The Insight Talking Book / Special Needs Library Spring 2014 Audio Descriptions on TV Many people already know that the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act significantly increased the amount of television programming that includes audio descriptions. Not only was this increase in accessibility mandated to the traditional commercial broadcast television networks but also a couple of the popular non-broadcast television networks only available via cable or satellite. The ability to access the broadcast audio descriptions will be a menu feature of either your television, cable box or converter box, if you are using an analog television. Some audio described television programs: Modern Family CSI Glee The New Girl Growing Up Fisher Law & Order SVU The Big Band Theory (reruns) Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (reruns) NCIS Los Angeles Bones Grimm Shark Tank Window Eyes for Microsoft Office Users of Microsoft Office 2010 or later can now download the Window Eyes screen reader at no charge. Window Eyes converts components of the Windows operating system into synthesized speech allowing users who are blind or have limited vision to independently operate Windows based computer systems. Not only does Window Eyes provide synthesized speech but it also works with connected braille displays. In order to take advantage of this offer visit the following webpage: NEW BOOKS FICTION DB077482 • Big Sky Wedding by Linda Lael Miller Parable, Montana. Businesswoman Brylee Parrish, who has been jilted at the altar, does not want to fall in love. But then rodeo-rider-turned-movie-star Zane Sutton becomes her neighbor on the adjoining ranch. #5 in Parable, Montana series. Bestseller. DB077471 • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Years after the horrifying events at the Overlook Hotel described in The Shining, recovering alcoholic Danny Torrance has learned to control his supernatural abilities. He befriends a twelve-year-old whose own psychic powers put her at risk. Bestseller. DB077455 • The Quest by Nelson DeMille 1974. Motivated by the sensational tales of an ailing priest, an unlikely crew begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail that takes them from the war-torn jungles of Ethiopia to the dusty archives of the Vatican. Bestseller DB077449 • Deadline by Sandra Brown Journalist Dawson Scott, shell-shocked from his time in Afghanistan, covers the disappearance and presumed murder of former marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of a terrorist couple long wanted by the FBI. Dawson develops feelings for Wesson's ex-wife and sons. Then the Wessons' nanny is killed. DB077358 • Hotshot by Julie Garwood Chef Peyton Lockhart and her two sisters are renovating their uncle's Florida resort. Peyton reunites with her childhood buddy Finn MacBain, an Olympic swimmer-turned-FBI agent. But someone is trying to kill Peyton and sabotage the project. DB077271 • Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff Novel about twentieth-century America told in verse. The characters are linked by acts of generosity or cruelty. At the core is Clifford, an artist who struggles with his sexuality from childhood to adulthood. Bestseller. NEW BOOKS NONFICTION DB077646 • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell Author of Outliers challenges common assumptions about obstacles and advantages. Illustrates the ways having a learning disability such as dyslexia forces some students to develop other skills that help them to succeed. Bestseller. DB077479 • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David J. Epstein Sports Illustrated writer considers the nature vs. nurture debate as it applies to superior athletes. Evaluates scientific gene studies and on-the-field anecdotes to weigh whether success is attributable to heredity or intense practice and luck. Bestseller. DB077454 • Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure by Kathryn Allan Twelve essays explore the ways disabilities are presented and corrected by technology in science fiction. Examines characters in the novel Flowers for Algernon, the television series The Bionic Woman, the movie The Empire Strikes Back, and other works. DB077454 • I am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai Memoir of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai (born 1997), who was the target of an assassination attempt by the Taliban in October 2012. Details her family's crusade for girls' education, the campaign of intimidation that culminated in her shooting, and her recovery. Bestseller DB076688 • Books to Die For: the World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels by Declan Burke and John Connolly Anthology of 121 essays by noted mystery and crime writers on works in their genre that affected them most. The discussed novels were published between 1841 and 2008. Entries include Deon Meyer on Ed McBain, Deborah Crombie on P.D. James, and Michael Robotham on Peter HĂeg. Agatha Award. NEW BOOKS CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT DB077200 • Rabbit and Robot: the Sleepover by Cece Bell Rabbit plans out the entire sleepover he is going to have with his friend Robot. But when Robot shows up, he does not want to do what is on Rabbit's list. Now Rabbit does not know what to do. For grades K-3. DB077427 • The Puppy Place: Guide to Puppies by Ellen Miles A guide for finding the right dog for you and your family. Discusses different breeds and offers tips on providing the right equipment, food, and training for your new pet. For grades 2-4. DB077256 • The Lonely Lake Monster by Suzanne Selfors Pearl Petal and Ben Silverstein cannot wait for their first official day as apprentices of Dr. Woo, veterinarian for imaginary creatures. But then a lake monster captures Ben, and Pearl sets out to rescue him. For grades 3-6. DB077414 • Sammy Keyes Mysteries: Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City and Sammy Keyes and the Killer Cruise by Wendelin Van Draanen Two mysteries featuring the eighth-grade sleuth. In Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City Sammy travels to Las Vegas to stop her mother from getting married. In Sammy Keyes and the Killer Cruise trouble follows Sammy on her vacation with her father. For grades 5-8. DB076684 • Unearthly Trilogy: Unearthly; Hallowed; Boundless by Cynthia Hand Trilogy includes Unearthly, Hallowed, and Boundless. In Unearthly sixteen-year-old Clara Gardner has grown up hiding her part-angel heritage from the world. When she starts having powerful visions of a boy far away, her family moves to help her find him. For junior and senior high and older readers. 