Summer Reading Program Report of the Week

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryIt has been such a spectacular six weeks of fun for all! Our Summer Reading Program explored many new worlds from learning about the weather, traveling to the depths of the ocean, singing at the top of the trees in the jungles, we did so much. This past week did not disappoint, we had hands on STEM learning with singing balloons and wine glasses that could perform with the Des Moines Symphony. We ended on a delicious taste sampling as we discover the science behind making ice cream in a bag. Did you know that the number one flavor of ice cream is vanilla? Yummy!!  As our Summer Reading Program comes to an end we look forward to the exciting new adventures that lie ahead. Stay to find out more!

VIRTUAL EVENTS COMING UP NEXT!

  • On August 10th at 6:30pm for our Makerspace Monday virtual event, learn how to create an “Air Dry Clay Bowl” with your Youth Services Librarian, Denise Bean.
  • On September 14th at 6:30pm for our Makerspace Monday virtual event, Abigail Kelly will be joining us for an incredible hands-on virtual DIY Rolled Candle making project that is sure to be a hit!  
  • On September 19th at 11:00 a.m. enjoy story time with Abigail and her bee friends to learn how to create beeswax lip balm of your very own.

In order to participate, you must sign up.  All supplies for this activity will be sent directly to your home.  Contact Youth Services Librarian, Denise Bean, to register at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or call 515.452.1338

Summer Reading program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryHere at our Youth Library with all of our library friends has been a blast of electric fun!

In the first week of our Summer Reading Program we explored the weather and met with a real storm spotter Scott who taught us a few tricks in predicting the weather! We also made pinwheels, and learned all about what happens when you put soap in the microwave and so much more!

In the second week, our library friends Raced into Space with Dan Chibnall! Dan made space come alive with excitement! To top it all off in a twinkling star fashion we explored the sun, which by the way is a star, and discovered how craters form on the moon!

We also had a great time on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00pm listening to Bob White, a volunteer narrator, read from the book Bunnicula by James Howe.  Feel free to join us and listen to the story during IDB Read Kids.  The sky is the limit on all the fun this Summer Reading Program has in store for everyone!

Join us next week for our Animal Virtual Events.  We are going to have a roaring good time!

  • June 29th:  Pet Rock Activity and Recipe Fun “Dog Chow”
  • July 1st:  Pine Cone Bird Feeder and Feather Bead Necklace Frenzy
  • July 6th:  Jellyfish, Sharks and Amazon Rain Stick Activity

To see the full Summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page.

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!

Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
Denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
515.452.1338

April 25th S.O.A.R. Saturday Cancelled: Check out Books for Kids

Due to health concerns and our desire to make sure we keep everyone healthy and safe, we will be cancelling our S.O.A.R. Saturday on April 25, 2020.  The library will also cancel its extended hours on Saturday, April 25th form 10:00am – 2:0pm. Please continue to watch our blog and the Iowa Department for the Blind website, https://blind.iowa.gov/ for updates.

Books for Kids Program

During this time the Books for Kids program is a great way to keep kids reading!  It is designed to provide kids daily access to books throughout the year.  We want to motivate kids to help develop a love of reading, spark the imagination and provide tools for future success in school and beyond.

The program provides at least five Braille, print/Braille, large print and/or audio books each month to participants.  It allows for the child to choose the books they want in as many formats as they would like to receive.  The books can be sent to the child’s home, school and/or other addresses.  Check out the Books for Kids Page for more information and the registration form.

Join Us Next Week for IDB Read

Join us next week as we begin IDB Read.  Call in and listen to one of our wonderful volunteer narrators read live on the phone, followed by a short chat about the book.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:00pm, you call in and listen to our narrator, Christine Mach, read a cozy mystery. The first one is titled A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am – 11:00 am, you can call in and listen to our narrator, Bob White, read a western, titled Sackett’s Land by Louis L’Amour.

Please call the library at 515.281.1323 to get the conference call number for IDB Read.

We look forward to reading with you!

Special Edition of Library News March 2020

Greeting Readers!   We hope this finds everyone safe and healthy. The Library is dedicated to your safety and well-being, as well as to the safety and well-being of our employees who are serving you!  Although we are asking the public not to come to the Iowa Department for the Blind building, library staff are continuing to work (some in the building, some at home) and will be providing services through all avenues as best we can such as mail, email, BARD and phone calls.

We are also offering some alternative programs that you can participate in from your own home.

IDB Read.

With IDB Read you can call in and listen to one of our wonderful volunteer narrators read live on the phone, followed by a short chat about the book. IDB Read will start the week of March 30th.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:00pm, you call in and listen to our narrator, Christine Mach, read a cozy mystery. The first one is titled A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am – 11:00 am, you can call in and listen to our narrator, Bob White, read a western, titled Sackett’s Land by Louis L’Amour.

Please call the library at 515.281.1323 to get the conference call number for IDB Read. We look forward to reading with you!

Tech Time with Tyler

Wednesdays from 8:00am-11:00am you can call Tyler Swett, Accessible Media Specialist, and get your tech questions answered.  The phone number to call is 515.452.1343.

Braille Bits Online.

Monday and Wednesday at 2:00 pm. starting March 30th. It will be conducted over Zoom, an online meeting platform that is very easy to use. Join us twice a week for 45 minutes as we listen to a Braille Bits podcast and have a fun and lively conversations surrounding all things Braille. Please contact Denise Bean at 515.452.1338 for more information or to register. You can also register by completing this registration form

While our building is closed to visitors, we hope that you will stay connected with the library through these additional programs. We hope that we can bring a little distraction and some happiness during this uncertain time. If you have any questions, please call the library at 515.281.1323. Stay safe, stay connected and happy reading!

 

2019 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge

BC 2019_Iowa_Dot T-shirtOur Regional Braille Challenge is held the last Saturday in January each year—January 26th for 2019. It will take place at the Iowa Department for the Blind. More information and registration forms will be available soon!  Watch our Braille Challenge page and postings on this blog for up-to-date information.

See our Instructional Materials Blog for more information

What Is the Braille Challenge?

The Braille Challenge is the only academic competition of its kind in North America for students who are blind or visually impaired. 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.

Any blind or visually impaired student in grades 1 – 12 who can read and write braille is eligible to participate in the Braille Challenge. All Contestants are divided into five categories and tested on fundamental braille skills such as reading comprehension, spelling, speed and accuracy, proofreading, and charts and graphs. Contests are proctored by volunteer Teachers of the Visually Impaired and scored locally by volunteer transcribers, based on national guidelines.

All students can compete in the preliminary Braille Challenge events, which are held from January through the end of March throughout the United States and Canada, but only the top 50 students (10 in each category) with the highest scores are invited to Los Angeles for the final round – two days of competition, camaraderie and fun!

For more information, please visit https://www.brailleinstitute.org/braille-challenge

Contest Age Groups

  • Apprentice—1st and 2nd grades
  • Freshman—3rd and 4th grades
  • Sophomore—5th and 6th grades
  • Junior Varsity—7th, 8th and 9th grades
  • Varsity—10th, 11th and 12th grades

Taking A Contest That Is Below A Student’s Grade Level

Only students who take the preliminary contest in contracted braille that corresponds to their age-appropriate academic grade level will be eligible to be invited to the Finals. However, to encourage full inclusion and maximum participation in the preliminary round, a student may take any level of contest. Also, the Apprentice preliminary contest is offered in uncontracted braille and also can be taken by students of any age.

Link for sample tests: https://www.brailleinstitute.org/braille-challenge/sample-contests

iBraille App

The iBraille App is a free app created to bring braille and digital literacy together. Through the app, using an iPad and a refreshable braille display, students can practice and hone their braille literacy skills anywhere, anytime! Visit https://www.brailleinstitute.org/ibraille-challenge-app

Please encourage your students to join in the Braille Challenge on January 26th!!