Talking Books Plus

Muse and Odyssey magazines merge

By Ann | May 21, 2015


Attention: Talking Books Plus members

From NLS-

Beginning with the April 2015 issue, Carus Publishing merged Muse and Odyssey magazines into a single publication called Muse. The new Muse features the types of content associated with both magazines.

NLS patrons who formerly received the audio edition of Odyssey will begin receiving the audio edition of Muse without interruption.

NLS will continue to produce a braille edition of Muse.

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Science Fiction Book Discussion June 11

By Ann | May 19, 2015


On Thursday, June 11 at 9:00 pm the Science Fiction discussion group will be talking about Ventus by Sarah Zettel. 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 DB057168

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

Lady Calandria May arrives on Ventus to destroy an entity known as Armiger. She needs the help of young Jordan Mason, who has visions linked to the god-like “Winds” that rule the planet.

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Novel Ideas Book Discussion May 15

By Ann | May 15, 2015


On Friday, May 15, 2015 at 9 pm the Novel Ideas Discussion Group will be talking about Eve’s Daughters by Lynn Austin. 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 DB077313

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

1980. Eighty-year-old Emma reminisces about the lives and choices that she, her mother, and her daughter have made as her granddaughter Suzanne prepares for a divorce. After discovering Emma’s family secret, Suzanne opens her heart to God’s love and reconsiders her marriage. 1999.

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World of Books Book Discussion May 17

By Ann | May 15, 2015


On Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 5 pm the World of Books discussion group will be talking about Dark Tide: the great Boston molasses flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo. 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 DB059335.

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

Chronicle of the Boston waterfront’s molasses tank collapse that flooded the city’s North End with a sticky twenty-five-foot-high tidal wave, killing twenty-one people. Explores the tragedy from the tank’s 1915 construction to a civil lawsuit decided in 1925 and touches larger issues of immigration, WWI, Prohibition, and labor. 2003.

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Fiction Old and New Book Discussion June 9

By Ann | May 13, 2015


On Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 9 pm the Fiction Old and New discussion group will be talking about The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen. 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 DB80053.

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

Fictional account of the life of Mary Bowser. Born into slavery in Virginia, she is emancipated and sent to Philadelphia for an education. But she returns to Virginia to care for her father and become a spy in the Confederate White House. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2012.

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KRARI Kick Off Sat May 9

By Ann | May 8, 2015


The 2015 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island (KRARI) Kick-Off event is Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the State House. Meet Kate DiCamillo, the author of the 2015 KRARI book, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (DB80753). This book is in the Talking Books Plus collection. TBP members may download or loan the book by mail.

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BARD is Download

By Ann | May 8, 2015


Due to technical difficulties, BARD is download. NLS is hoping to resolve the issue by Noon Friday, May 8th.

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Popular Culture in YA Selections

By Ann | May 8, 2015


The Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review book catalogs define young adult (YA) literature as centering “on a lead character who is twelve to eighteen years old and undergoes a formative coming-of-age experience.”

YA books are popular with adults as well as young adults. “The genre often explores the adolescent themes of identity, sexuality, rebellion, peer pressure, and experimentation but may also focus on issues of friendship, love, race, money, divorce, and family relationships.”

YA books in the Talking Books Plus catalog are noted as “For junior and senior high” and may add “and older readers.” Look in the Audience Notes of the Full Title Display or the Subject listings of an online Catalog Search of a title for this and other keyword descriptions of what the book is about.

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A Journey Through History June 2

By Ann | May 7, 2015


On Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 9 pm A Journey Through History discussion group will be talking about Blackwater: the rise of the world’s most powerful mercenary army by Jeremy Scahill. 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 DB064693.

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

Award-winning investigative journalist exposes Blackwater USA, a private military-training camp in North Carolina that he claims supplies mercenaries for the war on terror. Chronicles Blackwater’s expansion under right-wing multimillionaire Erik Prince and asserts its deployment in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Caspian Sea for intelligence and combat. Some violence. Bestseller. 2007.

 

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BARD down May 8 morning

By Ann | May 6, 2015


TO: All BARD users

From: NLS

BARD is in need of more memory, so NLS are going to take down the service on Friday in order to install another disk drive. BARD will not be available from 9:20 AM until 11:20 AM Eastern time, Friday May 8 2015. BARD will return in plenty of time for your weekend reading pleasure.

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