The Insight Spring 2011 Talking Book / Special Needs Library Jacksonville Public Library Digital Talking Book Service We’re happy to report that our ongoing conversion to digital Talking Book service is going very well. More and more new books on digital cartridge and BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) are being added every day. Our customers have been enjoying the upgrade to our service for quite a few months now. Everyone seems to appreciate the features of the digital Talking Book machine and we have had very few reported problems. However, there are still quite a few customers who have not received digital Talking Books and we encourage them to contact us to request this service. Digital Talking Book Conversion Frequently Asked Questions Why haven’t I been receiving new books from my favorite authors on cassette? The production of new books on recorded cassette ceased late last year. All new titles are now only available on digital cartridge or BARD download. If there aren’t going to be any more new books on cassette and the old ones are being slowly phased out, then can I keep or buy the ones I have? No. Even though Talking Books on cassette are being phased out they are still property of the Library of Congress and need to be returned after used. Can I still receive Talking Books on cassette during the digital transition period? Yes. The majority of our collection is only available on cassette and you can still receive them as they are available. We do not expect them to be phased out entirely for many years to come. The headphones you sent me won’t fit in my digital Talking Book machine. The headphones that we issue to customers have a larger plug which is too big to fit in the digital Talking Book machine. We can send you an adapter to fit the plug. Is there anywhere that I can get a carrying case for my digital Talking Book machine? The Perkins Products store features a form-fitting, custom made case for the digital Talking Book machine which features an adjustable strap for carrying by hand or over your shoulder. You can reach the Perkins Products store at 617-972-7308 or by email at Can nursing homes, hospitals, schools and other institutions registered for Talking Book service receive digital Talking Books? Yes. Within the past few months digital Talking Book service was extended to institutions. We just need to speak with the individual responsible for Talking Book service at the institution regarding how many machines they will need and how often they want to receive digital Talking Books. New Books Fiction DB071415 Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst When Italy attacks northern Greece, senior police official Constantine Zannis helps a German woman smuggle Jews to safety. As the war heats up in the Balkans, Zannis is recruited by the British secret service. DB071329 Freedom by Jonathan Franzen Liberal environmentalists Walter and Patty Berglund pioneer the gentrification of their neighborhood. But their seemingly perfect life disintegrates when their son moves in with Republican neighbors and Walter assists the coal industry. Walter's musician friend Richard and Patty's estranged family further complicate matters. DB071307 Dangerous by Diana Palmer "Mac" Kilraven, a federal agent working as a small-town Texas cop, is searching for the person who murdered his family. He falls for dispatcher Winnie Sinclair even though some members of Winnie's family are suspects in his case. DB071282 Blockade Billy; and, Morality by Stephen King Two tales of horror. In Blockade Billy baseball catcher William Blakely is called up to the major leagues. But after runners are injured at home plate, his third-base coach discovers Billy's secrets. In "Morality" nurse Nora gets an intriguing proposition. “To read a book properly is to wake up and live, to acquire a renewed interest in one’s neighbors, more especially those who are alien to us in every way.” quote by Henry Miller New Books Nonfiction DB071419 Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt David Platt--pastor of the Church at Brook Hills, a Birmingham, Alabama, megachurch--uses scripture to illustrate the differences between the gospels of Jesus and what Platt calls the American dream of materialism. Urges living one year in radical obedience to Christ and suggests five steps to do it. DB071417 War by Sebastian Junger Author recalls the time he spent embedded with U.S. Army combat infantry in the Korengal Valley of eastern Afghanistan between 2007-2008. Describes his experiences amid firefights, ambushes, bombs, and death. DB071266 Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife by Lisa Miller Journalist explores the concept of an afterlife in the world's major monotheistic faiths since the earliest days of Judaism. Relies on her own beliefs as well as interviews with adherents of different religions to contemplate who gets into heaven and why. DB071249 Not Without Hope by Nick Schuyler and Jere Longman Recounts a February 2009 boating accident in the Gulf of Mexico that killed NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith and former university football player Will Bleakley. Sole survivor Schuyler describes the ordeal he and his friends faced when their boat capsized shortly before a storm. “The only true equalisers in the world are books; the only treasure-house open to all comers is a library; the only wealth which will not decay is knowledge; the only jewel which you carry beyond the grave is wisdom.” quote by J.A. Langford Reading for Children & Young Adults DB070689 Return to the Hundred Acre Wood: in which Winnie-the-Pooh Enjoys Further Adventures with Christopher Robin and His Friends by A.A. Milne, David Benedictus & Ernest H. Shepard This authorized sequel to The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh contains ten new stories featuring the boy Christopher Robin and his faithful companions--Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, and Roo. For grades K-3 DB071676 Pop!: the Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy Describes the efforts of Walter Diemer, a young accountant who worked at a candy and gum factory in 1920s Philadelphia, to discover a recipe for gum that could stretch to blow bubbles. Includes additional facts about gum. For grades K-3 DB071397 Bad News for Outlaws: the Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Biography of African American Bass Reeves (1838-1910), a hero of the Old West. Discusses Reeves's escape from life as a slave in Texas, his qualifications for being a deputy marshal, and some of his exploits with desperadoes. For grades 2-4. Coretta Scott King Award. DB070871 Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl Sixteen-year-old Ethan Wate wants to escape his superstitious small town, until he meets mysterious Lena Duchannes. Drawn to Lena and her secrets, Ethan searches for answers to explain their psychic connection--and the hold of a Civil War curse. For senior high readers. How to request Talking Books online Some Talking Books customers may be unaware that they have an