A Poem for August

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

Iowa State Fair

Summer is almost over,
It’s time for the Iowa State Fair!!
The smell of corn dogs and funnel cakes
Fill the hot, muggy air.

There’s so much to look at,
Where do we go first?
Maybe to the lemon-aid stand
The quench our mounting thirst.

There are rides and carnival games
And everything to eat on a stick.
You can even find a magician
To show you an incredible trick.

Don’t forget about the animals
That are at the fair too.
There are pigs, and cows, and horses,
And also, the petting zoo.

There are shows in the grandstand,
One almost every night.
Then come the fireworks
To the sky they take flight.

If you want to hear more about fairs,
There are plenty of books to choose from.
There are state fairs, county fairs and even book fairs
You have to check out at least one.

— Jodi Aldini

A Poem for June

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

Father’s Day


Father’s Day is approaching fast,

How do we celebrate Dad?

He loves us no matter what,

Even when we’ve been bad.


He works hard every day,

To provide a loving home.

He always has time to play with us,

after his work day is done.


Dad’s can be strong and seem so big,

To protect their family.

He can also act like a kid

And be just down right silly.


He’s the fixer of our toys,

And gets things out of trees.

Just ask him politely,

And always say pretty please.


A perfect gift for Father’s Day

is something very profound.

Would be a book he can read,

While lying on the couch to lounge.

— Jodi Aldini

A Poem for May

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

Mother’s Day

This is the time we think of our moms
and everything that they do.
Moms are extremely special,
they gave birth to me and you.

They changed our diapers,
and wiped our tears.
This would go on,
for several years.

They fed us, and bathed us,
and tucked us in at night.
And if we were afraid of the dark,
they would leave on the bathroom light.

They would always read to us,
anytime night or day.
In between reading books,
they would also let us play.

For Mother’s Day, get her a book,
so she can sit down and relax.
Maybe you can do some of her chores,
to help her out perhaps?

— Jodi Aldini

Our Volunteers Take the Prize

Thanks to our volunteersApril is National Volunteer Month and the library would like to thank and acknowledge our many volunteers during that month who generously donate their time and efforts to the library.  The library has many behind the scenes volunteers who help with narrating books, braille transcription, editing, shelving and processing books, and much more!  Even during this challenging time, we have volunteers who are assisting our library in providing services and resources to our patrons all across Iowa.

Today we are wrapping up National Volunteer Week with our Elizabeth Perowsky Workshops and Luncheon.  Our volunteer audio narrators are attending a workshop to share their knowledge and expertise with each other and discuss their continued work on recording books for our library collection.  This afternoon our volunteers from all areas of the library will enjoy lunch, networking and awards.  The Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will also host their annual meeting which will feature the library staff as they discuss their work over the last two years.

Every moment our volunteers give 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.

Staff member, Jodi Aldini, wrote a poem honoring our volunteers.

Volunteers Take the Prize

Today’s the day we celebrate
All of our volunteers.
You’re a crucial part of our Library,
And have been for many years.

You give of yourself and your time,
As if it’s no big deal.
We want to reach out to all of you
And tell you how we feel.

Whether you’re a Pioneer, Transcriber, or Narrator,
Or tackling the new braille.
The impact you have on blind Iowans
Is something no one can curtail.

We couldn’t do it without you,
Your work is second to none.
We’re in awe of your dedication
To get each task done.

The difference that you make,
Cannot be disguised.
That’s why we’re honoring all of you,
Because our “Volunteers Take the Prize!”

— Jodi Aldini

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for the library check out our Volunteer Page.

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

Celebrating National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month LogoApril is National Poetry Month!  Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters.

There are many ways to celebrate poetry during the month of April online and from home. 

Check out the these ideas from the Academy of American Poets found at Poets.org

There are more great ideas at poets.org to help you celebrate the love of poetry.