Vol. 45, No. 4 - Vol. 46, No. 1
FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR
At the Talking Book Library, we are always looking at ways to provide services for our current and potential users in new ways and to get more people involved in our efforts.
We send our staff to orientations, training and conferences to find out what is happening at the National Library Service in Washington, DC, and to learn from other talking book libraries, as well as share our experiences with them.
One idea we came back with is the Book Discussion Group on the Telephone. Please look for the short advertisement for this group later in this newsletter and remember to let us know if you are interested.
We have had local authors come in to read their books. It is easier for children’s book authors to read their books, due to the shorter length of the books. This year we have recorded Jana Bommersbach (A Squirrel’s Story: A True Tale), Kathy Peach (Tiniest Tumbleweed), Conrad Storad (Gator, Gator, Second Grader), and former City Councilman Bill Gates (Sasha and Rodney Glassman’s Jeremy Jackrabbit books).
We are currently recording Martin Etchart reading his book for adults and teenagers entitled “The Good Oak.” If the recording process continues to go smoothly, this book should be available for your reading in the early fall.
Have you noticed more commercially recorded books on BARD? Through arrangements with audio book publishers, some titles have been made available through NLS that are commercially recorded. NLS still needs to add navigation markers, but this title-by-title agreement has saved many hours in the recording process.
Volunteers in our Recording Studio
The number of volunteer readers, directors, reviewers and editors has been growing this year. We are completing the Arizona and southwestern books and magazines more swiftly and adding them to BARD for you to hear. The donation of time and talents by our volunteers is such a gift that we are proud to share with you.
When there are BARD outages
During the last couple of months, the BARD system has been down for a few days at a time. These few incidents were not always expected.
Remember that you can contact us during those times to get a digital cartridge prepared and mailed to you. We have a backup for many of the titles on BARD, and we can be a helpful alternative for you although our books will be sent on the digital cartridges.
It is our pleasure to bring you more and more books, magazines, NEWSLINE and DVD movies.
Thanks for your interest and support of the Arizona Talking Book Library.
Back To Top
Dolby Theatre in Hollywood
The 88th academy Awards
This has become a major event not just for movie buffs but for those who enjoy reading books movies are based on. The 88th Academy Awards was a major win for Irish Authors with Emma Donohue’s “Room” and Colm Toibin’s “Brooklyn” nominated for a host of Oscars.
American authors such as Michael Punke’s “Revenant” and Michael Lewis’ “The Big Short” were also major contestants. So if you just happen to be a books to movie buff, here are some suggestions:
By Michael Punke
DB059088 (Available on BARD)
Narrated by Ted Stoddard (male narrator, 9 hours and 9 minutes.)
A novel that takes place on the Missouri River tributaries in 1823. A trapper is mauled by a grizzly and left behind with two volunteers who promise to help him but soon flee. Deserted, defenseless, and enraged, he vows to survive and exact revenge.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
By Michael Lewis
DB071207 (Available on BARD)
Narrated by Erik Sandvold
(male narrator, 11 hours and 22 minutes. Some Strong Language)
A non-fiction best seller that analyzes the financial missteps and mismanagement that led to the 2008 credit crisis. Discusses little-known investors Steve Eisman, Meredith Whitney, and others who predicted the economic meltdown. Cites cases to support his assertion that Wall Street’s System of incentives channeled the greed.
By Emma Donoghue
DB071989 (Available on BARD)
Narrated by Steve Carpenter (male narrator, 9 hours and 8 minutes)
Bestseller Fiction -- Five-year-old Jack describes the locked room he has always lived in with his mother. He stays in the wardrobe when Old Nick visits and brings supplies. Jack watches television but thinks all of it is make believe. Then Jack’s mother asks him to help with an escape plan.
By Colm Toibin
DB069470 (Available on BARD)
Narrated by Collen Delany (female Irish accented narrator,
8 hours and 15 minutes. Some explicit descriptions of sex)
Bestseller Fiction -- 1950s Young Eilis Lacey emigrates from Enniscorthy, Ireland to Brooklyn, New York, encouraged by her family and with a priest’s help. Ellis is lonely and homesick but takes night courses, meets an Italian boy, and adjusts to American life until a tragedy occurs back home.
Back To Top
Should We Consider This?
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
ON THE TELEPHONE
Are you interested in joining a book discussion group but don’t want to fight the traffic or transportation delays? Are you a registered member of our library, want to join a book discussion group, but you live outside of the Phoenix area?
We are considering holding a Book Discussion Group that meets on the phone.
In order to continue our planning and work toward getting approval for this project, we will need to pull information together such as the number of people who would like to participate in the telephone book group.
If you are interested --
Call the library (800-255-5578) and leave your name and address,
or email us at [email protected]
Back To Top
ATTENTION MAGAZINE PATRONS
We have a selection of new magazines. Please call and let us know if you would like to receive: Audubon, Missouri Conservation, Oklahoma Today, Playboy, Southern Living, Vital Speeches, Rolling Stone, Oprah, and The New Yorker.
If you are already receiving the following magazines: Cowboys and Indians, Smithsonian, and AARP, contact us because NLS has different codes for these and we’ll have to sign you up again.
You’re doing a fantastic job getting these magazines back in a timely fashion and don’t forget, if you keep them too long you may lose out on an issue or two. If you are receiving NLS magazines and going out of town for the summer, let us know so we can put them on hold until your return date, otherwise they’ll pile up in your mailbox.
Back To Top
DIANE TYLER, THE SECRETARY AT
ARIZONA TALKING BOOK LIBRARY,
RETIRED ON JULY 29
Sue Curry (l) and John Schumacher (RRRB) with Diane Tyler
Diane Tyler was a mainstay of the library, greeting people as they visited and contacted the library, making sure the library had the supplies and equipment needed each day, and helping users with NEWSLINE and basic book requests.
Over the last 35 years, Diane served in different parts of the Talking Book Library and has seen the progress of this library over the years. Early in her career here, she served as quality assurance for our local audio recording. During that time, Arizona had the first book from a network library to have passed through the rigorous NLS quality assurance program. In fact, the first two books ever accepted into the NLS collection from a network library were from our library.
Diane had the wonderful ability to make us all feel welcome and to answer our questions and guide us with her knowledge and experience.
In her retirement, Diane will be working part-time at the Recorded Recreational Reading for the Blind (RRRB) in Peoria. Sue Curry, Office Manager for RRRB, retired from that position at the end of July and helped in making this an easy transition for Diane and for herself.
We’ll miss you, Diane, and look forward to visiting you in Peoria.
Note: Sue promised to come back to RRRB and volunteer between her travels.
Back To Top
LOCAL AUTHORS VISIT THE LIBRARY
Pictured left to right: Five Star Publications' Story Monster, authors Kathy Peach and Jana Bommersbach, Arizona Talking Book Library Administrator Janet Fisher and Librarian Vicki Rider
On June 3rd, two local children’s book authors visited our library to record audio versions of their newest titles in our in-house recording studio. Kathy Peach recorded The Tiniest Tumbleweed, her debut picture book, and Jana Bommersbach, noted journalist and author, voiced her first book for children, A Squirrel’s Story: A True Tale.
Authors Kathy Peach (l) and Jana Bommersbach (r) with Five Star Publications owner Linda Radke holding a stuffed Story Monster toy.
Their publisher, Linda Radke (of Phoenix’s Five Star Publications), was also there, as was Story Monster, Little Five Star’s mascot. A good time was had by all!
Author Jana Bommersbach in studio
||Both books are currently available for download on BARD, and will be available on cartridge soon. The Tiniest Tumbleweed, by Kathy Peach (DBC04991); A Squirrel‘s Story: A True Tale, by Jana Bommersbach (DBC05820)
Author Kathy Peach in studio
Back To Top
2016 VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION LUNCHEON
Mike Briske, machine volunteer, and wife, Sally
Dale Anderson with commendation letter from Governor Ducey
Thanks to the volunteers for a great year at the Talking Book Library. We enjoyed celebrating with you at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. I love it when the volunteers come together and provide us with a glimpse at the people who donate time and talents to make us a successful library. This year we had volunteers come from our major partner locations in Mesa, Peoria/Sun City, and Tucson, as well as those who work at the 32nd Street location. Some of our outreach volunteers who travel to locations around the state to represent us also attended. All of you make a huge difference in many people’s lives.
Tanner Robinson, keynote speaker
Friends Board members Caitlin Fine (left) and Jordan Bublik (right) with Secretary of State Michele Reagan
The Volunteer Recognition Luncheon was held at the Orange Tree Golf Resort -- a great location with amazing food. Tanner Robinson was our featured speaker and motivated us to dream big and accomplish what we dream. His accomplishments of hiking rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon and swimming from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco are awe-inspiring. Talking Book Library Administrator, Janet Fisher, and Secretary of State Michele Reagan both gave thanks to the volunteers for the contributions they have made to the Library, noting that without our volunteers Talking Book Library would not be as successful as we are. We owe so much gratitude to all of you as you help provide services and additional reading materials for our patrons. Your faithfulness and hard work are greatly appreciated by all.
The Arizona Friends of Talking Books made this event possible through their fundraising efforts. Caitlin Fine (secretary), Jordan Bublik, Matthew Crothers, and Andrea Pasquale represented the Friends Board at the luncheon. We applaud the positive energy and support of the Board in boosting our spirits and funding incidentals for volunteers, selected outreach costs, and also for funding the digital recording studios.
John Schumacher, 10,000 hour award recipient, and RRRB volunteer Sharon Rodriguez
Our Talking Book Library employees were also present and assisted with the volunteer luncheon. This is a great group of devoted employees who provide valuable service to our library clientele and work with the volunteers throughout the year.
The 2016 luncheon was a great success and we look forward to another successful year in the library. Thank you volunteers for all you do from volunteering in machine cleanup and repair, to reading and producing and reviewing audio recordings, and also to provide support with clerical and library activities. We appreciate all you do in support of the Library.
Pam Fischer, audio recording director/narrator, and husband Don (standing), with Mike Briske (l) and David Haskins (r) and their wives (both named Sally)
You are all remarkable in your support of the Talking Book Library and our library users.
Back To Top
MACHINE SHOP NEWS
Just a reminder that we are no longer shipping out cassette books or cassette players. If you have a cassette player you are no longer using and would like a box to send it back, contact us and we will send you a box.
At this time I would like to also go over the battery with you. First, if the player announces battery power ten hours or above it is fine. Once the battery drops below ten hours when fully charged, call the Arizona Talking Book Library and we will send you a replacement player. Please don’t leave the machine plugged in at all times when fully charged. It is recommended that you unplug the player and play your book until it says battery low. You can listen to your book while you are charging the battery in your player.
Urgent: Please do not leave the digital player or book in the car. The Arizona heat is very detrimental to the performance to the battery and digital book.
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.