Talking Books Blog
Years ago, I became fascinated by the writings of a young naturalist named Dian Fossey. Her writings were so intriguing because they were not just dryly scientific journalism. Dian Fossey’s background was in education instead of zoology, and she used her observational abilities to describe the world around her. She had the ability to immerse the reader in her world of gorillas.
I really enjoy books that disturb me. I know that is strange. That being said, Head Full of Ghosts was one of the most disturbing novels I have read in a long time. I just loved it! The person telling the story is the youngest daughter in the family. As an adult she is meeting with a writer to tell the story of her infamous family for a biography. The older daughter, Marjorie, is having some troubling issues as a teenager that eventually prompts the father into calling the local priest for an exorcism.
The 9th Annual Walk with the Blind will be Saturday, April 16, at 10:00 at the City Dock in Fredericksburg. The Walk begins at City Dock and ends at Headquarters Library.
Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, this events offers the chance to get exercise, make friends, and raise money for the local chapter of the Federation of the Blind. Their chapter has grown and includes members of all ages. Come and join in the fun!
If you cannot come and wish to make a donation, please write a check payable to "NFB," and mail to Michael Kasey, 606 Lewis Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. The funds are used to help the Blind become independent.
Did you know that the Central Rappahannock Regional Library has a large collection of popular descriptive videos? These are movies with audio descriptions of the actions taking place on the screen in addition to the standard audio tracks. We think you’ll be very pleased with the size and scope of this growing collection, most of which are on DVD.
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.
We've all seen movie adaptations of our favorite books, but pop music album adaptations are far rarer. The Tragic Treasury is based on Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and I would go as far to say that it far surpasses the movie in terms of both quality and matching Snicket's indelible tone.
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.
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.