option to use our Online Public Access Catalog to request that certain titles be sent to them. Here is the link to the catalog: All you need is your User ID number and password to log into the system. Your User ID is the 9 digit number beginning with "999" that appears below the center barcode of each mailing card. A password has to be requested by calling the Talking Book Library at 630-1999. You can immediately log into your account via the Patron Information or Place Requests links. After logging in you will see a summary of your current holdings. From this point you can click on the link Basic Search or Advanced Search to begin searching for books by title, author or subject. I'll use the author John Grisham as an example. In the Search For: field you need to type Grisham, John or just Grisham. From the Search Index: field you need to select the option for Author. At this point you can either click the button for Submit Search or further narrow your search options by selecting for Media (Cassette or Digital Book), Language or whether you're looking for Fiction or Nonfiction titles. Clicking Submit Search retrieves 3 pages of titles on Cassette (RC0) and Digital cartridge (DB0) arranged alphabetically. If selecting by title you can click the check box to the left of the corresponding title in the Request column before clicking Add to BookBasket. If you want more information on a specific title before requesting it you can click on the title which will display the book record and from this point you can either click the button to Add to Book Basket or the link to Return to Search Results. Once titles are added to the Book Basket the process becomes very similar to online shopping. You have the option to "Rush" selected titles out to you as soon as they are available by checking the the corresponding box. At this point you can also delete selections from your Book Basket. To process the selected titles for shipment according to a your regularly scheduled delivery you need to click Proceed to Checkout. Once this is clicked you will see a summary of the titles added to your request list. Blind Bowlers of Jacksonville Blind bowlers, their families and friends meet the second Saturday of each month at Bowl America, located at 11141 Beach Blvd from 1 to 4pm. This is not a league it is just an afternoon of fun. The cost is $3.00 per game per person. For more information contact: Gina Minichiello 904-571-9117 email: Spring Cleaning The Jacksonville Talking Book Library would like to remind each of our customers that now is a good time to return some of the Talking Books that you might have sitting around. If you have books that you’d like to read but don’t think you’ll have the time then call us up and we can add each title to your Request list. This way we can send them back to you at a later date according to your delivery schedule. Please know that Talking Books on cassette are in ever dwindling supply and even though the collection of Talking Books on digital cartridge is growing they are still not as widely available as those on cassette. Returning books promptly ensures that everyone will get the opportunity to receive a sufficient number of books. If you have any questions or concerns bout returning Talking Books or equipment please call us so we can explain the options that you have. 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. Talking Book Club Talking Book Club is a book club for blind and 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: 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 May RC/DB068385 Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian June DB070661 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot July RC/DB059088 The Revenant by Michael Punke If you like…Linda Howard You’ll like… Karen Robards Elizabeth Lowell J.D. Robb Sandra Brown Suzanne Brockman Lisa Jackson Heather Graham Iris Johansen Carla Neggers Described Movie Spring Series The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery Friday April 15th @ 10am Iron Man 2 Friday May 20th @ 10am The Sorcerer's Apprentice Friday June 17th @ 10am This Spring the Talking Book/Special Needs Library is hosting a free movie series in described format in the Main Library Auditorium. Call 630-1999 for more information. Chris's Picks RC/DB060331 Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins Former international economic consultant deplores the practice of extending foreign loans that foster the interests of American government, banks, and corporations and that lead to U.S. control of third world economies. Alleges the impoverishment of millions through such globalization in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and South America. DB071422 The Passage by Justin Cronin Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte becomes humanity's last hope after the North American populace is decimated by a terrifying viral infection--the product of a secret military experiment housed in a remote compound in the Colorado mountains. RC/DB066026 Blasphemy by Douglas Preston Progress has mysteriously stalled on a controversial supercollider project. The U.S. government hires ex-CIA agent Wyman Ford to pose as a liaison to the local Navajo community and discover why the project scientists are being so secretive. DB069579 The Magicians by Lev Grossman Bored with life, Quentin Coldwater spends his time reading fantasy and dreaming of the mythical realm of Fillory. But after being transported off the street to the Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, Quentin realizes that real sorcery isn't easy. RC/DB068427 Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup Uneducated waiter Ram Mohammad Thomas wins a billion rupees on a quiz show but is accused of cheating and thrown into jail. In flashback-accounts to his lawyer, Ram explains his past adventures supplied him the winning answers. is a website that seeks to answer questions that registered BARD users have about the service. The website contains an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions about how to use BARD; the digital Talking Book machine and its accessories; and a lot more useful information. There are also some very informative tutorials included. Here is the link: 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. Visit our blog! Spring Schedule 2011 Holidays & Closings May 30 · Memorial Day 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! Stroke Booklist DB/RC064772 How to Prevent Your Stroke. 2006 by David J. Spence DB/RC056712 Striking Back at Stroke: a Doctor-Patient Journal. 2003 by Cleo Hutton DB/RC053270 The Family Guide to Surviving Stroke and Communication Disorders. 1999 by Dennis C. Tanner RC055087 A Crusade for Stroke Prevention: a Program for Immediate, Aggressive Utilization of New Knowledge and Technology that Could Reduce Strokes by Ninety Percent. 2000 by J. Crayton Pruitt DB/RC066890 Medical Myths that Can Kill You: and the 101 Truths that Will Save, Extend, and Improve your Life. 2008 by Nancy Snyderman 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