Vol. 46, No. 2
FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR
The seasons have changed in Arizona, with some of the crispness in the air and lots of activity. The Talking Book Library has been busy these past few months meeting with people and working on things to serve our library users.
On the last day of September, the staff of the library attended the VRATE (Vision and Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Expo) at the Glendale Convention Center and met many current users and talked with potential users and service agencies about our program.
Christine Tuttle, Outreach Librarian, is the Publicity Chair of this expo and also participates in planning and organizing the event. It was great to connect with many of you on September 30. We look forward to planning and participating in the 2017 VRATE event on November 3, at the Glendale Convention Center.
On the evening of September 30, the Arizona Friends of Talking Books held their biennial Whine and Cheese Silent Auction fundraiser. Every auction item was paired with a bottle of wine -- a play on words. Some members of the Governor’s Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment were also in attendance at the fundraising event this year. All items were sold and the event was a success. We are so fortunate to have this good group of library friends supporting the library and our efforts, ensuring through their funding that we are able to provide locally-produced audio recordings, supporting the library’s volunteers and other things that are additions to what we can do with state funding.
Have you or someone you know checked out the website EYEknow.AZ.gov?
This year the Governor’s Council has worked on moving the DES Rehabilitation Services’ Arizona Resource Directory for Persons who have vision, hearing or combined hearing and vision loss (Deaf-Blind) to the web – updating it and making it interactive. The Secretary of State’s Office assisted by providing a computer application developer to design the platform, make it interactive, and focus on the accessibility of the database. Staff and volunteer efforts at the Talking Book Library were used to input new and update existing entries in the directory. If you need resources or services, give it a try. Also remember that you can put in your zip code and the directory results will be organized by how far the places are from you. Remember -- https://eyeknow.az.gov is the place to go!
Are you interested in joining the Book Discussion Group by Telephone? In the last issue, I mentioned possible funding for a Book Discussion Group by Telephone. After reading that article or talking with their Reader Advisor, a number of interested library users contacted us to sign up for the program. The good news is that the project was funded and we are off and going! The first session was held on November 10, with discussion of the book Bel Canto by Ann Patchett – a fictional novel that was loosely based on an actual hostage situation in Peru in 1996. This book discussion group will continue with monthly discussions of more books, with one meeting each month to discuss a specific book. This group will continue meeting through August 2017. Please call me at 602-255-5587 or 800-255-5578, or email me at [email protected] if you want to join in.
In this newsletter, you will learn about many other things that the Talking Book Library has been doing, as well as get updates and reminders. Please take a few minutes and bring yourself up-to-date.
I wish you a wonderful autumn and great holiday season!
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Wanna curl up this holiday season with a savory food memoir? A thriller that begins with a disastrous New Year’s Eve party? Or a big book of Christmas mysteries? Check these and other titles out, and Happy Holidays from the Arizona Talking Book Library!
By Jennifer Chiaverini
DB083588 (BARD, 2015)
Even as she learns of budget cuts to the school system where she works, Sophia takes comfort in leading her church’s children’s holiday concert. The featured piece is set to the poem “Christmas Bells,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow’s own family’s tribulations in 1863 contributed to the poem’s creation.
Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food
By Peggy Wolff, Editor
DB083648 (BARD, 2013)
Thirty essays on the pleasures of food and eating in the Midwest. Includes Peggy Wolff on fish boils, Elizabeth Berg on meatloaf, Jacquelyn Mitchard on corn, Peter Sagal on pâté, Anne Dimock on rhubarb, Lorna Landvik on diets, and Sue Hubbell on pie.
A Christmas Escape
By Anne Perry
DB083658 (BARD, 2015)
Recent widower Charles Latterly hopes that a winter holiday trip to Stromboli, a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian, will help his state of mind. However, with the exception of an orphaned teen, his fellow guests are a crabby lot. When a murder occurs, Charles realizes the killer is a guest.
At the Water’s Edge
By Sara Gruen
DB081118 (BARD, unrated, commercial audiobook, 2015)
1944. After a disastrous New Year’s Eve party, Maddie, her husband Ellis, and their friend Hank decide to head off to Scotland from Philadelphia to search out the Loch Ness Monster. As they live among the rationed locals, Maddie’s awareness of those around her grows.
The Thirteenth Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle
By Joanne Huist Smith
DB080286 (BARD, unrated, commercial audiobook, 2014)
Journalist describes receiving mysterious gifts on the twelve days leading up to her first Christmas alone following the death of her husband. Details her efforts, with the help of her three children, to identify the sender of the gifts, and the impact the gifts had on them.
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries
By Otto Penzler, Editor
DB080443 (BARD, some violence and some strong language, 2013)
Anthology of fifty-nine holiday crime stories from Victorian to twenty-first century authors, including Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, John D. MacDonald, Mary Higgins Clark, and O. Henry. In Ed McBain’s “All Through the House,” a squad room is the scene of a Christmas birth.
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ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR RON BRYANT
INTERVIEWED ON FAMILY HEALTH TALK RADIO SHOW
Host Fred Taylor, Susan Ciardullo, and Lori Murphy.
Top right -- Dr. Regina Pander, Assistant Administrator of Arizona Talking Book Library Ron Bryant,
and Michael Perry of Low Vision PlusWe have a selection of new magazines.
On September 22, Ron joined Host Fred Taylor and his co-hosts on the first half of his program that is with the Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation to discuss the services that are available at our library. Additionally, Michael Perry of Low Vision Plus joined us to discuss the latest information in his area of expertise and the Vision Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Expo (VRATE) that took place on September 30.
If you missed the show, you can still listen to it at www.swprostatecancer.com under the section “LISTEN TO PAST SHOWS HERE” and click on the 09-22-16 track.
Family Health Talk can be heard every Thursday, 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. on KXXT 1010AM and is available online – www.familyvaluesradio1010.com.
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ARIZONA FRIENDS OF TALKING BOOKS
We thank the Arizona Friends of Talking Books for all of their support in 2016.
Their fundraising efforts keep our recording studio up-to-date,
underwrite the costs of our volunteer program and so much more.
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NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
2017 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
for blind high school seniors through grad school students
Program Begins: November 1, 2016
Deadline: Midnight, EST, March 31, 2017
“The Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship”
1 scholarship for $10,000
2 scholarships for $8,000 each
4 scholarships for $5,000 each
22 scholarships for $3,000 each
PLUS other gifts to our thirty scholarship finalists!
ARE YOU A LEGALLY BLIND HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR OR COLLEGE STUDENT?
||During the five-month open period, read the rules and the Submission Checklist, complete the official 2017 Scholarship Application Form (online or in print), supply all required documents, and request and complete one interview by an NFB affiliate president. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more information.
Questions? Contact the NFB Scholarship Program; Chairperson Patti Chang, Esq.
E-mail: [email protected]
Office: (410) 659 -9314, ext. 2415, (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST)
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Thanks to our recording volunteers who have been working with new recording software this year. We have had great success! Brian Blackwell, Studio Manager, led the training sessions since March and has continued to answer questions as the year progressed and changes in the software brought the need for clarification and explanation. Thank you Brian!
The new software, Hindenburg, provided a different process for recording. We took this opportunity to bring our standards up to the increasingly higher standards used for BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) and uploaded 91 books onto BARD within the first 10 months of 2016. The audio books are now available to all BARD users around the U.S. and the world.
Our next goal is to bring the standards for our local magazine recordings to the same or higher quality levels as our books to they too can be uploaded to BARD for all to enjoy. The more items we are able to upload, the more variety our library users have available, and the more recognition our narrators, directors and others at the Arizona Talking Book Library receive.
I hope this encourages you all to keep recording. People are listening, and the registered users for talking book libraries all over the United States look forward to listening to Arizona recordings.
Now that is amazing!
Producer Orrin Johnson
and Kent Monken
||The Arizona Talking Book Library recently received a call from a patron who uses the BARD service through his registration in another state. He mentioned the vocal quality of one of our narrators and he was anxious to read more of the books from that narrator.
Congratulations to Kent Monken and producer Orrin Johnson for the great job you did on that book and for your continued work for our patrons.
||Russ Southern : Reader
||Kate Hahn : Outreach
Jacqueline Eskeberg : Reviewer
Christina Petsas : Clerical
Vicki Hodges : Outreach
Cindy Garfio : Outreach
Dianne Tyler : RRR&B
David Kirk : Reader
Charlann Simon : Reader
Susan Stiffler : Reviewer
||Linda Navasaitis : Reviewer
Linda Silva : Reviewer
Laura Lee Bond : Reader
Seth Bond : Producer
Bob Calton : RRR&B
Bill Calton : RRR&B
||Herbert Norton : RRR&B
Carmen Burbridge : Reviewer
Amanda Westphal : Reader
||Amanda Server – Reviewer
Gateway College : all departments
Janet Stien : Reviewer
Our Volunteers are very important to Arizona Talking Book Library. It is with great appreciation that we share with you their accomplishments from August of this year until today. The list of completed books that follow represent many hours of commitment to serving our patrons.
Shame and Endurance – Gary Weberg, Garth Andrews
The Bone Fire – Doris Walker, Orrin Johnson
On the Burning Edge – Russ Southern, Brian Blackwell
In the Water They Can’t See You Cry – Jackie Brady
Looking for Jane – Lana Penfield, Eric Hazille
Fracture – Marilyn Koch, Ron Donnell
Arizona’s Amazing Towns – David Kirk, Susan Smith
These is my Words – Barbara Gering, Susan Smith
Lawless Land – Al Merrit, Susan Smith
Lovers Crossing – Garth Andrews, Dwight Brahs
Comet’s Tale – Garth Andrews, Brian Blackwell
With Blood in Their Eyes – Garth Andrews, Dwight Brahs
The Partisan – Ty Hofflander, Orrin Johnson
Jeremy Jackrabbit Recycles the Can – Bill Gates, Brian Blackwell
Jeremy Jackrabbit Captures the Sun – Bill Gates, Brian Blackwell
Jeremy Jackrabbit Saves Every Drop – Bill Gates, Brian Blackwell
A Diamond in the Desert - Ty Hofflander, Orrin Johnson
The Thanksgiving Day Murder – Janet Pinhorn, Various
They Call Me a Hero - Al Merrit, Susan Smith
A Time of Change – Lana Penfield, Eric Hazille
Manifest Injustice - Ty Hofflander, Orrin Johnson
The Courtship - Marilyn Koch, Ron Donnell
The Night Detectives – Garth Andrews, Brian Blackwell
MacDeath – Jackie Brady
El Dorado Blues – Kent Monken, Orrin Johnson
The Rules of Wolfe – Kent Monken, Orrin Johnson
Killing Custer – Doris Walker, Orrin Johnson
Dam Nation - Al Merrit, Susan Smith
Cat Striking Back – Jane Ehrlich, Pam Fischer
Writing on the Edge: A Borderlands Reader - Various
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"DUES" AND DON'TS
We have a handy new feature on our mailing cards – due dates! It is located on the lower right corner of the card, as shown above.
If you need additional time to read the book, please call the library and you can renew it one time. We still recommend returning the book as soon as you finish, so other patrons who have requested it can read it as well.
A friendly reminder – please continue to check that the correct book is in the correct container before mailing it back to us. Otherwise, we must wait for the other part to be returned so we can make it available for checkout. Thanks for your help!
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The Arizona Talking Book Library
will be closed for
Martin Luther King Day
Monday, January 16, 2017
for Presidents’ Day
Monday, February 20, 2017
Any mention of products and services in Talking Book News is for information only and does not imply endorsement.
Talking Book News is also available in other formats including our website at http://www.azlibrary.gov/talkingbooks If you would like to receive this newsletter on cartridge or in email, please call 602-255-5578 or 1-800-255-5578.
Talking Book News is published quarterly by the Arizona Talking Book Library, Archives and Public Records, a Division of the Secretary of State. Administrator: Janet Fisher and Editor: Ron Bryant.