Reminder: Join us Saturday for the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival

Image of books on shelf with text 2022 IDB Virtual Book FestivalJoin Library Staff and special guests for a morning all about books and reading at the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival!

Saturday, September 24th from 10:00am – 12:30pm

10:00am – 11:00am:  Author Visit with Reid Forgrave, Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy

11:00am – 12:00pm:  Pick from 4 Sessions all about books and reading

  • The Art of Creating and Iowa Audiobook
  • Your Reading Toolbox
  • Braille Books:  From Print to Shelf
  • Ready, Set, Adventure!  Books that Spark Storytelling

12:00pm – 12:30pm:  Be our guests as we record the Library Chat Podcast live

Join us for one or all of the sessions planned throughout the morning.
For more information and to register go to the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival Event Page

Questions contact the Library at 515-281-1323 or library@blind.state.ia.us

Join us for a LIVE! Library Chat Podcast at the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival

Image of books on shelf with text 2022 IDB Virtual Book FestivalEach month library staff members, Denise, Leslie, Sarah and Tyler, record the podcast, Library Chat, where they discuss books, other podcasts and all sorts of other topics.  They will be recording this month’s podcast live during the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival on Saturday, September 24th at 12:30pm.  Join them and be a part of this month’s podcast!  To register: 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival Event Page

More about the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival:
Saturday, September 24th from 10:00am – 12:30pm
10:00am – 11:00am:  Author Visit with Reid Forgrave, Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy

11:00am – 12:00pm:  Pick from 4 Sessions all about books and reading

  • The Art of Creating an Iowa Audiobook
  • Your Reading Toolbox
  • Braille Books:  From Print to Shelf
  • Ready, Set, Adventure!  Books that Spark Storytelling

12:00pm – 12:30pm:  Be our guests as we record the Library Chat Podcast live

Join us for one or all of the sessions planned throughout the morning.
For more information and to register go to the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival Event Page

Questions contact the Library at 515-281-1323 or library@blind.state.ia.us

Book Reviews from Deena

Check out these book reviews from Deena.  Deena was a member of the Library’s Patron Service Team who recently retired.  She has generously continued to share book reviews with us.  Thank you, Deena!  Let us know if you would like any titles added to your booklist or head over to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) to download the titles now.  Need more information about BARD?  See our BARD Page

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline  DB100662
1840: Evangeline becomes a governess in England.  She is seduced by the lady of the house’s stepson and is then accused by the maid, Agnes, of stealing a ruby ring.  However; the ring was given to her by the stepson. Agnes continues to harass and threaten Evangeline and she becomes angry and pushes Agnes down the stairs. Evangeline is charged with attempted murder and sentenced to 14 years and transport to Australia. Evangeline has a daughter aboard ship and other prisoners help to take care of the baby.  The life in Australia is hard and prisoners are punished and treated harshly for infractions such as talking to each other.   If they are lucky, they get to work for the new settlers in the nearby town. If you are interested in life in Australia or this time period you might enjoy this book.  Today, nearly 5 million people in Australia are descended from prisoners transported from England to that area.

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom  BR20357, DB77804
The people of Coldwater, Michigan are receiving phone calls from those who have passed on.  Sully Harding, who lost his own wife in a terrible accident, is out to prove that this an elaborate hoax.

The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens DB93580
Joe Talbert is now a reporter for the Associated Press.  He learns a man with his same name has died in a small town in Minnesota.  Joe, knowing he was named after a father he never knew, goes to investigate.  Once there he learns his possible father was murdered and many town’s people are not sorry to see he is gone.  As Joe gets to know the people of this area a tangled tale is revealed, and if this is indeed his father, could stand to become a very wealthy landowner.
This is the sequel to The Life We Bury (BR21515, DB79908),but could be read as a standalone.  I highly recommend both books.

2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival Sessions and More!

Image of books on shelf with text 2022 IDB Virtual Book FestivalJoin Library Staff and special guests for a morning all about books and reading at the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival! On Saturday, September 24th from 10:00am – 12:30pm.  We will kick off the morning at 10:00am with a visit from author Reid Forgrave (Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy).

 

From 11:00am – 11:30am you can pick from 2 great sessions all about books and reading.  Our Audio Team will share all about our library’s audio recording program during, The Art of Creating an Iowa Audiobook, or in the Your Reading Toolbox session learn about new programs, resources and tools to find your next read.

 

From 11:30am – 12:00pm you can pick from 2 more great sessions.  Our Instructional Materials Center staff will discuss the process of creating a braille book in the session, Braille Books: From Print to Shelf, or attend the Ready, Set, Adventure!  Books that Spark Storytelling session to learn about what our younger patrons worked on during the summer reading program (they made a book!).

