The Insight FAll 2010 Talking Book / Special Needs Library Jacksonville Public Library Digital Talking Book service Many Talking Book customers in Jacksonville have already received a digital Talking Book player and are currently receiving Talking Books on digital cartridge. So far the response to this upgrade to our service has been overwhelmingly positive. Our customers appreciate the clear, crisp audio; the increased portability; the ease of use; extended battery life; and, probably most of all, the fact that books are recorded on a single cartridge that simply plugs into the machine. In the coming months the Jacksonville Talking Book Library staff will be contacting all of our registered customers who have not received a digital Talking Book machine or have not put their name on a waiting list to get one. We want all of our customers to know that beginning January 2011 all new Talking Book titles will only be produced in digital format. There are still many Talking Books available on cassette format and will be for some years to come but they are slowly being phased out to make room for the digital books. We encourage our customers to keep their cassette player until they reach the point where they feel that their reading needs can be satisfied by the availability of digital books. The National Library Service is doing retroactive production of some of the more popular cassette titles in order to make them available on digital format. We expect our collection of digital books to grow more quickly once production is in full swing. To those customers who are already receiving digital books we ask them to please be extra careful about returning the books in the same way in which you received them. We have received quite a few mailing cases back without its cartridge or with an incorrect cartridge. Our library and Talking Book libraries across the state are having a difficult time matching incorrectly returned digital books to their respective cases. If you feel that you may have made a mistake in returning a digital book please contact us as soon as possible. This is especially important due to the small size of our collection and the current 12 book limit that our customers may receive. Please be aware that returned books can sometimes spend many days in transit and processing before they are removed from a customer’s record. We want all of our customers to enjoy this new easier to use Talking Book format and help us to ensure that our small but growing collection is available for everyone to enjoy. If you have any questions you can reach a staff member at 630-1999. Please leave a message if you call after office hours. New Books Fiction DB/RC070606 Big Girl by Danielle Steel Growing up in L.A. was hard for Victoria Dawson: her parents constantly tormented her about her size. But Victoria escapes and takes a teaching job in New York City, where she learns to accept herself. DB/RC070525 The Lost by J.D. Robb and others Four novellas featuring love and mystery. In Robb's Missing in Death, detective Eve Dallas investigates a tourist's disappearance from the Staten Island Ferry. In Gaffney's The Dog Days of Laurie Summer, Laurie awakes from a coma in the body of her dog. Includes Lost in Paradise and Legacy. DB/RC070081 Breathless by Dean Koontz Grady Adams and his three-year-old Irish wolfhound Merlin spot two strange white animals playing in the meadow. These mysterious creatures quickly vanish but other baffling phenomena occur, causing the government to take an interest. DB/RC069505 Swimsuit by James Patterson Swimsuit model Kim McDaniels disappears from a Hawaiian beach. Cop-turned-reporter Ben Hawkins covers the story for the L.A. Times--and uses it as inspiration for his next book. Ben soon confronts a killer filming crimes for a sadistic audience. “The way a book is read, which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it.” quote by Norman Cousins New Books Nonfiction DB/RC069695 Where Men Win Glory: the Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer Author of Into Thin Air chronicles the life of professional football player Pat Tillman, who enlisted in the U.S. Army after 9/11. Discusses the circumstances that led to Tillman's 2004 death in Afghanistan by friendly fire and the army's misrepresentation of the incident. DB/RC069694 Jim Cramer's Getting Back to Even by Jim Cramer Mad Money television host offers advice on investing since the 2008 economic meltdown, with references to specific stocks and regional banks to watch. Instructs young people on setting long-term goals and older people on keeping what they still have. DB/RC069523 Live Fast, Love Hard: the Faron Young Story by Diane Diekman Biography of honky-tonk singer Faron Young (1932-1996) traces his forty-year career that culminated in his posthumous 2000 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Includes insights from Young's family and colleagues revealing his abusive side and discusses the history of country music. DB/RC069411 Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack: A Boyhood Year During World War II by Charles Osgood Emmy Award-winning broadcaster recounts being a nine-year-old boy in Baltimore's Liberty Heights neighborhood in 1942. Describes living with the threat of war, attending Catholic school, and being obsessed with baseball, radio programs, and patriotism. “The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.” quote by Abraham Lincoln Reading for Children & Young Adults DB/RC069669 Something Wonky This Way Comes by Kate DiCamillo At the drive-in movies with Mr. and Mrs. Watson, porcine wonder Mercy smells hot buttered popcorn, leaps out of the convertible to investigate, and becomes a pig on a mission. Soon the chase is on! For grades K-3. DB/RC067045 Akimbo and the Elephants by Alexander McCall Smith Akimbo loves watching the elephants on the game preserve in East Africa where his father works. When Akimbo learns that the authorities cannot catch the poachers who kill elephants for their ivory tusks, he comes up with a plan to save the