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Accessible RI Guide Available

By Donna | May 20, 2016


The 2016-2017 publication of Accessible RI: The Resource for Navigating the Ocean State is now available. The guide, available in print or online, provides information about accessibility at public and commercial facilities, including the following categories: libraries, parks and recreation, well-being services, and dining. Each location is marked with accessibility codes for: parking, van parking, route from parking to facility, main entrance dimensions, and bathrooms.

The publication is a project of the MS Dream Center of Rhode Island. The Talking Books Plus Library is a sponsor of the guide.

The print version of the guide can be purchased online for $4.95 plus a $1.55 shipping fee.

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Smart Magnifier app

By Ann | March 11, 2016


Do you have low vision? Do you have an Android mobile phone? Not only can you use the mobile phone to play TBP/NLS talking books, with the Smart Magnifier app you can use the mobile phone to enlarge print from the Talking Book Topics book catalog. If you have trouble reading the book numbers in the print version of  the Talking Book Topics book catalog, use the Smart Magnifier to enlarge the book numbers you want to call in and request.

Talking Books Plus accepts book requests 24/7. When the library is closed, leave your full name and the book numbers of the books you want mailed. Staff will process these requests when the library opens.

According to the google website, the Smart Magnifier app turns your device into a magnifying glass by using camera zoom, auto-focus and LED flash. For more details and a demonstration of the app, visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kr.sira.magnifier.

 

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BARD Offline Tuesday March 15

By Ann | March 11, 2016


Alert Message from BARD Operations Supervisor-

BARD will be taken offline for 30 minutes beginning at 9:00 PM Eastern, on Tuesday March 15 2016. This is nothing more than a maintenance issue. BARD should be back online by 9:30.

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By Ann | March 11, 2016


On Friday,  March 18, 2016 from 10 am to 12 noon the INSIGHT Book Club will be talking about  Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee.

DB61330.     Narrator: Kate Kiley.   Length: 7 hrs. 42 min.

Below is a description of the book taken from the Rhode Island TBP Catalog –

Twenty years after the events of To Kill A Mockingbird (DB 77672), Jean Louise Finch (once known as Scout) returns home to Maycomb, Alabama. She confronts the racism of her hometown in the 1950s, including the views Atticus, the father she idolizes. Some strong language. 2015.

To request this title from the Talking Books Plus (TBP) collection, TBP members may download directly from BARD, or online through the TBP Catalog, or email olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov, or phone 401-574-9310. BARD provides the fastest access to TBP/NLS audio digital titles.

BARD is a service of Talking Books Plus/Office of Library & Information Services. Talking Books Plus is the RI network library affiliated with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped/ Library of Congress.

The INSIGHT Book Club generally meets on the third Friday of every month at INSIGHT from 10 am to 12 noon. The group is open to anyone who is blind and visually impaired. INSIGHT provides free training for eligible individuals who would like to learn how to download titles from BARD. For more information about the Book Club or to attend an upcoming meeting, contact Carla Ferreira at (401) 941-3322 or email cferreira@in-sight.org.

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Novel Ideas Book Discussion March 18

By Ann | March 10, 2016


On Friday, March 18, 2016 at 9 pm the Novel Ideas Book Discussion Group will be talking about The Loch by Steven Alten. Talking Books Plus (TBP) members may download or reserve a copy to be mailed to them. Visit the Book Nook Room to participate in the discussion. TBP members who are not already BARD members may sign up for download service at BARD.

Request DB61330.

Below is a description of the book taken from the Rhode Island TBP Catalog

Maine, 1950s. Clergyman Tyler Caskey despairs after his wife’s death and cannot cope with his daughter’s needs. He has little support from community parishioners, who gossip about Tyler’s possible affair with his housekeeper. By the author of Amy and Isabelle (RC 48913). 2006. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2006.

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Journey Through History April 5

By Ann | March 10, 2016


On Tuesday, April 5,2016 at 9 pm the Journey Through History Book Discussion Group will be talking about Operation Thunderbolt by Saul David. Talking Books Plus (TBP) members may download or reserve a copy to be mailed to them. Visit the Book Nook Room to participate in the discussion. TBP members who are not already BARD members may sign up for download service at BARD.

Request DB83119.

Below is a description of the book taken from the Rhode Island TBP Catalog

Historian recounts the 1976 hijacking of a flight from Tel Aviv to Paris by a group of Arabs and Germans demanding the release of 53 terrorists. He describes the mission to rescue the hostages after the flight’s diversion to Uganda. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

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February 2016 Bestsellers List

By Ann | March 9, 2016


The February 2016 Bestsellers List has been posted.

BACKGROUND

The enclosed report compiled monthly by NLS combines information taken from the bestseller lists of the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Bestsellers are included in the report when they appear on one of the above bestseller lists for a month or more.

Once a title appears in the report with an NLS book number, it will not appear on future reports.

The acronyms used for newspapers and book clubs in the NLS bestseller report are:

Code      Source

LAT       Los Angeles Times

NYT       New York Times

WP        Washington Post

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Amazon to improve for the Blind

By Ann | March 4, 2016


On March 2, 2016, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Amazon announced they  will be working together to improve reading experiences for Blind, low vision, and deaf-blind students. Read the full press release at https://nfb.org/.

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NLS NEWS Oct-Dec 2015

By Ann | March 4, 2016


To read the latest issue of News, a publication of NLS (National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped) visit http://www.loc.gov/nls/newsletters/news/index.html.

Talking Books Plus/Office of Library and Information Services is the Rhode Island network library of NLS/Library of Congress.

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Talking Book Topics Jan Feb 2016

By Ann | March 1, 2016


The Talking Book Topics January-February 2016 is online. Talking Books Plus (TBP) members with BARD  service may download this book catalog at nlsbard.loc.gov/nlsbardprod/login/RI1A .

Otherwise, TBP members may elect to either subscribe to the audio or the large print version. Audio cartridge subscribers should return cartridges within nine (9) weeks to remain in good standing for this subscription. The large print version may be kept or discarded.

Email olis.tbp@olis.ri.gov or call Talking Books Plus at 401-574-9310 to adjust the format of this subscription or cancel mailed subscription for this catalog. New members automatically receive the large print version.

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