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December’s The Many Faces of BARD Virtual Program (Thursday, December 14th at 6:00pm)

On Thursday, December 14, 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 (Braille and Audio Reading Download) on Zoom. The event is free to attend and will last one hour.

The topic for the December, Many Faces of BARD program will be Using Bard Mobile for Android for Low-Vision Users. The demonstration will show how our low-vision users can navigate without speech. After the demonstration, NLS staff will take questions about the demonstration or anything else relating to BARD.

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

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NLS’s Patron Corner On Monday, December 11th

On Monday, December 11, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. (central time), the National Library Service for the Blind and Disabled (NLS) Patron Engagement Section will host the quarterly Patron Corner.

The topic for this program is The Life Cycle of the Talking Book. The session will be 90 minutes and will feature the NLS Collections Division, which is responsible for all phases of book selection, production, and distribution.

To learn more and join the conversation, visit the Patron Corner page from NLS.

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Book Reviews from 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 who recently retired.  She has generously continued to share book reviews with us.  Thank you, Deena! 

The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit  DB78457
The use of “we” instead of a specific character is a different approach to this book.  There are no specific characters although, several of the first names are used more than once. Interesting book and interesting time when their husbands were developing and sometimes testing the atomic bomb, but the wives knew nothing of what they were doing and were constantly speculating about what was so “top secret”. The families could not leave the state of New Mexico and could not see their loved ones during this time. They could only write letters.

The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson  DB108304
This is the sequel or it can be read as a stand-alone to the book, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek  (BR24038, DB95243).
Honey Lovett, 16, finds herself alone when her parents are arrested. Her guardian, Retta Adams is in her nineties, and saves her from going to reform school since she has no parents. Retta soon dies and Honey gets a lawyer to declare herself an emancipated minor.  She takes a job as an outreach librarian delivering books to the hill people of Kentucky.  A job her mother did back in 1930’s.  If you like books and historical fiction this is a great companion book to her mother’s story.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl BR11466   DB33498
This is the delightful story of a poor boy, Charlie Bucket, who lives with his parents and grandparents in ramshackle house with very little food.  Charlie receives a golden ticket which entitles him to tour the candy factory of Willie Wonka, whom his grandfather told him much about. He also will receive a lifetime supply of items made at the factory. During the tour Willie shows them various rooms with different kinds of candy, gum, chocolate and nuts. Charlie also gets to ride in a glass elevator.  Share in Charlie’s adventures. This is wonderful book to read with children.

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

Library Chat Podcast: November 2023

The Library Chat Podcast and Book Club for November is here. Join library staff as they review and discuss the title Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (DB92245 and BR22862). Spoiler alert if you haven’t read the book.

For December’s Library Chat Podcast staff will be reviewing and discussing the title Educated by Tara Westover (DB90188, DB95267, BR22656, LT12707).

Book Synopsis: Memoir exploring the author’s path from being raised in a fundamentalist, paranoiac Mormon family where she was homeschooled to eventually working her way to graduate degrees at Cambridge and Harvard. Discusses hardships faced by the family, abuse at the hands of a sibling, and more. Some violence, strong language. 2018.

Read the book and then submit your comments or questions to the Library Chat group to be discussed during the December Library Chat Podcast. You can email with the subject Library Chat Book Club. Or call the library at 515-281-1323. Please have your comments or questions submitted to the library by Monday, December 4th.

Happy Reading!