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 AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED”. 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 NO 2. How often do you contact the Talking Book Library for assistance? OFTEN SOMETIMES RARELY NEVER 3. Are you satisfied with the number of books that you receive? YES TOO MANY 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 NO 5. Do you receive audio magazines? YES NO 6. Do you access the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) program in order to download books? YES NO 7. Have you ever received a downloaded copy of a book sent from a Talking Book Library staff member? YES NO 8. How long have you been a customer of the Talking Book Library? < 1 YEAR 1 - 3 YEARS 3 - 10 YEARS > 10 YEARS 9. How would you rate your overall Talking Book Library service? EXCELLENT GOOD FAIR POOR 10. Compared to your past experiences has the Talking Book service and staff: IMPROVED STAYED THE SAME DECLINED APH Book Port Plus for Students with a Visual Disability Did you know that the Duval County Public School system offers an APH (American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.) Book Port Plus to any student with a visual disability to use for one school-year? If you’ve never heard of the Book Port Plus before, it is a very versatile little device much like a smartphone or .mp3 player. It’s small enough to fit in your pants pocket and has a built-in speaker as well as a headphone jack. Like other handheld multimedia devices the Book Port Plus plays: .mp3 files; digital Talking Books downloaded through the NLS’s BARD service, Bookshare and Learning Ally; as well as built-in WiFi for streaming audio and podcasts. Talking Book subscribers with a Jacksonville Public Library card can also access the many audio titles available for download through the Overdrive service. If you’re interested in giving the Book Port Plus a try then you should contact your Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI). The Book Port Pluses are provided through a quota system with the APH that also provides large print and Braille materials. IF YOU LIKE...AMISH FICTION You’ll like… The Daughters of Caleb Bender series by W. Dale Cramer Stoney Ridge Seasons by Suzanne Woods Fisher The Maplecreek Amish trilogy by Karen Harper The Patch of Heaven series by Kelly Long The Pleasant Valley series by Marta Perry The Indiana Cousins series by Wanda Brunstetter The Seasons of Grace series by Beverly Lewis NEW DESCRIBED DVDS Identity Thief The Call Dead Man Down Oz the Great and Powerful Parental Guidance G.I. Joe: Retaliation Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters Broken Tail: a Tiger’s Last Journey After Earth The Croods Despicable Me 2 The Heat Iron Man 3 The Lone Ranger Monsters University Now You See Me Olympus Has Fallen Pain & Gain The Purge R.I.P.D. Star Trek: Into Darkness This Is the End World War Z Talking Book Club The Talking Book Club is a club for blind and visually impaired individuals. Meetings are at 10 a.m. on the fourth Friday of every month at Independent Living for the Adult Blind (ILAB) at the Florida State College at Jacksonville downtown campus to discuss a monthly selected book. Call 904-633-8220 for more information. Upcoming Talking Book Club Titles: April DB075599 Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-four-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan May DB075534 Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio J. Mendez June DB077214 The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes July DB057643 Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness; a Reluctant Memoir by Richard M. Cohen Spring Cleaning Do you have extra Talking Book cartridges sitting around that you just can’t find the time to listen to? Do you have a Talking Book machine that you’ve been meaning to return but can’t find the box? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions then let us give you a helping hand with your Spring cleaning. If you’re sending back extra books be sure to tell us which ones you would like to receive again and we can place them on a request list for you. You can return any of our Talking Books or equipment to your local Jacksonville Public Library branch for delivery to our office downtown. 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! Holidays & Closings December 24th & 25th • Christmas January 1st • New Year’s Day January 21st • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day February 18th • President’s Day TALKING BOOK LIBRARY STAFF Chris Eaton, Librarian Jackie Curry, Library Assistant Scott Adams, Manager Tim Meusel, Tape Inspector Kareem Chambers, Office Assistant We’re on the Web! ARTHRITIS BOOKLIST DB077082 • Arthritis and You: a Comprehensive Digest for Patients and Caregivers, by Naheed Ali DB070038 • Beating Gout: a Sufferer's Guide to Living Pain Free, by Victor Konshin DB064016 • The First Year--Rheumatoid Arthritis: an Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, by M. E. A. McNeil DB057341 • Pain-Free Arthritis: a Seven-Step Program for Feeling Better Again by Harris H. McIlwain DB054708 • Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis: the Scientifically Proven Program that Allows People with Arthritis to Take Charge of Their Disease by Miriam E. Nelson THE INSIGHT Main Library 303 N. 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