The Insight Winter 2009-10 Talking Book / Special Needs Library Jacksonville Public Library Ongoing Digital Conversion The Talking Book Library is still in the early phases of a conversion to Talking Books available in digital format. The news out of our regional center in Daytona Beach, Florida is that all of the veterans of the United States Armed Forces and Centenarians that requested a digital Talking Book player have now received one. By the time you receive this newsletter digital Talking Book players will have been distributed to those customers whose names have been on the waiting list the longest and we expect that 1000 players a month will be distributed thereafter. Call us at 630-1999 or email us at to include your name on the waiting list to receive digital Talking Book service. Much Ado About Books Much Ado About Books is the Jacksonville Public Library’s annual celebration of authors, books and writing. This year marks the event’s 15th anniversary. This all ages event is held on the weekend of February 26th through the 27th in the Conference Center at the Main Library. The festivities include writer’s workshops, the chance to have breakfast with an author, a book festival and a luncheon. A few of the featured authors this year are: Chris Bohjalian, Steve Berry, Mary Kay Andrews, Andrew Gross & Michael Palmer. Contact the Jacksonville Public Library at 630-2665 or visit for more information. New Books Fiction RC068412 Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz Thirty-four-year-old California Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry endures a successful organ transplant only to be stalked a year later by a mysterious woman wanting her heart back. Ryan's fear leads to suspicion of his lover Samantha and his servants. RC067823 The Best Western Stories of Loren D. Estleman by Loren D. Estleman Tales of the American frontier by prizewinning western and mystery writer. In "A Web of Books" a stranger introducing himself as an insurance investigator consults a New Mexico bookstore owner, who was formerly a policeman, about a rare-book thief, who is later found murdered. RC067237 The Shack by William P. Young Years ago, Mackenzie "Mack" Phillips's daughter Missy disappeared during a family vacation in Oregon. Now Mack receives a cryptic letter--apparently from God--inviting him back to the remote shack where Missy may have been murdered. There Mack confronts his grief, communes with God, and makes life-changing discoveries. RC067860 Shadow Country: a New Rendering of the Watson Legend by Peter Matthiessen Reimagines the mythic life of E.J. Watson, a sugarcane planter in the turn-of-the-twentieth-century Florida Everglades, who was despised and shot to pieces by his neighbors. Watson's favorite son becomes obsessed with his killing, and Watson's own memoir concludes this account. “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” quote by Confucius New Books Nonfiction RC069086 Renegade: the Making of a President by Richard Wolffe Newsweek reporter Wolffe analyzes the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama. Drawing on dozens of interviews with the candidate and president, Wolffe discusses Obama's career in Illinois politics, decision to run for higher office, and grass-roots tactics. Details regional power structures and Obama's rivalry with Hillary Clinton's camp. RC065028 Hezbollah: a Short History by Augustus Richard Norton International relations professor navigates the complex history of Lebanon's Shia Islam organization Hezbollah. Chronicles its origins as an Iranian-backed terrorist organization and its development into a political party, social-service provider, and powerful militia. Discusses ritual, acts of violence, and the influence of Hezbollah in the wider Middle East. RC067863 Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by James M. McPherson Pulitzer Prize-winning historian highlights the role President Abraham Lincoln played as the head of the U.S. military during the Civil War. Stresses Lincoln's study and application of war strategies and his development of a political and national policy that focused on preserving the union. RC068840 Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners by Laura Claridge Biography of twentieth-century etiquette expert Emily Price Post. Details Post's privileged upbringing, scandalous 1906 divorce, and decision to work as a fiction writer to support her family. Describes Post's rise as a bestselling author after publishing her first book of manners in 1922 at age fifty. Reading for Children & Young Adults RC068190 Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter by Annie Barrows Seven-year-old Bean is upset that she has to stay home all afternoon while her eleven-year-old sister Nancy gets paid to be her new babysitter. So Bean invites her best friend Ivy to come over and make the day more fun--but not for Nancy. For grades 2-4. RC068148 The New Girl by Meg Cabot Guided by her rules, fourth-grader Allie Finkle starts her first day at Pine Heights Elementary--and she's getting a kitten. Unpacking in her new home is complicated by her grandmother's visit, but Allie's major concern is having a run-in with Rosemary, the class bully. For grades 3-6. RC067108 Neptune by Elaine Landau Presents facts about the eighth and farthest planet from the Sun--Neptune. Discusses the distance from Earth to Neptune, Neptune's place in the solar system, its discovery, its moons and rings, and the ways we study it. For grades 2-4. RC068149 Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast Zoey is struggling in high school when she is marked by a Tracker to become a vampire. Zoey's Grandma Redbird enrolls her in another school, the House of Night, where Zoey learns new rules and uncovers a sinister