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President Donald J. Trump

By Andy | January 25, 2017

We have a number of books by our newly elected President Donald J. Trump. The titles reflect his business acumen and knowledge. The list includes the following titles.

DB 32249 Trump: Surviving at the Top
DB 45334 Trump: the Art of the Comeback
DB 26956 Trump: the Art of the Deal
DB 58051 Trump: How to Get Rich
DB 64018 Why We Want You to be Rich:Two Men – One Message.

If you want to know more about President Trump’s activities visit the Whitehouse website.

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First Lady Michelle Obama

By Andy | January 18, 2017

For the past eight years, Michelle Obama has promoted the values of family and education while representing the other half of her family at the White House. You can read Peter Slevin’s book Michelle Obama: A Life DB 81575 to learn more about this accomplished First Lady. The book may be requested by calling us at RI Talking Books Plus 401 574-9310 or emailing us at

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President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address

By Andy | January 11, 2017

Last night on January 10th, in Chicago, President Barack Obama gave his farewell address to the nation. Listen to his complete speech on this website.  If you want to learn more about President Obama, read some of his books available from the Rhode Island Talking Books Plus program. Just call us at 401 574-9310 or email us at

DB 63126 The Audacity of Hope

DB 68229 Change We can Believe In

DB 43877 Dreams from my Father

DBC 06018 Of thee I Sing

DBC 06035 Yes We Can

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Registration for Reading Across RI Event

By Andy | January 4, 2017

RARI’s 2017 book for discussion is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The event will be held on Sunday , January 29th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Providence Public Library. There is a fee and registration is required to attend the event. Complete the form with your payment by selecting Registration. If you are a member of RI Talking Books Plus, you may download a digital copy of the book on our BARD system or borrow a copy of the book  by calling us at 401 574-9310.

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When Plays, Books and Films Come Together

By Andy | December 28, 2016

August Wilson’s play Fences comes  to us in digital form DB33614 or as a digital download title in BARD. In addition, the newly released film Fences is directed by Denzel Washington who plays one of the primary character’s Troy Maxson. Rhode Island’s own Viola Davis plays his wife Rose. Before ordering or downloading the title, listen to  National Public Radio’s commentary about the film. Note, the NPR critic first discusses Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. I’ll discuss her book and film in a future posting when Talking Books Plus has it available as a digital title. In the meantime, call us at (401) 574-9310 or email us at to request Fences.


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Reading Across RI Book Kick Off Event

By Andy | December 21, 2016

In our Fall 2016 Talking Times Newsletter, you may have read about the 2017 Reading Across RI book selection of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. It is available as a digital book DB80035 from our collection and as a downloadable book in BARD. The kick off event will be held on January 29, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Providence Public Library with a panel of guest speakers to discuss themes in the book. If you wish to attend the kick off meeting, you must register for this event. Registration will be posted in early January 2017 on the Rhode Island Center for the Book website.

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“Carla’s Picks” Recommendations by Librarian of Congress

By Andy | December 14, 2016

As the cold winds of December arrive on your doorstep, do you still dream of those summer days on Matunuck Beach? If you want to dream back to those days, listen to the new Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, talk about her favorite beach reads on the Baltimore news Channel WBAL . We have her selections as digital book copies in our catalog or available for download on BARD.

H is for Hawk DB81386 by Helen MacDonald

The Light of the World: A Memoir DB82146 by Elizabeth Alexander

Inside the O’Briens: A Novel DB 81500 by Lisa Genova

The Turner House DB81739 by Angela Flournoy

A Reunion of Ghosts: A Novel DB81355 by Judith Claire Mitchell

The Rocks: A Novel DB81863 by Peter Nichols

The Knockoff: A Novel DB81744 by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

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Accessible Mobile Reading Apps

By Alicia Waters | December 12, 2016

The NLS reference Guide for Accessible Mobile Reading Apps describes accessible software applications (apps) for smartphones and other mobile devices, which can be used by those who are visually impaired to read books, newspapers, magazines, and other print material.


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Research on Dyslexia

By Andy | November 30, 2016

Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading print. It is a condition that qualifies a person to receive talking books through our program. There is good news to report that researchers are making progress in assisting people with dyslexia. Listen to the following report from NPR ED and find out how.


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NLS to review refreshable braille displays

By Andy | November 9, 2016

On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed an amendment to the 1931 Pratt-Smoot Act. This amendment passed by Congress and signed by the President will allow National Library Services to explore providing refreshable braille displays to members in the future. Karen Keninger, NLS Director, is hopeful new refreshable braille displays will be developed that are “low cost, low maintenance” devices which NLS could acquire to loan to NLS members in the coming years. For further discussion of the topic and additional NLS news select the following link:

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