The Insight Fall 2008 Talking Book / Special Needs Library Jacksonville Public Library PCs for the Blind and Visually Impaired The Texas Center for the Physically Impaired offers free computers to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Actually, the computer is free but there is a $100 charge to cover packing, shipping and replacement parts. The computers that they provide have been refurbished by a staff of volunteers and include a monitor, keyboard, CD-ROM, modem and speakers. Also included are a word processing program, an email program and demo versions of two adaptive technology programs: Window-Eyes and Zoomtext. This service is available to any visually impaired person in the United States. Before receiving a computer an applicant must first be willing to listen to several audiocassettes that teach basic computer use. For more information call (214) 340-6328. November Elections For those voters who have a visual of physical disability and need special accommodations to assist them in voting, the Duval County Supervisor of Elections office has installed AutoMARK voting machines at all of its voting precincts and early voting locations. This voting machine is equipped with audio capabilities and magnification features. Each voting location will have headphones available for use and there will be poll workers ready to assist voters with special needs. All of the voting machines are enclosed for privacy. Please call the Duval County Supervisor of Elections office at 630-1414 if you have any further questions or concerns. New Books Fiction RC065803 The Winning Hand by Nora Roberts Twenty-three-year-old Kansas librarian Darcy Wallace leaves her overbearing fiancé, Gerald, and heads to Las Vegas. Darcy bets her last dollars at the Comanche casino and hits the jackpot. Manager Robert MacGregor Blade helps Darcy handle the media frenzy and Gerald's unexpected arrival. RC065691 Duma Key by Stephen King An accident left self-made construction millionaire Edgar Freemantle brain damaged and without an arm. When Edgar's rage results in divorce, his therapist suggests he spend a year painting in Florida. With his phantom arm's help, Edgar soon produces incredible, but dangerous, artwork. RC065385 Heartbreak Hotel by Jill Marie Landis Widowed single mother Tracy Potter, broke, resurrects a derelict nineteenth-century oceanside inn, Heartbreak Hotel. Her first guest is Wade MacAllister, a mysterious loner who uncovers Tracy's late husband's secrets. But Wade hides a shocking past of his own. RC065913 Honor Thyself by Danielle Steel Fifty-year-old actress Carole Barber travels to Paris to do research for a book she is writing. After a terrorist attack, Carole suffers from amnesia. While her friends, grown children, and ex-husband try to help her remember, a former lover stirs memories and opens doors to the future. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” quote by Jorge Luis Borges New Books Nonfiction RC065135 With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change by Fred Pearce Journalist examines climate-related planet changes known as "tipping points" that, once reached, can abruptly and irreversibly accelerate global warming. Details scientists' research to explain the effects of greenhouse gases, ocean currents, solar pulses, and other environmental phenomena on Earth's interconnected systems. RC064787 A Shameful Act: the Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility by Taner Ackam Turkish sociologist and historian documents the systematic, state-sponsored genocide of some one million Armenians in 1915. Analyzes the nationalistic and psychological factors behind what he calls Turkey's "policy of denial" and the international community's failure to bring the perpetrators to justice. RC065223 Complete Poems and Selected Letters by Hart Crane All the poetry—some previously unpublished—of American Hart Crane. Also contains selections from his correspondence with contemporaries Marianne Moore, e.e. cummings, William Carlos Williams, Katherine Anne Porter, and others and various essays and reviews. Includes his debut volume White Buildings and his homage to the Brooklyn Bridge. RC065184 England's Mistress: the Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton by Kate Williams Biography of the legendary 18th century English beauty Emma Hamilton. Chronicles the life of the servant-turned-prostitute who became mistress of Lord Charles Greville. Highlights her scandalous marriage to Greville's uncle, elderly diplomat Sir William Hamilton, and her subsequent affair with navy hero Admiral Horatio Nelson. Reading for Children & Young Adults RC065309 Meet the Austins by Madeleine L’Engle The arrival of ten-year-old, spoiled, recently orphaned Maggy Hamilton disrupts the happy routines of the Austin family. Maggy annoys and exasperates siblings Vicky, Rob, Suzy, and John, as they struggle to understand her. For grades 5-8. RC050207 Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: a Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up by Mollie Katzen Nineteen fun-to-make recipes for healthy dishes like bagel faces, green spaghetti, pretend soup (requires no cooking), muffins with a surprise inside, and pizza. Designed to help young children learn independence in cooking, under the guidance of an adult "partner." Includes safety tips. For preschool-grade 2 and older readers. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” quote by Dr. Seuss New Children’s Descriptive DVDs DW070277 Arthur series. Big Brother Binky DW070278 Arthur series. Binky Goes Nuts DW070279 Between the Lions series. To the Ship! To the Ship! DW070280 Between the Lions series. The Popcorn Popper DW070281 Between the Lions series. Farmer Ken’s Puzzle DW070282 Between the Lions series. Shooting Stars DW070283 Between the Lions series. Fuzzy, Wuzzy, Wuzzy? DW070284 Between the Lions series. Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West The Jacksonville Public Library also offers a survey called Counting Opinions that is available online at the following address: The Jacksonville Public Library considers this survey very important. Insight Online The Jacksonville Talking Book Library’s Newsletter The Insight can now be viewed online at our homepage: 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. Donations and Memorials The Talking Book Library would like to thank everyone who has helped us this year through their generous donations as well as those whose final wishes included helping us to better serve users of Talking Book Library services in Jacksonville. All gifts and memorial donations to the Talking Book Library are tax-deductible and will be used to acquire materials for circulation as well as supplies to help us better serve our customers. Acknowledgments are sent to all donors. For memorial donations, please remember to include the name of the person for whom the memorial is made and the name and address of those to be notified. If you like...Clive Cussler You’ll like… Douglas Preston Robert Ludlum Stephen Coonts Ken Follett Jack Higgins Tom Clancy Harold Coyle New Descriptive Movies DVD DW070262 The Andy Griffith Show, Vol. 1 DW070265 Obsession DW070266 Woman on the Run DW070267 The Scarlet Letter DW070268 Guilty Conscience DW070275 NOVA scienceNOW DW070276 NOVA Underwater Dream Machine DW070285 Powderkeg DW070286 One-eyed Jacks DW070287 The Old Testament DW070304 The Big Trees DW070305 The House by the Cemetery DW070306 Topper Returns DW070307 House on Haunted Hill DW070309 Escape from Sobibor DW070310 The Fat Spy DW070311 The Flesh and the Fiends DW070312 The Human Monster VHS DV011829 The Ballad of Andy Crocker DV011830 Killer Whales in the Wild DV011831 The Monitors DV011832 The Fat Spy DV011833 The Flesh and the Fiends DV011834 The Human Monster DV011835 A Quiet Day in Belfast DV011836 A Touch of Frost. Stranger in the House DV011837 A Touch of Frost. Widows and Orphans DV011838 A Touch of Frost. Nothing to Hide DV011839 A Touch of Frost. A Minority of One Call 630-1999 to have a descriptive video catalog mailed to you. Digital Transition Update We expect the Talking Book digital transition to begin sometime early next year with the first digital talking book players and books going to veterans of the United States Armed Forces. After the veterans are served the device and books will be offered to those customers who are 100 years of age or older. We encourage all of our Talking Book customers to contact us regarding their priority in the digital talking book distribution. Those customers who are neither a veteran or a centenarian may ask that their names be added to a waitlist for digital service. Please keep in mind that Talking Books on cassette will still be available for some time to come. Many customers can expect to have both a digital talking book machine as well as a standard talking book cassette player in the first few years of the digital transition before talking books on cassette are eventually phased out. Jacksonville Public Library eCard The Jacksonville Public Library now offers a free online eCard to those customers who have access to the Internet. After completing an online application a confirmation email will be sent within 24 to 48 hours with the customer’s new Library eCard number. Upon receipt of this eCard number customers will have access to most of the library’s electronic resources including magazine and newspaper databases, encyclopedias, library Special Collections, and downloadable audio such as books available on Talking Book Library customers who would like assistance registering for a JPL eCard may call our office at 630-1999. A staff member will help you complete the application and will contact you via email with your new eCard number. Attention Veterans We need all registered Talking Book recipients who are veterans of the United States armed forces to contact us to make sure that this information is included in your profile. As a veteran you are eligible to be some of the first Talking Book readers to receive the new digital Talking Book machine and books when they are available. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Damaged Materials The Talking Book Library staff would like to thank those customers who make the effort to notify us of damaged or otherwise inoperable Talking Book cassettes and descriptive videos. We would like to remind everyone that the best way of notifying us of a damaged Talking Book cassette is to wrap a rubber band or string around the defective cassette. You can also place a mark in the CHECK HERE IF DAMAGED box on the reverse side of our mailing cards. Please remember that each Talking Book cassette or descriptive video that you identify as damaged will keep someone else from receiving it and assist us in replacing these titles. Please call us to replace damaged materials that you have received. Audio Bibliographies of Talking Book titles The Missouri Talking Book Library has compiled an online list of audio bibliographies of Talking Book titles. These bibliographies can either be downloaded or listened to as a stream audio recording. Not all of the bibliographies listed on their website have been recorded but most have. The reading topics cover a wide spectrum such as adventure, the arts, biographies, food, horror, history, mysteries, romance, women interests and much more. You can browse the bibliographies at this address: Service to Duval County schools and students At the beginning of the 2008 school year the Talking Book library staff have been contacting those Duval County schools that are registered for Talking Book service in order to evaluate their level of service for the new school year. We asked to know how many working Talking Book players that the school currently has, if they need replacement players, if they’ve been receiving our book catalogs, and other such questions. We would also like Duval County educators of special needs students to know that we have a growing collection of documentaries and other educational descriptive videos available for classroom showing. We also offer magazines for children on Talking Book cassette such as Cricket, National Geographic Kids, Spider, Sports Illustrated, and Teen People. If you would like your school to subscribe to these magazines or make changes to your school’s Talking Book service please call 630-1999. Fall Schedule 2008 Holidays & Closings November 11 · Veteran’s Day November 27 & 28 · Thanksgiving Talking Books Library Staff Tim Meusel, Tape Inspector Chris Eaton, Librarian Solomon Oliver, Page Juan Thomas, Library Assistant Jerry Reynolds, Manager We’re on the Web! Vision Loss Booklist RC066823 Macular Disease: Practical Strategies for Living with Vision Loss. 2008 by Peggy R. Wolfe RC063206 The First Year: Age-related Macular Degeneration; an Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed. 2006 by Daniel L. Roberts RC063384 Protect Your Sight : How to Save Your Vision in the Epidemic of Macular Degeneration. 2006 by James C. Folk RC064753 All About Your Eyes. 2001 by Sharon Fekrat RC062855 Coping With Vision Disorders. 2001 by Debbie Stanley THE INSIGHT Main Library 303 N. Laura St. Jacksonville, Florida 32202 Phone: 904-630-1999 Fax: 904-630-0604 TDD: 904-630-2740 Hours: Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm