Talking Books Blog

07/22/2015 - 5:17pm
The Tragic Treasury by The Gothic Archies

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.

05/20/2014 - 3:51pm
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. 

10/24/2013 - 11:50am
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. 

10/15/2013 - 5:10pm
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.  

07/10/2013 - 11:19am
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.

08/31/2016 - 12:11pm
Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

Facing forty, Benjamin Benjamin finds himself in a dingy church basement attending a class called The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, which is also the name of a poignant novel by Jonathan Evison. Benjamin has lost his home and family, and a caregiver certificate might be his only chance at finding his way back to normalcy.

04/23/2013 - 9:17am
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.

04/15/2013 - 8:06am
Until Tuesday

One of my favorite customers called me to tell me that he loved the book Until Tuesday.  I am sure that this story about a veteran spoke to him since he is also a veteran who happens to love dogs. 

Until Tuesday
is the true story of a highly-decorated Iraqi war veteran who returns home as a war hero.  However, Luis Carlos Montalvan has such incredible injuries to his body and his psyche that he cannot cope with everyday life. He hovers on the brink of suicide until he meets Tuesday, a golden retriever who also had an emotionally difficult journey to get to Luis.

04/04/2013 - 10:47am
The Aviator's Wife

I admit that I have not read this book, but one of my customers just called to say that he enjoyed The Aviator’s Wife, by Melanie Benjamin, so much that he couldn’t put it down. It is the story of Ann Morrow Lindbergh.  I was given Gift From the Sea, by Ann Morrow Lindbergh, as a Christmas present and was struck by the beauty of this wonderful, little book. I was immediately impressed by the tremendous intelligence and fierce independence of this famous woman. How could anyone not admire such an incredible woman who struggled to maintain her own identity with such a famous husband?

09/25/2012 - 2:12pm
Bake Sale

This Thursday and Friday, September 27 and 28, Volunteers For the Blind (VFB) is having a book and bake sale at its 1101 Caroline Street offices from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.  Everyone is cordially invited to browse our entire audio cassette book collection, enjoy home-baked items, meet VFB’s staff and learn more about our organization.

VFB is a local, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501 (c) 3 organization.  It provides volunteer shopping assistants and readers primarily for Fredericksburg residents who are blind.  VFB also offers training, especially for high school and college students, to work appropriately with volunteers.  In addition, VFB has an unpaid internship program either for people who are blind and want to gain work experience before entering the competitive employment market or for those who wish to return to it after losing their sight.

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