The Insight Summer 2011 Talking Book / Special Needs Library Jacksonville Public Library Update Your Information The staff of the Jacksonville Talking Book Library is always working hard to make sure our customer records are as accurate as possible and we can always use your help. If you’ve recently changed your address or phone number please call us at 630-1999 to update this information. If you would like to be contacted via email we can add your email address to our records. This summer we have been trying to reach those customers who have not received one of our digital Talking Book machines to make them aware of this new facet of our service. If you would like to receive a digital Talking Book machine please call us and we will take your name off of the list. If you are unsatisfied with the number of Talking Books you receive or how often you receive them please contact us and we can adjust your delivery profile as you see fit. SafeandMobileSeniors.org Safe and Mobile Seniors is a web based service offered by the Florida Department of Transportation that provides transportation information for anyone 65 years and older living in Florida. It is promoted as a “one stop shop” for drivers and pedestrians who are seeking information regarding the safest most effective way to reach their destinations. A highly interactive and useful feature of this website for those who don’t have their own transportation is the “Find a Ride” option. After a user selects their home county from the interactive map they are then linked to a webpage that allows a user to select their city and preferred mode of transportation. For instance, a person can input their city as Jacksonville, select fixed route service, select a fixed schedule and finally select ADA Complementary Paratransit Service resulting in a list that includes Jacksonville Transit Authority (JTA), MV Medicaid Transportation, Inc., Amtrak and others. This is just one outcome of a variety of routes, schedules and types of service available. You can find all of this information at the following address: www.safeandmobileseniors.org It is a very useful website with links to important information for senior citizens in Florida who wish to be informed, independent travelers. New Books Fiction DB071537 Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game by Tilly Bagshawe and Sidney Sheldon Continuing the disputes chronicled in Master of the Game, the next generation of Blackwells seeks revenge. Alexandra's daughter Lexi and Eve's son Max wrestle for control of the family's multinational business--leaving destruction in their wake. DB071939 Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: a Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris Sixteen tales in which animals--toads, storks, bears, mice, cats, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits, and more--act like humans. In "The Faithful Setter," a dog lamenting his mixed-breed wife's affair with the bulldog across the street finds surprising comfort on a stud assignment. Bestseller. DB072192 Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich After inheriting a house near Salem, Massachusetts, baker Lizzy Tucker encounters two supernatural men: Diesel, from Visions of Sugar Plums, and his cousin Wulf. Diesel and Wulf believe Lizzy has the power to find seven magical stones--and each wants to keep the other from possessing the objects. DB072328 Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler While studying algae blooms, Dirk Pitt, the director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, and his crew aboard the Aegean Explorer discover an unusual shipwreck. When Dirk takes the artifacts to the Istanbul Archaeology Museum for identification, danger follows. Bestseller. “Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting” quote by Aldous Huxley New Books Nonfiction DB071097 Rag and Bone: a Journey Among the World's Holy Dead by Peter Manseau Accounts of the author's travels to religious-relic sites around the world, the result of his curiosity about the veneration of saints' body parts. Provides background about the prophet Muhammad's beard in Kashmir, the Holy Tooth of Buddha in Sri Lanka, Saint Anthony's tongue in Padua, Italy, and other artifacts. DB071726 I'm Still Standing: from Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen--My Journey Home by Shoshana Johnson and M.L. Doyle Memoir of United States Army soldier Shoshana Johnson, who became the first African American female prisoner of war during 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom. Johnson writes about her capture during an insurgent ambush, time as a POW, rescue, and return home. DB072114 Called to Coach: Reflections on Life, Faith, and Football by Bobby Bowden and Mark Schlabach Autobiography of college football coach Bobby Bowden, who headed the Florida State University team for thirty-four years. Bowden discusses his childhood, strong Christian faith, and the career path that led him to coaching and evangelizing for his religion. Forewords by Tony Dungy and Joe Paterno. DB072223 Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America by Kate Zernike Examination of the American Tea Party movement, which evolved after the 2008 election of President Obama. Describes its members' opposition to taxes, deficits, and illegal immigration; their strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution; and their influence on the 2010 midterm elections. Reading for Children & Young Adults DB071047 Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson and Ned Rust Aliens take over Holliswood's airwaves, blasting a seventies song that enables them to control human movements. Alien hunter Daniel races to stop the invaders before they exterminate the locals. Sequel to The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. For junior and senior high and older readers. DB071789 The Sixty-eight Rooms by Marianne Malone On a sixth-grade field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, Ruthie and Jack discover a small magic key that shrinks them to fit into the Thorne Rooms--minidioramas from different eras. But Ruthie and Jack are not the first visitors to explore inside these tiny rooms. For grades 4-7. DB071767 Doubles Troubles by Betty Hicks Henry wants to win the doubles tennis trophy and pressures his partner Rocky to improve his game. Meanwhile top student Jazz expects Henry to do his part on their joint history project. Henry learns about good sportsmanship on and off the court. For grades 2-4. DB066771 Goose and Duck by Jean Craighead George A duckling thinks a goose is his mother. The goose thinks a boy is his mother. All three have fun together. Then one night the duck and the goose go away with a policeman...but the boy finds them. Easy reader. For grades K-3. Like the last, long slurp of a thick chocolate shake Beloved book’s last page" haiku by Jan Marler Morrill New Described DVDs Dinner for Schmucks Secretariat Resident Evil: Afterlife Social Network Dear John Funny People Ultimate Gift Death at a Funeral Green Hornet Little Fockers Skyline How Do You Know? Tron: Legacy Tangled Morning Glory The Tourist My Soul to Take Paranormal Activity 2 Megamind Burlesque ON ORDER: I am Number Four The Roommate No Strings Attached The Dilemma True Grit Just Go With It Sanctum Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Battle: Los Angeles Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son The Eagle The Adjustment Bureau Get Him to the Greek The Wolfman Rango Soul Surfer Rio The Talking Book Library has print catalogs including order forms of its VHS & DVD or just DVD collection available. Call 630-1999 to request one be mailed to you. Florida Disabled Citizens for Progress The Florida Disabled Citizens for Progress is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide adaptive technology to disabled Floridians. They believe that all blind and disabled citizens in Florida regardless of their income level should have access to the same resources, such as the Internet, that everyone else enjoys. They are actively seeking tax-deductible donations of used high or low-tech adaptive equipment that is no longer being used. After donation, this equipment is evaluated and, if necessary, refurbished so that it is in good working condition and can then be provided to disabled citizens throughout the state. Those disabled citizens that are seeking adaptive equipment can contact their regional representative regarding what equipment they need. You can reach a Northeast Florida representative at the following number: (904) 783-9896 You may find more information on Florida Disabled Citizens for Progress at the following website: www.fdcp.org RoboBraille RoboBraille is a free email service that allows users to convert digital text documents into either Braille or audio files in mp3 or Daisy format. All a user needs to do is send their text document to the provided email address and, depending upon length, they will get a reply email with the attached audio file or Braille formatted document for use with a refreshable Braille display or to be printed to a Braille printer. As an alternative to sending a document via email is a user interface that follows step-by-step instructions for uploading documents. You can find more information about this service at the following website: www.robobraille.org 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: August RC/DB066602 The Soloist: a Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez September RC/DB067759 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson October RC/DB067266 The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: a Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale November RC/DB069936 A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick A few words about…Our Volunteers Many of our customers that call or visit our office at the Main Library are usually first spoken to or greeted by a volunteer. Due to the small size of our staff and our many outreach appointments our volunteers play an important part in helping us ensure that our office runs smoothly and the needs of our customers are met in a prompt, courteous manner. We’re fortunate to have three volunteers (two of which have been with us for quite some time) staffing our reception desk which includes answering incoming phone calls and greeting walk-in customers. These volunteers also assist us with the daily mail delivery and the inspection of our returned Talking Books. Without their assistance the rest of the staff would not be able to focus as well on reader’s advisory and other behind-the-scenes responsibilities in our office. Many of our customers might not know that we have a small group of ex-phone company employees, called the Telecom Pioneers, that meet in an office at the beach and here in our office every Thursday morning to repair and refurbish malfunctioning cassette Talking Book machines. This is important because new cassette Talking Book machines are no longer produced and it is through the efforts of these volunteers here and across the state that make sure we have enough of these machines so that our customers can continue to enjoy Talking Books on cassette format. This summer we have utilized the efforts of school-aged young adults to assist us with shifting our collection, conducting an annual inventory, inspecting our returned Talking Books, filling in at our reception desk and many other needed tasks. If you get a chance to meet one of our volunteers or speak to them on the phone be sure to let them know what a good job they are doing to make things better for our staff and for the customers that we serve. Service to Jacksonville schools and students With the school year just beginning we want to make sure that parents, teachers and students know that the Talking Book Library has many books available for all ages and reading levels for students who cannot read standard print due to a visual, physical or reading disability. While we don’t circulate text books or text book supplemental materials we are a good resource for other educational books and the sort of books that students would read for book reports. In the past year digital Talking Book machines have been made available to institutions like schools. Under the new guidelines we can send multiple digital Talking Book machines to schools that are registered for our service. This way students can have access to Talking Books at their school as well as their homes. In addition to audio books on cassette and digital cartridge we also offer books to download from our BARD website. We also continue to offer children and young adult themed magazines and described videos. RFB&D now Learning Ally Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) is now Learning Ally. Learning Ally provides over 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles to students ranging from grade school to graduate school who cannot read standard print due to a visual, physical or reading disability. It is not a free service. Memberships can be purchased for individuals or schools. The audio books can be listened to on a PC or Mac by using the ReadHear software (free for a limited time); personal handheld devices (iPad, iPod or iPhone) using an audio app.; or via DAISY format playback devices such as the Victor Reader Stream or Plextor Pocket. You can find all of this information at the following address: www.learningally.org or by calling 1-800-221-4792 Spreading the Word The Talking Book Library would appreciate the opportunity to publish information regarding our services in your church’s, synagogue’s or community group’s newsletter. Just let us know what format to create the article/blurb in, how much space we can have and we will take care of the rest. A staff member will email your contact our information. If you like…Stephenie Meyer You’ll like… P.C. Cast Melissa De La Cruz Claudia Gray Barb Hendee Richelle Mead Ellen Schreiber Libba Bray Noel Alyson Kristin Cashore Did you know? Neuroscientists are developing a device that enables blind people to “see” by wearing a small digital camera on a pair of glasses. The camera transmits visual data to a hand-held device that sends signals to an array of electrodes sitting on a person’s tongue. On the person’s tongue densely packed nerves interpret the signal by creating images in the brain where variations of light and dark can be identified. Some early patients were able to identify doors, elevator buttons, numbers and letters. Insight Online The Jacksonville Talking Book Library’s Newsletter The Insight can now be viewed online at: www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/lib/talkingbooks.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 programs such as ZoomText, OpenBook, JAWS, Kurzweil, etc. Visit our blog! jaxtbl-coea.blogspot.com Spring Schedule 2011 Holidays & Closings September 5 · Labor Day Talking Books Library Staff Chris Eaton, Librarian Jerry Reynolds, Manager LaShawn Mills, Library Assistant Kareem Chambers, Office Assistant Tim Meusel, Tape Inspector We’re on the Web! webopac.klas.com/flbtbl Alzheimer’s Booklist DB/RC067214 Can't Remember What I Forgot: the Good News From the Front Lines of Memory Research. 2008 by Sue Halpern DB/RC064676 Learning to Speak Alzheimer's: a Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease. 2003 by Joanne Koenig Coste DB/RC064093 A Dignified Life: the Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care; a Guide for Family Caregivers. 2002 by Virginia Bell DB/RC057332 The Alzheimer's Health Care Handbook: How to Get the Best Medical Care for Your Relative with Alzheimer's Disease in and Out of the Hospital. 2003 by Mary S. Mittelman 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