The Insight Winter2008 Talking Book / Special Needs Library Jacksonville Public Library Descriptive VHS Movies in Blue Mailing Bags Those customers who receive our descriptive videos in VHS format are probably used to seeing the small, one-piece, black, plastic containers or the long, flat, two-piece, brown containers. Our supply of these containers is dwindling as they get damaged or never return and we are unable to purchase replacements due to unavailability. As an alternative we will begin mailing our VHS tapes to our customers in blue, cloth, zippered bags bearing the Jacksonville Public Library logo. The videos will be inside a standard, commercial plastic case. The mailing card will be located in a transparent sleeve on one side of the bag. Customers who regularly receive descriptive videos on VHS should begin seeing their videos arrive in these bags in the coming weeks as we acquire more of them. Enrichment Audio Resource Services EARS for EYES Program The Enrichment Audio Resource Services offers the EARS for EYES Program which provides, free of charge, audio cassette lesson tapes that teach adaptive daily living skills to the vision impaired and their caregivers. The Enrichment Audio Resource Services (E.A.R.S.) is a nonprofit, public charity that seeks to assist those individuals who are losing their vision to continue living productive, enjoyable lives. For more information call 1-800-843-6816 New Books Fiction RC065195 Playing for Pizza by John Grisham Third-string quarterback Rick Dockery of the Cleveland Browns disgraces himself in a championship game and is fired. Dockery insists that his agent, Arnie, find him another job. When Arnie comes through, Dockery heads to Parma, Italy, where he faces culture shock. RC065434 The Race by Richard North Patterson Republican senator Corey Grace enters the presidential nomination race against the Reverend Bob Christy and ruthless fellow senator Rob Marotta. Grace's liberal stance and African American girlfriend complicate issues. The campaign comes to a head during the South Carolina primary. RC065180 The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh by C.J. Cherryh More than twenty-four short stories and novellas written between 1976 and 2004 depicting magical, alien, and future Earth worlds. Includes "Cassandra," the Hugo Award-winning tale of a woman cursed with prophetic madness, "Threads of Time," "The Last Tower," and more. RC065429 Wife for Hire by Janet Evanovich Former bad boy Hank Mallone needs to appear settled to secure a bank loan for his recently inherited apple orchard in Skogen, Vermont. After teacher-turned-writer Maggie Toone responds to Hank's ad for a pretend wife, the two try not to fall in love. "When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.†If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.Ē quote by Maya Angelou New Books Nonfiction RC065015 One Hundred Essential Modern Poems by Joseph Parisi Anthology arranged chronologically by the poets' dates of birth. Biographical sketches provide historical background and brief commentary. Includes selections from William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ogden Nash, Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, and Rita Dove. RC065370 Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster by Dana Thomas Fashion editor for Newsweek analyzes the evolution of the luxury-goods industry, from family-run companies' hand production of exclusive products for a wealthy clientele to the mass production of expensive goods that replaced it. Depicts New York City's counterfeit trade, Chinese sweatshops, and famous brand-name stores. RC064675 The Zombie Survival Guide : Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks Son of Mel Brooks and former Saturday Night Live staff writer presents a parody of a guide for surviving an attack by the undead. Provides instructions on ghoul recognition, escape-route planning, preferred weaponry, and combat techniques. Includes tips on living in a zombie-ruled world. RC065493 The Day of Battle : the War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944; Liberation Trilogy, volume 2 by Rick Atkinson Following the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn, the author turns to the European theater, concentrating on the invasion of Italy by Allied forces in 1943. Describes how hardened troops endured harsh climate and terrain and an entrenched enemy to liberate Rome. Reading for Children & Young Adults RC065260 The Rider and His Horse by Erik Christian Haugaard During the Roman occupation of Jerusalem, desert bandits kidnap fourteen-year-old David ben Joseph, son of a wealthy wine merchant, as he travels home to Tyre. Eventually he becomes a scribe for Eleazar ben Ya'ir at Masada, all the while pondering the history of his people. For grades 6-9. RC065102 The Black Tower: a Herculeah Jones Mystery by Betsy Byars Herculeah Jones gets involved in yet another dangerous mystery when she visits elderly stroke victim Shivers Hunt in his tower mansion (called Haunt House by kids). Oddly, Mr. Hunt wants Herculeah to read him the story The Terror in Black Tower. For grades 4-7. RC065011 Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford Nine-year-old Moxy carried her assigned summer reading book, Stuart Little, with her everywhere she went, all summer long. But she still has not actually read it. Now her water-ballet show and first day of school are approaching, and her mother is threatening Moxy with dire consequences. For grades 2-4. RC065052 The Neddiad: How Neddie Took the Train, Went to Hollywood, and Saved Civilization by Daniel Pinkwater While traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles on a deluxe train, Neddie visits an Indian museum in Albuquerque, where a shaman entrusts him with a carved stone turtle. Defending that turtle assumes the utmost importance to Neddie and leads him into many misadventures. For grades 5-8. "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.