Books for Kids Information Checklist

They grow up fast and every year their reading needs will change, just like their winter jackets and shoe size. To stay on top of the game, UPDATING key information, such as; reading levels, address, reading formats, genre is essential with each new school year. To make this process a little easier a checklist has been created.

Who qualifies for the Books for Kids Program? It is a program for kids birth through 18 years old to access monthly reading materials in the format that is best for them. 

IMPORTANT CHECKLIST REMINDERS

A student’s profile needs to be updated every year.

  • Name
  • Address [School/Home]
  • Caregiver/Teacher Contact Information
  • Grade level AND reading level
  • Interests
  • Format for books

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian, at 515.452.1338 or email denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us.

Weekly Dose of Braille

Many times, a “source” is used to site the origin of information. Often times, they are used for tables. This question came up this week, whether or not a blank line should be placed after the table and what cell a source should be placed in for proper formatting.  –Denise Bean

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.

IMC Webinar Review: ePub Crash Course

The Instructional Materials Center (IMC) offered monthly webinars for educators during the past school year. We posted the recordings of the webinars on our For Educators: Trainings page and on the IDB YouTube channel.

Here is one of those webinars focusing on ePub where we take a look at the ePub format. We go over what it is, how to use it with your students, and converting files into ePub format.

Weekly Dose of Braille

Typeforms are mentioned again for a week of Dose, only because when using a typeform indicator next to a punctuation we tend to question what to do next. This week’s dose covers just a glimpse of the rules to follow when using emphasis, or not using emphasis, and punctuation. –Denise Bean

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.