[NFBC-Info] Fwd: FW: BTBL News Fall 2023

Shannon Dillon shannonldillon at gmail.com
Wed Oct 11 22:15:41 UTC 2023

Hi everyone,
I am forwarding the Braille and Talking Book Library newsletter
because it has a bunch of useful information, including how to get
Braille on demand books to keep indefinitely, new Spanish language
website,  and new USPS pickup option. It also has information about
where to find out if you are eligible to Save on Your Internet Bill?
See below.

From: Braille & Talking Book Library <btbl at library.ca.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2023 1:25 PM
Subject: BTBL News Fall 2023

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California State Library, Sacramento,
New Series no. 29 (Fall 2023)

In This Issue:

  *   Director's Message
  *   New USPS Pickup Option
  *   NLS Catalog Makes it Easy to Search for Books
  *   Get to Know The Many Faces of BARD
  *   Top 5 BARD Downloads
  *   Are You Eligible to Save on Your Internet Bill?
  *   New Spanish Language Website
  *   Braille Books You Can Keep Indefinitely
  *   Braille Calendars Available
  *   NLS Music Notes Event
  *   Newest Titles from the Californiana Collection

A Message from Mike Marlin, Director

Greetings from the historic California State Library, Braille and
Talking Book Library in Sacramento, home of the great book rush of
2023! In this well-stocked issue of BTBL News, you can pan for and
discover information nuggets about the Many Faces of BARD program,
offerings for Spanish language patrons, services with which the NLS
Music section is tinkering, patron favorite book titles, new offerings
in the local Californiana book collection, and other treasures and
tidbits of knowledge.

Speaking of treasure that enriches the mind, if you are seeking the
latest news and updates from the National Library Service for the
Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), the Patron Engagement Section now
hosts an announce-only listserv that includes announcements about NLS
programs, services, and products that might be of interest.
Announcements include but are not limited to Zoom links for online
events, reminders about the release of the latest Talking Book Topics,
or BARD updates and new features. New announcements are posted to the
list a few times per week. To sign up for this listserv, please send
your name and email address to the Patron Engagement Section at
NLSPES at loc.gov<mailto:NLSPES at loc.gov>. You will be able to unsubscribe
yourself from the list at any time.

Like the 1849 Gold Rush, the accessible book rush attracts
international language prospectors, i.e., readers! NLS continues to
add more international language books to its catalog from other
countries. Recently, NLS renamed its online quarterly publication from
Foreign Language Quarterly to International Language Quarterly. To
learn about the constantly expanding collection of international
titles, visit: www.loc.gov/nls/ilq<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=574396cfa9&e=8171df292e>.
These titles in scores of languages, including English, are made
available to NLS through the Marrakesh Treaty, a landmark copyright
agreement allowing for the international exchange of accessible-format
titles to serve those unable to read traditional books because of a
print disability. If you have international collection title
suggestions or need assistance with finding international language
titles, contact your Reader Advisor.

Congratulations to our 2023 Summer Reading Program participants--who
received their Starbucks or Baskin Robbins gift cards, and for some a
BTBL stuffed animal puppy! This year 42 participants read 491 books!
We salute the inspiring children, teens, and adults who read many
great fiction and nonfiction works to beat the summer heat.

BTBL's Assistive Technology Lending Program has thus far been very
successful. We are expanding device loans to patrons from our Fresno
and San Francisco subregional libraries. We have loaned internet
hotspot connections, handheld magnifiers, and portable audio players
to hundreds of Sacramento regional library patrons. These are one-year
loans with the possibility of an additional year renewal. For the
Victor Reader Stream audio players there is a prerequisite to maintain
a valid email address and active BARD account. Please contact BTBL if
you are interested or visit
to learn more.
And finally, if you are interested in synthetic voice audio,
electronic braille, and now some human-narrated books, consider a free
Bookshare membership through BTBL. With up to 500 statewide Bookshare
licenses, there are still several available membership slots. For more
information visit
or contact your Reader Advisor.

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 New USPS Pickup Option

Since the pandemic, the United States Postal Service has instituted
new policies for pickup of packages such as braille and digital books.
When you want to return materials to the library by postage-free mail,
you may need to schedule a pickup. You can do so by completing the
short online form at
You can also get there by searching the internet for "USPS Pickup".
You might be able to streamline the process by speaking with your mail
carrier directly. Thank you for taking this step to ensure the timely
return of braille and digital books to the library!

