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

NLS Program: The Many Faces of BARD

The Patron Engagement Section of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) will offer a monthly program called The Many Faces of BARD.

This program will occur on the second Thursday of every month at 6:00pm Central Time (7:00 p.m. Eastern Time). It will last for one hour and will cover one aspect of BARD (the Braille and Audio Reading Download) usage. Each program will start with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD usage. NLS will announce the topic for the next presentation at the end of each program. The first presentation will provide an overview of all of the available BARD products.

The topic for the Thursday, January 12, 2023, Many Faces of BARD program will be How You Can Help Us Help You–Working Together with BARD Tech Support. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern time and last for one hour. This program will be recorded.

The session will begin with a brief presentation provided by the Tech Support team. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other general questions related to BARD usage.

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

Upon connecting, participants will be placed in a virtual waiting room until the program begins. When they enter the room, they will be on mute, and they should remain on mute unless the host calls upon them to speak. At that time, they may unmute by using Alt-A from a computer.

All Many Faces of BARD programs will be recorded. If participants do not want to be on the recording, they should refrain from speaking.

 

December’s The Many Faces of BARD Virtual Program

On Thursday, December 8, 2022 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.  The topic will be account settings and preferences and the password reset feature.

For the full Zoom invitation information

Many Faces of BARD is held on the second Thursday of every month. It lasts for one hour and covers one aspect of BARD (the Braille and Audio Reading Download) usage.  Each program will start with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD usage.  These sessions are open to all patrons and are held over Zoom. 

Library Chat Podcast: November 2022

November’s Library Chat Podcast, is all about friends.  With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us we thought it would be a great time to talk about Friendsgiving.  Learn about our Friends of the Library group, books about friends and friendships and podcasts hosted by friends about friends.

Books from the November Library Chat Podcast (all titles can be found on BARD):