elephants himself. For grades 2-4. DB/RC066956 Trapped by Douglas E. Richards Ryan and his sister Regan discover that their scientist parents are part of Prometheus, a secret project that involves exploring an underground alien city that has hostile technology. When their mother faces death, the children must figure out how to save her. For grades 4-7. DB/RC069104 Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson Lia's estranged best friend Cassie is found alone in the Gateway Motel--dead, after calling Lia thirty-three times. While Lia feels guilty for not acting to prevent Cassie's death from bulimia, she continues to struggle with her own anorexia and self-mutilation. For junior and senior high readers. “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” quote by Groucho Marx If you like…David Baldacci You’ll like… Steve Martini Stuart Woods James Grippando Lisa Scottoline Stephen Cannell Brad Meltzer Dennis Lehane T. Jefferson Parker Linda Fairstein Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act On October 8th President Barrack Obama signed the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act which restored the FCC’s authority to mandate audio described programming to the major television broadcasting networks in the 25 most populated markets. These changes will not go into effect until 2011 and the amount of video described programming will be increased over the course of 10 years. This is a significant step toward making more and more broadcast media accessible to those who are blind or have a visual disability. Please know that just because this service may soon be available it doesn’t mean that all televisions will be able to process audio description. 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. New Described DVDs DW070559 Alice in Wonderland DW070560 District 9 DW070561 It’s Complicated DW070562 Planet 51 DW070563 The Fourth Kind DW070564 Zombieland DW070565 Couples Retreat DW070566 Toy Story 2 Additional Subject Areas The following is a list of additional subject areas that our customers may wish to add to their profiles: Afghanistan Authorship Bilingual Book in English & Spanish Biographical Fiction Citizen Band & Ham Radio Egypt Iraq Magic Tricks & Magicians Personal Grooming, Beauty, Fashion Pets Vampires Weaponry Workshops, Tools & Household Repairs Talking Book Club Talking Book Club is a book club for visually impaired individuals. They meet at 10 am on the 4th Friday of every month at ILAB (Independent Living for the Adult Blind) at the Florida State College at Jacksonville downtown campus to discuss a monthly selected book. Call 633-8220 for more information. Upcoming Talking Book Club Titles: November/December RC/DB058361 Founding Mothers: the women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts January RC/DB098427 Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup February RC/DB063840 Reading Judas: the Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity by Elaine Pagels March RC/DB068395 Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh April RC/DB063678 Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaw’s Bloody Reign by Stephen Talty 2010 Annual Survey Results The Talking Book / Special Needs Library conducted a customer survey as part of our Summer 2010 newsletter. In the weeks following its distribution the responses came pouring in. We would like to thank everyone who took part in our survey. Some customers wrote notes on their completed surveys but since they were mailed anonymously we were unable to resolve these issues. Please call us at 630-1999 if you have any questions or concerns. 1. Has the Talking Book Library staff been courteous, prompt and helpful when you called or visited the library? 100% YES 2. How often do you contact the Talking Book Library for assistance? 15% OFTEN 58% SOMETIMES 19% RARELY 7% NEVER 3. Are you satisfied with the number of books that you receive? 72% YES 22% TOO MANY 6% TOO FEW 4. If you receive books that are selected based upon your reading interests are you receiving enough to satisfy your reading habits? 86% YES 14% NO 5. If you have already received a digital Talking Book player how would you rate it? 86% I love it 14% It’s okay 0% I don’t like it 6. Do you access the BARD (Braille and Audio Recording Download) program in order to download books? 8% YES 92% NO 7. How long have you been a customer of the Talking Book Library? 16% LESS THAN 1 YEAR 20% 1-3 YEARS 41% 3-10 YEARS 23% MORE THAN 10 YEARS 8. How would you rate your overall Talking Book Library service? 77% EXCELLENT 23% GOOD 0% FAIR 0% POOR The Talking Book Library hosts two monthly movie series in the Main Library auditorium. On the first Thursday of the month we show a movie in closed captions. On the third Friday of the month we show a movie including audio descriptions. For more info. call 630-1999. Insight Online The Jacksonville Talking Book Library’s Newsletter The Insight can now be viewed online at: 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 programs such as ZoomText, OpenBook, JAWS, Kurzweil, etc. Blog For updated information and programs visit our blog at: Fall Schedule 2010 Holidays & Closings November 11 · Veterans Day November 25—26 · Thanksgiving Talking Books Library Staff Chris Eaton, Librarian Jerry Reynolds, Manager Kareem Chambers, Office Assistant Tim Meusel, Tape Inspector Juan Thomas, Library Assistant We’re on the Web! Aging Booklist DB/RC070204 What's Age Got To Do With It?: Living Your Healthiest and Happiest Life. 2009 by Robin McGraw DB/RC065388 Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else that Really Matters. 2007 by Anne Kreamer DB/RC068583 How to Live: a Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They are Still on this Earth). 2009 by Henry Alford DB/RC065521 You, Staying Young: the Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty. 2007 by Michael F. Roizen DB/RC065121 What are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World. 2004 by William H. Thomas 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