Vol. 47, No. 4
FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR
The library is full of good cheer and good feelings after talking and meeting face-to-face with a number of our volunteers, their families and friends, and our Friends group at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Kim French, Volunteer Coordinator for the Arizona Department of State agency, did a wonderful job planning and putting this event together with assistance from library staff and the support of the Arizona Friends of Talking Books. An article about this event appears later in this newsletter.
We are grateful for the time and talents of all of our volunteers.
During the last few months we have experienced difficulties in staying in touch with all of you. We normally stay in touch over the telephone, by mail, and through other means.
There has been a slower delivery and return of audio books. At the library, we continue to process your requests quickly and get them packaged and out the door daily. We have been in contact with the U.S. Postal Service and are working to make the mailing smoother through their service and to address the delays. We appreciate those library users who have also contacted the post office to make them aware of the slowdowns from your perspective.
All efforts are being made to get the delivery more streamlined. We appreciate the coordination from the Post Office and the work they are doing.
Please be patient, put your requests in early, and try to keep a book or two at your home so you will continue to have some reading material with you as you wait for the next delivery.
Note - If you have Wi-Fi in your home, apartment building, or place you frequently visit and you have an electronic device such as a computer, tablet, smartphone, or similar device, you may want to supplement your audio book selection with the use of BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Call the library at 602-255-5578 to get the application for BARD.
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ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM
With the warmer weather approaching, you might want to stay inside and read more, so we hope that you’ll join our Summer Reading Program.
Beginning June 1, 2018 and running through August 1, 2018, the Arizona Talking Book Library invites adults to listen to books and earn prizes during the library’s “Libraries Rock” Adult Summer Reading Program.
You can earn prizes after 20, 40 and 60 hours of reading.
For every additional 20 hours that you read over the 60-hour goal, your name will be entered into a drawing to receive additional prizes.
Register by phone, e-mail or mail by June 15th, 2018
Once you register, we will send you a Reading Log to keep track of your hours. Return the completed Reading Log by August 10th, 2018 to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawings.
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BARD, BARD MOBILE, AND BARD EXPRESS CLASS
June, 20th at 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Arizona Braille and Talking Book Library
1030 North 32nd Street Phoenix, AZ 85008
Call and register today.
Michael or Craig 602-255-5578 or 800-255-5578
Or email [email protected]
Class starts at 9:30 am
BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download.
Come and learn how to navigate the world of books through the BARD website and BARD iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch mobile app. Patrons and family members are encouraged to come and learn how to download from the BARD website.
- In this class we will teach you how to use either the BARD website or the mobile app to download books. We will even help you sign up for BARD.
- How to unzip a file and transfer it to cartridge.
- How to use BARD Express.
- How to install.
- How to navigate through the BARD Mobile app.
- How to delete a book.
You will need to be a patron of the Arizona Talking Book Library or a family member of a patron of the Talking Book Library. If you are signing up for the BARD Mobile class you will need to bring an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Requirements: You will need to be signed up for BARD before attending the class.
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All Arizona Talking Book Library patrons are eligible to borrow materials from the National Library Service’s Music Section. Their collection includes braille and large-print music scores, biographies and other books about popular and classical musicians and music, and how-to lessons for playing the guitar, piano, organ or recorder. The collection is also available on BARD, and NLS will transfer any book from the collection to digital cartridge for patrons upon request. To see the collection, visit http://nlscatalog.loc.gov. To place orders for any of these materials, you must call NLS directly at 800-424-8567, Extension 2.
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A COLD READ IN THE SPRING
As spring settles in many Arizonians might wonder what happened to winter? After all, we had maybe two to three weeks of winter weather. So if you’re not ready for spring/summer, here are some cold reads in spring for you.
Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge
By Antony Beevor
DB083317 (Available on BARD)
Narrated by Sean Barrett
(male narrator, 14 hours and 37 minutes)
Historian and author recounts Hitler’s final efforts to split the Allies in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes in Belgium. He describes the battle, which finally broke the Wehrmacht. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
By Jo Nesbo
DB083695 (Available on BARD)
Narrated by Kim Gordon
(female narrator, 5 hours and 57 minutes)
Renegade hitman Ulf goes to ground far above the Arctic Circle, where the never-setting sun might slowly drive a man insane. He’s looking for a place where he won’t be found by Oslo’s most notorious drug lord, the Fisherman. Ulf was the Fisherman’s fixer-until he betrayed him. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016./
The Paris Winter
By Imogen Robertson
DB081662 (Available on BARD)
Narrated by Jennifer Hubbard
(female narrator, 12 hours and 23 minutes)
Maud Heighton faces another cold winter in Paris in 1909 as she studies at an exclusive school for female artists. A friend arranges for Maud to become the companion to Sylvie Morel, who lives with her brother Christian. Their secrets threaten Maud’s safety. Some Violence. 2013
The Big Drift
By Patrick Dearen
DB085215 (Available on Bard BARD)
Narrated by Jon Huffman (male narrator, 7 hours and 32 minutes)
In the winter of 1884, cowboy Will Brite finds himself trapped under his horse with a blizzard descending. On-the-run former slave Zeke Boles becomes his unexpected savior, and Will offers him shelter. After a brutal cattle run the next spring, their lives are forever linked. Some strong language. 2014.
Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
By Paul Watson
DB088125 (Available on BARD)
Narrated by Michael Russotto
(male narrator, 14 hours and 38 minutes)
Journalist chronicles the history of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, whose mission to find the Northwest Passage through Canada led to the loss of two ships- the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror- and all their crewmen to Arctic ice. Recounts the discoveries of the Erebus in 2014 and the Terror in 2016. 2017
The Hunger of the Wolf
By Stephen Marche
DB082807 (Available on BARD)
Narrated by Jack Fox
(male narrator, 6 hours and 58 minutes)
Ben Wylie is found naked in the snow in the Canadian wilderness. Jamie Cabot, son of the Wylie family’s housekeepers, explores the history of the family to determine what led to Ben’s death. Strong language. 2015
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“LIBRARIES ROCK!” YOUTH SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Hey, Kids! Escape from the hot weather and spend some time reading books with us this summer!
Beginning June 1, 2018 and running through August 1, 2018, the Arizona Talking Book Library invites our youth patrons to participate in the library’s “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading Program.
The hours that you spend listening can earn you prizes and the more you read, the better your chances of winning some of our grand prizes.
Summer Reading Packets will be sent out to you automatically and will include a registration form, Reading Logs, an explanation of the prizes and the deadlines for the program. Look for those packets to arrive in May.
Your contact for any questions regarding the Summer Reading Program is Ellen. You can reach her through e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 1-800-255-5578 or 602-255-5578.
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VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
|The Arizona Talking Book Library Volunteer Luncheon was a delightful success. I would like to thank the Arizona Friends of Talking Books for graciously hosting all our volunteers, and to the staff of Talking Book Library for all their help. This year our guest speaker, Mrs. Lennie Andrews, spoke about how she came to volunteer with us and how she schedules the outreach volunteers to go and teach others about our Library.
Mrs. Lennie Andrews
We gained four new outreach volunteers for the Library as a result of her speech! That is just awesome, and thank you Lennie for motivating more people to volunteer in outreach.
Stephanie Levine, Billie Levine, David Kirk,
Randy Stopher, Susan Smith
and Jacqueline Brady
If any of you would like to be an outreach volunteer to help us spread the word about our mission, please call the Library at 602-255-5578 and express your interest. We will get you in and trained, and all set up to tell people about Talking Book Library.
Thanks to the Arizona Friends of Talking Books for providing all the volunteers with a wonderful gift. If you did not get a gift please stop by my office to pick one up. The water bottles feature both the new logo design of the Friends plus the Talking Book Library logo. Don’t miss out!
Kim Goodin, Christine Tuttle (standing),
Joyce Bothun, Patti Pace, Marilyn Bedell
Pauline Staples (right)
and Miki Safadi (left)
||I so enjoy getting to see all my Talking Book Library volunteers together in one place at one time. I am so grateful for each and every one of you that help make a difference to our patrons. The Library is truly grateful to all of you who volunteer your time and talents.
Thank you, Kim French
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ARIZONA FRIENDS OF TALKING BOOKS
Supporting and enhancing the efforts of the Arizona Talking Book Library
The Arizona Friends of Talking Books is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists with development, advocacy, and outreach in support of the Arizona Talking Book Library. (Tax ID: 86-1008453)
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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.