Join the Adult Winter Reading Challenge

The Adult Winter Reading Challenge has begun! 

It’s not too late to sign up.  Go to to register. Registration is easy!  You just need to create an account with your name and address and then choose the Adult Winter Reading Challenge to get started. If you read 7,500 minutes between January 4 – February 28, 2021, you will be entered to win a Winter Reading Themed Gift Basket.  You can log your minutes right from that website! Please call Leslie at 515.452.1329 with any questions.

These D-Lists (Digital List Including Special Titles) might help get you started on your path to 7,500 minutes.  Call the library (515-281-1323) to get signed up for one!

Reading Across America – comprised of books about or set in all fifty states

Books to Movies – includes books that have been made into movies

Plants in Name Only – includes books with a kind of plant or flower in the title.

TGAR (The Great American Read) – features the 100 books chosen during the PBS 2018 eight part series. Each cartridge will have ten of the 100 books from the Great American Read list.

VOICE (Voices Of Iowa Connecting Everyone) – features our local narrators and the great audio books they have recorded for our collection.

The Bookmark Series – 50 titles that we think would make a great movie for the Hallmark Channel.

Staff Picks  – filled with our staffs’ all-time favorite books.  As with our staff, there is a wide variety of books included, from true crime stories to romance to mystery to historical fiction.  With a little horror and fantasy thrown in there!

Adult Winter Reading Program Starting January 4, 2021!

Start the New Year with a fun challenge!  The Adult Winter Reading Challenge will begin on January 4, 2021.  Go to to register.  If you read 7500 minutes between January 4 – February 28, 2021, you will be entered to win a Winter Reading Themed Gift Basket.  You can log your minutes right from that website! Please call Leslie at 515.452.1329 with any questions.

Here are the top fiction books downloaded from BARD this month that might help get you started.

The return by Nicholas Sparks DB100846

Thick as thieves by Sandra Brown DB100485

Hush by James Patterson and Candice Fox DB99916

The coast-to-coast murders by James Patterson and J.D. Barker DB100857

Choppy Water by Stuart Woods DB100390

The silent wife by Karen Slaughter DB100185

Half Moon Bay by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman DB100241

Cajun justice by James Patterson and Tucker Axum DB100128

Fair warning by Michael Connelly and Peter Giles DB99807

The book of two ways by Jodi Picoult DB100856

The midwife murders by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo DB100127

What’s New in Large Print

Are you a large print reader? Below are some large print titles that were added to the collection over the summer.  Follow this link to see the entire list of large print titles added this summer.  Some are brand new books; others are books that are old favorites that are new to the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  As you may know, the large print books can also be sent through the mail to your home.  Just give us a call at 515.281.1323 with some titles and, if they are available, we will get them in the mail to you!

LT12092 – The 14th Colony by Steve Berry

LT12167 – All is not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

LT12090 – As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark

LT12153 – Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts

LT12100 – Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury

LT12086 – Clawback by J.A. Jance

LT12085 – Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer

LT12081 – Country by Danielle Steel

LT12149 – Dishonorable Intentions by Stuart Woods

LT12150 – End of Watch by Stephen King

LT12157 – Falling by Jane Green

LT12087 – A Few of the Girls by Maeve Binchy

LT12094 – Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

LT12164 – Insidious by Catherine Coulter

LT12098 – Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B. Ross

LT12089 – Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

LT12091 – Once a Rancher by Linda Lael Miller

LT12166 – Sunday Kind of Love by Dorothy Garlock

LT12147 – Tall Tail by Rita Mae Brown

LT12082 – Undercover by Danielle Steel