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St. Patrick’s Day – Celebrate and Read

By Andy | February 22, 2017


With March arriving soon, we have an opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. What better way to begin the celebration than by reading your favorite Irish authors from our collection. These are a few of the authors and some of their books.

DB 42805  Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

DB 48813 Tis: A Memoir by Frank McCourt

DB 21424 Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

DB 17608 Dubliners by James Joyce

DB 72201 The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats

DB 39279 House of Splendid Isolation by Edna O’Brien

DB 48479 The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin by Maeve Brennan

Call Talking Books Plus at 401 -574-9310 or email us at olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov

to order any of these titles or make your own special requests for the holiday.

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Honoring Black History Month with TBP Books and WGBH Programs

By Andy | February 15, 2017


In our continuation of honoring Black History Month, we have more books to recommend and WGBH  programs honoring the month as well.

From the TBP collection are the following titles:

DB82201  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehsi Coates

DB85212  The Underground Railroad by Colsen Whitehead

DB57200 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

From WGBH programing honoring Black History Month:

“And Still I Rise” – a film honoring Maya Angelou to air on American Masters, Tuesday 2/21/17 at 8:00pm on WGBH 2.

“Grand Africa” – “Africa’s Great Civilizations” as explored by Henry Louis Gates, Monday 2/27/17 at 9:00pm on WGBH 2

Basic Black will continue to explore new topics on Black  perspectives throughout the month of February

Call Talking Books Plus at 401 574-9310 M-F to request our digital book titles and many more. You may also email your requests to olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov

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Black History Month

By Andy | February 8, 2017


February is Black History Month. We have many titles that explore and examine Black Heritage through nonfiction and fiction digital titles. These are just a few titles to consider reading. Call Talking Books Plus at 401 574-9310 M-F to request these titles and many more. You may also email your requests to olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov

DB62330 A Call to Conscience: the Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

DB67662 Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

DB43877 Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama

DB33488 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

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Reading Across Rhode Island Program Starts at Local Libraries

By Andy | February 1, 2017


We still have digital audio copies of Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson DB80035. The statewide reading program developed by the RI Center for the Book features a noteworthy book and is promoted throughout Rhode Island. Check with your local public library to find out if they are having a book discussion meeting about Just Mercy. Remember to order your digital copy of Just Mercy by calling Talking Books Plus at 401 – 574-9310. You may also email us at the following address  olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov

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President Donald J. Trump

By Andy | January 25, 2017


We have a number of books by our newly elected President Donald J. Trump. The titles reflect his business acumen and knowledge. The list includes the following titles.

DB 32249 Trump: Surviving at the Top
DB 45334 Trump: the Art of the Comeback
DB 26956 Trump: the Art of the Deal
DB 58051 Trump: How to Get Rich
DB 64018 Why We Want You to be Rich:Two Men – One Message.

If you want to know more about President Trump’s activities visit the Whitehouse website.

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First Lady Michelle Obama

By Andy | January 18, 2017


For the past eight years, Michelle Obama has promoted the values of family and education while representing the other half of her family at the White House. You can read Peter Slevin’s book Michelle Obama: A Life DB 81575 to learn more about this accomplished First Lady. The book may be requested by calling us at RI Talking Books Plus 401 574-9310 or emailing us at olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov.

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President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address

By Andy | January 11, 2017


Last night on January 10th, in Chicago, President Barack Obama gave his farewell address to the nation. Listen to his complete speech on this website.  If you want to learn more about President Obama, read some of his books available from the Rhode Island Talking Books Plus program. Just call us at 401 574-9310 or email us at  olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov.

DB 63126 The Audacity of Hope

DB 68229 Change We can Believe In

DB 43877 Dreams from my Father

DBC 06018 Of thee I Sing

DBC 06035 Yes We Can

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Registration for Reading Across RI Event

By Andy | January 4, 2017


RARI’s 2017 book for discussion is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The event will be held on Sunday , January 29th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Providence Public Library. There is a fee and registration is required to attend the event. Complete the form with your payment by selecting Registration. If you are a member of RI Talking Books Plus, you may download a digital copy of the book on our BARD system or borrow a copy of the book  by calling us at 401 574-9310.

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When Plays, Books and Films Come Together

By Andy | December 28, 2016


August Wilson’s play Fences comes  to us in digital form DB33614 or as a digital download title in BARD. In addition, the newly released film Fences is directed by Denzel Washington who plays one of the primary character’s Troy Maxson. Rhode Island’s own Viola Davis plays his wife Rose. Before ordering or downloading the title, listen to  National Public Radio’s commentary about the film. Note, the NPR critic first discusses Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. I’ll discuss her book and film in a future posting when Talking Books Plus has it available as a digital title. In the meantime, call us at (401) 574-9310 or email us at olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov to request Fences.

Andy

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Reading Across RI Book Kick Off Event

By Andy | December 21, 2016


In our Fall 2016 Talking Times Newsletter, you may have read about the 2017 Reading Across RI book selection of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. It is available as a digital book DB80035 from our collection and as a downloadable book in BARD. The kick off event will be held on January 29, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Providence Public Library with a panel of guest speakers to discuss themes in the book. If you wish to attend the kick off meeting, you must register for this event. Registration will be posted in early January 2017 on the Rhode Island Center for the Book website.

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