The Insight Spring 2008 Talking Book / Special Needs Library Jacksonville Public Library Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities Florida residents know that when warm weather approaches so does Hurricane Season. While last summer in Northeast Florida was relatively calm, there is no telling what Mother Nature might have in store for us this year. The Red Cross produces an annual booklet titled “Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs” that helps those with a disability make a plan for emergencies, assemble necessary supplies and know what to expect in the event of an emergency. The booklets are co-authored by the American Red Cross, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They are available online at, your local chapter of the Red Cross as well as the Talking Book / Special Needs Library. You can reach your local chapter of the Red Cross at: (904) 358-8091. If you would like more information, the Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast Florida is holding an Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities Conference at the Prime Osborn Convention Center on July 18th from 8:00am to 4:30pm. This conference is free and open to the public. You can reach the Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast Florida at: (904) 399-8484. Atlantic Hurricane Season: June 1 — November 30 New Books Fiction RC063756 Sheer Abandon by Penny Vincenzi English schoolgirls Clio, Martha, and Jocasta meet en route to Thailand in 1985. Upon her return a year later, one of them abandons her newborn at Heathrow. The three women reunite in 2000, along with a teenager seeking her birth mother. RC060263 The Red Hat Club by Haywood Smith Georgia, Diane, SuSu, Linda, and Teeny have been friends since high school. Once a month they don purple clothes and red hats and meet at Atlanta's Swan Coach House to discuss the latest gossip. When Diane discovers her husband is cheating on her, they plan revenge. RC063347 Learning from Hannah: secrets for a life worth living by William H. Thomas Married couple Bill and Jude are vacationing in the Caribbean Sea when their boat capsizes. They seek refuge on the unknown island of Kallimos, where Hannah, an older woman, takes care of them and others. The couple learn lessons about land, community, and the roles of elders in society. RC064476 Paula Spencer by Roddy Doyle Now forty-seven, long-widowed Paula Spencer counts the days of her sobriety, the key to putting her life back together. Facing a low-paying job, dysfunctional children, and her sister's cancer, Paula takes things one day at a time. “Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.” quote by Helen Keller New Books Nonfiction RC063908 Dogs on the couch: behavior therapy for training and caring for your dog by Larry Lachman Animal behaviorist Lachman applies techniques of family-systems therapy--focusing on the entire family unit—to canine obedience training for humane control of nuisance barking, destructiveness, separation anxiety, aggression, and other habits. Provides step-by-step instructions and advice for choosing a compatible breed, adopting from shelters, and coping with a pet's death. RC064147 Ghosts among us by Leslie Rule Firsthand accounts of eerie visitations and paranormal experiences, based on interviews with psychics, parapsychologists, historians, and witnesses as well as extensive archival research. Includes reports of hauntings of amusement parks, hotels, and private houses by human and animal spirits. RC064332 Kicked, bitten, and scratched: life and lessons at the world's premier school for exotic animal trainers by Amy Sutherland Journalist describes her year in the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program at California's Moorpark College--deemed the "Harvard" of teaching zoos. Follows students as they clean cages, prepare meals, attend classes, handle injuries and other job-related hazards, and learn to work with residents like Schmoo, a temperamental sea lion. RC063348 The truth about stories: a native narrative by Thomas King A wide-ranging exploration of stories told by and about Native Americans and of ways the tales shape social perceptions, expectations, and interactions. King ponders identity while interweaving accounts from his own life as a child in California, an academic in Canada, a traveler abroad, and a Native American. Reading for Children & Young Adults RC064199 Cooking rocks! Rachael Ray thirty-minute meals for kids by Rachael Ray Recipes for sandwiches, soups, one-dish meals, and desserts suitable for preparation by children aged four to six, seven to eleven, and twelve to sixteen. Sections on beverages, snacks, and big subs are for all ages. Includes kitchen basics and tips for grownup helpers. For grades 4-7 and older readers. RC059440 The Mystery of Alligator Swamp: A Boxcar Children Mystery by Gertrude C. Warner Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are in Louisiana learning about fishing and Cajun cooking. When a boat is found with a bite in it, locals believe a ghost alligator attacked it. The Alden children set out to discover if the swamp is really haunted. For grades 3-6. RC063855 Copper sun by Sharon M. Draper Amari is taken from her