Talking Books Plus

Fantasy Book Discussion July 28

By Ann | June 29, 2015


On Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 9 pm the Fantasy Book Discussion Group will be talking about Frontier Magic Trilogy by Patricia C. Wrede. 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 DB80537.

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog

Trilogy written between 2009 and 2012 includes Thirteenth Child, Across the Great Barrier, and The Far West. In Thirteenth Child, eighteen-year-old Eff must get over believing she is bad luck and accept her extraordinary powers to combat magical creatures that threaten frontier settlements. For senior high and older readers. 2012.

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2015 Summer Reading TBP resources

By Ann | June 26, 2015


This summer’s statewide library reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.” Young reader resource books for this theme are on the Talking Books Plus (TBP) 2015 SRP (Summer Reading Program) Reading Lists.  The teen’s reading theme is “Unmask” while adults “Escape the Ordinary.”  Young readers can register to win free passes to 14 museums and more. Be sure to check out the local public library workshop offerings for young readers and teens. Meeting Street School, a member of Talking Books Plus is a participating library. For more information about the program,  read the article, Don’t Miss the Fun This Summer in the  Summer 2015 Talking Times newsletter or visit the Summer Reading Program website.

To make summer 2015 the best time ever for the whole family to read, the National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is promoting its PTA Reading Challenge. To launch in July 2015, the challenge is for families to read together. NLS (National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped), lead organization for the network of talking book library services across the country, is one of the summer reading resources on the PTA Reading Challenge website and resource for those who cannot read regular print.

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Novel Ideas Book Discussion July 17

By Ann | June 23, 2015


On Friday, July 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm the Novel Ideas book discussion group will be talking about Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks. 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 DB054857.

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog

To soothe her widowed daughter Amanda’s grief, sixty-year-old Adrienne Willis tells the story of her own lost love. After her husband left her and their three children for another woman, Adrienne had a brief affair with a doctor that helped fill her emotional needs. Commercial audiobook. 2002.

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Seminar on ADA Aug 11

By Ann | June 22, 2015


INSIGHT has lots of programs scheduled for this summer. Tuesday, August 11 join staff from the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities for a seminar about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This seminar will be held at INSIGHT in Warwick from 10 AM – 12:30 PM. Visit INSIGHT for the full schedule of this and other summer programs.

For more information about the 25th Anniversary of ADA, check out the article in the Talking Times, a newsletter of the Talking Books Plus library and visit  the ADA national network.

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Science Fiction Book Discussion July 9

By Ann | June 17, 2015


On Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 9 pm the Science Fiction Book Discussion Group will be talking about The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. 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 DB045438.

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog

In the thirty-first century, humans make initial contact with another intelligent species. Though the aliens seem candid, they may be concealing their true and dangerously cunning nature.

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World of Books Book Discussion July 19

By Ann | June 16, 2015


On Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 5 pm the Worlds of Books discussion group will be talking about Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. 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 DB080936.

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog

In 1915 the Lusitania, a luxury ocean liner, left New York for Liverpool. The captain assumed that the Germans would follow gentlemanly strictures of warfare, keeping civilian ships safe from attack. Larson recounts what happened when Germany violated that code and that choice’s wider repercussions. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.    2015.

 

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World of Books Discussion Group June 21

By Ann | June 16, 2015


On Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 5 pm the Worlds of Books discussion group will be talking about Parallel Lies by Ridley Pearson. 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 DB070629.

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog

Ex-homicide detective Peter Tyler, now with the National Transportation Safety Board, and railroad investigator Nell Priest pursue Umberto Alvarez, a madman who has been derailing trains. But Alvarez has reasons for his actions. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2001.

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NLS Facebook page is live

By Ann | June 11, 2015


The NLS Facebook page went live at www.facebook.com/ThatAllMayRead. The new page will carry messages about the NLS collections, services, and activities.

NLS invites you to “like” the page and help them spread the word about it. Check back often to learn what is new at NLS – and join the conversation!

Talking Books Plus at the Office of Library and Information Services is the NLS affiliated network library for Rhode Island residents.

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BARD Mobile app for Android devices

By Ann | June 10, 2015


The BARD Mobile application for Android devices, version 1.0, is now available at the Google Play store.

The BARD Mobile app enables TBP/NLS members to download audiobooks and audio magazines directly to their Android devices, provided they have BARD accounts and are using devices running Android OS 4.1 or later. The user guide is available from the bookshelf of the app and online in HTML format at https://nlsbard.loc.gov/apidocs/android/v1.0/toc.html. Help screens are also available from inside the app and may be accessed by activating the Context menu or the More Options button and selecting Help.

This announcement comes from the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

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Fiction, Old and New Book Discussion July 14

By Ann | June 10, 2015


On Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 9 pm the Fiction, Old and New book discussion group will be talking about Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O’Brien. 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 DB068708.

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog

New York, 1887. As the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher is dying, his younger half sister Isabella seeks reconciliation with him and older sister Harriet Beecher Stowe. Isabella contemplates the adultery scandal of twelve years ago that tore her family apart and the involvement of her feminist friend Victoria Woodhull. 2008.

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