January S.O.A.R. Saturday

1,000BooksLogoEditJoin us for January 26, 2019 join us for S.O.A.R. Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Iowa Department for the Blind.  This S.O.A.R. Saturday will be held alongside our 2019 Regional Braille Challenge.

At this program, children and their families will learn about library and services that can help youth patrons become Successful, find Opportunities, develop Aspirations, and READ.

Register for January S.O.A.R. Saturday Here

During our January S.O.A.R. Saturday, we will have special activities throughout the day.  One of those activities will be The Mini Braille Challenge that will focus on the braille alphabet, tactile recognition and form words by using 2 to 3 letters. You will also get to braille your name by using the Perkins brailler and write a special note to share with a friend.

If you would like to learn more about the Braille Challenge take a look at our Braille Challenge page on this blog.

Whether you are participating in S.O.A.R. Saturday or the Braille Challenge – join us for a great day!

For more information, contact Lois Crozier at 515-281-1295 or lois.crozier@blind.state.ia.us.

The Holidays Are Coming!

library-treeTo celebrate the holidays, library staff created a holiday tree out of books.  The picture on the left shows the book tree. The book tree was created using around 75 large print books.  Books were placed in a circle with their spines facing out to create a base.  Smaller and smaller circles of books were added to create the tree shape.   The tree is about 4 feet tall with a yellow book on top to serve as the star.

Here are some books in audio, braille and large print to get you ready for the holidays.

The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory – DB26048, LT631, BR7225

As head of The Fund For Animals, the author is forever saving and housing homeless dogs, cats, and birds in his New York City apartment. But he never allows himself to keep one as a pet because of his heavy travel schedule. Everything changes one fateful Christmas Eve, however, when Amory rescues and brings home an injured, terrified cat, and finds that he can’t part with it. This is the story of their first year together, as the lives of man and cat intertwine.

 

A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories that Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit by Mike Huckabee – DB69899

Talk-show host Mike Huckabee — a former presidential candidate, Arkansas governor, and pastor — shares experiences that taught him the true meaning of Christmas, emphasizing God, family, love, and hope instead of shopping and presents.

 

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris – DB68134, BR15182

Six short Christmas tales by humorist, playwright, and National Public Radio commentator. Sedaris relives his stint as a department store elf in “SantaLand Diaries.” In “Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!,” a housewife facing homicide charges updates loved ones in her annual holiday newsletter.

 

Christmas in Plains: Memories by Jimmy Carter – DB53307, BR13767

Carter, who served as the thirty-ninth president of the United States, reminisces about family Christmases over the years, beginning with his childhood on a Georgia farm, through his years in the U.S. Navy, the Georgia governor’s mansion, the White House, and then back to Plains.

 

Keeping Christmas: An Edwardian-Age Memoir –  BRN1184

A homey, amusing recollection of Christmas in the German neighborhood of Baltimore’s Union Square. Included are stories of decorating an oversize tree with candles, indulging in elaborate, mouthwatering feasts, and exchanging gifts.

 

Hanukkah in America: a History by Dianne Ashton – DB81412

Professor of religion examines regional variants of the ancient Jewish tradition. In New Orleans, Hanukkah means decorating a door with a menorah made of hominy grits; latkes in Texas are seasoned with cilantro and cayenne pepper; children in Cincinnati sing Hanukkah songs and eat oranges and ice cream.

An Irish Country Christmas by Alice Taylor – DB48633

Taylor recalls the work and the celebration of a Christmas that “glowed like a warm fire in the middle of a long, cold winter,” when she was nine years old. She describes preparing the Christmas goose, cleaning the chimney, gathering the holly and ivy, and having a parcel arrive on Christmas Eve.

 

Complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating our Cultural Harvest by Dorothy W. Riley – DB42533

An anthology of essays, folktales, poems, personal profiles, and recipes on the African American festival of Kwanzaa. The selections serve to illuminate the seven principles of the event and to guide in its celebration.

The Thirteenth Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle by Joanne H. Smith – DB80286

Journalist describes receiving mysterious gifts on the twelve days leading up to her first Christmas alone following the death of her husband. Details her efforts, with the help of her three children, to identify the sender of the gifts, and the impact the gifts had on them.

