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      With Braille You Can Build Anything

      Save the Date for the 2018 Braille Challenge and Braille Literacy Day

      Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Iowa Department for the Blind

      (Snow Date will be Saturday, February 3, 2018)

      The 2018 program, “With Braille You Can Build Anything,” is a Lego themed day
      that includes the Regional Braille Challenge and also learning sessions and
      activities for braille readers of all levels and their families.
      Braille is an important tool for both students who are blind or who have low vision
      and it is essential to independence, academic achievement and employment.
      For our Master Braille Builders, the day will include the 2018 Regional Braille
      Challenge where students compete in a series of 5 skills contests: Braille reading
      and comprehension, speed and accuracy, spelling, proofreading and charts and
      graphs. Levels for the Braille Challenge include: Apprentice, Freshman,
      Sophomore, Junior Varsity and Varsity. Students are competing for a spot to
      participate in the National Braille Challenge.

      For our Braille Builders, those who are new and beginning Braille readers, the
      day will focus on hands on activities to start students on their way to braille
      literacy. No braille experience is required and is for all ages. Activities will
      include: learning the braille code, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
      Math) activities and using braille to help us build all sorts of different things.
      Sessions for parents, family members and siblings will also be held throughout
      the day.

      Join us for a fun day of Braille!

      Braille Builders Packet Registration Form

      Braille Builders Packet Cover Letter/Agenda

      Braille Challenge Registration Form

      Braille Challenge Agenda

      Braille Challenge Cover Letter

      Braille Challenge Permission Form

      Braille Challenge Student Survey

      Directors Forum

      Department for the Blind Director Emily Wharton will be hosting a regular discussion on the third Monday evening of every month. These meetings will take place from 5:15 to 6:15 pm in the Director’s Conference Room at the IDB building. There will be a conference line for those unable to attend in person. The Call in number is 1–866–685–1580 and the conference code is 5152811299.

      Friends of the Library Fundraising Event

      Beginning Aug. 1, 2017, Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped supporters can caIl 1-888-SCH-WANS (724-9267) and order any Schwan's product using the ID number 33523. The Friends will receive up to 40% of all proceeds for the rest of the month. We will also receive 5% of any items sold until October 15.
      You can also order on line at

      So sweeten your palate, enjoy some delicious food, and support The Friends.

      Founded in 2005, the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is an all volunteer, nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the Library's efforts to be the best.

      Visit the Friends' web site for the latest news -