plot. Strong language. For senior high readers. School Book Reports? Print Sources for Essays? Call the Talking Book Library at 630-1999 to order the titles that you need for your school assignments. If the book is available at your school or local public library it’s probably also available in Talking Book format. Research articles in accessible formats The Jacksonville Public Library now offers an updated feature of the Gale database called 'Gale Powersearch' which includes Readspeaker technology that converts text to speech. Each article includes an embedded audio interface for activating the Readspeaker technology. There is also the option to download articles as mp3 files. Currently Gale Powersearch searches 24 databases of more than 20,000 publications with 55,000,000 documents. This form of added accessibility should prove useful to students or anyone else with a visual disability who is conducting research for school or personal reasons. To find Gale Powersearch visit the Jacksonville Public Library's website at Click on the link titled 'E-Research' in the 'Resources' category. This will lead you to an alphabetical listing of the library's databases; scroll down to find Gale Powersearch. Call the Talking Book Library at 630-1999 or the Jacksonville Public Library at 630-2665 for more information. New Descriptive DVDs DW070373 A Man Called Horse DW070374 Little Big Man DW070375 Rio Lobo DW070376 True Grit: a Further Adventure DW070377 Purlie Victorious DW070378 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor DW070379 The Miracle Worker DW070395 Algiers DW070396 Angel on My Shoulder DW070397 The Art of Murder DW070407 The Quiet Man DW070416 Nero Wolfe DW070417 On Golden Pond DW070418 Dr. Cook’s Garden DW070419 Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimenson DW070420 Storm on Everest DW070421 Lost Treasures of Tibet DW070424 Mountain of Ice DW070425 Secrets of the Samurai Sword DW070426 The Hidden Epidemic: Heart Disease in America DW070427 Pocahontas Revealed: Science Examines and American Legend DW070428 The Last Great Ape DW070429 The Bone Diggers: Australia’s Lost Marsupials 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. If you like…British Mysteries You’ll like... P. D. James Ruth Rendell John Clifford Mortimer Dorothy Simpson Reginald Hill Peter Lovesey Anne Perry Peter Robinson Elizabeth George Looking to start a Talking Book Club? Have you read any interesting Talking Books that you would like to discuss with other avid readers? Do you live in a nursing home or assisted living community where other Talking Book readers reside? If you would like information about starting a Talking Book Club call the Talking Book Library at 630-1999 for information about recruiting members, selecting titles, finding discussion questions and holding meetings. The Talking Book Library currently supports 3 active book clubs for users of Talking Books. 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. Call 633-8220 for more information. Upcoming Talking Book Club Titles: January RC065231 Agent Zigzag: a True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre February RC063508 The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian March RC050271 In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick April RC062431 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak May RC042713 The Color of Water: a Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride June RC064523 The Echo Maker by Richard Powers A Special Thanks The Talking Book Library would like to recognize all of the hard work and dedication that we received from our many volunteers throughout this past year. Many of you that have called our office will notice that it is often a volunteer who is the first to pick up the phone. Due to the small size of our staff and what can be a significant volume of phone calls it is important that we have reliable people to assist us in our efforts to serve our customers who contact us by phone. When some of you contact us to let us know that your Talking Book player isn’t working you usually receive a replacement machine that has been repaired and reconditioned by a statewide volunteer effort that includes our Telecom Pioneers machine repairmen in Jacksonville. It is the freely given time and effort of these volunteers that enhance our service to you. 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. Talking Book Library Blog For updated Talking Book Library information and programs visit our blog at this address: Season’s Greetings The staff of the Talking Book / Special Needs Library of the Jacksonville Public Library wishes all of our customers, volunteers, and friends throughout the state a joyful holiday season and a happy new year. Winter Schedule 2009-10 Holidays & Closings December 24 & 25 · Christmas January 1 · New Years Day January 18 · Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 15 · President’s Day Talking Books Library Staff Tim Meusel, Tape Inspector Chris Eaton, Librarian Solomon Oliver, Page Juan Thomas, Library Assistant Jerry Reynolds, Manager We’re on the Web! Heart Disease Booklist RC062564 Beyond Cholesterol: Seven Life-saving Heart Disease Tests That Your Doctor May Not Give You. 2005 by Julius Torelli RC058468 Before It Happens To You: a Breakthrough Program For Reversing or Preventing Heart Disease. 2004 by Jonathan Sackner Bernstein RC067871 Living With Coronary Heart Disease: a Guide For Patients and Families. 2008 by Jerome E. Granato RC065124 Treating the Aching Heart: a Guide To Depression, Stress, and Heart Disease. 2007 by Lawson R. Wulsin RC056642 Thriving with Heart Disease: a Unique Program For You and Your Family; Live Happier, Healthier, Longer. 2003 by Wayne M. 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