 

Light Another Candle:  the Story and Meaning of Hanukkah by Miriam Chaikin – BRN18835

The story of Hanukkah told against a background of highpoints in Jewish history that help explain its significance.

 

Kwanzaa: an African-American Celebration of Culture and Cooking by Eric V. Copage – DB34528

Kwanzaa is a week-long (December 26-January 1) African-American celebration of the ‘first-fruits’. The author has compiled a sourcebook for the observance. Included are selections from historical works, folklore, and biographies that illustrate the ‘Nguzo Saba’ (seven principles of Kwanzaa), interspersed with a host of recipes from the African diaspora.

Happy Thanksgiving!

turkeyThe library will closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday November 25th.  We would like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving and share with you some Thanksgiving themed books that can be downloaded from BARD.

An old-fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott   DB09773

A warm Thanksgiving tale with a surprise ending. The seven Bassett children decide to prepare Thanksgiving dinner themselves after their parents leave suddenly to care for an ailing grandmother. Includes recipes from the dinner. For children and adults.

It’s Thanksgiving by Jack Prelutsky   DB20097

Twelve original, humorous poems about Thanksgiving feature the traditional family dinner, the first Thanksgiving, turkey thoughts, Dad’s disastrous carving job, and too many turkey leftovers. For grades 2-4 and older readers.

Thanksgiving  by Janet Evanovich    DB63690

Williamsburg, Virginia. A chance encounter with a wayward pet rabbit introduces potter Megan Murphy to the animal’s owner, pediatrician Patrick Hunter. Megan and Patrick become unlikely guardians of an abandoned infant, and as Thanksgiving approaches, the pair contemplates making their makeshift family legitimate.

Thanksgiving on Thursday By Mary Pope Osborne   DB55024

The magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving celebration with the Wampanoag Indians. Preparing for the feast is harder than Annie and Jack realize and makes them even more thankful for living in modern times.

Thanksgiving poems by Myra Cohn Livingston   DB26292

A rich collection of poems of Thanksgiving by authors such as Valerie Worth and David McCord, as well as selections from Native Americans and the Bible. For grades 4-7 and older readers.

Thanksgiving prayer by Debbie Macomber and Jillian Hart   DB75671

Two romance novels. In the title story Seattle medical student Claudia meets Seth, an Alaskan businessman, but is torn between marriage in an unfamiliar environment and her potential career. In A Handful of Heaven waitress Paige and a divorced customer are in love–but both are afraid of commitment.

Wall-to-wall Thanksgiving by Kenneth Jernigan   DB44870

Ten short stories by National Federation of the Blind members focusing on how they have overcome difficulties they faced growing up and how their views on these problems changed as they grew older. The title story tells how Barbara Pierce handled a Thanksgiving celebration in England.
BARD is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). If you need to set up a BARD account, please contact the library.

Popular Books on BARD

BARDBARD is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). If you need to set up a BARD account, please contact the library.

Here are some of the most popular digital audio books on BARD in the last 30 days:

Fiction

The Couple Next Door: a novel by Shari Lapena  DB85538

Tom Clancy Duty and Honor by Grant Blackwood and Tom Clancy DB84914

Escape Clause by John Sandford DB85774

Sting by Sandra Brown DB85376

Troublemaker by Linda Howard DB84875

Non Fiction

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I & II by Jack Thorne DB85528

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett  DB85597

Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan  by Bill O’Reilly  DB85755

Good Vibrations: My Life As a Beach Boy by Mike Love  DB85547

The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped By the Nazis  by Elizabeth Letts  DB85593

LEAP Transition Resource Fair

The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) and the Iowa City Community School District present a resource fair for students K-12, parents, teachers, and service providers featuring exhibitors, informative sessions, and family activities. The fair offers information about services and resources available to assist low vision and blind students navigate their school careers and prepare for post-secondary education and/or employment.

