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Currency Reader Application Process

By Ann | December 19, 2014


As of January 2, 2015, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) Currency Reader project will be open to all citizens/legal residents of the United States who are unable to read regular print because of blindness or a visual impairment meeting the eligibility requirements.

Once the program opens beyond its current pilot status, the application process will change. All individuals interested in receiving a currency reader will need to complete and submit a BEP application for a currency reader and mail it directly to BEP. Those who are already NLS patrons do not need to have the BEP application certified but instead may merely check the box on the BEP application indicating that they are already a certified NLS patron.

Talking Books Plus (TBP) members who have not already requested a currency reader and want one, may visit the money factory or NLS to get a print copy of the application or call the BEP call center  at 1-844-815-9388 to request a print a copy of the application.

 

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Congress Passes ABLE Act

By Ann | December 19, 2014


 

Congress passes ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act: Major victory for person with disabilities and their families.

For first time in nation’s history, federal government recognizes added costs associated to living with a disability.

Read all about it here.

Excerpt from bardtalk@yahoogroups.com “Good news for those with Disabilities” email.

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Winter 2015 Talking Times

By Ann | December 17, 2014


The Winter 2015 Talking Times newsletter is now available in print online. The audio version online will be posted and announced to electronic subscribers of the newsletter in early January 2015.

The newsletter includes the Regional Librarian’s Annual Report, a new dowloading feature, new books, free screen readers, currency reader, Verizon wireless support and more.

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Novel Ideas Book Discussion Jan 16 2015

By Ann | December 16, 2014


On Friday, January 16, 2015 at 9 pm, Novel Ideas Book Discussion will be talking about The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani.

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 DB074522

Book description from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog – Teenagers Ciro Lazzari and Enza Ravanelli meet in the Italian Alps when he digs the grave for her sister, but a scandal sends Ciro to America to work as a shoemaker’s apprentice. Years later Enza, a celebrated seamstress in Manhattan, crosses Ciro’s path again. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2012

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The Fantasy Book Discussion Dec 21

By Ann | December 16, 2014


On Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 8 pm, the Fantasy Book Discussion will be talking about Shattered by Kevin Hearne.

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 DB079167

Book description from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog –  After the events of Hunted (DB 77273), Atticus is trying to acclimate his former mentor, Owen, to life in the twenty-first century. Meanwhile, Granuaile has been lured to India to help her father who has become the host to a sorcerer’s spirit. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

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New Phone number for BARD Chat Dec 16 2014

By Ann | December 16, 2014


The BARD site chat will take place Tuesday December 16. For the first time, this chat will be using a brand new call in number along with a nine digit access code which will now be refered to as a meeting id instead of an access code. The time for tonight’s BARD chat will be 9:00 p.m eastern. The new number to call is (605) 562-0020. The nine digit meeting id is 255-396-424.

from Joshua Hendrickson at bardtalk

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Science Fiction Book Discussion Jan 8 2015

By Ann | December 15, 2014


On Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 9 pm, the Science Fiction club will be talking about River of Time by L. Sprague De Camp.

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 DB40578

Book description from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog –  Nine stories in which Reginald Rivers, or his partner the Raja, whisks groups of people back in time to hunt for dinosaurs. In “Crocamander Quest,” they unfortunately transport a woman who wants to bed all the men in the party. In “The Satanic Illusion,” a fundamentalist minister wants to disprove evolution, and in “The Honeymoon Dragon,” Rivers takes his wife on a trip for their twentieth anniversary. Some strong language. 1993.

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Fiction Old and New Book Discussion Jan 13

By Ann | December 11, 2014


On Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9 pm, the Fiction Old and New discussion group will be talking about The Mask Carver’s Son by Alyson Richman.

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 DB77613

Book description from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog –
Yamamato Kiyoki leaves Japan to explore the wonders of the Parisian art world at the end of the nineteenth century. His father Ryusei, a master mask carver, doesn’t understand why his son does not want to follow in his footsteps. Kiyoki experiences culture shock. 2000.

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November 2014 Bestsellers List

By Ann | December 5, 2014


The November 2014 Bestsellers List compiled 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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Favorite Read Top Ten Book 2014

By Ann | December 4, 2014


Enjoy the 2014 LibraryReads #1 “Favorites of Favorites” book, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Library Journal names it one of their Top Ten Books for 2014. Talking Books Plus has this book for you, its members. Soak in the spirit of the holidays and listen to a good book from the Talking Books Plus collection.

Request DB078978

Book Description:
When his most prized possession, a rare volume of poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family, and associates. Then he receives a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life. Strong language. Bestseller. 2014.

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