Weekly Dose of Braille

The Capitalized Passage Indicator can keep going and going until you terminate it, but what about text elements, such as; paragraphs, dialogue and so on.. how do we handle that type of formatting?
I want to wish all of you, early, a happy 4th of July!  Next week, there will not be a Weekly Dose!  Thanks, Denise

New Weekly Dose: Capitalized Passage Indicator and Text Elements

For more information and to see past Weekly Dose of Braille topics check out our Weekly Dose of Braille Page.

The Weekly Dose of Braille is created by our Braille Transcriber, Denise Bean, with the help of our Instructional Materials team. It gives you a taste of braille examples that may be used in worksheets or textbook formatting. This insightful Weekly Dose of Braille brings your attention to the common use of Unified English Braille and how to implement these rules and formats used by braille transcribers and proofreaders. It is a miscellaneous mixture of tricky, sometimes challenging circumstances, that a braille transcriber may come across or question, but are neatly put into a Weekly Dose of Braille for your easy access. Provided each week is a downloadable PDF file on each topic, a brf file can also be made available for your convenience.

Summer Reading Program Report of the Week!

Image of a cat wearing a hat carrying books. Text is Imagine your story

Here at our Youth Library with all of our library friends has been a blast of electric fun!

In the first week of our Summer Reading Program we explored the weather and met with a real storm spotter Scott who taught us a few tricks in predicting the weather! We also made pinwheels, and learned all about what happens when you put soap in the microwave and so much more!

In the second week, our library friends Raced into Space with Dan Chibnall! Dan made space come alive with excitement! To top it all off in a twinkling star fashion we explored the sun, which by the way is a star, and discovered how craters form on the moon!

We also had a great time on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00pm listening to Bob White, a volunteer narrator, read from the book Bunnicula by James Howe.  Feel free to join us and listen to the story during IDB Read Kids.

The sky is the limit on all the fun this Summer Reading Program has in store for everyone!

Join us next week for our Animal Virtual Events.  We are going to have a roaring good time!

  • June 29th:  Pet Rock Activity and Recipe Fun “Dog Chow”
  • July 1st:  Pine Cone Bird Feeder and Feather Bead Necklace Frenzy
  • July 6th:  Jellyfish, Sharks and Amazon Rain Stick Activity

To see the full Summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!

Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
Denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
515.452.1338

Weekly Dose of Braille

When it comes to capitalization we often overthink what to do, remember, keep it simple, and when in doubt follow what appears in print.

New Weekly Dose: Running Head Capitalization

For more information and to see past Weekly Dose of Braille topics check out our Weekly Dose of Braille Page.

The Weekly Dose of Braille is created by our Braille Transcriber, Denise Bean, with the help of our Instructional Materials team. It gives you a taste of braille examples that may be used in worksheets or textbook formatting. This insightful Weekly Dose of Braille brings your attention to the common use of Unified English Braille and how to implement these rules and formats used by braille transcribers and proofreaders. It is a miscellaneous mixture of tricky, sometimes challenging circumstances, that a braille transcriber may come across or question, but are neatly put into a Weekly Dose of Braille for your easy access. Provided each week is a downloadable PDF file on each topic, a brf file can also be made available for your convenience.

Weekly Dose of Braille

As with most scenarios, in life, changes and updates are bound to happen.  Please take a moment and review today’s Dose to the update that happened on the title page, you may just find it very useful.

New Weekly Dose: Title Page Updates

For more information and to see past Weekly Dose of Braille topics check out our Weekly Dose of Braille Page.

The Weekly Dose of Braille is created by our Braille Transcriber, Denise Bean, with the help of our Instructional Materials team. It gives you a taste of braille examples that may be used in worksheets or textbook formatting. This insightful Weekly Dose of Braille brings your attention to the common use of Unified English Braille and how to implement these rules and formats used by braille transcribers and proofreaders. It is a miscellaneous mixture of tricky, sometimes challenging circumstances, that a braille transcriber may come across or question, but are neatly put into a Weekly Dose of Braille for your easy access. Provided each week is a downloadable PDF file on each topic, a brf file can also be made available for your convenience.

The Summer Reading Program is Here!

Image of a cat wearing a hat carrying books.  Text is Imagine your story

Join us at the Library for a great summer of STEM and Fun. The Summer Reading Program begins June 15th!

The Summer Reading Program includes hands-on learning, singing, crafts, STEM learning activities, reading and more. 

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 p.m. over six weeks there will be 18 virtual events that include, “Learning About the Weather”, “Get Ready to Race Into Space”, “Animals”, “Adventure Around the World”, “Exploring Nature Together” and “A Week of STEM”. Participants will receive a packet with the items needed to do the activities each week. If you are unable to attend a virtual event, activities and videos will be provided on the Summer Reading Program blog page.

IDB Read Kids will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., join us as our guest narrator Bob White reads Bunnicula and Howliday Inn by James Howe.

You can also use Beanstack to track your reading throughout the summer. Our Beanstack site includes educational activities like; cool sounds, exciting activities, exploration and learning.  It also allows you to log your minutes and activities in a quick and easy way using the Beanstack website.  Earn badges and much more!  If you prefer not to use Beanstack, you can receive a logbook to record the minutes your child will read this summer.

