Did you know? Celebrating Libraries!

Library Card Sign-Up Month with picture of Marley DiasSince 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card. 

Did you know? 

  • The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 167 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves, which would span roughly the distance from The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • A growing body of evidence suggests that students’ academic success is linked to library usage, including improved student retention and an enhanced academic experience.  
  • Libraries play a critical role in the happiness of Americans. Communities that spend more on libraries, parks and highways are shown to support the well-being of community members.
    • Patrick Flavin. State government public goods spending and citizens’ quality of life.  Social Science Research, 2018; DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.11.004  
  • Americans go to public libraries more often than they go to the movies.  
  • There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S. – a total of 16,568, including branches. Nearly 100% of public libraries provide Wi-Fi and have no-fee access to computers. There are 16,568 total libraries including branches in the U.S. per 2016 PLS survey 

Celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month!  Check out our Library Blog “Turning the Pages” to learn more about what our library has to offer. 

It’s Library Card Sign Up Month!

September is library card sign-up month with picture of Marley DiasFrom the American Library Association

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card. 

Marley Dias, author, executive producer and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, is taking on a new role as honorary chair of Library Card Sign-Up Month. This September, Dias will join the ALA and libraries nationwide in promoting the power of a library card. 

As honorary chair, Dias will remind the public that signing up for a library card provides access to technology, multimedia content and educational programming that transforms lives and strengthens communities. “A library card is the ticket you need to travel across the globe. It allows you to experience stories that can connect you to diverse and empowering experiences,” said Dias. 

“We are thrilled Marley Dias has agreed to serve as Library Card Sign-Up Month honorary chair,” said ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. “Marley’s ongoing work as an advocate for literacy and diversity mirror the efforts of libraries to ensure their communities have access to inclusive books and collections that inspire cultural understanding.” 

Whether you use a library card online or in person, it gives students the tools to succeed in school and provides people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunities to pursue their dreams and be their best selves. From family storytimes to homework help, libraries play an essential role in supporting the value of lifelong learning through education. 

Dias is the witty and purpose-driven 16-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and author of “Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!“ (DB90058) #1000BlackGirlBooks is an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character. Dias launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive in November 2015 with the help of GrassROOTS Community Foundation. The goal was to collect 1,000 books by February 2016, and Dias has collected more than 13,000 books to-date. 

In 2018, Dias was recognized by TIME as one of the 25 most influential teens and was also identified as the youngest member of the Forbes 30 under 30 list to date. Dias is also the executive producer of Netflix’s “Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices,” which is currently nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Children’s Programs category. Dias’ #1000BlackGirlBooks resources guide can found here

For more information, please visit ala.org/librarycardsignup

For more information on how to get your library card for the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled visit our “Get a Library Card ” page

 

National Vegetarian Month

As the month of October comes to an end, it’s not too late to celebrate National Vegetarian Month!  Did you know that being a vegetarian can be more than simply eliminating meat from your diet?  While most vegetarians eat fruit, vegetables, grains, dried beans and peas, nuts and seeds.  There are many levels of vegetarianism. 

  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: includes dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese, etc) and eggs
  • Lacto-vegetarian: includes dairy products, but no eggs
  • Ovo-vegetarian: includes eggs, but not dairy products
  • Pesci-vegetarian: includes fish
  • Semi-vegetarian: includes both fish and poultry
  • Vegan:  includes only food from plant sources.  No eggs, dairy products or honey

Below are some great vegetarian cookbooks and resources! 

Adventures in veggieland : help your kids learn to love vegetables with 101 easy activities and recipes / Melanie Potock (ebook)

The China Study Cookbook : over 120 whole food, plant-based recipes / LeAnne Campbell (DB80190)

Cool beans : 125 recipes for the world’s most versatile plant-based protein / Joe Yonan (eBook)

Eat to live : the amazing nutrient-rich program for fast and sustained weight loss / Joel Fuhrman (DB75601)

Kale and coffee : a renegade’s approach to guilt-free health, happiness, longevity / Kevin Gianni (eBook)

Main Street Vegan : everything you need to know to eat healthfully and live compassionately in the real world / Victoria Moran (DB75001)

The mindful carnivore : a vegetarian’s hunt for sustenance / Tovar Cerulli (DB76169)

Vegetarian grilling : 60 recipes for a meatless summer / Karen Schulz (eBook)

Whole : rethinking the science of nutrition / T. Colin Campbell, PhD (eBook)

Are you a vegetarian?  What kind of vegetarian do you consider yourself to be?  We’d love to hear about any recipes or tips you have in the comments!

Setpember is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Image of Wonder Woman reading a book.September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when our library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.  Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year.

This year, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In her new role, Wonder Woman will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card.
Libraries offer resources, programs and activities to help transform lives and communities through education.

Our library, along with libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our community. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, visit our library website at https://iowalibrary.blog/.

Cozy Mystery and a Scone

Detective magnifying class with finger printsOne of the IDB Read groups has been reading cozy mysteries by H.Y. Hanna. What is a cozy mystery you ask? According to Wikipedia, “cozy mysteries, also referred to as ‘cozies’, are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence occur off stage, the detective is an amateur sleuth, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.”

The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries by H.Y. Hanna center around Gemma Rose and her tearoom near Oxford in England. Gemma is trying to get her newly established tearoom off the ground, but trouble and dead bodies keep getting in her way. This series comes with a fun, interesting set of characters, a pesky, entertaining cat and of course, a love interest or two. Your mouth will water as the author describes delectable scones, muffins and delicious dinners. You’ll soon want to start baking your own pastries. Well, we’ve got you covered. Below is a recipe for a classic English scone from Plated Cravings (www.platedcravings.com).

The IDB Read Cozy Mystery group meets every Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm via a conference call to listen to one of our volunteer narrators, Christine Mach, read live. If you would like to be a part of the group, please call the library 515.281.1323 and we will give you the conference call number.

ENGLISH SCONES RECIPE

Ingredients
• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 3/4 stick cold butter
• 3 tbsp granulated sugar
• 3/4 cup milk
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 egg beaten
Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. In a large bowl mix flour with the salt, baking powder, and sugar. Add the butter, then rub it in with your fingers until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.
3. Heat up the milk on the stove until warm, but not hot. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, then set aside for a moment. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and put it in the oven.
4. Add the milk mixture to the dry mixture and combine them quickly with a fork.
5. Scatter some flour on the work surface and tip the dough out. Dredge the dough and your hands with a little more flour, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother. Don’t overwork the dough. Pat into a round about 1.5-inch (4cm) high.
6. Use a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter and plunge into the dough, repeat until all the dough is used. You should get 8 scones.
7. Brush the tops with egg wash, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.
8. Bake for 10-15 mins until risen and golden on the top. Eat just warm or cold on the day of baking generously topped with jam and clotted cream.
Notes
If freezing, freeze once cool. Defrost, then put in a low oven for a few minutes until warm.
Nutrition
Calories: 259kcal

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: