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Great News – “How Reading Helps You Live Longer”

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Listen to Innovation Hub’s Kara Miller interview with researcher Avni Bavishi  while they discuss the longevity and cognitive benefits of reading books. Now that you listened to Kara and Avni, here are a few popular books in our collection to read and improve yourself. DB85110 The Games by James Patterson – digital copies available and […]

How Nature Can Make You A Healthier Person

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

On September 8th, Kara Miller’s program “Innovation Hub” interviewed Florence Williams, the author of “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative”. Listen to their discussion by selecting Innovation Hub. We don’t have Florence Williams’ book at this time; however, we have several interesting titles about enjoying nature and people who […]

Hurricane Season 2017

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

As New Englanders, we are aware of the potential destruction of property and loss of life hurricanes may bring to our communities. After Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, we wondered if Hurricane Irma might come our way? Fortunately, Rhode Islanders’ with disabilities may register with the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry to help protect themselves […]

Is There an Autonomous or Self-Driving Car in Your Future?

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Next time your at the local technology store the “sales representative” might ask you this question. Would You Like an Autonomous Car to Go with Your iPhone or Android Phone? Well, maybe this might happen in the future. While your waiting, read the New York Times article on the future of self driving vehicles.  Also, […]

The Civil War and Current American Domestic Issues

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

We always must know our past to understand our present. With the Charlottesville, Virginia disturbances on Saturday August 12th, we find our past American history collide with the present events and issues in our communities. To gain additional perspectives, from the New York Times read the following commentary by Thomas L. Friedman and Ross Douthat, […]

Innovation in the 21st Century

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Recently, the National Governors Association Conference was held in Rhode Island. One of the guest speakers was Elon Musk. He spoke to the Governors and guests about some of his thoughts and ventures concerning technological Innovation. In addition to listening to Elon Musk, we have a number of digital books about technological innovation and our future. These digital books […]

Belated 198th Birthday Wish to Herman Melville

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

If you missed it, Herman Melville’s 198th birthday celebration was yesterday on 8/1/17. To celebrate, first listen to WGBH’s commentary about Herman Melville by Mark Herz and Edgar B. Herwick III , then decide  what you want to read by calling Talk Books Plus at 401 – 574-9310 or email us at olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov. The following are […]

What College Students Read During the Summer

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

During the summer, many colleges assign books to read for their incoming freshman and other interested students. Here are a few identified by Dana Golstein in her New York Times article on 7/1/17. DB82201 Between the World and Me by TA-Nehisi Coates – “essayistic exploration of violence done to the black male body in America”  […]

Jane Austen, British Author Still Beloved by Americans

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

On the 200th anniversary of her death (1817), we celebrate her life by reading about her writing on the BBC website. If you want to read some of her novels or a biography, we have them in our collection and available for you by calling us at 401- 574-9310 or emailing us at olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov. DB23490 Emma by Jane Austen DB50549 Pride […]

Celebrate Henry David Thoreau’s 200th Birthday Today

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Henry David Thoreau was born on 7/12/1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. Today is his 200th birthday. Listen to the National Public Radio broadcast of his life and comments from his biographers. Then you can enjoy some of his books and writings by calling RI Talking Books Plus at 401-574-9310 or email us at olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov . Some […]

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