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Talking Book Topics Jan Feb 2015

By Ann | January 29, 2015


The Talking Book Topics January/February 2015 book catalog has been posted on the web.

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Mystery Book Discussion Feb 22 2015

By Ann | January 29, 2015


On Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 5 pm) the Mystery Book Discussion group will be talking about the Escape by David Baldacci. 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 DB80178.

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog –
U.S. Army special agent John Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. But he is unprepared to hunt the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked–his own brother. Imprisoned for treason and national security crimes, Robert has now inexplicably escaped. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.    2014.

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Library Hours during Snow Storms

By Ann | January 26, 2015


Watch for announcements that State Offices may close during winter storms such as the blizzard forecast to start tonight. Talking Books Plus will be closed if State Offices are closed. Otherwise, staff will make every effort to come in to answer the phone and serve our members. Members have the option of ordering books online. However, any titles ordered the day before a storm may be delayed in shipment due to talking books service closings and postal delivery schedules.

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National News October December 2014

By Ann | January 23, 2015


News is a publication of the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS.)

The October-December 2014, Vol. 46, No. 4 issue features -

Blind Pianist Justin Kauflin and his use of the Music collection of NLS;

Blind Author, Sue Martin who shares her story about rehabilitation from sight to blindness and raises awareness of unseen disabilities like suicidal depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in her book, Out of the Whirlwind: A Memoir of Remorse and Reconciliation (DB78152).

Also in this issue, an update from the National Audio Equipment Committee (NAEAC) and its involvement in the NLS digital talking-book machine and BARD.

Read about all of this and more in News.

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Novel Ideas Book Discussion Feb 20

By Ann | January 23, 2015


On Friday, February 20, 2015 at 9 pm the Novel Ideas discussion group will be talking about Whiskey Island by (author). 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 DB58098.

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

A carjacking brings ex-priest Niccolo Andreani into the lives of Megan Donaghue and her sisters Peggy and Casey, owners of Cleveland’s historic Whiskey Island Saloon. With Niccolo’s help, Megan solves a generations-old family mystery. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

 

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Mystery Book Discussion Jan 25

By Ann | January 23, 2015


On Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 5 pm the Mystery Discussion Group will be talking about Iron Lake, Boundary Waters, and Purgatory Ridge by William Kent Krueger. 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 DB78912 .

Note:  This is an omneybus containing the first three books in his Cork O’Conor series.  They are only discussing Iron Lake.  The complete title of the BARD omnibus is:  Iron Lake ; Boundary Waters ; Purgatory Ridge

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog –
Books one through three, written between 1998 and 2001, featuring ex-Chicago cop and former Aurora sheriff Cork O’Connor. Now living in the Minnesota woods, he continues to solve cases–a murdered judge, a missing country-western singer, and a deadly explosion in a mill. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

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2015 RARI book added as downloadable

By Ann | January 21, 2015


The 2015 RARI title, Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller is now downloadable through the Talking Books Plus catalog. Book number is DB79894.

If you are a Talking Books Plus member in good standing but not signed up for BARD service, apply for BARD to download this book.

And watch for future TBP blog announcements of RARI events connected to this title.

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Fiction, Old and New book discussion Feb 10

By Ann | January 20, 2015


On Tuesday, February 9, 2015 at 9 pm the Fiction, Old and New discussion group will be talking about All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 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 DB79182.

Reading time: 16 hours, 3 minutes. Read by Jill Fox.

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog –
When Paris is invaded by the Nazis, Marie-Laure LeBlanc’s father evacuates her to St. Malo to stay with her great-uncle. Blind since the age of six, Marie-Laure must learn the town by the scale model her father has left. Then, the Germans arrive. Violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2014.

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Carmella’s Quest narrated by blind author

By Ann | January 14, 2015


It’s the story of a blind author’s effort to read her own work and have it added to the NLS Download service. Download the book, CARMELLA’S QUEST by Carmella Broome as DBC00073 from BARD.

Carmella writes- My first book, “Carmella’s Quest: Taking On College Sight Unseen,” was released in print in February of 2009. As excited as I was to hold a copy in my hands, flip the pages, and yes, even sniff it to see if it really smelled like a new book, I was already thinking ahead to my next goal. I needed to get the book into accessible format for other readers who were blind. Getting “Carmella’s Quest” into Bookshare’s collection of digital books was quick and easy, but I wanted it available in audio format as well. I’d enjoyed books on tape for years through the National Library Service, and wanted my book to be included in their collection. I knew that my state’s Talking Book Services had a studio where local volunteers recorded books about South Carolina, or by South Carolina authors. This collection was made available nationally to NLS patrons through interlibrary loan. The title, In My Own Voice,  can be requested through Interlibrary Loan as Sc-BPH (CBC00492) by calling 574-9310.

Hoping for the best, I contacted Chris Yates at the Talking Book Services office near my home. I wanted to read the book myself. I explained that I’d probably use a process similar to one I’d figured out when I needed to give presentations in graduate school. I had a laptop, a text file, JAWS, and a set of headphones. I would have JAWS read to me and I would repeat what I was listening to aloud to my audience. I wore an ear bud in one ear and simply slowed the speech rate down a bit and narrowed a document’s margins so that I could easily stay a few words behind whatever JAWS was saying. I moved through the text line by line, adding pauses and inflection, and other more human embellishments. In this case, my audience would be TBS’s digital recording equipment.

The first recording session went great.  I snuggled into a small soundproof recording booth with my laptop and my guide dog, Maggie. I already had the JAWS speech rate and margins on the text copy of “Carmella’s Quest” set the way I liked them.

I knew that, especially when reading a memoir, I’d connect with the story more
personally if I knew the person narrating it was the person who actually wrote it. I also knew that I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else’s voice to read my book.  If I did it myself, I could make sure it sounded the way I wanted it to.

By early August, the recording of “Carmella’s Quest” was complete. Carmella’s Quest” is now available across the country to anyone signed up with NLS.  I’m proud to have contributed to a service that has provided me with countless hours of reading enjoyment over the years. I wish positive collaborations like the one between myself and South Carolina Talking Book Services could happen more often. Working together, we made “Carmella’s Quest” accessible, in my own voice, to countless other blind readers.

Source: bardtalk Tue 1/13/2015 10:49 PM

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Be My Eyes App Jan 15 release

By Ann | January 14, 2015


An app called be my eyes, which connects blind people who need assistance with sighted volunteers through their iPhone’s back facing camera, is due for release on the 15th of January. You can find out more about it by visiting the website: www.bemyeyes.org

Source: bardtalk Wed 1/14/2015 7:59 AM

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