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Two Books for Youth Win Awards

By Donna | March 28, 2017

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of the 2017 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. The awards were announced in January 2017 at the ALA Mid-Winter meeting. Two of the winning books, “Six Dots” and “as brave as you” feature vision impaired characters of different ages.

DB86519 “Six Dots” written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Boris Kulikov won the award for books for young children. (in process, check for availability)

Summary of “Six Dots”: “Becoming blind at a young age, Louis Braille didn’t allow his disability to prevent him from learning about the world around him.  Unsatisfied with the options available, Louis tinkered with French military code to invent an alphabet system that revolutionized communication for people with visual impairments.”

“Bryant & Kulikov combine text and art to transport readers back in time to marvel at young Braille’s genius and tenacity at inventing an alphabet system that has continued through the centuries,” said Award Chair Joanna Tamplin.

DB84720 “as brave as you,” written by Jason Reynolds, won the award for best middle school title. It is available and downloadable on BARD.

Summary of “as brave as you”: Uprooted from Brooklyn, brothers Genie and Ernie spend the summer with their grandparents in rural Virginia. While getting to know each other, Genie discovers the true meaning of bravery as he observes his grandfather navigating the world without sight. Life lessons sprinkled with humor demonstrate the power of family bonds.

“Like any good archaeologist, Jason Reynolds studied the bones of his own family history to create unique characters you will swear you have met, including Grandpop, who is blind but never limited,” (referenced from a presentation by the author at a conference.) said Tamplin.

“as brave as you” is available as an audio book from Ocean State Libraries eZone. You need a public library card to borrow from eZone.

Quoted material is from the ALA Press Release.

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New Titles Added to Our Collection

By Andy | March 22, 2017

If your thinking about something new and interesting to read, here are a few suggestions of recent titles added to our collection.

DB84790 Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire by Peter B. Doran

DB84779 Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss by Sandra Aamodt

DB85255 The Accidental Life: An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers by Terry McDonell

DB84717 The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time

DB84436 Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

DB84784 The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks by Joshua Cooper Ramo

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BARD is Back!

By Alicia Waters | March 13, 2017

The Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service is up and running. Thank you for your patience.

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International Women’s Day March 8, 2017

By Andy | March 8, 2017

Celebrate International Women’s Day by reading about women we know who faced many challenges.

DB 39564 Moving Beyond Words by Gloria Steinem

DB 77454 I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

DB 57048 Madam Secretary by Madeline Albright

DB 75317 Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz

DB 61696 Helen Keller: Selected Writings by Helen Keller

DB 74052 No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington by Condoleezza Rice

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BARD Is Temporarily Down

By Andy | March 7, 2017

BARD is temporarily down due to technical problems. The National Library Services technical staff is working to resolve the problem. We will keep you informed as we are updated by their staff.

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Spring into Gardening

By Andy | March 1, 2017

I checked the calendar and Spring begins on March 20th. It’s time to think about gardening, so I found a few interesting titles in the collection to help us out.

DB 84886 The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water by Pam Penick

DB 69864 All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space by Mel Bartholomew

DB 72645 The New Low-Maintenance Garden: How to Have a Beautiful, Productive Garden and the Time to Enjoy It  by Valerie Easton

DB 59186 The Complete Shade Gardener by George Schenk

DB 71745 The Nonstop Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Plant Choices and Four-Season Designs
by Stephanie Cohen

DB 72840 Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older by Sydney Eddison

If you want to be inspired about the benefits of gardening, read this article by Leonard Moorehead, a local urban gardener, who writes for GoLocalProv

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St. Patrick’s Day – Celebrate and Read

By Andy | February 22, 2017

With March arriving soon, we have an opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. What better way to begin the celebration than by reading your favorite Irish authors from our collection. These are a few of the authors and some of their books.

DB 42805  Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

DB 48813 Tis: A Memoir by Frank McCourt

DB 21424 Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

DB 17608 Dubliners by James Joyce

DB 72201 The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats

DB 39279 House of Splendid Isolation by Edna O’Brien

DB 48479 The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin by Maeve Brennan

Call Talking Books Plus at 401 -574-9310 or email us at

to order any of these titles or make your own special requests for the holiday.

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Honoring Black History Month with TBP Books and WGBH Programs

By Andy | February 15, 2017

In our continuation of honoring Black History Month, we have more books to recommend and WGBH  programs honoring the month as well.

From the TBP collection are the following titles:

DB82201  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehsi Coates

DB85212  The Underground Railroad by Colsen Whitehead

DB57200 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

From WGBH programing honoring Black History Month:

“And Still I Rise” – a film honoring Maya Angelou to air on American Masters, Tuesday 2/21/17 at 8:00pm on WGBH 2.

“Grand Africa” – “Africa’s Great Civilizations” as explored by Henry Louis Gates, Monday 2/27/17 at 9:00pm on WGBH 2

Basic Black will continue to explore new topics on Black  perspectives throughout the month of February

Call Talking Books Plus at 401 574-9310 M-F to request our digital book titles and many more. You may also email your requests to

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Black History Month

By Andy | February 8, 2017

February is Black History Month. We have many titles that explore and examine Black Heritage through nonfiction and fiction digital titles. These are just a few titles to consider reading. Call Talking Books Plus at 401 574-9310 M-F to request these titles and many more. You may also email your requests to

DB62330 A Call to Conscience: the Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

DB67662 Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

DB43877 Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama

DB33488 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

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Reading Across Rhode Island Program Starts at Local Libraries

By Andy | February 1, 2017

We still have digital audio copies of Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson DB80035. The statewide reading program developed by the RI Center for the Book features a noteworthy book and is promoted throughout Rhode Island. Check with your local public library to find out if they are having a book discussion meeting about Just Mercy. Remember to order your digital copy of Just Mercy by calling Talking Books Plus at 401 – 574-9310. You may also email us at the following address

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