Get in Your Element this September – Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month!

Image of characters from the movie Elemental on a motorcycle.  One is holding a library card.September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind everyone about the valuable resources available with a library card.

From borrowing braille and large print books, ebooks, and audiobooks and players to learning new skills, or attending a book club or story time, a library card helps everyone do more of what they enjoy. All without stretching their budget.

There’s something for everyone at the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled and signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning for students. It’s elemental, really—everyone should have one!

The Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, along with libraries everywhere, continues 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, please visit

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 and libraries work together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

Get in your element!

A Poem for April

Library staff member, Jodi, shares a poem with us each month honoring our volunteers, the library, and reading. Here is her poem for March.  Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

April Showers

April is the time of year
when we get a lot of rain.
The flowers will soon bloom
and the trees will bud again.

It will soon be time for outdoor sports.
Baseball and softball alike.
You can finally get your bicycle out
or even take a hike.

More time will be spent outside
enjoying the nicer weather.
Hanging out with all your friends
and having fun together.

An activity with a friend,
or maybe even more.
Is to choose a book that you all want to read,
and watch your imagination soar.

Form your own book club.
See what everyone thought of the book.
Get everyone’s reaction,
of the direction the storyline took.

Whether you start a book club,
or read a book on your own.
Once you pick one up,
you won’t want to put it down.

— Jodi Aldini

A Fall Poem and Our Holiday Schedule

Book with a read leaf resting on the pageLibrary staff member, Jodi, wrote a poem about fall that we wanted to share.  Jodi has written some fabulous poems honoring our volunteers, staff, the library, and reading.  Thank you, Jodi, for sharing your talents with us!


Fall is fast upon us,
And there’s a chill in the air.
Leaves are falling all over,
And the trees soon to be bare.

This is the time to be thankful,
And appreciate the little things.
Family, friends, and books.
And everything in between.

With Fall comes Thanksgiving,
and a meal with all the trimmings.
There’s corn and mashed potatoes,
And gravy from the turkey drippings

When it’s chilly outside and you want to stay in.
Make some cocoa and read a book.
Find a little hideaway,
Your own little reading nook.

Curl up next to a fire,
Wrapped in a soft, warm throw.
Forget about the world outside,
and let your imagination go.

It doesn’t matter what or when,
Or where the storyline will lead.
Anytime is a good time,
To pick up a book and read.

—  Jodi Aldini-Zepeda

Upcoming Holiday Hours for Our Library

The Library will be closed on; Wednesday, November 24th, Thursday, November 25th, and Friday, November 26th.
In December our library will be closed on Thursday, December 23rd, Friday, December 24th, and Friday, December 31st.

We wish you all happy holidays!

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

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!