Talking Books Plus

Currency Reader post card

By Ann | October 31, 2014

On behalf of RI Talking Books Plus, Perkins Library sent our members a post card about the Free Currency Reader Program.

RI Talking Books Plus members should request a FREE currency reader by contacting Talking Books Plus directly at 401-574-9310. Talking Books Plus as well as Perkins Library are partnering with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress and the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing to provide currency reader devices FREE of charge to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, having difficulty identifying paper currency visually and are registered Talking Books Plus members.

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NFB of RI hosts Conf Line Info Session

By Ann | October 24, 2014



Grace Pires, President

National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island

(401) 433-2606

National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island Hosts Informational Session via conference line

Call and tell a friend about it! As part of our efforts to build the Federation we will hold a conference call on Saturday November 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm to provide information about the National Federation of the Blind. Join us for an informative and interactive call to learn about the Federation’s positive philosophy of blindness. Our goal is to build an at large chapter via conference line to reach those who do not have access to transportation to attend local chapter meetings.

Conference dial in Number is (401)415-9892,

Use access code 02888#

Grace Pires, President

National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island

P.O. Box 14404

East Providence, RI 02914

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Yankee Sept issue defective

By Ann | October 24, 2014

Talking Books Plus has been made aware of the problem with the September issue of  Yankee magazine in digital format. Perkins Library who provides the digital version for Rhode Island Talking Books Plus members said they are working to fix it. Perkins says the fixed version will be sent out to everyone with the next issue as a double issue, and the online catalog will have the new version as soon as Perkins receives it.

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Verizon Wireless National Accessibility Customer Service

By Ann | October 22, 2014

An announcement by Paul Macchia says, “on October 15, Verizon Wireless unveiled the National Accessibility Customer Service (NACS). Designed to support people with special needs and requirements, the Charleston, South Carolina-based center will be staffed with approximately 200 dedicated representatives to address individual mobile needs – whether it is providing guidance on device selection, technical support or account transactions.

The dedicated phone number for the center is 888-262-1999 and its hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (local time zone). Depending on geographical location, if customers call after these hours, the call will be handled by other Customer Service and Technical Support representatives who are available from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., (local) seven days a week at 800-922-0204 or by dialing *611 from a Verizon Wireless phone.

Customers can also utilize the Chat services found on”

P.S. The 888-262-1999 phone number works. I tried it.

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Favorite Private Investigator Novels

By Ann | October 22, 2014

Taken from a Severn House article, private investigator writer, Russel D. McLean lists his favorite novels in the private investigator genre. He says these books “influenced my own writing or that I’ve just flat out loved. I can’t pick just one favorite – they’re all absolutely brilliant books.”

Talking Books Plus has the following titles in the collection-
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler DB32657
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett DB16593, DB74949
The Killing Kind by John Connolly DB58245
A Firing Offence by George Pelecanos DB58158

Russel McLean adds that “You could pick any book by Ross MacDonald and know you have a classic on your hands.” Talking Books Plus has several titles by MacDonald. Request any of the recommended titles listed above from Talking Books Plus online or or call 401-574-9310 to make requests.

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Special Program Series on WWII

By Ann | October 20, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 9 pm Eastern Time, Accessible World’s Special Program Series is presented by Ira Fistell, author of Leyte Gulf, The Last Great Navel Battle of World War IIl. Access this program via the telephone only. Call (605) 475-3220. Access code: 1053921 followed by the # key. Come into the phone center approximately 5 minutes prior to the program. *6 mutes your phone and *6 allows you to ask questions.

Download DB014488

NLS book description- Reconstruction of the three-day naval battle of World War II that destroyed the myth of the invincible Japanese fleet.

The Accessible World, a division of Helping Hands For the Blind, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, seeks to educate the general public, the disabled community and the professionals who serve them by providing highly relevant information about new products, services, and training opportunities designed specifically to eliminate geographic and access barriers that adversely affect them



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Science Fiction book discussion Nov 6th

By Ann | October 16, 2014

On ThursdayNovember 6 at 9 pm the Science Fiction club discussion group of Accessible World will be talking about 2312 by Kim Stanely Robinson. Talking Books Plus members may download the title or if in hardcopy, reserve an audio copy to be mailed to them. Visit the Book Nook Room to participate in the discussion. Talking Books Plus members who are not already BARD members may sign up for download service at BARD. To request a title by phone, call 401-574-9310.

The Martian DB74887

Below is a description of the book taken from the Talking Books Plus Catalog -Mercury, 2312. After Swan Er Hong’s beloved grandmother Alex dies, Swan wants time to grieve. Instead, she is thrust into an interplanetary investigation about what Alex’s research of Earth may have uncovered–and if her death was really of natural causes.

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Fiction, Old and New book discussion Nov 11

By Ann | October 16, 2014

On Tuesday, November 11 at 9:00 pm the Fiction, Old and New discussion group will be talking about Pearl of China: a novel by Anchee Min. Talking Books Plus members may download or reserve a copy to be mailed to them. Visit the Book Nook Room to participate in the discussion. Talking Books Plus members who are not already BARD members may sign up for download service at BARD.

Request DB73254

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog – Fictional account of Pearl Buck (1892-1973), author of The Good Earth (DB
37294). Young Willow Yee befriends Pearl, a missionary’s daughter, in remote
China. Willow’s love and jealousy grow as Willow later suffers during the Mao
revolution but remains loyal to her foreign friend, now a Nobel laureate. 2010.

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National Book Awards Announced

By Ann | October 15, 2014

In the New York Times, Alexandra Alter wrote “The National Book Foundation announced finalists for the 2014 National Book Awards today.” Talking Books Plus has the following books from this list.


An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine DB78325

Beirut. Seventy-two-year-old Aaliya spends her days translating books from English and French into Arabic for her private amusement. Divorced, childless, and godless in the eyes of society, she is shunned. She reflects on the literature that has touched her life and helped her survive the Lebanese Civil War. 2013.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr DB79182

When Paris is invaded by the Nazis, Marie-Laure LeBlanc’s father evacuates her to St. Malo to stay with her great-uncle. Blind since the age of six, Marie-Laure must learn the town by the scale model her father has left. Then, the Germans arrive. Violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller.  2014.

Redeployment by Phil Klay DB78988

Twelve stories about soldiers at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the personal wars they fight reintegrating into society at home. In the title story, a soldier who had to shoot dogs on the battlefield must readjust to life in suburban America. Violence. 2014.


The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights DB78386

Recounts the July 17, 1944, explosion on the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, that killed more than three hundred sailors. Discusses the response of survivors who refused to return to the dangerous work–an act the Navy considered a mutiny. For grades 6-9. 2014.

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Fall Classic book discussion Nov 13

By Ann | October 15, 2014

Fall Classic discusses The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin on Thursday, November 13, 2014 in the Book Nook.  For the exact time, contact Accessible World is sponsored by Helping Hands for the Blind.

Read DB43591.

Book Description:

A comprehensive edition of Twain’s 1885 tale about a boy who runs away from home and floats down the Mississippi on a raft with an escaping slave. Includes four episodes originally deleted from the first edition, an introduction by Twain biographer Justin Kaplan, and an addendum of explanatory and interpretive notes. Strong language. 1996.


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