The U.S. currency reader is on the way! The U. S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) has developed a currency reader for the blind and is partnering with the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind in order to distribute the free device to people who are already certified for Talking Books. The distribution will begin in January and you should let your librarian know that you are anxious to receive one.
If you have a health concern and are not able to come into the library to pick up your materials, there is a solution to your problem. Contact the Assistive Services department to let us know about your temporary or chronic health issue so we can set up a Books-by-Mail account for you. Once you have a Books-by-Mail account any materials—including books, videos, magazines, and CDs—that you request are sent to the Assistive Services department where they will be mailed to your home.
Someone whom I love very much was recently going through marriage counseling, and he told me that the counselor always recommends that both people first read the book Fighting for Your Marriage. This intrigued me, so I got the book and found it really interesting and fun to read.
In The Witness, Elizabeth Fitch is the daughter of a controlling and cold mother who is a famous surgeon. When her mother is away at a medical conference, Elizabeth changes her appearance, makes fake IDs for herself and her friend and they go out to one of the hottest night clubs in the area. They drink too much and meet two Russian men who take them back to their house. However, when they get there two other Russian men come and murder her friend and one of the Russian men that brought her there. Elizabeth escapes and goes into a witness protection program.
A Street Cat Named Bob is the true story of a young man who is a recovering heroin addict who was homeless in London. He became part of a government program that found him an apartment and started him in a rehab program. Then he met Bob, the orange street cat who became attached to him and refused to leave the apartment’s hallway for weeks. James finally let Bob into his apartment, and they developed a fast friendship that benefited both of them.
The BARD Mobile app allows our Talking Book customers to access Braille and talking books directly from NLS (BARD). BARD offers a collection of nearly 50,000 books, magazines, and musical scores, with new selections added daily.
BARD is up and running again despite the government shutdown. There has also been a mobile app set up for iPhones or iPads. You can obtain the free app from the Apple iTunes store.
The Talking Books program has changed its magazine format from cassettes to digital cartridges. Now, all National Library Service-produced magazines are circulated on digital cartridges. You will notice a big improvement in the enhanced sound quality and navigation capabilities.
Animal Wise is a look at the emotions and intelligence of several species of animals: ants, fish, birds, parrots, rats, elephants, dolphins, chimpanzees—and dogs and wolves. Morell interviews the scientists who are doing cutting edge research into the animals’ minds and emotions. If you are an animal lover like I am, you do not need a scientist to tell you that animals have emotions. However, this book rejoices in each species, as the scientists who have devoted their lives to the study of these animals take such pride in their discoveries and have a fascination with the animals that they are researching.
Have You Seen Marie? is a picture book, but it is aimed at adults. The author and illustrator created it as an attempt to help them deal with their grief, for each of them has lost a parent.
The story is about Sandra Cisneros who suffered from depression after her mother’s death. Her doctor encouraged the author to take antidepressants, but she resisted taking medication. Her friend came to visit her and while there lost her cat, Marie. The act of trying to find her friend’s cat forced Cisneros out of the house and into the world again in order to help her friend. This picture book introduces all of her colorful neighbors as she tries to find Marie.