Talking Books Plus

Novel Idea Book Discussion March 20

By Ann | February 25, 2015


On Friday, March 20, 2015 at 9 pm the Novel Idea book discussion group will be talking about In Translation by Jean Kwok. 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 DB73069.

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog –
Eleven-year-old Ah-Kim “Kimberly” Chang and her widowed mother move to New York City before the 1997 Chinese takeover of their native Hong Kong. They live in an unheated apartment and work in Kimberly’s aunt’s Brooklyn sweatshop. But Kimberly’s intelligence earns her a private-school scholarship and hope for the future. 2010.

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RARI May Breakfast 2015

By Ann | February 24, 2015


You are invited to attend:

May Breakfast 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Join Chair Robin Kall of Reading with Robin and hundreds of Rhode Islanders as we celebrate the 13th year of Reading Across Rhode Island! Enjoy breakfast, browse books for sale, bid on penny social items and hear author Derek Miller speak about the 2015 Reading Across Rhode Island book Norwegian By Night. The author will be available for book signing after the event. Please register by April 15, 2015. Seating is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door.

For questions, contact Kate Lentz at 401-273-2250 or kate@ribook.org

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Mystery Book Discussion March 25

By Ann | February 24, 2015


On Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 5 pm the Mystery Book discussion group will be talking about Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman. 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 DB79667
Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog –
Now with the Greenbury Police Department in upstate New York, former LAPD homicide cop Peter Decker investigates a mausoleum break-in that leads him and his arrogant but unskilled young partner into a world of art forgery and murder. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

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Fiction Old and New March 10

By Ann | February 13, 2015


On  Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 9 pm the Fiction, Old and New discussion group will be talking about Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. 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 DB070760

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog –
Sussex, England. Straitlaced, retired, and widowed Major Ernest Pettigrew gradually falls in love with an educated, British-born Pakistani widow, Mrs. Ali. Their burgeoning relationship must weather problems with younger family members, latent prejudice among the villagers, and a series of misunderstandings. Bestseller. 2010.

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Victor Reader Stream Monthly Chat

By Ann | February 12, 2015


For Talking Books Plus members using a Victor Reader Stream, Joshua Hendrickson announced on bardtalk a monthly Victor Stream Chat. The live chat takes place the second Wednesday of every month at 9:00 pm. The number to call for the chat is (605) 562-0020. The nine digit meeting ID is 255-396-424. The next chat is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11th.

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RARI Resource Guide for TBP

By Ann | February 12, 2015


The 2015 RARI program , a project of the RI Center for the Book is in full swing. Talking Books Plus members are encouraged to join this lively book discussion of Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller. Enrich discussion and read a braille version or listen to a talking book version of the resource titles available in a special edition of the 2015 Resource Guide.  This guide was compiled for Talking Books Plus members.

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A list of Good Romances

By Ann | February 11, 2015


Copies of the bibliography, Good Romances 2014, are now available in large print for Talking Books Plus members. The Introduction says  ”this bibliography is a guide to selected romance titles produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in audio and braille formats. This bibliography presents titles that do not contain explicit sex, violence or strong language.” To order a copy of this booklet, email olis.tbp@olis.ri.gov or call 401-574-9310.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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A Journey Through History Book Discussion March 3

By Ann | February 10, 2015


On Tuesday, March 3 at 9 pm A Journey Through History  book discussion group will be talking about The Presidency of George Washington by Forrest McDonald . Talking Books Plus members may download the book. 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 DB043027.

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

The author explores the reputation of the first president and its role in American history, arguing that the mystique surrounding Washington allowed a divided and contentious young country to trust executive authority and establish the office of president. McDonald also describes Washington’s administration and the end of his immunity to public criticism.

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January 2015 Bestsellers List

By Ann | February 5, 2015


The January 2015 Bestsellers List 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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Banquet of Books Feb 8th

By Ann | February 4, 2015


A Banquet of Books lets participants talk about their favorite books. Join them Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at 5 pm in the Book Nook Room.

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