The Insight Fall 2006 Talking Book / Special Needs Library Jacksonville Public Library Election Information With the Federal and State General Elections coming in a few months it is important that all citizens who are eligible to vote begin to familiarize themselves with the process. The Duval County Supervisor of Elections office has been working to improve equal access for voters with disabilities in the coming elections. All polling sites in Duval county are now ADA compliant. Touch Screen voting equipment with audio capabilities and text magnification features can be used by voters with special needs. To further ensure privacy for visually impaired voters, this equipment can be operated on an audio-only basis so that no one else can observe the touch screen. For those voters with limited motor skills, a ball cap with an attached pointer can be used to activate touch screen commands. Aside from the technological advances in the voting process, there will also be aids such as signature guides to assist a voter to sign in all the correct places and sample ballots available by request in large print, audio and Braille. Residential facilities may arrange to have poll workers visit their locations to assist residents in voting. If you have any questions regarding registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot, the early voting procedure, or equal access voting, you can call the Duval County Supervisor of Elections office at 630-1414. Some of the Federal and State positions that voters will be electing in the 2006 General elections are: U.S. Senator U.S. Representative District 3 U.S. Representative District 4 U.S. Representative District 6 Governor Lieutenant Governor Attorney General Chief Financial Officer Commissioner of Agriculture State Senator District 8 State Representative District 12 State Representative District 13 State Representative District 14 State Representative District 15 State Representative District 16 State Representative District 17 State Representative District 18 State Representative District 19 In addition to the Duval County Supervisor of Elections office, 14 public library branches also serve as early voting sites. It is important that all registered voters know which precinct they are eligible to vote in. If you don’t know where you are supposed to go to vote you can call the Supervisor of Elections Office or visit their website at www.duvalelections.com for that information. If you have difficulty in any way in your efforts to participate in the election process, you can call the Duval County Supervisor of Elections office at 904-630-1414 or the City of Jacksonville Disabled Services Division at 904-630-4940. Important dates to remember: October 10 - Last day to register for the General Election. October 23 - First day of early voting for the Federal and State General Election. November 1 - Last day to request and absentee ballot for the General Election. November 3 - Last day to mail absentee ballot for the General Election. November 7 - Federal and State General Election. New Books Fiction RC060911 Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz Thomas, a twenty-year-old short order cook, possesses the paranormal ability to see dead people and predict violence. Thomas's premonitory vision of mass murder activates when he meets "Fungus Man," who is surrounded by bodachs, malevolent spirits that foretell bloodshed. Thomas uses his insights to deter catastrophe. RC060717 Devil’s Corner by Lisa Scottoline In Philadelphia a routine meeting with an informant turns deadly when gunmen open fire. Assistant U.S. Attorney Vicki Allegretti escapes, but her partner dies. The search for the killers leads to a rough neighborhood, called Devil's Corner--and an unlikely ally. RC060433 Nobody Runs Forever by Richard Stark Parker joins a crew planning to rob an armored truck that is transferring money from a merged bank. The rest of the gang—including the wife of one of the bankers—turn out to be misfits that lead them into all kinds of trouble. RC060248 The ha-ha by Dave King Veteran Howie Kapostash is unable to speak, read, or write since being injured in Vietnam. He cares for his former girlfriend's nine-year-old son while she's in rehab. Finding unexpected joys in his new responsibilities, Howie dreads Sylvia's inevitable return. "A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author." - quote by G. K. Chesterton New Books Nonfiction RC060592 This I believe: an A to Z of a Life by Carlos Fuentes Mexican-born Novelist records his memories and opinions in themed, alphabetically ordered vignettes. He recalls personal experiences with his wife and children, discusses literary works, theatre, and film, and reflects on love, jealousy, sex, God, politics and globalization. RC061176 The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook by Arthur Agatston Fast cookery for dieters recommended by the Florida cardiologist and author of The South Beach Diet. Includes healthy appetizers, main courses, and desserts that use a minimum number of ingredients and are easy to prepare. RC061528 No Excuses: the True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion In Wrestling and In Life by Kyle Maynard Autobiography of a wrestler born without the lower portion of his arms and legs. Recalls his childhood, his illustrious high school career culminating with the Georgia state tournament, and the support of family and a coach that helped him succeed. Includes his diet and exercise regimen. RC060915 Healthy Aging: a Lifelong Guide To Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being by Andrew Weil Physician and author of Eight Weeks to Optimum Health explains the aging process and describes ways to keep healthy while growing older. Covers nutrition, physical activity, vitamins, rest, stress reduction, and maintaining a social and spiritual life. "To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” - quote by W. Somerset Maugham New Descriptive Videos DV011794 Century Hotel A room in a hundred-year-old hotel holds many memories of its past occupants. The story shifts between a young woman expecting an important rendezvous; the tragedies of the hotel's opening night; reunions of friends and lovers after World War II; a reclusive rock star hiding from the world; and others. DV011771 Million Dollar Baby A woman desperately wants to fight her way into the male-dominated world of boxing. An older, retired male boxer decides he can take on the challenge of training her. DV011769 Finding Neverland The story of the man who wrote Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie. As a down-on-his-luck writer, Barrie uses neighborhood children as the inspiration for a play that he struggles to produce. DV011768 Meet the Fockers Sequel to "Meet the parents". The groom's future in-laws are invited to meet his own parents and the couples couldn't be more different. Her parents, are proper and uptight. His parents, are open and somewhat rank. Many comedic encounters ensue. If you like...Danielle Steel You’ll like... Barbara Delinsky Barbara Taylor Bradford Eileen Goudge Fern Michaels LaVyrle Spencer New Descriptive