Let the Sunshine In With a 2023 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge T-Shirt

Shirts are heather yellow with black lettering. The front of the t-shirt says in print: BRAILLE let the sunshine in., with a graphic of a sun with a smiling face surrounded by sunbeams, hidden in some of the sunbeams is the word braille in braille.To help us celebrate the 2023 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.  This year’s theme, chosen by the students, is Braille! Let the Sunshine In.The back of the t-shirt says, BRAILLE let the sunshine in, in braille.

All shirts are crew neck and short sleeved. Shirts are heather yellow with black lettering.  The front of the t-shirt says in print: BRAILLE let the sunshine in., with a graphic of a sun with a smiling face surrounded by sunbeams, hidden in some of the sunbeams is the word braille in braille.  The back of the t-shirt says, BRAILLE let the sunshine in, 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 through Friday, February 10, 2023.  You can choose to have your t-shirt shipped directly to you or pick up at Braille Challenge on Saturday, February 25th at the Iowa Department for the Blind.  If you will not be at the event, please have the shirt shipped directly to you.

Let the sunshine in and order a t-shirt today!

T-shirt Order Form

Roundabout Topics: Navigating NLS Books on the eReader

Image of three arrows moving around a circle with the text, topics, in the middle of the arrrows.Staff member, Leland Smith, will be providing us with a few topics each month stemming from questions he has received from patrons mainly around tech and apps. His goal is to take the topic and bounce down different avenues of information about it.
Thank you to Leland for sharing his expertise!  And now for his first Roundabout:

Topic:  Navigating NLS Books on the eReader

As more and more people enjoy access to electronic braille some may wonder ways to quickly navigate to the start of books. One of the quickest ways we have found is by using the find command, space+”f”, and typing the title of the book. Following Braille Format 1.8 the title and subtitle should be included on the title page and on the first braille page where the text begins.
This will allow you to quickly move to the start of your new book or volume so you may spend more time reading!

Check out more information about our Braille eReader program.

2022 Most Downloaded Books on BARD

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled recently announced the most-downloaded books on BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download).  Here are the fiction and nonfiction titles for braille and audio.

DB108828 – Sleeping Bear: A Thriller by Connor Sullivan

DB109037 – The Secrets They Left Behind: A Mystery by Lissa Marie Redmond
DB109025 – The New Neighbor: A Novel by Karen Cleveland
DB108826 – Silent Assassin: A Dan Morgan Thriller by Leo J. Maloney
DB108192 – Poison Heart: A Novel of Suspense (A Claire Watkins Mystery) by Mary Logue

BRG04188 – Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
BR23474 – Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley
BR23985 – Bewilderment: A Novel by Richard Powers
BRG03112 – A Puzzle in a Pear Tree (The Puzzle Lady Mysteries) by Parnell Hall
BR21908 – No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child

DB108816 – The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor–The truth and the Turmoil by Tina Brown
DB108822 – Rumble and Roar: Sound Around the World by Tina Brown
DB108814 – The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office From Two Best Friends Who Were There by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey
DB99251 – Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump Ph.D.

BRT37640 – Halley’s Comet for piano, by Nancy Telfer
BR10608 – The Scott, Foresman Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised by General Henry M. Robert
BRT37378 – The Highlands for piano, by Christopher Norton
BRC00572 – The 50 Best Oatmeal Cookies in the World: The Recipes that Won the Nationwide “Ah! Oatmeal cookies” Contest by Honey Zisman
BRC01310 – Glorious One-Pot Meals: A Revolutionary New Quick and Healthy Approach to Dutch-Oven Cooking by Elizabeth Yarnell

Today is World Braille Day!

Logo Iowa Department for the BlindToday is #WorldBrailleDay and Louis Braille’s birthday!  Happy Birthday Louis Braille, the inventor of #Braille, six dots creatively put together to create a code for writing and reading all by touch.
“Braille is knowledge, and knowledge is power.” – Louis Braille

Library Braille Programs and Resources:

Update on the Braille on Demand Project by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

In June, the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) launched a Braille-on-Demand project, as part of its braille modernization initiative. The pilot project is going very well and active library patrons can now request and receive five hard-copy braille titles per month to keep for personal use.

Some reminders about the program:

  • Braille on Demand does not replace normal braille circulation but is a way to get a permanent copy of a title you will re-read many times, like a cookbook or your child’s favorite bedtime story.
  • NLS must have an electronic version of a title in order to emboss it, so requested titles will be limited to braille books that are currently available on BARD. Some older titles may not be available.
  • Only complete titles will be distributed. Please be considerate and only request those books you intend to read multiple times and have room to store.
  • The form to request a braille-on-demand book can be found linked from  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLSbrailleondemand.
  • Patrons may complete the form themselves or contact their network library for assistance. They may also contact NLS Reference at nlsref@loc.gov for assistance in completing the form.

Please let us know if you have any questions.



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