Library News Podcast: March 2022

Join library staff for March’s Library News podcast which features information on customized Talking Book Topics called Tiny TBTs, the top ten fiction books downloaded on BARD last month, information about the 2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge, the Great Reading Challenge, information about the upcoming Des Moines Book Festival, save the date information for the Elizabeth Perowsky Volunteer Workshop and Luncheon, upcoming Youth programs, and information about ongoing library events and programs.

Congratulations to Iowa’s Regional Braille Challenge Participants!

Front of the t-shirt: says in print, The Magic of Braille, with a graphic of a cauldron with books piled on top surrounded by stars.The Braille Challenge is the only academic competition of its kind in North America for students who are blind or low vision. Braille Institute developed the Braille Challenge to motivate students to practice and hone their braille literacy skills, which are essential to academic and employment success.

Braille Challenge participants tested both remotely during the month of February and at the the in-person Iowa Regional Braille Challenge held on Saturday, February 26th at the Iowa Department for the Blind.

Thank you to our students, proctors and parents for making the 2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge such a great success!

Check out our 2022 Braille Challenge Page

The Magic of Braille T-Shirts are still available until Friday, March 4!

Link to Online Store

To help us celebrate the 2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge and Braille literacy, we are pleased to work with local, small business The Side Garage this year for the Braille Challenge t-shirt.  The theme for 2022 is The Magic of Braille.

All shirts are crew neck and short sleeved.  Shirts are heather black with gold lettering.  The front of the t-shirt says in print: The Magic of Braille, with a graphic of a cauldron with books piled on top surrounded by stars.  The back of the t-shirt says, The Magic of Braille, in Braille.  All sizing is unisex and all shirts are $20.00.  The t-shirts will be mailed directly to you.

All proceeds from the t-shirt sales will benefit the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and future Braille Challenges.

A Poem for February: 2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge

Braille Challenge LogoLibrary staff member, Jodi, shares a poem with us each month.  February’s poem helps get us ready for the upcoming Iowa Regional Braille Challenge on Saturday, February 26, 2022.  We want to wish good luck to all of Braille Challenge participants!

Who’s ready for a challenge?

We’re well into winter,
Bundled up because it’s cold.
Tired of ice and snow,
This weather is getting old.

We think of things to do
to keep us inside.
It’s too cold to go out,
and that bike we can’t ride.

The IDB Library,
has an event going on.
It’s called the Braille Challenge.
That sounds like fun!

You’re tested on accuracy
and speed as well.
It’s very important that
you know how to spell.

Charts and graphs,
along with reading comprehension.
Proof-reading is another
we can’t forget to mention.

Whether you’re an Apprentice or Varsity,
or somewhere in the middle.
You’re all champs in our eyes,
No one takes second fiddle.

— Jodi Aldini

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.

Feel the Magic of Braille with the Iowa Regional Braille Challenge 2022 T-Shirt!

Front of the t-shirt: says in print, The Magic of Braille, with a graphic of a cauldron with books piled on top surrounded by stars.To help us celebrate the 2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge and Braille literacy, we are pleased to work with local, small business The Side Garage this year for the Braille Challenge t-shirt.  The theme for 2022 is The Magic of Braille.

All shirts are crew neck and short sleeved.  Shirts are heather black with gold lettering.  The front of the t-shirt says in print: The Magic of Braille, with a graphic of a cauldron with books piled on top surrounded by stars.  The back of the t-shirt says, The Magic of Braille, in Braille.  All sizing is unisex and all shirts are $20.00.  Participants of the Braille Challenge will be provided with a t-shirt that have been  generously donated by the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

All proceeds from the t-shirt sales will benefit the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and future Braille Challenges.

We are taking orders until Monday, February 14, 2022.  You can choose to have your t-shirt shipped directly to you or pick up at Braille Challenge on Saturday, February 26th at the Iowa Department for the Blind.  If you will not be at the event, please have the shirt shipped directly to you.

Feel the Magic of Braille and order a t-shirt today!

 

2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge

Braille Challenge LogoWe are excited to announce the 2022 Braille Challenge Page has been updated with the most current information about the event and how to register.

This year’s theme, chosen by the students, is The Magic of Braille.

Watch for more blog posts and updates to the 2022 Braille Challenge Page and for information about how to order this year’s Iowa Braille Challenge t-shirt.

2022 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge
Date:  Saturday, February 26, 2022 (snow date Saturday, March 5, 2022)
Where:  Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA  50309
Testing Remotely:  Students can also test remotely with their TVI or paraeducator.  The remote testing window runs from February 1, 2022 – February 18, 2022
Registration Due:  Tuesday, January 25

For more information check out the 2022 Braille Challenge Page