Primary Tasks

    Secondary Tasks

      IDB is offering some in person services in a responsible and cautious manner. We continue to encourage clients and patrons to reach out via phone and internet rather than coming to the building whenever possible. In order to maintain optimal staffing in all areas, our main door is unlocked and front desk is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. If you are needing assistance with entry to the building between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., please call 515-452-1335. We know that some clients are wanting to resume training and meet counselors in person while others are not ready to do so. We respect this and will work to provide the best services possible in the given circumstances. Click here to view our in person services rules and guidelines. We are still taking referrals via the phone or through our website. To make a referral, you may call 800–362–2587 or complete the referral form to contact the library, call 515-281-1323.

      New Stories

      Library Programming updates

      The library has added some new programs. Remember to check out the Library Blog, https://iowalibrary.blog/
      and the Instructional Materials Center blog, https://idbimclibrary.blog/ for up to date information. And you can find the library on Facebook and Twitter.

      Library Chat

      The Library is excited to announce a new podcast starting this month called Library Chat.This will be in addition to the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast. The first Library Chat podcast will be released the week of October 19, 2020. During the Library Chat podcast, we will discuss books and other podcasts around different topics. October’s Library Chat will focus on the topic of Halloween. Listen in to hear about spooky books, Halloween traditions and more. We will also discuss the podcast Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From?

      Hooked on Books Virtual Autumn Reading

      Adventures for our patrons 4 years – 18 years, Wednesdays at 4:00pm. While you are “chillin’ and relaxing at this afterschool event, you will be kicking back with games, story times with a twist, celebrations, and so much more.

      Don’t forget

      Denise will be offering our online Braille Bits program for the fourth time starting October 30th. And don’t forget to check out the lessons and podcasts. Our latest Braille Bits Podcasts have featured Terri Wilcox and Enrique Mejia.

      Check out the IDB YouTube Channel to check out our latest programs, tips and informational webinars.

      Coming Soon! Braille Babies program for our youngest – birth to 4 years.

      YOUTH LIBRARY PROGRAMS @ THE PLAYGROUND

      “Our Youth Library is simply ecstatic to share with you our incredible agenda! We are rolling out three separate FREE programs, YES THREE, designed to tickle the fancy of many!”

      Makerspace Mondays

      This virtual program is designed to get your creative juices flowing while inviting the whole family to participate. All ages are welcomed! Our first night we created an Air Dry Clay Leaf Bowl! Check out the video

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-3_msf-WWY

      This program is set up to meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm. Activity Kit provided. Sign up is required.

      STEM & Stories Saturdays

      This virtual program is going to let your family explore story time, meet with guests from all over, while creating a little treasure or token to keep along the way. This virtual program is offered the third Saturday of each month at 10:00am. Sign up is required.

      Hooked on Books After School Event

      This virtual program is offering a relaxing Wednesday afternoon of games, story time, easy STEM activities from 4 – 4:30 pm. This program is all about youth exploring the unlimited world of creativity through play and will be full of surprises. Activity Kits provided. Additional information will be sent upon sign up.

      How the Program Works

      STEP 1: SIGN UP by going to the Youth Library Page at
      http://iowalibrary.blog

      STEP 2: You will receive a kit containing the classroom/event materials needed to participate in these fantastic youth programs.

      STEP 3: PREPARE TO HAVE ENORMOUS, EPIC FUN while learning along the way!

      For more information, contact:
      Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
      Denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
      (515) 452-1338

      Frequently Asked Questions Page for the Young Adult Transition Program (4+)

      We have added a new FAQ regarding our new Young Adult Transition Program that will begin later this month. Click here to read this FAQ. We will be updating this page to answer more questions as they arise.