Library News Podcast: August 2021

Join library staff for August’s Library News podcast which features information about the library’s youth summer reading programs, the top ten non-fiction books downloaded from BARD last month, information about the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled’s music section and information about ongoing library events and programs.

Resources to Help You Find the Latest Books in Audio and Braille

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) offers great resources to help you find the latest audio and braille titles added to our collections.

Talking Book Topics (TBT) lists the audio books and magazines recently added to the NLS collection and available through our library. It also carries news of developments in services. NLS publishes Talking Book Topics bimonthly in digital audio, large print, HTML, and accessible PDF formats and distributes it free of charage to partons. TBT is also available in downloadable audio files and as a subscription through BARD.

Braille Book Review lists braille books and magazines recently added to the NLS collection and available through our library. It also carries news of developments in services. NLS publishes Braille Book Review bimonthly in braille, large print and HTML and distributes it free of charge to patrons. Braille Book Review is also available on BARD in ebraille by searching magazines by title, with individual issues available for download or for subscription.

Book Reviews From Deena

Check out these book reviews from Deena.  Deena was a member of the Library’s Patron Service Team who recently retired.  She has generously continued to share book reviews with us.  Thank you, Deena!

Let us know if you would like any titles added to your booklist or head over to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) to download the titles now.  Need more information about BARD?  See our BARD Page.

Cemetery Girl by David Bell  DB80299
Tom and Abby’s daughter, Caitlyn has disappeared.  They are still holding out hope of finding her four years later and Caitlyn is returned to them at the age of 16. Tom is bent on finding the man who took her and punishing him, but Caitlyn says she is in love with her kidnapper.  Tom finds the kidnapper and negotiates to return Caitlyn to him in return for finding out what happened to Caitlyn.

Auggie & Me: three Wonder stories by R. J. Palacio  DB93356
This is the companion book to Wonder (DB74228).  Wonder is about Auggie, a middle schooler with a facial deformity, who is going to a new school, Beecher Prep, for the first time. He meets those who accept him and those who bully him.  The companion book, Auggie & Me,  takes a look at three of the characters and their relationship to Auggie. The first section is Julian, the bully. Julian spent the summer with his grandmother who tells him a story of growing up in France during World War II.  Through the story, Julian realizes how he was wrong in his treatment of Auggie and he feels remorse.  The second story is about Auggie’s best friend, Chris. Chris lives in another city and they are not together as much as they used to be.  They become closer again while doing homework and remembering past times.  The third story is about Charlotte, who was Auggie’s friend when he first came to the school.   Charlotte has lost her best friend to another more popular group of girls.  This is a great book for kids and adults alike.

Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past by Sharyn McCrumb  DB80354
Nora Bonesteel is an elderly woman living in the mountains of Tennessee. Nora has the “sight”, which means she knows things before they happen and she also sees ghosts.  Nora is pleased the Havertys from Florida have bought the old Honeycutt place and are fixing it up. The Havertys are “summer people”, but decided to stay for Christmas. The Havertys have put up a Christmas tree, but the tree has been mysteriously knocked over several times. Nora is invited into the old home where she has not been since she was a girl and she remembers attending Christmas parties in the home.  Nora is able to solve the mystery of the tree being tipped over.  In a parallel story the sheriff and his deputy go out on Christmas Eve to arrest an older man for a minor traffic accident.  The old gentleman is not quite ready to be taken to jail.

Tales & Travels Summer Reading Program Recap of the Week – CONCEPTS

Our Youth Summer Reading program had another busy week! 

On Monday, who knew that you can make Jell-O into playdough. Believe it or not. At our Summer Reading Program, we mixed, measured, and took in a great big “whiff” of the fruity scent of Jell-O. It was a tempting snack until flour got mixed into the batch. We made Jell-O Playdough Fractions, then it was time to learn about fractions. Have you ever learned about fractions using scented playdough? What a blast! We finished up by poking and connecting fruit chews with a smile into 3-D geometric shapes.

On Wednesday, we blew and blew and blew, until we were almost blue in the face as we blew up our balloons to make, The Electric Butterfly Flutter STEM experiment. Did you know that friction will cause electrical charges, and if you rub a balloon on top of your hair, your hair will look messy because of all of the static? Oh, what fun!

Fridays, are always so much fun and music was at the top of our day. We played to the beat of the BOOMWHACKER and learned about vibrations. Ellie showed us how to create the Guitar and the Rubber Band with a Cup, Drums with Music Activities. For our FUN FRENZY FRIDAY, we made the Rainbow Stick Snack, and to top it all off, enjoyed storytime with Ashley.

Check out the Activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program!  

This Week’s Stop – OUR WORLD

July 26Fossil Dinosaur Footprints, Animal Cracker Sort 

July 28:  Bread in a BAG! YUMMY! 

July 30:  Apple Jelly Soap, Johnny Appleseed Seed Art, Food Frenzy Friday Box -Vanilla Cupcake in a Cup!

Check out our Summer Reading Program page for more information!

Library Chat Podcast: July 2021

In July’s Library Chat we discuss the vast topic of sports and the books that go with them.  We also discuss the podcast Sports? With Katie Nolan, Episode Better Than Space Jam.  Check out the library blog for a book list and more from the Library Chat July episode.

Library Chat:  July 2021 Book List

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander  DB79528

Ghost (Track #1) by Jason Reynolds  DB85921  BR21669

Million-Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica  DB71012

The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith  DB34711

24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid by Willie Mays  DB99789  BR23250

Moneyball: the art of winning an unfair game by Michael Lewis  DB56245

The Blind Side: evolution of a game by Michael Lewis DB63689  BR21589

Friday Night Lights: a town, a team, and a dream by H.G. Bissinger DB32152

A Good Walk Spoiled: days and nights on the PGA tour by John Feinstein  DB40694

The Sports Gene: inside the science of extraordinary athletic performance by David Epstien  DB77479

Ali: a life by Jonathan Eig  DB89738

The Art of Fielding: a novel by Chad Harbach DB73791

Seabiscuit:  an American legend by Laura Hillenbrand  DB51968   BR14930

The Natural by Bernard Malamud  DB10717

Into Thin Air: a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster by Jon Krakauer DB44525

Also, check out the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast.  Check out the library’s Podcast Page for information on all the library’s podcasts and episodes.

Tales & Travels Summer Reading Program: This Week’s Stop is CONCEPTS

A new week has begun for our Youth Summer Reading program, it is all about concepts. For those that were out of town enjoying summer vacation or learning new skills last week, we sure did miss you. We look forward to catchin’ up with you this week!  Don’t forget to bring your Balloon Bowl to share with others.  If you did miss anything check out the activities and YouTube videos that go along with the Summer Reading Program!     

This Week’s Stop – CONCEPTS

July 19: Jell-O Playdough Fractions, Building Shapes with a Smile! 

July 21: The Electric Butterfly Flutter 

July 23: Guitar and the Rubber Band with a Cup, Drums and Making Music, Rainbow on a Stick! [Food Frenzy Friday Box]

Time is flying by, next week, we will have a guest named Laura DeCook talking with us about the Wooly Mammoth!