Check out the Summer Reading Blog Page for registration information and more!

Questions? Contact Youth Services Librarian, Denise Bean at denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515.452.1338.

IMC Orders for 2020/2021 School Year

Thank you to all that sent in orders for the upcoming school year! If there are still items you need for your student, please submit an online order form as soon as possible. Select one of the links below for materials needed.

We are always available to discuss any questions about your order.

Please contact Karen Cunningham at 515-452-1339 or karen.cunningham@blind.state.ia.us with any braille-related questions or Marcella Edmonds at 515-452-1341 or marcella.edmonds@blind.state.ia.us for large print.

If print books have been requested, please send them in to the Instructional Materials Center as soon as possible. Please send to the attention of Karen Cunningham for braille or Marcella Edmonds for large print. Also, please include the name of the student with the materials.

Instructional Materials Center
Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled
524 Fourth St.
Des Moines, IA 50309

Thank you for your help!

IMC TEAM

Weekly Dose of Braille

A question came up this week about contractions and the decision making that goes into exactly which contraction and how that contraction should be utilized.  This week you will get some help with such decision making!

New Weekly Dose: Tricky Words and Contraction Use

For more information and to see past Weekly Dose of Braille topics check out our Weekly Dose of Braille Page.

The Weekly Dose of Braille is created by our Braille Transcriber, Denise Bean, with the help of our Instructional Materials team. It gives you a taste of braille examples that may be used in worksheets or textbook formatting. This insightful Weekly Dose of Braille brings your attention to the common use of Unified English Braille and how to implement these rules and formats used by braille transcribers and proofreaders. It is a miscellaneous mixture of tricky, sometimes challenging circumstances, that a braille transcriber may come across or question, but are neatly put into a Weekly Dose of Braille for your easy access. Provided each week is a downloadable PDF file on each topic, a brf file can also be made available for your convenience.

Summer Library Program News

Due to continuing health concerns and our desire to make sure we keep everyone healthy and safe, we will be cancelling our Makerspace Monday on Monday, June 8th and our STEM & Stories Saturday on Saturday, June 20th.  The library will also cancel its extended hours on June 8th and June 20th.

Sun reading a book. Text summer reading

We have Summer Library Program News!

We are offering an incredible online virtual experience. This hands-on learning, includes singing, crafts, STEM learning activities, engaging sounds, reading and exploring new worlds that will openly welcome the unexpected. This Summer Reading Program will be launched on June 15th! Over six weeks there will be 18 virtual events that include, “A Trip Around the World”, “Exploring Nature Together”, “A Week of STEM”, “ANIMALS”, and last but not least “Race into Space”. As an extra treat you will be introduced to a very special guest, the fun is endless.

There are two ways you can track reading for your child. This year we are partnering with Beanstack.  Beanstack allows you to log your minutes and activities in a quick and easy way using the Beanstack website.

If you prefer not to use Beanstack, you can receive a logbook to record the minutes your child will read this summer. Everyone who completes the program by reading 300 minutes and attends all 6 weeks of our incredible virtual summer events will be sent a summer reading t-shirt and certificate.

Register Here for the Summer Reading Program

Weekly Dose of Braille

Between the prefix or the suffix it can always make my head spin!  Today we will take a glance at a few suffix rules.

New Weekly Dose of Braille: Suffix Rules at a Glance

For more information and to see past Weekly Dose of Braille topics check out our Weekly Dose of Braille Page.

The Weekly Dose of Braille is created by our Braille Transcriber, Denise Bean, with the help of our Instructional Materials team. It gives you a taste of braille examples that may be used in worksheets or textbook formatting. This insightful Weekly Dose of Braille brings your attention to the common use of Unified English Braille and how to implement these rules and formats used by braille transcribers and proofreaders. It is a miscellaneous mixture of tricky, sometimes challenging circumstances, that a braille transcriber may come across or question, but are neatly put into a Weekly Dose of Braille for your easy access. Provided each week is a downloadable PDF file on each topic, a brf file can also be made available for your convenience.

Save the Date for a Sizzling Summer Reading Program

Sun reading a book.  Text summer reading

The reading sizzles and the youth librarian has been fully immersed in the planning stages! We have something exciting to share with our young readers because our library cares about your children and wants to keep them reading and actively learning this summer! Children who join the summer library program keep their minds creative and ready to learn.

We are offering an incredible online virtual experience. This hands-on learning, includes singing, crafts, STEM learning, engaging sounds, reading and exploring new worlds that will openly welcome the unexpected. The Summer Reading Program will be launched on June 15th. For six weeks, featuring 18 virtual events, will include, “A Trip Around the World”, “Exploring Nature Together”, “A Week of STEM”, “ANIMALS”, and last but not least “Race into Space”. As an extra treat, each week you will be introduced to a very special guest. The fun is endless!

More information will be coming soon!

Let the Summer Fun Begin,
Denise Bean, Youth Service Librarian