Talking Books Plus

Winter 2016 Talking Times online

By Ann | February 4, 2016


The Winter 2016 issue of the Talking Books Plus newsletter, Talking Times is available online to download in  audio and print versions. This issue of the newsletter includes a member survey. Members are asked to send one response by February 26, 2016. Reply online or mail or phone. Member opinions count to us.

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INSIGHT Book Club Feb 19

By Ann | February 4, 2016


On Friday,  February 19, 2016 from 10 am to 12 noon the INSIGHT Book Club will be talking about  Still Alice by Lisa Genova.

DB68429.     Narrator: Annie Wauters.   Length: 8 hrs. 6 min.

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

As she turns fifty and begins experiencing odd lapses of memory, Harvard psychology professor Alice Howland gets the life-altering diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Her lecturing and traveling for work, and her relationships with her scientist husband and grown children, morph along with the disease. Some strong language. Bestseller.  2007.

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 downloadable 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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January 2016 Bestseller List

By Ann | February 2, 2016


The January 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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Local Talking Book Club at INSIGHT

By Ann | February 2, 2016


Besides the Accessible World online talking book discussions sponsored by  Helping Hands for the Blind that are posted regularly on this blog, RI Talking Books Plus (TBP) adult members may join a local talking book club.

INSIGHT offers a local monthly book discussion in Warwick, RI. The books selected from the RI TBP collection may be downloaded or mailed to qualified TBP members. To download titles, TBP members must be approved for BARD.

Visit the TBP website for more information on how to join TBP or BARD. To request an INSIGHT Book Club title by mail,  email (olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov) or call (401-574-9310.) TBP staff are available to answer calls between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

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Mystery Book Discussion Group Feb 28

By Ann | January 28, 2016


On Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 5 pm the Mystery Book Discussion Group will be talking about Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman. 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 DB78162.

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

Late author Tony Hillerman’s daughter continues his series featuring retired Navajo Nation lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee. As Leaphorn leaves a cop breakfast, he is shot point-blank. Witnessing this is Chee’s wife, officer Bernie Manuelito. With Leaphorn hospitalized, Chee and Manuelito search for a motive. Some violence. 2013.

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World of Books Discussion Group Feb 21

By Ann | January 27, 2016


On Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 5 pm the World of Books Discussion Group will be talking about The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. 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 DB71207.

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

Author of Liar’s Poker (RC 30432) analyzes the financial missteps and mismanagement that led to the 2008 credit crisis. Discusses little-known investors Steve Eisman, Meredith Whitney, and others who predicted the economic meltdown. Cites cases to support his assertion that Wall Street’s system of incentives channeled the greed. Some strong language. Bestseller.  2010.

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Fantasy Group Book Discussion Jan 26

By Ann | January 25, 2016


 

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at  9pm the Fantasy Book Discussion Group will be talking about Forging the Darksword by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. 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 DB27287.

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

An emperor’s son condemned to die because he lacks magical powers, a reclusive scholar who is a devotee of forbidden knowledge, an evil bishop, and a turncoat warlock move through this fantasy set in a kingdom where the powers of the mind have been developed to a high art. First volume of The Darksword Trilogy. Some violence.

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Jan 30 RARI Kick Off Free for TBP

By Ann | January 21, 2016


Rhode Island Talking Books Plus (TBP) members have an opportunity to attend the 2016 Reading Across Rhode Island (RARI) Kick-Off event for free. The event is to be held Saturday, January 30th at the Tiverton Library. TBP members may request a loan of the book, The Wright Brothers (DB82175) by David McCullough through  Talking Books Plus. Free registration is offered to TBP members only as the free registration will not include a hard copy of the RARI book. For more information on RARI, visit the RI Center for the Book.

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Journey Through History Book Discussion Feb 2

By Ann | January 19, 2016


On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 9 pm the Journey Through History Book Discussion Group will be talking about The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography by Miriam Pawel. 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 DB78585

Narrator: Barry Bernson

Length: 20 hours 8 minutes

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

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter details the life of Latino activist Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers. Provides a detailed account of Chavez’s successes and shortcomings in the fight for the rights of migrant laborers, his use of strikes and boycotts to achieve his goals, and his controversial leadership style. 2014.

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Science Fiction Book Discussion Feb 11

By Ann | January 19, 2016


On Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 8 pm the Science Fiction Discussion Group will be talking about Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction by Ben Bova. 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 DB82176.

Narrator: Jeff Allin

Length: 12 hours 18 minutes

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

Seventeen new hard science fiction stories that fit the classic definition of the genre and contain an element of science or technology crucial to the story. The collection’s authors include Liu Cixin, Gregory Benford, Jack McDevitt, and the editors, among others. Some violence and some strong language. 2014.

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