply do a keyword or subject search for your favorite authors or subject and discover titles you may not have already read. Or check out the “Lists” section of the catalog and see what titles in the collection the library staff have highlighted. For example, under “Special Titles” there is a list of titles by Iowa authors, a list of Mystery Picks, etc.
There are also a few websites that could be helpful in choosing your next book:
All Readers (http://www.allreaders.com)
These websites do a good job of providing different lists from which to choose books or offering title suggestions that are based on a title you have entered. If you see a book on one of these sites, give us a call with the title and author and we’ll check to see if we have it and put it on your request list. Or go to our catalog and you can search for yourself!
Remember, we want to send you the books YOU want to read!
Are you a large print reader? Below are some large print titles that were added to the collection over the summer. Follow this link to see the entire list of large print titles added this summer. Some are brand new books; others are books that are old favorites that are new to the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. As you may know, the large print books can also be sent through the mail to your home. Just give us a call at 515.281.1323 with some titles and, if they are available, we will get them in the mail to you!
LT12092 – The 14th Colony by Steve Berry
LT12167 – All is not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
LT12090 – As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark
LT12153 – Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts
LT12100 – Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury
LT12086 – Clawback by J.A. Jance
LT12085 – Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer
LT12081 – Country by Danielle Steel
LT12149 – Dishonorable Intentions by Stuart Woods
LT12150 – End of Watch by Stephen King
LT12157 – Falling by Jane Green
LT12087 – A Few of the Girls by Maeve Binchy
LT12094 – Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
LT12164 – Insidious by Catherine Coulter
LT12098 – Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B. Ross
LT12089 – Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline
LT12091 – Once a Rancher by Linda Lael Miller
LT12166 – Sunday Kind of Love by Dorothy Garlock
LT12147 – Tall Tail by Rita Mae Brown
LT12082 – Undercover by Danielle Steel
Books about disasters make for compelling true stories that give us a look into real events. They can be difficult reads as we journey with both heroic and flawed characters through the story. The moral choices that these types of book can offer really can get us thinking about how we might respond or act in the different situations. They provide us with those character tests. Here is a list of some of our books found in our non-fiction collection:
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer DB 44525
A journalist’s first-hand report on the ill-fated Mt. Everest expedition of May 1996 in which a freak storm claimed the lives of nine adventurers. Describes the grueling ascent of the climbers, their sense of elation at reaching the peak, and the tragic events that followed. Strong language. Bestseller. 1997.
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Paul Piers Read DB54741
The ordeal of sixteen young Uruguayan men who survived seventy days in the Andes after a plane crash in 1972. Facing starvation, they were forced to make an agonizing choice between cannibalism and death. 1974.
Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home by Nando Parrado BR 16868, DB65781
A Uruguayan rugby player recounts surviving the 1972 plane crash that is remembered for causing acts of heroism and cannibalism. Discusses the physical perils of subzero weather, the group’s reaction upon hearing that the rescue operation was called off, and the author’s hike over the mountains for help. 2006.
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers DB 69795
Describes the experiences of the owner of a New Orleans house-painting business during the 2005 Katrina hurricane and flood. Recounts the fleeing of Syrian American Abdulrahman Zeitoun’s wife and children, Zeitoun’s decision to stay and help neighbors and clients, and his consequently inexplicable imprisonment and inability to contact family. Bestseller. 2009.
102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer DB 59954
Reporters interview survivors and read radio transcripts, phone messages, e-mails, and other accounts to describe conditions inside the World Trade Center between the first terrorist attack and the towers’ collapse on September 11, 2001. Documents communication problems, agency in-fighting, and building structural failures that caused unnecessary deaths. Bestseller. 2005. Co-author is Kevin Flynn.
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord LT5408, BR11461, DB09698
A detailed portrayal of what happened aboard the Titanic when it struck an iceberg and began to sink in the North Atlantic on April 14, 1912. Based on account of the survivors from first class passengers to steerage and crew. Bestseller. 1955.
The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough DB50905
A vivid description of the causes and effects of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, flood of 1889 that killed thousands. Based on first-person accounts of the tragedy that occurred when a man-made dam broke, flooding the entire valley with twenty million tons of water and debris. 1968.
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink DB77656
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist reports on the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans. Reconstructs the five days it took to rescue the hospital’s staff and patients and examines the life-and-death decisions made and the lawsuits that followed. 2013.
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo DB59335
Chronicle of the Boston waterfront’s molasses tank collapse that flooded the city’s North End with a sticky twenty-five-foot-high tidal wave, killing twenty-one people. Explores the tragedy from the tank’s 1915 construction to a civil lawsuit decided in 1925 and touches larger issues of immigration, WWI, Prohibition, and labor.
Information and items on display will include:
- Library services – receive large print and audio books free by mail
- Free newspaper reading services
- Resources to assist with completing schoolwork
- Vocational rehabilitation services for retaining or seeking employment
- Computer screen readers, CCTV’s, and text-to-speech technology
- Aids & devices to help with everyday activities – talking clocks, handheld magnifiers and more.
- Tips on how to complete everyday tasks when vision loss makes them difficult
Questions? Contact Rick Dressler, (515) 281-1314, email@example.com
BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) 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.
Here are some of the most popular braille books on BARD in the last 30 days:
Blue by Danielle Steel BR21467
One summer by David Baldacci BR21321
Away in a manager by Rhys Bowen BR21405
The double by George P. Pelecanos BR21399
Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline BR21369
The lost art of reading nature’s signs: use outdoor clues to find your way, predict the weather, track animals–and other forgotten skills by Tristan Gooley BR21333
My kithen year: 136 recipes that saved my life by Ruth Reichl BR21351
How to knit socks that fit: techniques for toe-up and cuff-down styles BR21486
The edge of the world: a cultural history of the North Sea and transformation of Europe BR21249
Blind: a memoir by Belo Miguel Cipriani BR21392
What’s Cooler Than Being Cool? Having a library card. Get yours today! September is Library Card Sign Up Month.
10 Ways to Use Your Library Card
- Get to know your librarian, the ultimate search engine.
- Join a book discussion group.
- Get homework help.
- Prepare you resume.
- Call the library if you have a question or need information.
- Find a new recipe.
- Ask your librarian for a recommended reading list.
- Check out your favorite books in audio, braille and large print.
- Try one of our many audio magazine subscriptions.
- Find a quiet spot, curl up with a good book and enjoy!