The Insight Summer 2007 Talking Book / Special Needs Library Jacksonville Public Library Increased Transportation to Jacksonville Public Libraries Eldersource’s Elder Mobility Task Force is conducting a mobility and transportation forum in August that will explore transportation options for the area’s senior citizens and people with disabilities. The Talking Book Library is advocating for increased transportation for our customers above and beyond what is currently offered. Many of our customers depend on JTA Connexion for their transportation needs. The Elder Mobility Task Force is trying to increase your options from many different organizations, whether it be a taxi service or some other type of transportation provider, to assist in the transportation of our customers to public libraries for free or at a minimal charge. There are many obstacles facing the implementation of this plan, one being the insurance liability. You can help support increased transportation to public libraries for senior citizens and people with disabilities by contacting the Jacksonville City Council, Mayor John Peyton’s office, your local and state representatives, and Governor Charlie Crist’s office. Voice your concerns about the limited mobility in Jacksonville for those who need it most. Jacksonville City Council 630-1377 Mayor John Peyton’s office 630-1786 Governor Charlie Crist’s office 850-488-4441 New Books Fiction RC062362 Watchdog by Laurien Berenson Sleuthy single mom Melanie Travis wants nothing to do with her brother Frank's latest money-making scheme to convert an old store into a coffee bar. When Frank's partner, wealthy developer Marcus Rattigan, turns up dead, Melanie draws on her dog show connections to clear Frank's name. RC062099 Carolina isle by Jude Devereaux Sara, a working-class New Yorker, and Ariel, a privileged North Carolina belle, are look-alike cousins and pen pals who change identities and companions. Ariel covets Sara's boss while Sara adores Ariel's friend David. When the women investigate an island resort, danger abounds and old secrets surface. RC062300 Misfortune’s daughters by Joan Collins Shipping heiresses Atlanta and Venetia Stephanopolis dabble in drugs and men after their mother's mysterious death. Their father's announcement that he'll leave his estate to whoever first bears a son spurs a fierce rivalry and discloses a family legacy of betrayal and lies. RC063408 Grief by Andrew Holleran Devastated when his elderly mother passes away, a middle-aged gay professor takes a temporary job in Washington, D.C. In the room he rents in a townhouse, he discovers the letters of the grieving Mary Todd Lincoln—and he mourns with his landlord the loss of friends to AIDS. “A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.” - Albert Camus New Books Nonfiction RC062610 Truth and beauty: a friendship by Ann Patchett Author reminisces about her long-term friendship with Lucy Grealy, whom she met in college at Sarah Lawrence and who wrote “Autobiography of a Face” describing her battle with facial cancer. Patchett describes their relationship until Grealy's 2002 death from a heroin overdose. RC061494 Unforgivable blackness: the rise and fall of Jack Johnson by Geoffrey C. Ward Traces the life of Jack Johnson (1878-1946), the first African American heavyweight world boxing champion. Discusses, within the social context of the time, Johnson's individuality, three marriages to white women, competitions, and trouble with the law. RC062092 Game of shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the steroids scandal that rocked professional sports by Mark Fainaru-Wada Journalists from the San Francisco Chronicle highlight the role of the Bay Area Lab Cooperative (BALCO)-a nutritional supplement company-in supplying professional athletes with banned substances. RC061237 One matchless time: a life of William Faulkner by Jay Parini Biographer analyzes the life of Nobel Prize-winning southern NoveList William Faulkner (1897-1962). Traces his childhood in Oxford, Mississippi, and emphasizes the integral roles of region and family background in Faulkner's literary masterpieces "It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died.” - William Faulkner Reading for Children & Young Adults RC062898 Whale rescue: changing the future for endangered wildlife by Erich Hoyt Discusses different varieties of whales, explaining their habitats, behavior, and habits. Surveys the history of whaling, the threat of extinction, and the work of conservationists. For grades 4-7. RC062532 George did it by Suzanne Jurmain Explains that George Washington did not want to be the first president of the new country. Discusses why he was unsure at first and then later accepted the position. Describes his trip to New York--the nation's original capitol--and his swearing-in ceremony. For grades 2-4. RC062067 The Mark of the horse lord by Dan Bloom Scotland, during the Roman Empire. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the blinded and deposed King of the Scots, former gladiator and slave Phaedrus impersonates the Horse Lord to regain control of the Scottish kingdom from the Picts. For junior and senior high readers. Phoenix Award 1985. RC062264 Heat by Mike Lupica Star pitcher Michael Arroyo is banned from Little League baseball because rival coaches don't believe he's only twelve years old. An orphan whose birth certificate is back in Cuba, Michael is on the run from social services because he fears separation from his seventeen-year-old brother, Carlos. For grades 5-8. A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. ~ Chinese proverb ~ New Descriptive DVDs In the past few months the Talking Books Library has acquired many new descriptive DVDs. The following is a list of some of our new titles. DW070130 — The Third Man DW070170 — United 93 DW070171 — The Cooler DW070129 — Cinderella Man DW070133 — The River Niger DW070158 — The Art of War DW070160 — Brotherhood of the Wolf DW070154 — Navajo Joe DW070174 — The Snow Walker DW070184 — The 39 Steps DW070162 — Night of the Living Dead DW070148 — The Swiss Conspiracy DW070139 — Man with the Golden Arm DW070201 — Screamers DW070081 — The Girl with a Pearl Earring DW070144 — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas DW070145 — The Great Robot Race DW070098 — Mystery of the Megaflood DW070104 — Bird Flu: how safe are we? 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 FCCJ downtown campus to discuss a monthly selected book. A few books they have discussed have been The Da Vinci Code, Tuesdays with Morrie, Life of Pi, Cold Mountain, Shadow Divers and other popular selections. Call 633-8220 for more information. Overdrive Digital Audio Books The Jacksonville Public Library now offers digital audio book downloads for its customers who have a valid library card and access to a computer with broadband internet connection. The service, called Overdrive, can be accessed from the library’s webpage at jpl.coj.net. The collection features many recent bestsellers as well as a wide array of fiction genres and nonfiction subjects. Books can be searched for by author, title and keyword or just browsed in separate categories. The Overdrive website is accessible by screen reading and/or magnification programs. In order to listen to a digital audio book that has been downloaded, customers first need to download Overdrive’s media console. There are some minimum system requirements needed in order to use the Overdrive media console that must be considered. Once downloaded, books can be accessed on a personal computer, burned onto CDs or stored on a portable device such as an mp3 player. Overdrive digital audio books cannot be downloaded to iPods or Mac computers. Each book downloaded has its own loan period that will expire and afterwards need to be deleted from your hard drive. The features of the Overdrive media console includes variable playing speed, a skip back 15 seconds option, ability to resume from the farthest played point, a bookmark and the other basic features associated with digital audio playback. In many cases Talking Book Library customers do not have a valid Jacksonville Public Library card. If you would like to try Overdrive and do not have a library card please call us at 630-1999 and Talking Books staff will arrange for you to receive a card and establish a PIN number. A Few Worlds About...Magazines on cassette Many of our customers receive magazines on cassette from CMLS and local publications from Daytona Beach. If you’ve never received a magazine on cassette then you are missing out on a wide variety of titles that can be delivered to your mailbox . Titles include: The Atlantic Monthly, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Bon Appetit, Consumer Reports, Discover, Ebony, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Money, National Geographic, People, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated, just to name a few. Most magazines are issued weekly or monthly. A concern that a few of our customers have had is regarding the consistency of delivery. A customer subscribed to magazines on cassette can expect a lag time between the production and delivery of a title on cassette and its print edition. Often times this is only a few days but can be a few weeks. On a few rare occasions there have been quality of recording issues. In such an occasion we advise our customers to contact the Talking Books Library at 630-1999 in order to receive a replacement copy. Customers also need to know that there is sometimes a considerable waiting period between initial subscription to a magazine title and delivery of their first issue. This waiting period can often be a month or two. Please call our office at 630-1999 if you have any questions or would like to begin a magazine subscription. Insight Online The Jacksonville Talking Books Library’s Newsletter The Insight can now be viewed online at our homepage: http://jpl.coj.net/library/tbl.html 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. Did You Know? The Paralympic Winter Games are Winter Olympics style games for individuals with a physical or mental disability. The Paralympic games are held in conjunction with the Olympic games in the same host city. There are currently three classes in the Paralympic Alpine Skiing competition, one including individuals who are totally blind and those with varying degrees of vision loss. Blind and visually impaired alpine skiers use a guide to help them traverse the slopes in a race against their fellow competitors. WJCT Radio Reading Service WJCT Radio Reading Service is available to anyone who is eligible for Talking Books. It brings the Florida Times Union into your home as well as other excellent programs you won’t currently get any other way. WJCT RRS broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. RRS also offers readings of national newspapers, magazines, and other special interest programming. Be sure to tune in Tuesday mornings at 10:45 am to hear Jerry Reynolds, Talking Book Library manager, discuss current events in the local visually disabled community as well as highlights of new books. Reader's Digest Many of our customers call us asking to subscribe to a Talking Book version of Reader’s Digest magazine. Currently, neither the state of Florida nor the National Library Service are able to offer this publication through Talking Book service. Instead, customers can call the American Printing House for the Blind at 1-800-223-1839 for a free one-year subscription to this publication on Talking Book cassette. Featured magazine titles Asimov’s Science Fiction Ebony Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Customer Information: US Armed Service Veterans & E-mail addresses The Talking Book Library needs your assistance in compiling extra information for our customer records. If you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces we ask you to call our office at 630-1999 so that we can make the necessary notification to your record. It could be that such information was included in your application and has been entered but it doesn’t hurt to make sure. Many of our customers will be contacted by Talking Books Library staff to ask if they are veterans and if they have an active e-mail address. It is important that we identify all of our customers who are veterans because they are eligible to be the first recipients of the digital Talking Books machine when they become available. We would like to record our customer’s e-mail addresses in order to send them periodic announcements of changes and/or additions to our service. Thanks for your help. Summer Schedule 2007 Holidays & Closings July 4 · Independence Day September 3 · Labor Day Talking Books Library Staff Jerry Reynolds, Manager Chris Eaton, Librarian Juan Thomas, Library Assistant Mary Brady, Page Tim Meusel, Tape Inspector We’re on the Web! http://www.klas.com/flbtbl Women's Health Booklist RC060721 A guide to survivorship for women with ovarian cancer. 2005 by F. J. Montz RC060589 Baby laughs: the naked truth about the first year of mommyhood. 2005 by Jenny McCarthy RC063105 Saving graces: finding solace and strength from friends and strangers. 2006 by Elizabeth Edwards RC060439 Our bodies, ourselves: a new edition for a new era. 2006 by the Boston Women’s Healthbook Collective RC061347 Sex and the seasoned woman: pursuing the passionate life. 2006 by Gail Sheehy 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