Beth Solka

Books-by-Mail

Mail box full of books

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.

Fighting for Your Marriage by Howard J. Markman, Scott M. Stanley, Susan L. Blumberg

Fighting for Your Marriage

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.

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Witness cover

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 by James Bowen

A Street Cat Named Bob cover

 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. 

BARD Mobile Introduction

BARD Mobile logo

The NLS (National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped) is creating a series of instructional videos to introduce and discuss using the BARD mobile app. Check this blog post occasionally to see the latest additions. 

BARD Mobile

BARD mobile screenshot

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.  

Changes to Digital Magazines within the Talking Books for the Blind Program

Magazine cartridge image

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: The Thoughts and Emotions of our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell

Animal Wise cover

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? by Sandra Cisneros, Illustrated by Ester Hernandez

Have You Seen Marie? cover

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.

Virginia Libraries Journal Discovers Our Subregional Library

Talking Book Display

The most recent issue of the Virginia Libraries featured an article about our very own Subregional Library for the Blind.  The article has been very well-received for its educational value. The staff has also been delighted with the lovely photos of CRRL staff Mutahara Mobashar and Robert Solka, along with the Montross and Headquarters Talking Books displays.  Thank all of you so much for making this Subregional Library an invaluable part of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.