DVDs DW070021 Hurricane Katrina: the Storm that Drowned a City An hour-by-hour reconstruction of Hurricane Katrina that follows the storm's destructive path and the devastation left in its wake. The film explores the forces behind hurricanes, the latest technology for tracking and predicting them as well as the debate over the influence that global warming may have in fueling more deadly storms. DW070022 Hitler’s Lost Sub Fifty years after World War II a team of divers discover an unidentified German U-boat sunken off the United States Eastern seaboard. A subsequent six-year investigation of the wreckage helps historians better understand undersea warfare. This film also chronicles the history of submarines and World War II. DW070026 Blackheath Poisonings Based on the mystery novel by Julian Symons. This movie chronicles the lives of two toymaking families who share a spacious villa in a London suburb. On the outside they appear to be typical, Victorian, prosperous families yet they harbor murderous and deceitful secrets that pit the family members against each other. Talking Book Club Talking Book Club is a group of visually impaired individuals that meet the 4th Friday of every month at ILAB (Independent Living for the Adult Blind) at the FCCJ downtown campus to discuss a monthly selected book. A few books that they have discussed in the past have been The Da Vinci Code, Tuesday’s with Morrie, Life of Pi, Cold Mountain, Specimen Days, Feast of All Saints, and other popular selections. A Few Worlds About...Subject Codes Many of you remember when you signed up for Talking Book service that you were asked to provide us with a list of your favorite authors, series of books, and/or reading preferences based upon a listing of subject codes. You may not know that the list of subject codes on a typical application is just a very general overview of the many varied and specific subject codes that are often part of a book’s description. For instance, the Talking Book library offers 7 variations of Romance books: general Romance, Christian-themed Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, Spicy Romance and Erotica. The general category of Arts & Architecture also includes subject codes for Crafts; Painting & Sculpture; Music & Dance; and Biographies of Artists. Many people call the Talking Book Library and say that they just want a good book. Such people may be interested in adding the subject code for the Classics to their reading preferences so that they may receive such books as Frankenstein, the Grapes of Wrath, or Native Son. The list goes on and on. People might be interested in adding the subject code for the Modern Library’s Choice 100. This code represents the very controversial list that was released by the Modern Library near the turn of the century to recognize what many scholars felt were the best 100 novels of the 20th century. Another option is to add the subject code for the Oprah Book Club selection which includes many well reviewed classics and popular modern selections. Insight Online The Jacksonville Talking Books Library’s Newsletter The Insight can now be viewed online at our homepage: http://jpl.coj.net/lib/tbl.html It can be viewed in the same format as the printed version of the newsletter as well as a text-only version intended to be read by adaptive technology screen reading software such as ZoomText, OpenBook, JAWS, Kurzweil, etc. Did You Know? James Holman, known as the “Blind Traveler” was an Englishman who traveled through France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and part of Germany. He later wrote The Narrative of a Journey Through France, etc. He also tried to travel a circuit around the world but was stopped in Russia and accused of being a spy. From this experience he wrote Travels Through Russia, Siberia, etc. WJCT Radio Reading Service WJCT Radio Reading Service is available to anyone who is eligible for Talking Books. It brings the Florida Times Union into your home as well as other excellent programs you won’t currently get any other way. WJCT RRS broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. RRS also offers readings of national newspapers, magazines, and other special interest programming. Be sure to tune in Tuesday mornings at 10:45 am to hear Jerry Reynolds, Talking Book Library manager, discuss current events in the local visually disabled community as well as highlights of new books. Catalogs of Assistive Devices and Technology Did you know that companies like Sony, Panasonic, GE & Telex produce factory and modified portable Talking Book players that can fit in your hand? Did you know that there is a wide variety of talking watches on the market? You can find these items and many more assistive devices in the following catalogs that can be mailed to your home free of charge: L,S & S 1-800-468-4789 ILA: Independent Living Aids, Inc. 1-800-537-2118 NFB: National Federation of the Blind 1-410-659-9314 x2216 Zoofari The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers an outreach service called Zoofari in which zoo staff members bring animals to schools, senior centers and other locations. These programs intend to create a close-up, hands-on environment in which people can interact with the animals and learn about them. This service can also be tailored to accommodate those individuals who are blind or have a visual disability. In this instance the zoo will exhibit “touchable” animals that have fur or feathers. While programs can be custom designed to fit the needs of a visually impaired audience, the zoo also offers standard programs for school aged children such as: Animal Friends, Animal Senses, Built to Survive, Animal Behavior, Florida Habitats, Endangered Species and Life Cycles. For audiences of all ages the zoo offer the following programs: Animal Tool Time, Animal Champions, and Zoo to You. Reservations must be made at least 6 weeks in advance and are based upon availability.  Fees vary depending on distance from the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and duration of the visit.  Please contact the Education Department at (904) 757-4463 ext.101 for more information and fee schedules. Fall Schedule 2006 Holidays & Closings November 10 · Veterans Day November 23 · Thanksgiving November 24 · Thanksgiving Talking Books Library Staff Jerry Reynolds, Manager Chris Eaton, Librarian Jeremy Hall, Library Assistant We’re on the Web! http://www.klas.com/flbtbl Diabetes Treatment Booklist RC060385 Conquering diabetes: a cutting-edge, comprehensive program for prevention and treatment. 2005 by Anne L. Peters RC060378 Beating diabetes: the first complete program clinically proven to dramatically improve your glucose tolerance. 2005 by David M. Nathan RC060011 Atkins diabetes revolution: the groundbreaking approach to preventing and controlling type 2 diabetes. 2004 by Mary C. Vernon RC060692 Fix-it and forget-it diabetic cookbook: slow cooker favorites--to include everyone! 2005 by Phyllis Pellman Good RC059361 Diabetes: the ultimate teen guide. 2004 by Katherine J. Moran THE INSIGHT Main Library 303 N. 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