 

Finally join us from 12:00pm – 12:30pm to be a part of recording our September Library Chat podcast.

 

Join us for one or all of the sessions planned throughout the morning.

For more information and to register go to the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival Event Page

 

Questions contact the Library at 515-281-1323 or library@blind.state.ia.us

Book Reviews from Deena

Check out these book reviews from Deena.  Deena was a member of the Library’s Patron Service Team who recently retired.  She has generously continued to share book reviews with us.  Thank you, Deena! 

Let us know if you would like any titles added to your booklist or head over to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) to download the titles now.  Need more information about BARD?  See our BARD Page

The Return by Rachel Harrison DB99780

Four college friends are spending the weekend at a hotel.  They are with their friend, Julie, who went missing for two years and has just returned with no memory of what happened to her during that time. Julie seems changed and strange things begin happening at the hotel like noises, shadows and unexplained coldness. The hotel seemed haunted. One of the friends becomes ill and doesn’t appear to be getting any better. This is a creepy, spooky and sometimes a gory page turner that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris DB93331

1931: Ellis is a reporter for a Philadelphia newspaper.  He takes a picture of several children with a sign that says “Children for Sale”. The editor is enthusiastic about the picture and thinks it maybe his big break.  The picture is ruined before it can be published and the editor demands Ellis get another picture. When Ellis returns to the home, the family is gone, so he poses two other children living nearby with the sign for his picture. Later, he learns these two children were sold and he feels he needs to make things right.  He locates the mother of the children, who thought she was dying, but has since recovered and wants her children back. Ellis and a woman, Lily, who works at the newspaper, set out to find the children. They suffer several setbacks and harrowing experiences. The story in this time period gives you a sense of the Great Depression, and how desperate people were to find work and hungry. A very touching story.

Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade  DBC02898

This is a well-written book and a lot is based on the author’s family history.
1919: Rachel and her brother, Sam are put in an orphanage. Rachel goes to an infant home where she is experimented on with X-rays and permanently loses all the hair on her body.  Once she is moved to the orphanage where Sam is, Rachel is bullied because she does not have hair.  As Rachel gets older, she works in the infirmary where nursing becomes her goal.  After an incident at the home, Sam runs away before graduation and Rachel soon follows. Rachel eventually returns to New York and works as a nurse in 1954. The woman doctor who subjected Rachel to all the X-rays becomes Rachel’s patient in the hospital where she is working.  Rachel is torn. Should she be compassionate, or should she seek revenge?

Book Reviews from Deena

Check out these book reviews from Deena.  Deena was a member of the Library’s Patron Service Team who recently retired.  She has generously continued to share book reviews with us.  Thank you, Deena! 

Let us know if you would like any titles added to your booklist or head over to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) to download the titles now.  Need more information about BARD?  See our BARD Page

Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles   DB105197

As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it.  I grew up in a town along the Lincoln Highway and at one point in my life our kitchen window faced the highway.

1954: Emmett has just been released from a juvenile detention center and the warden brings him home due to the death of his father.  Emmett needs to take care of his precocious eight-year-old brother, Billy.  Unbeknownst to Emmett two of his ne’er-do-well friends have sneaked into the warden’s trunk and they change Emmett’s plans. Emmett and his brother have decided to go to California to find their mother who abandoned the family.

The friends Duchess and Wooley want to go to New York to claim Wooley’s inheritance.  So, the adventure begins and it not smooth sailing. Before they get out of Nebraska, Emmett is urged to make a stop.  Duchess says he will return in five minutes and when he does not return, Emmett goes after him. Wooley and Duchess take off with the car and leave Emmett and Billy stranded with no money and they have to hop a train to New York to get the car back. There are many mishaps on their journey.

This book reminded me a bit of This Tender Land only darker. If you like road trips this book might be for you. There are several famous landmarks mentioned in the book.

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman  BR19607, DBC02517 

I loved this book! Lenka and Josef fall in love in Czechoslovakia and marry. Josef is going to America and promises to secure Visas for Lenka’s family also.  Josef is unable to get the Visas and Lenka refuses to go without her parents and little sister. Josef leaves with his parents and sister and while awaiting their visas Lenka and her family are sent to a work camp. Josef loses contact with Lenka.  As the war drags on, Josef eventually marries, but never forgets his first love. Lenka after surviving a concentration camp, marries an American soldier. They meet again 60 years later at a dinner for their grandchildren.

The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson  DB101366

I was not a big fan of John Lennon or head over heels for the Beatles, but this was interesting story about how the group evolved and their relationships with each other. If you are true Beatles fan and have read a number of things about them, I am not sure that this book uncovers any new details.