Roundabout Topics: Navigating NLS Books on the eReader

Image of three arrows moving around a circle with the text, topics, in the middle of the arrrows.Staff member, Leland Smith, will be providing us with a few topics each month stemming from questions he has received from patrons mainly around tech and apps. His goal is to take the topic and bounce down different avenues of information about it.
Thank you to Leland for sharing his expertise!  And now for his first Roundabout:

Topic:  Navigating NLS Books on the eReader

As more and more people enjoy access to electronic braille some may wonder ways to quickly navigate to the start of books. One of the quickest ways we have found is by using the find command, space+”f”, and typing the title of the book. Following Braille Format 1.8 the title and subtitle should be included on the title page and on the first braille page where the text begins.
This will allow you to quickly move to the start of your new book or volume so you may spend more time reading!

Check out more information about our Braille eReader program.

Find Your Next Read Using Our Online Catalogs

A set of books with headphonesNLS’s New Catalog

Finding your next great read is easier than ever with the new National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) Catalog search features! NLS Catalog boasts a new, clean design and advanced search functionality, direct links to BARD from catalog listings for quick downloads, and for the first time, patrons can directly request books to add to our collection! Patrons will also find links to contact a librarian and other resources to get the most out of NLS. Start exploring the catalog here: https://nlscatalog.loc.gov.

Our Online Catalog

Patrons can also search our library’s Online Catalog by author, title and subject.  Patrons can search by author, title and subject and place holds on items.  When you put a book on hold through the online catalog, that book will go on your request list and will be downloaded to the next cartridge you send back, or if it is a Braille or large print book, it will be sent out to you when it is available.  To place a hold on a book, search for the book you are interested in.  Once you have found what you are looking for, there will be an icon that is labeled “Hold.”  The icon looks like a piece of paper with a green arrow circling around it.  Click that icon to place the hold.  If you are not signed in, it will prompt you to sign in.  Once you are signed in, just click the “hold” button one more time.  The book is now on hold for you!

Book Reviews by Deena

Heart shape filled with books on shelvesCheck out these book reviews from Deena.  Deena was a member of the Library’s Patron Service Team and continues to generously share book reviews with us during her retirement.  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 available.  Need more information about BARD?  See our BARD Page.

Unwilling by John Hart DB103829
John French is a policeman in North Carolina.  He has three sons. One son was killed in Vietnam.  Jason, also served in Vietnam, came back and went to prison. He is now out of prison and the younger son Gibson “Gibby” wants to reestablish a relationship with his brother.  Jason takes Gibby out with several women.  One of the women ends up murdered and Jason is arrested.  Gibby sets out to prove Jason had nothing to do with the murder.  Meanwhile, Jason is back in the prison where he was before and one of inmates runs the prison and is very brutal.  He has is out for Jason.

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris DB97024
Cilka was in Auschwitz for three years. When she is released, she is told she is going to another camp for fifteen years in Siberia because of her actions in Auschwitz.  In the new camp, near the Arctic Circle, there are only two months of summer, and the rest of the time is very cold and dark. The life is harsh. Cilka’s first job is collecting coal. She later works in the hospital and eventually becomes a nurse. At the beginning, she lives in a hut with other women and the women don’t always get along. Once Cilka starts working in the hospital she receives more food which she shares with the other women in her hut. While in camp, Cilka finds the love she was longing for at the most unexpected time.

Secret School by Avi DB53789
This is a great book for kids.
1925:  The teacher Miss Fletcher leaves for a family emergency in April.  The school board says they will not replace her this late in the term. The two oldest students Ida and Tom must take exams at the end of the school year in order to go on to high school. They put their heads together and decide that since Ida is the smartest student in the class, she should take over the teaching duties.  They swear the other students to secrecy and all students continue to come to school so they won’t have to repeat the work next year. The school board eventually gets wind of the “secret school” and the children’s plan is threatened.

This Week: January’s The Many Faces of BARD Virtual Program

On Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 6:00pm (central), the Patron Engagement Section of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) will hold its monthly virtual program called The Many Faces of BARD on Zoom.  Join NLS for an hour-long session on getting the most out of our BARD tech support. The event is free to attend, and will be recorded and made available for later viewing.

To learn more and join the conversation, visit The Many Faces of BARD page from NLS.

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2022 Most Downloaded Books on BARD

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled recently announced the most-downloaded books on BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download).  Here are the fiction and nonfiction titles for braille and audio.

MOST-DOWNLOADED FICTION TITLES IN AUDIO:
DB108828 – Sleeping Bear: A Thriller by Connor Sullivan

DB109037 – The Secrets They Left Behind: A Mystery by Lissa Marie Redmond
DB109025 – The New Neighbor: A Novel by Karen Cleveland
DB108826 – Silent Assassin: A Dan Morgan Thriller by Leo J. Maloney
DB108192 – Poison Heart: A Novel of Suspense (A Claire Watkins Mystery) by Mary Logue

MOST-DOWNLOADED FICTION TITLES IN BRAILLE:
BRG04188 – Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
BR23474 – Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley
BR23985 – Bewilderment: A Novel by Richard Powers
BRG03112 – A Puzzle in a Pear Tree (The Puzzle Lady Mysteries) by Parnell Hall
BR21908 – No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child

MOST-DOWNLOADED NONFICTION TITLES IN AUDIO:
DB108816 – The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor–The truth and the Turmoil by Tina Brown
DB108822 – Rumble and Roar: Sound Around the World by Tina Brown
DB108814 – The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office From Two Best Friends Who Were There by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey
DB99251 – Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump Ph.D.

MOST-DOWNLOADED NONFICTION TITLES IN BRAILLE:
BRT37640 – Halley’s Comet for piano, by Nancy Telfer
BR10608 – The Scott, Foresman Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised by General Henry M. Robert
BRT37378 – The Highlands for piano, by Christopher Norton
BRC00572 – The 50 Best Oatmeal Cookies in the World: The Recipes that Won the Nationwide “Ah! Oatmeal cookies” Contest by Honey Zisman
BRC01310 – Glorious One-Pot Meals: A Revolutionary New Quick and Healthy Approach to Dutch-Oven Cooking by Elizabeth Yarnell

Today is World Braille Day!

Logo Iowa Department for the BlindToday is #WorldBrailleDay and Louis Braille’s birthday!  Happy Birthday Louis Braille, the inventor of #Braille, six dots creatively put together to create a code for writing and reading all by touch.
“Braille is knowledge, and knowledge is power.” – Louis Braille

Library Braille Programs and Resources: