The Insight Talking Book / Special Needs Library Summer 2012 Digital Talking Book Machine Issues and Solutions Now that most of our customers have received a digital Talking Book machine we are getting quite a few questions about the operation of the new machine as well as some of the problems that they are experiencing. The most reported issues are problems with the machine’s battery and the battery charging procedures. Here are the facts as we know them: The announcing of the battery charge level is always underestimated and tends to become increasingly inaccurate the lower the charge level. The battery recharges only after it has been discharged of 75% of charge or when the battery life remaining is less than 1 hour. It has been reported that 2 1/2 hours of charging may only result in a 75% charge. If a customer wishes to try to achieve a 100% charge it is recommended that he or she discharge the battery completely and then charge the machine for 8 hours. Problems have been reported regarding the inability to charge a completely discharged battery. It is recommended that customers recharge the battery as soon as possible when it reaches a completely discharged level. Left unused the battery in the machine is constantly losing charge and will completely discharge itself over time. It is recommended that customers who don’t think that they will be using the machine for quite some time plug it into an outlet. It is estimated that the energy usage of a plugged in machine only amounts to a few cents a month. We hope that this information will help you to better use your digital Talking Book machine. Future firmware upgrades may help to resolve these issues. NEW BOOKS FICTION DB074450 • Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson Sixteen Civil War widows are induced to leave St. Louis for Nebraska to claim homesteads. Upon arrival, they discover they have been advertised as mail-order brides. Five of the women—Sally, Ruth, Caroline, Ella, and Hettie—pool their money to build a house together and suitors follow. DB074284 • Raylan by Elmore Leonard Someone removes a small-time Kentucky pot dealer's kidneys, then offers to sell them back. U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens's investigations into this and connected crimes uncover a transplant nurse gone bad, a coldhearted mine-company lawyer, and a poker-playing college girl. DB074225 • Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz Threatened by a blackmailer, clairvoyant bookseller Abby Radwell goes to reclusive scientist Sam Coppersmith for protection. Meanwhile, Sam needs Abby's help to find an old text containing powerful secrets. Their search unleashes mayhem--and passion. DB074227 • 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz The suicides, madness, and mass murders occurring within prestigious Pendleton manor stopped after the house was renovated into luxury apartments. But now the new tenants are haunted by a dark force that is terrorizing them as they try to escape their dismal fates. DB074172 • The Sister’s Brothers by Patrick deWitt In 1851, a man known as the Commodore commissions hit men Eli and Charlie Sisters to kill gold miner Hermann Warm. As they ride to San Francisco the brothers bicker and encounter a variety of violent and eccentric characters. DB074087 • The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings After attorney Matt King learns that his comatose wife Joanie had been unfaithful, he and their troubled daughters search for her lover to invite him to say goodbye to Joanie. Meanwhile, Matt faces the upcoming sale of valuable family land he inherited from his royal ancestor. NEW BOOKS NONFICTION DB074283 • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power examines the worldwide energy crisis. Investigates increasing energy demands, environmental concerns, and the development of alternative and renewable resources. DB074244 • Never Say Die: the Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age by Susan Jacoby Social critic and author of The Age of American Unreason paints a pessimistic, yet realistic, overview of old age. Combines social, economic, and historical analyses as well as personal experience to portray the issues--with special attention to Alzheimer's disease--that aging baby boomers will encounter. DB074185 • The Evolution of Faith: How God is Creating a Better Christianity by Phillip Gulley Quaker pastor Gulley invites fellow Christians to consider their faith in a fresh way, informed by common sense, positive tradition, and personal experience. Reflects on the evolution of faith in his own life and in society. Discusses the concepts of suffering, evil, salvation, prayer, and the afterlife. DB074122 • The Heart and the Fist: the Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL by Eric Greitens Eric Greitens recounts his personal odyssey from humanitarian to soldier. Relates studying the history of humanitarianism as a Rhodes scholar, working with genocide survivors as a volunteer, and joining the Navy SEALs to make a difference. NEW BOOKS CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULT DB034058 • Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss Horton the elephant, taking a bath in a jungle pool, hears a call for help. It is coming from a speck of dust, from a town of tiny creatures named Whos. When Horton tells the other animals, they think that he is crazy and try in every way to discourage him. But Horton remains dauntless and tells himself, "I simply must help them, because, after all / A person's a person no matter how small." For preschool-grade 2. DB074294 • Max and Maddy and the Chocolate Money Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith Young detectives Max and Maddy Twist travel to Switzerland to investigate a series of bank robberies committed by Saint Bernard dogs. The siblings discover that the man behind the robberies is none other than their family's nemesis, professor Sardine. For grades 2-4. DB073436 • Fablehaven: the Complete Series [Rise of the Evening Star; Grip of the Shadow Plague; Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary; Keys to the Demon Prison] by Brandon Mull When thirteen-year-old Kendra and her eleven-year-old brother Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures--and that a battle between good and evil is looming. Complete five-book series. For grades 4-7. DB074016 • What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen After her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her father move from town to town. Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is--or where she belongs. For senior high and older readers. 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. We would like to thank the following individuals for their generous donations to the Talking Book Library this past fiscal year: David Foster Ann Nelson Gladys Byrne Wilson Leon Terry Slimmon Carolyn McAfee Jack Krings Loree Weedon John Malone (in honor of A. Nelson) Meet Jackie There’s a new voice on the other end of the phone when you call Talking Books. We’d like to introduce you to our new Reader’s Advisor Ms. Jackie Curry. Jackie comes to us from the Main Library’s Nonfiction department. She can help you order books, make changes to your account and answer all kinds of Talking Books related questions. NEW DESCRIBED DVDS Straw Dogs Smurfs Rise of the Planet of the Apes Mr. Popper’s Penguins Friends with Benefits Winnie the Pooh The Help Super 8 What’s Your Number? Moneyball Real Steel The Ides of March In Time The Thing The Big Year Red Tails War Horse Contraband The Vow Chronicle Underworld: Awakening John Carter Puss in Boots Safe House Young Adult This Means War Hop Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 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: August DB070752 The Postmistress by Sarah Blake September DB071995 The Wave: in Pursuit of Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey October DB017301 Cujo by Stephen King November DB069651 Half Broke Horses: a True-Life Novel by Jeanette Walls December DB067934 Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay POSSIBLE CHANGE OF OFFICE HOURS The Jacksonville City Council is reviewing the city’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget as submitted by Mayor Alvin Brown. The budget includes $4.6 million in cuts to the operating expenses of the Jacksonville Public Library. If the Council approves the budget as submitted, we expect to implement new hours of operation for the Talking Books Library effective October 1st. Consequently, our public access area containing our adaptive computer lab would be open on Mondays and Fridays from 10am to 5pm and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 5pm. We would continue to remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 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 September 3rd • Labor Day TALKING BOOK LIBRARY STAFF Tim Meusel, Tape Inspector Jackie Curry, Library Assistant Jerry Reynolds, Manager Chris Eaton, Librarian Kareem Chambers, Office Assistant. We’re on the Web! WEIGHT LOSS BOOKLIST DB072880 • The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy by Bob Greene DB072127 • A Course in Weight Loss: Twenty-one Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson DB067814 • The Spectrum: a Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health by Dean Ornish DB067377 • Rethinking Thin: the New Science of Weight Loss--and the Myths and Realities of Dieting by Gina Bari Kolata 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 & Friday 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 11 a.m. — 5 p.m.