Library News Podcast: February 2022

Join library staff for February’s Library News podcast which features information on the 2022 All Iowa Reads titles,  the top ten nonfiction books downloaded on BARD last month, information about the 2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge, upcoming Youth programs, and information about ongoing library events and programs.

2022 All Iowa Reads Selections Announced

2022 All Iowa ReadsThe 2022 All Iowa Reads selections were announced on Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa program with host Charity Nebbe. Nebbe was joined by All Iowa Reads committee member Jillian Rutledge of the Waterloo Public Library to announce the title for adults; and Tegan Beese, Youth Services Consultant at the State Library and head of the All Iowa Reads teen and kid committees, to announce the titles for teens and kids.

Established in 2003, the All Iowa Reads program is one of the first projects to be provided by the Iowa Center for the Book. The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to foster a sense of unity through reading. We encourage Iowans statewide to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year. Libraries, book clubs, schools, and other local organizations are encouraged to sponsor discussions of the title.

2022 All Iowa Reads
The Butterfly Effect: a novel by Rachel Mans McKenny
A Man Called Ove meets The Rosie Project in this “delightfully off-kilter” (Rachel Yoder, Nightbitch) tale of a grumpy introvert, her astonishing lack of social skills, and empirical data-driven approach to people and relationships. The Butterfly Effect is an unconventional tale of self-discovery, navigating relationships, and how sometimes it takes stepping outside of our comfort zone to find what we need the most.

2022 Teen All Iowa Reads
What I Carry by Jennifer Longo
“Dubbed not only a necessary book — [but] a charming, honest, and hopeful one by A Heart in a Body in the World author Deb Caletti, Longo’s What I Carry centers on Muiriel, a self-described “foundling” approaching her 18th birthday in the foster-care system. She has become an expert at moving, because she’s bounced around to nearly two dozen foster homes. With her emancipation from the system on the horizon, Muiriel just needs to keep herself out of trouble until her birthday. But when her home city of Seattle can’t place her anywhere, Muiriel is shipped off to a remote island in the Puget Sound, where she finds people who complicate, and may heal, her personal philosophy against attachments. And she may find a home at last.” – BUSTLE

The 2022 Kids All Iowa Reads
The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane by Kate O’Shaughnessy
Perfect for readers who enjoyed the bittersweet tenderness of Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale and the road trip fun of Ingrid Law’s Savvy, Kate O’Shaughnessy’s debut middle grade novel, The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane, follows a girl who sets out on the adventure of a lifetime to enter a singing competition and—she hopes—meet her father, one of the competition’s judges, for the first time.

More About All Iowa Reads

All Iowa Reads Author Visits – Iowa Center for the Book

The Iowa Center for the Book is excited to sponsor virtual visits in 2021 from each of the All Iowa Reads authors!

All Iowa Reads fosters a sense of unity through reading. Iowans are encouraged to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same year.

There are three winning titles each year, an adult title, a teen title, and a kids title.  Starting this month, the authors of the winning selections will offer free virtual author visits to the public.  Each author will conduct three webinars each over the course of the next few months.

  • May 15th at 2:00pm:  Remy Lai, the author of the 2021 Kids All Iowa Reads title, Pie in the Sky will conduct the first of her free virtual webinars.
  • May 19th at 7:00 pm: Nickolas Butler, the author of the 2021 Adult All Iowa Reads title, Little Faith will conduct the first of his free virtual webinars.
  • Late June:  Randy Ribay, the author of the 2021 Teen All Iowa Reads title, Patron Saints of Nothing, is scheduled for his first free webinar.

All the webinars will be hosted by the Iowa Center for the Book and will last about an hour.  The author will discuss the book and answer questions from attendees submitted in the chat window during the webinar.

You can find more information, see the complete schedule of the virtual author visits, and register for the webinars at

Do you want to read the book before the webinar? Call the library and request them!  We have all three selections in audio, braille, and large print.

All Iowa Reads Announcement: Tune Into Iowa Public Radio November 12th

Iowa Public Radio is set to announce all three 2021 All Iowa Reads titles—the adult book, the teen choice, and the children’s book.  The announcement will be made LIVE on Thursday November 12th at 10:00AM on Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa program.

IPR Host Charity Nebbe will be joined by Jillian Rutledge, Public Services Manager at Waterloo Public Library and by Angie Manfredi, Youth Services Consultant at the State Library.  They will be on hand to reveal the All Iowa Reads titles and authors for 2021. This will be the second year that the new AIR  titles have been announced on the Talk of Iowa program. Listeners can stream the program live at the link below or tune to your  local IPR station on the radio: find an IPR station.

All Iowa Reads has fostered a sense of unity through reading since 2003. Iowans are encouraged to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book in the same year. In 2017, All Iowa Reads Teens and All Iowa Reads Kids programs were launched to include younger Iowans in the program.

Talk of Iowa runs weekdays at 10:00AM on Iowa Public Radio (IPR) Hosted by Charity Nebbe, Talk of Iowa brings a mix of guests and a range of experts to the microphone to discuss what’s happening in Iowa and what makes this a special place to live.