Ē quote by Victor Hugo The Jacksonville Public Library offers a survey called Counting Opinions that is available online at the following address: http://jpl.countingopinions.com/ The Jacksonville Public Library considers this survey very important. Insight Online The Jacksonville Talking Book Libraryís Newsletter The Insight can now be viewed online at our homepage: http://jpl.coj.net/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 software such as ZoomText, OpenBook, JAWS, Kurzweil, etc. 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...Ray Bradbury Youíll likeÖ Arthur C. Clarke Isaac Asimov Robert Heinlein Octavia Butler Philip Dick Orson Scott Card Joe Haldeman New Descriptive Movies DVD DW070313 The Monitors DW070314 A Special Day DW070315 Get Christie Love! DW070316 The Chinese Connection DW070317 A Quiet Day in Belfast DW070318 A Touch of Frost: a Minority of One DW070319 A Touch of Frost: Nothing to Hide DW070320 A Touch of Frost: Stranger in the House DW070321 A Touch of Frost: Widows & Orphans Call 630-1999 to have a descriptive video catalog mailed to you. Free Amplified Phones Is holding a phone conversation with a friend or loved one difficult because you canít hear them clearly? Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. is a statewide non profit organization that provides amplified and closed caption phones at no cost to permanent Florida residents who have a certified hearing loss or speech impairment. FTRI provides training for all of their specialized phone equipment and will provide a free replacement if their equipment should malfunction. Call 1-800-222-3448 for more information Are the Talking Books piling up? If so maybe you need to consider adjusting your service so that fewer books are delivered. If you have books sitting around that you might not get to in awhile you might consider calling us and asking that those titles be put on a request list for you to receive at a later date and returning your back logged titles for others to enjoy. Please remember to rewind your books after youíve finished listening to them. Chrisí Picks The following is a list of a few books that I have read and enjoyed this past year. RC0666942 The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston Author Preston describes the cold case of a serial killer who murdered seven pairs of lovers outside Florence, Italy, between 1974 and 1985. Working with Italian crime reporter Mario Spezi, Preston details their quest for the man they believe is guilty and their run-ins with authorities. RC062040 Manhunt: the Twelve-day Chase for Lincolnís Killer by James L. Swanson Chronicles the days after the April 14, 1865, assassination of Abraham Lincoln as Union cavalry searched the city and surrounding countryside for John Wilkes Booth. Covers the capture of Booth, the trial of the coconspirators, and the fight over the reward money. RC065268 The World Without Us by Alan Weisman Science journalist posits the scenario of the Earth without humans. Observes people-free environments in Chernobyl, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, Europe's primeval forest, and other places. Speculates that plastics, tires, nuclear wastes, and the like would remain while nature would take over the rest. Suggests limiting population growth. RC063649 The Road by Cormac McCarthy A father and his young son journey south after the destruction of the civilized world. Their survival kit consists of a few blankets, a pistol, a cart of scavenged food, and their love for each other. Their values are tested by occasional encounters with other desperate survivors. ďSome books are drenched sands on which a great soulís wealth lies all in heaps, like a wrecked argosy.Ē quote by Alexander Smith Attention Veterans We need all registered Talking Book recipients who are veterans of the United States armed forces to contact us to make sure that this information is included in your profile. As a veteran you are eligible to be some of the first Talking Book readers to receive the new digital Talking Book machine and books when they are available. Donít miss out on this opportunity. Damaged Materials The Talking Book Library staff would like to thank those customers who make the effort to notify us of damaged or otherwise inoperable Talking Book cassettes and descriptive videos. We would like to remind everyone that the best way of notifying us of a damaged Talking Book cassette is to wrap a rubber band or string around the defective cassette. You can also place a mark in the CHECK HERE IF DAMAGED box on the reverse side of our mailing cards. Please remember that each Talking Book cassette or descriptive video that you identify as damaged will keep someone else from receiving it and assist us in replacing these titles. Please call us to replace damaged materials that you have received. 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 Kite Runner, My Sisterís Keeper, Life of Pi, Cold Mountain, Shadow Divers, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and other popular selections. Call 633-8220 for more information. Seasonís 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 2008 - 09 Holidays & Closings December 24 & 25 ∑ Christmas January 1 ∑ New Years Day January 19 ∑ Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 16 ∑ Presidentís Day Talking Books Library Staff Tim Meusel, Tape Inspector Chris Eaton, Librarian Solomon Oliver, Page Juan Thomas, Library Assistant Jerry Reynolds, Manager Weíre on the Web! http://www.klas.com/flbtbl Dream Interpretation Booklist RC054918 Sylvia Browne's Book of Dreams by Sylvia Browne. 2002 RC050005 The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud. 1999 RC047894 The Dreamer's Companion: a Young Person's Guide to Understanding Dreams and Using Them Creatively by Stephen Philip Policoff. 1997 RC044287 Private Myths: Dreams and Dreaming by Anthony Stevens. 1995 RC022034 Landscapes of the Night: How and Why We Dream by Christopher Evans. 1983 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