2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival on September 24th

Image of a colorful shelf of books with text below, 2022 IDB Virtual Book FestivalJoin library staff and special guests for a morning all about books and reading at the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival!

Saturday, September 24th from 10:00am – 12:30pm

10:00am – 11:00am:  Author Visit with Reid Forgrave, Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy

11:00am – 12:00pm:  Pick from 4 sessions all about books and reading

  • The Art of Creating an Iowa Audiobook
  • Your Reading Toolbox
  • Braille Books:  From Print to Shelf
  • Ready, Set, Adventure!  Books that Spark Storytelling

12:00pm – 12:30pm:  Be our guests as we record the Library Chat Podcast live

Join us for one or all of the sessions planned throughout the morning.

For more information and to register go to the 2022 IDB Virtual Book Festival Event Page

Questions contact the Library at 515-281-1323 or library@blind.state.ia.us

Crafting Your Story Afterschool Program

Image of a stack of booksTime to put magic into your Tuesday afternoons with friends and a story time, all with a brand-new twist. Coming this fall we will roll out our much-anticipated afterschool program.  Kicking off our first monthly theme in September, let’s celebrate “Autumn.”

Date: September 13, 2022 – May 2, 2023 [Every Tuesday of the month.]
Time: 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom – Virtual
Ages: All ages!
Registration Link

 A monthly theme, with 4 weekly events!

  • Week One: Crafting Corner!
  • Week two: One Week Challenge Mission!
  • Week three: Featured Guest of the Week!
  • Week four: Stirring up “Edible and Tasty Recipes” that are mixed with science!

When you sign up, once a month, your family will receive for FREE:

  • Program Supply Kit
  • Family Fun Activity Check List
  • Read a Book Challenge
  • Access to our READsquared Online Reading Program

Please reach out if you have any question!
Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338

Recap: Summer Reading Program Week 1

Ready, Set, Adventure!
Our first week of our Summer Reading Program is off to a fantastic start!

Image of a blue dragon sniffing a flower.On Monday, we discovered that fish, snakes, and squirrels can fly… did you know that? We put our builders’ hats on and constructed birdhouses to hang in our trees.  We also made a 5-minute feather out of ribbon. We flew on the back of Hercules, an eagle, as he soared into the sky, with the help of cameras but of course.

On Wednesday, we were joined by Terry Jones, a Wildlife Rehabilitator, who took us on a tour of her back yard to visit her baby raccoon nursery and took a quick peek at her baby bunnies. Terry even introduced us to her 20-year-old horse. We ended our time together creating a very special Heart Raccoon Craft.

On Friday, Allison the 2022 Iowa Honeybee Queen stopped by for a visit. We discovered that a honeybee has 3 million hairs, the same as a squirrel. We finished up by making our very special Jiffy-Pots Bumblebee Mini Garden and enjoyed delicious pancakes in the shape of monkeys and bumblebees. Without a doubt, this week was full of making new discoveries and meeting new friends!

Coming up next week:

Around the World in a Week!

June 13th Cool Artist from Around the World

  • Claude Monet’s Water Lily Water Art
  • Kandinsky Concentric Circle Art
  • Pablo Picasso Giraffe Ruler Art
  • Cherry blossom Tree of Art

June 15th ALOHA Hawaii Awaits!

  • Hawaiian Lei

June 17th Trip to Africa!

  • African Spin Drum
  • Edible Crayons

May Makerspace Monday Recap and What’s Next = Summer Reading Program

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundWe did it! The May’s Makerspace Bowl Stamping Workshop was a success! We rolled nearly 1 pound of airdry clay into what appeared to be a delicious, tasty pie crust. We smooshed and squished until finishing up with the perfect thickness and began to add our mark! This was the best part of the night; we pressed each stamp and danced each style all over the top! With the help of our cereal bowl transformed flatten clay into a bowl of its own.

This time together has come to a quiet halt but will start back up on September 12th. We will have fresh new ideas, and maybe a few of our favorites from the past.

In the meantime, our Summer Reading Program sign up is open!

Ready, Set, Adventure!Image of a blue dragon sniffing a flower.

June 6th – July 29th 
Virtually Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:00pm – 1:45pm

For youth (0 – 18 years old)

Online Registration

This Summer Reading Program will have 24 sensational programs full of crafts, food, science, adventure!

  • Mondays – Double Craft Mondays
  • Wednesdays – Story Prompt Wednesday
  • Fridays – Food Frenzy Fridays

Upon sign up participants will receive:

  • a TEAM Summer t-shirt personalized with your name in Braille or Large Print
  • Passes to the Blank Park Zoo
  • a 9-piece puzzle set [which by the way, if all the pieces are earned you win a grand prize]
  • Braille Uno Game cards
  • Mystery prizes you will have to wait and see

Interested in learning more don’t hesitate to ask!

Contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338

December Makerspace Monday Recap and What’s Next

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundOn December 13th music filled the air as hot chocolate was served with a candy dish filled with yummy marshmallow chocolaty treats. The Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments were at the top of our night! It was such a blast mixing and blending the different textures of salt, flour and spiced aroma cinnamon! We also made gingersnap ornament cookies. Each edible crunchy cookie was drizzled with frosting and sprinkles of candy. Because they tasted so incredibly scrumptious not many of these Cookie Ornaments will make it to the Christmas tree. Smiles found their place on many faces as Miles and his mom stopped by for a visit. They created the sparkling Wood Slice Reindeer Ornament and Jingle Jangle Wreaths. What a wonderful night of fun, Happy Holidays to you and your family! We cannot wait to this all over again next year!

Coming up NEXT YEAR January at our Makerspace
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Date: January10th, 2022 
Ages: All Ages
Activity: Spa Bonanza – Whipped Soufflé and Sugar Scrub!
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Online Registration

NOT ABLE TO JOIN…
If you are unable to join in person, no problem, just complete the online registration form and choose “mail activity kit and video link” directly to your preferred address.

Please contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338

December Makerspace Monday

snowflake imageOn December 13th an old-time favorite has been requested once again, Cinnamon Salt Dough OrnamentsSecret Hot Chocolate Recipe, Wood Slice Snowman or Reindeer Ornaments, Beautiful Book Angel Ornaments, Jingle Bell Surprise, and more!!

Coming up in December at our Makerspace Monday
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Date: December 13th
Ages: All Ages
ActivityTreasured Ornament Making Workshop!!
Location: Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Online Registration

NOT ABLE TO JOIN…
If you are unable to join in person, no problem, just complete the online registration form and choose “mail activity kit and video link” directly to your preferred address.

Looking for past library program activities and videos?  Check out our Youth Program Archive

Please contact Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515-452-1338