Featuring:

  • Information sessions:
    • Session 1 — 10:00-11:00 am
      “Introduction to IDB Services – Vocational Rehabilitation, the Orientation Center, the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the Library’s Instructional Materials Center, and the Aids & Devices Store” –  Learn what services are offered by the Iowa Department for the Blind and how they can help low vision and blind transition-age students during their school years.
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      “Converting Text to Audio —  How to Scan Books”  with Enrique Mejia, Rehabilitation Technology Specialist
      Blind and low vision students starting college may suddenly realize they no longer have a TVI to take care of ordering their accessible study materials for them. The responsibility of being prepared for classes falls primarily on students themselves. They need to have the skills to find and get access to information. One important skill is the ability to scan materials. This session will cover just a few of the tools, inexpensive and sometimes free, that are available to students.
    • 11:00 am – Exhibits open until 3:00 pm
    • Session 2 — 11:10 am – 12:00 pm
      “Early Intervention in Low Vision and Blind Students Lives” with Julie Aufdenkamp, Transition Specialist
      This session will address the crucial question of:  “What should the expectations be for children who are blind or low vision?”
    • 12:00-1:15 pm  Lunch (you may bring your own or find options nearby in the area),  exhibits remain open
    • Session 3 — 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
      Vocational Rehabilitation – “Today’s Learners Become Tomorrow’s Earners” with Julie Aufdenkamp,  Transition Specialist
      “Vocational Rehabilitation from the Iowa Department for the Blind doesn’t start until my child/student graduates from high school… right?” Wrong! Session participants will learn what VR is and why early connections are important.
    • Session 4 — 2:15- 3:00 pm
      The Orientation Center – “Nonvisual Skills and Independence” with Nami Wallace, Orientation Center Instructor
      An in-depth look at the Orientation Center, it’s philosophy of learning, what classes are offered, the use of learning shades, and how attending the Center fits into a student’s overall development.
  • Exhibitors and resource tables focusing on transition services, tech vendors, advocacy groups

Where:  The Commons and Room 118, The Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa, 2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville, IA  Link to Google maps and directions

Free and open to the public, students of all ages welcome

Happy Halloween!

pumpkinHappy Halloween!  We couldn’t help but look for a list of the best horror books this time of year.  Here are the top 10 best horror books of the 21st century from Goodreads.  The books had to be originally published on or after January 1, 2000 and have a rating of 75 or more by readers.  Each book is scary for different reasons.  If you like a good scare – enjoy!

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill  DB76605

World War Z:  An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks   BR21136, DB65111

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Horns by Joe Hill  DB70788

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill  BR17064, DB64088

Let the Right One In or Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist  DB71940

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King  LT10987, DB77471, BR20278

The Passage by Justin Cronin  DB71422

Bird Box by Josh Malerman  DB79311

Under the Dome by Stephen King  LT8786, BR18678, DB69804

Link to the full list:  http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/26068.Best_Horror_Books_of_the_21st_Century

Reading for the fun of it! Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week is under way!  The Library hopes that everyone is “reading for the fun of it!”  Below is a list of popular teen titles.  Some are recently published titles, while others are teen classics.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green (DB74112)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (DB67159)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (DB75897, BR12551)

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (DB76406)

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (BR11484, DB22433, LT11371)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (DB82683)

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (DB80479)

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (BR20594, DB79109)

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough (DB83417)

The Giver by Lois Lowry (BR9626, DB37689, LT9517)

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (BR20909, DB81823)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman (DB83004)

I am Princess X by Cherie Priest (DB82008)

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (DB82468)

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick (DB80603)

Teen Read Week – “Read for the fun of it!”

trw16logoHelp us celebrate Teen Read Week and “Read for the fun of it!”  Teen Read Week runs October 9 – 15, 2016.  It is a literacy initiative held annually in October to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  It was created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and this year’s theme is “Read for the fun of it!”  The Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has a wide selection of young adult titles in multiple formats and we want our teens to “Read for the fun of it!”

Teens, what have been your favorite titles this year? Please share with us!

We would love to hear from everybody, even if you are not a teen.  What book did you like when you were a teen?

You can also join the conversation on Twitter with #TRW16.

100 Books Everyone Should Read at Least Once

According to the users of GoodReads, there are some books that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. You can find the list here.  It is a list of 100 books that were voted on by the users of GoodReads. The Iowa Library for the Blind has every book on that list in at least one format (digital, Braille or large print).  Most of the books the library has in multiple formats.  There are books for all kinds of readers.  Check out the list and see how many you have read and request the ones you haven’t!

Banned Books Week

bbw16-question-bubbleWhich banned book character would you want to have lunch with?

Banned Books Week, September 25th – October 1st, brings together the entire book community—libraries, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types —in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider controversial and unpopular.  First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take the freedom to read for granted.