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

November The Many Faces of BARD Virtual Program (Thursday, November 9th at 6:00pm)

On Thursday, November 9, 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.  The event is free to attend.

The topic for the November’s Many Faces of BARD program will be program will be Using BARD Mobile for iOS without VoiceOver.  Since this presentation is specifically for low-vision users, they will be displaying the screen. 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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Library News Podcast: November 2023

Join library staff for November’s Library News podcast which features:

  • A Thank You
  • Mailing Library Materials Update
  • Top Ten Fiction Books Downloaded from BARD
  • More about this month’s NLS virtual programs
  • November’s Makerspace Monday
  • Friends of the Library Holiday Concert on November 17th
  • And more!

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! 

Beartown by Fredrik Backman DB88118 

The Bears of Beartown are in the semi-finals of the hockey championship.  The small community of Beartown is a hockey town. A win will put Beartown on the map and bring the community together.  As the story moves on, you get to know the players, members of the community, coaches and former players. After winning the semi-final there is an incident that changes everything for the players, the community and the team. The town takes sides and things get ugly. The whole town is changed and there are hints about events that will occur in the next book. If you love sports and particularly hockey you will enjoy this book. 

The Library Book by Susan Orlean  BRC01820, DB92869 

In 1986, the Los Angeles Central Library caught fire and burned for seven hours. This tells the story of the library: the directors, the collections, the politics, librarians, the suspected arsonist, and of course, the books and how they worked to save them. This is a very interesting look into the library and how things were done in the past and how things have changed, and libraries have adapted. To this day no one has ever been charged with the burning of the library. 

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett  BR22980, DB96739 

This is told from the point of view of Danny. Danny is in high school when his stepmother kicks him out of the house, after his father dies. He and his older sister, who is on her own and working, are very close. 

They become obsessed with the Dutch House where they grew up.  The house is now owned by their father’s widow, and they often come by and sit in the car together watching the house and talking about their future and their past. Their lives are changed when the mother who abandoned them returns.  She feels they must confront their past by knocking on the door of the Dutch House. 

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

October’s The Many Faces of BARD Virtual Program (Thursday, October 12th at 6:00pm)

On Thursday, October 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.  The event is free to attend.

The topic for the October’s Many Faces of BARD program will be BARD 2.0, An Introduction and Demonstration.  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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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! 

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

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey DB101312
I enjoyed the part when he writes of his younger years, but this good ol’ Texas boy is kind of crass.  This is not your typical memoir.  There are stories of McConaughey’s past. There are also observations on life and his thoughts about life. One fact: his parents married each other three times. Some of the book has raw language and situations.

The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas BR11261, DBC13285
The Persian Pickle Club gathers to quilt, gossip and share the ups and downs of life such as illness, births and deaths. One member suffers a terrible loss, after her husband is found murdered.  Rita, the newest member of the group, who wants to be a reporter is determined to solve the murder. She gets more than she bargained for when she finds out the truth. For anyone who enjoys historical fiction and books about women’s relationships.

Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf  DB10647
Wylie is a writer who goes to isolated farm house to write.  A blizzard ensues and she finds a little boy in the snow. She brings him inside.  Wylie returns to the blizzard to look for someone the boy was with and finds a woman. The two are silent when Wylie asks them who they are and where they came from. Eventually Wylie coaxes information out of them.  Wylie’s past begins to collide with her present.  If you are interested in books that take place in Iowa, this Iowa author delivers.  She is spot in her descriptions of the landscape.