African village when she is fifteen and sold to a southern plantation owner in America. Amari and Polly, a white indentured servant, risk everything to escape. Descriptions of sex and violence. For senior high and older readers. Coretta Scott King Award. RC063729 Crispin: at the edge of the world by Avi This sequel to Crispin: The Cross of Lead finds Crispin and the enormous red-haired juggler, Bear, fleeing for their lives from a rebel brotherhood. When Bear is wounded, Crispin relies on an ancient healer and a disfigured girl for help. For grades 6-9. “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” quote by Garrison Keillor Talking Book Library Annual Customer Survey Dear Talking Book Library customer, Please take a few minutes of your time to complete the following survey. We at the Jacksonville Talking Book library value your opinion and want to assist you in any way to make our service more satisfying. Your responses are confidential. To submit this survey, please fold it in half and then staple or tape it together. Please do not affix postage as this survey has already been labeled as “FREE MATTER FOR THE BLIND”. If you would like a copy of the survey sent to you or if you would like to complete it over the phone please call the Talking Book / Special Needs Library at 904-630-1999. Thank you for your participation. 1. Has the Talking Book Library staff been courteous, prompt and helpful when you called or visited the library? YES or NO 2. How often do you contact the Talking Book Library for assistance? DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY or NEVER 3. Are you satisfied with the number of books that you receive? YES, TOO MANY or TOO FEW 4. If you receive books that are selected based upon your reading interests are you receiving enough to satisfy your reading habits? YES or NO 5. Have you ever received a descriptive video? YES or NO 6. How long have you been a customer of the Talking Book Library? LESS THAN ONE YEAR, 1 to 3 YEARS, 3 to 10 YEARS or MORE THAN 10 YEARS 7. How would you rate the quality of the Insight newsletter? EXCELLENT, GOOD, FAIR or POOR 8. How would you rate your overall Talking Book Library service? EXCELLENT, GOOD, FAIR or POOR 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...James Lee Burke You’ll like… Lawrence Block Ed McBain Lee Child Dennis Lehane James Sallis James Hall Michael Connelly New Descriptive DVDs DW070236 The Lucy Show, Vol. 1 DW070231 The Andy Griffith Show, Vol. 1 DW070232 The Andy Griffith Show, Vol. 2 DW070241 The Lady and the Highwayman DW070240 Sword of Lancelot DW070239 The Magic Sword DW070238 Becket DW070228 The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again DW070227 Death Race 2000 DW070226 Hit Lady DW070225 Red Surf DW070224 Perpetrators of the Crime DW070223 The Outlaw DW070222 “O” DW070221 All the Kind Strangers DW070219 Drums in the Deep South DW070220 Bonanza DW070218 Gulliver’s Travels DW070217 Love Laughs at Andy Hardy DW070216 Topper DW070215 A Murder of Crows DW070214 Sherlock Holmes in Washington DW070212 Voyage of the Unicorn DW070210 Killer Whales in the Wild DW070209 Slipstream DW070208 A Girl is a Girl DW070207 Shadow of the Vampire DW070206 Foxy Brown DW070205 Call of the Wild DW070204 Tornado Warning DW070203 Heaven’s Fury DW070202 Dream Storm: a North of 60 Mystery A print catalog and order form of our entire VHS and DVD descriptive video collection can be mailed to you when you call 630-1999. Another option for individuals who are blind, have a visual disability or are in any other way print disabled of attaining reading material is through the online service This service offers over 36,000 books and 150 periodicals converted to Braille, large print or digital formats for text to speech audio. Individual subscriptions cost $25 to sign up, and $50 annually with documentation of a print disability. There is also an institutional subscription rate available per number of books requested. The service is offered free to schools and students with a qualified print disability. Registered users of are eligible to receive a wide range of quality reading materials including textbooks and other education materials as well as novels and general nonfiction titles. does not list a contact telephone number and directs those interested to their website or to e-mail them at Spring Schedule 2008 Holidays & Closings May 26 · Memorial Day Talking Books Library Staff Jerry Reynolds, Manager Chris Eaton, Librarian Juan Thomas, Library Assistant Solomon Oliver, Page Tim Meusel, Tape Inspector Karen Lewis, Volunteer We’re on the Web! Arthritis Booklist RC064016 The first year—rheumatoid arthritis: an essential guide for the newly diagnosed. 2005 by M.E.A. McNeil RC044141 The arthritis cure: the medical miracle that can halt, reverse, and may even cure osteoarthritis. 1997 by Jason Theodosakis RC057341 Pain-free arthritis: a seven-step program for feeling better again. 2003 by Harris H. McIlwain RC047542How to eat away arthritis. 1996 by Lauri M. Aesoph RC054708 Strong women and men beat arthritis: the scientifically proven program that allows people with arthritis to take charge of their disease. 2002 by Miriam E. Nelson 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