National Volunteer Month – Every Moment Makes a Difference

April is National Volunteer Month.  Every moment our volunteers give to the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) and the Library makes a huge difference in so many ways.  Their willingness to share both their time and talents by volunteering with the Library says a lot.  Their willingness to give selflessly to help others speaks to both their strength and the quality of their character.

For example, in 2019, volunteers gave over 7,220 hours to IDB and the Library.  Volunteers assisted with audio production, braille production, youth programs, library circulation and more. 

Our volunteers helped us do more in 2019 than we ever could have done to ensure we positively impacted Iowans lives.  We thank our volunteers!  This statistics illustrates how much their gift of time makes such an impact in achieving our mission and goals.

Moving into 2020, our volunteers are helping us through these uncertain times through their work at home. 

Two of our volunteer narrators helped us launch a new program for the library called, IDB Read.  Patrons 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.  Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:00pm, you call in and listen to our narrator, Christine, 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, read a western, titled To the Far Blue Mountains by Louis L’Amour.  Please call the library at 515.281.1323 to get the conference call number for IDB Read.

Our volunteer Braillists and narrators continue to work on projects from home for both the students and patrons ensuring our patrons have the information and materials that they need.  Our Friends of the Library continue to work tirelessly on supporting the library through fundraising and support.  And the Library Consumer Advisory Committee continues their work as advocates for our library.

Thank you again to all of our volunteers who continue to help us in so many ways!

For information about how you can help check out these pages:

Friends of the Library – Give Local

Give LocalMessage from the Friends of the Library!

GiveLocalDSM.org is where you want to be today, May 3!  It’s the first of its kind crowd-funding for local charities–and The Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is a participating charity.  For as little as a $10 donation, you can be part of this extraordinary event.  All you need is your debit or credit card to make your donation.  Just click on the link above to donate.

The Friends recently gave $11,000 to the Library to support literacy for our youth and adults with vision loss or other impairments.  Without your support, many activities would be curtailed or left undone.  Please help to make this a better world for those with vision loss or other obstacles to reading.  Libraries and books open the soul to the world, and you can help make that happen for many who need you to step forward tomorrow.

 

Friends of the Library – Be Among Friends

FriendsofBlind-Logo-BlueReversedOutFounded in 2005, the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is an all-volunteer, nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the Library’s efforts to be the best. Through fund-raising efforts the Friends of the Library:

Support the library’s programs throughout the year.  These programs include the summer reading program for both youth and adult patrons, special presenters and literacy initiatives.

Recognize the contributions of library volunteers.  The Library would not be able to meet the needs of print-disabled Iowans without the efforts of a dedicated corps of more than 100 volunteers. These individuals transcribe books into braille, narrate audio recordings, inspect and rewind returned audiocassette books, and perform other needed to tasks to ensure that Iowa readers have access to the information they need for work, school, or personal enrichment. The Friends help the Library to recognize these contributions.

Sponsor the purchase of sacred texts for print-disabled readers throughout the state.  Readers with disabilities may contact the Library to request a personal copy of the Bible, the Koran, the Book of Mormon, or other sacred text.

Support the Iowa Braille Challenge for young Braille readers.  This academic competition tests students’ skills in reading comprehension, Braille spelling, chart and graph reading, proofreading, and Braille speed and accuracy.

Outfit the Library’s reading room.  The Friends have purchased comfortable furniture, carpeting, and lighting to create a cozy, quiet area in the library.

Purchase new technology for the library.  The Friends purchased a 3D printer and digital scanner for the library.

For more information visit the Friends of the Library website at http://www.iafriendslibraryfortheblind.org