Talking Books Plus

Book Nook Discussion Aug 12

By Ann | July 21, 2014


Fiction, Old and New  will be discussing State of wonder DB73464  by Ann Patchett on August 12, 2014 9PM EST in the Book Nook. To join the online interactive book discussion program, visit Book Nook , a Talking Communities online conferencing site sponsored by Helping Hands for the Blind. For informatin to sign up for all Accessible World discussion lists and to download the conferencing site, visit Accessible World.

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BARD down for me or everyone?

By Ann | July 21, 2014


Apparently, BARD was down over the weekend. Here are 2 sites that let you check whether a particular site is down. In the website checker, Is It Down for Me or Everyone, enter the address of BARD main page in the search edit field of the web site checker. The other web site checker site is called websitedown.

These tips come from bardtalk@yahoogroups.com

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Currency Reader distribution

By Ann | July 14, 2014


National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has agreed to partner with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in distributing its currency readers. The readers are free and only will read U.S. currency. BEP began distributing the currency readers at the National Federation of the Blind conference in Orlando, Florida. BEP also plans to distribute currency readers at the American Council of the Blind conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, and at the Blinded Veterans Association conference in Las Vegas in August.

NLS is scheduled to begin distributing currency readers to TBP members who are blind or visually impaired later this year.  Registered Talking Books Plus (TBP)members may obtain currency readers before December 31, 2014. In January 2015, the program will open to all residents and U.S. citizens living abroad who are blind or visually impaired.

TBP members requesting a currency reader device will not be able to get a currency reader device until late fall but their name and address will be kept on file so that a reader can be sent when it becomes available. Call or email TBP at 574-9310 to be put on the waiting list.

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First to Write and Read Tactically

By Ann | July 3, 2014


Do you know Laura Bridgman? She was the first blind and deaf person to learn to write and read through tactile means. As a Talking Books Plus (TBP) member, you can download a new fictional biography, What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins, through the BARD TBP service. This commercial audiobook published in 2014 tells the story of Laura who leaves Vermont at the tender age of 7 to live at the Perkins Institution for the Blind well before Helen Keller was there. Visit the BARD site to apply for BARD service.

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June 2014 Bestseller List

By Ann | July 2, 2014


The  June 2014 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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Seasoned Times for Seniors

By Ann | July 2, 2014


Beth Eburn created a website specifically for seniors that some of our members might want to explore. Beth says “It is a positive, colorful and filled with valuable information for people in their ‘seasoned’ years. She says she “has worked as a healthcare writer for many years and developed the website to share what [she] learned about wise and healthy aging.” Talking Books Plus is pleased to connect our members to information sites of interest. We encourage you to check it out for yourself.

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NLS Music Notes Blog

By Ann | June 26, 2014


It is with great pleasure that I tell you about a new blog, NLS Music Notes. On May 15, 2014, this blog debuted with the post, ”Welcome to the NLS Musc Notes Blog.” The post says this “blog will highlight the Music Section work in acquiring, cataloging, transcribing and preserving of collections as well as information about them. As a full service collection, the Music Section will post features of NLS Music Section resources for beginning music students as well as materials for those more advanced in all instruments. The Music Section offers all types of music  scores, books and magazines. The blog will also feature musicians, aspiring musician, music students, and all those who embrace music.” Find in the inaugural post links to 2 great performance clips.

The NLS Music Section has the largest collection of music braille in the world. The music collection includes large print and audio as well as braille.

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May 2014 Bestsellers List

By Ann | June 4, 2014


The 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

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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BARD Talk on the Web

By Ann | June 4, 2014


The BARD Talk list is a way to provide assistance with all things BARD related. Subscribers receive email messages from other list members who either ask questions or offer answers. To join this list, visit BARD Talk on the Web.

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Maya Angelou Booklist

By Ann | May 30, 2014


In celebration of Maya Angelou’s life and her vast literary contributions, Talking Books Plus is proud to share a list of Maya Angelou’s books that are available through the RI Talking Books Plus library. This list was compiled by Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library.

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