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Inspiration for all Seasons

Three Barbershop quartets ( two male, one female) have volunteered their talents for The Friends of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at our annual Jolly Time at Java Joe's. Enjoy their sound and message November 30, 2018 from 7-9 PM at Java Joe’s at 214 4th Street in Des Moines. It’s a real holiday treat with opportunities to sing-along the old favorites of the season. Don’t miss it. Here’s a sneak peek:

Stuff Store Hits Over $1000 in Donations!

Thanks to the generosity of Friends, the Stuff Etc. Store in Ankeny has hit over $1000 in donations.  For charitable organizations, such as The Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the Stuff Etc. Store donates 50% of the price of an item to the charity!  The more you donate items you no longer use or need, the more The Friends profit.  For more information, on how to donate to the Stuff Store in your area, click here for Shop and Share.

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Friends Win Florence Grannis Award for Service for 2017

The Florence Grannis Library Service Award is given annually to honor individuals whose exemplary service recalls the selfless spirit of Ms. Grannis, the founder of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Grannis, who died in 2004, served as regional librarian from the Library's inception in 1960 until her retirement in 1976.  Florence said, “A library for the blind should supply borrowers the books and information they want when they want them."

The Friends have provided the library with funding as well as being advocates for the library.They have allowed us to do so much in the library and to provide so many great services.   I thank the Friends for their dedication and commitment to helping the library. 

Each year the Friends of the Library provide funding for needs in the library. They use innovative ways to raise funds beyond their membership.  Through these fundraising efforts they have provided - just to name a few:

  • Personal Digital Cartridges for Library Patrons

  • Digital Cartridge Cases for the Library's New Service Model

  • Early Literacy Books and Programming; including the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

  • New Large Print Books for the Collection

  • Sacred Texts Program

  • Summer and Winter Reading Programs for Children and Adults

  • Funds for the Braille Challenge and the Perowsky Workshop

  • Purchase of a 3D printer and digital scanner

  • Assistant in sending staff to conferences and training

  • Tactile Production Equipment

 Their funding allows the library to do so much.

Their slogan is "Be Among Friends" and this is always the case.  We would like to thank the Friends for their true volunteerism and present to them the Florence Grannis Award.

 

New Board Member Recognized for Volunteer Activities

Jim Rechkemmer has been serving on The Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind board for just one year and has already been recognized for his diligent service to the Library. Sarah Willeford presented Jim with the MVP (Master Volunteer Partner) award at the Perowsky Workshop on April 17. Jim has spent hours working on packaging over 27,000 old blue digital cartridges and over 50,000 green cassette tapes to be returned to the National Library Service. Though other board members helped him from time to time, (Cindy Ray, Gail Reese, Mike Barber and Marilyn Garvey), Though other board members helped him from time to time, (Cindy Ray, Gail Reese, Mike Barber and Marilyn Garvey), Jim carried the burden of freeing up space at the Library for more important and useful materials.

 

The 2017 recipient of the Florence Grannis award is a group of amazing people.  They are creative, fun, hard-working and dedicated to ensuring our library is able to offer the best services possible.  This years recipient of the Florence Grannis Award is the Friends of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. 

 

 

 

The Friends Purchase 3D Printer for the Library!

 Story Boxes including twin vision books and 3D printed objects to be loaned to Iowa libraries.

Story Boxes including twin vision books and 3D printed objects to be loaned to Iowa libraries.

Welcome to the 21st Century and the latest technology for those who wish to explore and learn more about their world.  The Friends have used their annual donation of $10,000 to purchase a 3D MakerBot printer with all its accessories.  The uses of such a printer are myriad for individuals intent on learning all there is to know about this wonderful world. For example, a student studying geometry can actually feel the shapes and angles.  A person learning to read maps can have them in a 3D format.  Stories can be enhanced with objects in 3D that allow the reader to feel the objects in the story. The applications are numerous and exciting!