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NLS Catalog Makes it Easy to Search for Books

Recently, NLS launched a new catalog, making it easier than ever to
search for your favorite books! Features include:

  *   Advanced searching capabilities using guided menus
  *   Optimized navigation features for mobile phone and tablet use
  *   Direct links to items on BARD for easy downloading
  *   Convenient links to Ask a Librarian and Recommend a Title
  *   Ability to email search results

Check out the new catalog at:

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Get to Know The Many Faces of BARD

Do you have a question about how to use BARD? Want to learn helpful
tips directly from BARD's NLS creators? Then attend The Many Faces of
BARD meetings! All patrons are welcome to join online or through
telephone options. Meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of
every month at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Past recordings, upcoming
session and Zoom invitation details at

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Top 5 BARD Downloads

Audiobooks - Fiction
DB 114782<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=85f3c3101c&e=8171df292e>
Identity by Nora Roberts
DB 114749<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=82ecc3b01b&e=8171df292e>
The 23rd Midnight by James Patterson
DB 114201<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=11120cc554&e=8171df292e>
The Housemaid by Freida McFadden
DB 113301<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=8bcaaa334d&e=8171df292e>
Countdown by James Patterson
DB 113075<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=c0cfdf062c&e=8171df292e>
I Will Find You by Harlan Coben

Audiobooks - Nonfiction
DBC 28396<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=ac561ef3c8&e=8171df292e>
The Gospel of Mary Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle by Karen
DB 114780<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=4956a9aa36&e=8171df292e>
My Time in Heaven by Richard Sigmund
DB 114372<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=2beeb49cae&e=8171df292e>
When a Killer Calls: A Haunting Story of Murder, Criminal Profiling,
and Justice in a Small Town by John E. Douglas
DB 111557<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=0e6e4f9c6d&e=8171df292e>
The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book by Jerry Seinfeld
DB 114864<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=055fe2a119&e=8171df292e>
A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America
and the Woman Who Stopped Them by Timothy Egan

Braille - Fiction
BRG 04329<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=b23f5412df&e=8171df292e>
Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber
BR 24775<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=838d63957b&e=8171df292e>
The Hidden One: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo
BR 24483<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=c937c3a591&e=8171df292e>
The Candy House by Jennifer Egan
BR 24658<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=23e802541a&e=8171df292e>
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
BR 24567<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=2c275b62b8&e=8171df292e>
Murder on 5th Avenue: A Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson

Braille - Nonfiction
BR 24342<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=90c2ba222d&e=8171df292e>
 Snacks for Dinner: Small Bites, Full Plates, Can't Lose by Lukas
BR 24315<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=9b4fff1cd2&e=8171df292e>
  Air Fryer Perfection: From Crispy Fries and Juicy Steaks to Perfect
Vegetables by America's Test Kitchen
BR 24229<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=2164e23781&e=8171df292e>
 Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook: One Grocery List. A Week of Meals. No
Waste by America's Test Kitchen
BR 24449<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=8c6c2a75f7&e=8171df292e>
 Kitchen Witchery: Unlocking the Magick in Everyday Ingredients by
Laurel Woodward
BRE 00095<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=f0eca26724&e=8171df292e>
The ABCs of UEB: A Guide for the Transition from English Braille
American Edition (EBAE) to the Rules of English Unified Braille (UEB)
by Constance Risjord

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Are You Eligible to Save on Your Internet Bill?

The Affordable Connectivity Program was created by the FCC to help
households struggling to pay for internet service. Perks of this
program include a reduced rate for internet service and a one-time
discount on new devices. A household is eligible if income is at or
below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or if a member of the
household participates in assistance programs. Visit
call (877) 384-2575 to learn more.

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New Spanish Language Website
Are you a Spanish speaker, or do you know someone who is? NLS recently
launched a library services webpage en español. The website provides
general information, lists of resources in Spanish, and easy access to
Spanish-language materials. Check out the new website here:

In addition to the new website, patron applications and new
promotional brochures are available en español. Please contact the
library to receive these materials.

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Braille Books You Can Keep Indefinitely
NLS patrons who read braille can now request hard copy braille books
to keep indefinitely! Many patrons are taking advantage of this new
offering by requesting books of knitting patterns or cookbooks, while
others are building at-home libraries of their favorite book series.
To request a book in hard copy braille, use the form found online at

If you would like to speak with someone or place your request over the
phone, please contact your Reader Advisor.

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Braille Calendars Available
In January, NLS will have free braille calendars in both wall-sized
and pocket-sized formats available for patrons. Please let your Reader
Advisor know if you are interested in either or both.

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NLS Music Notes Event
The NLS Music Section includes braille and large-print musical scores,
recorded instructional materials, and recorded materials about music
and musicians, and some digital audio and ebraille materials are
available for download from BARD. Their Braille music materials can be
requested through Braille on Demand if patrons wish to keep a copy.
They even have a collection of recorded concerts. Any BTBL patron can
borrow materials from the NLS Music Section. However, music materials
are circulated directly to patrons from the NLS headquarters in
Washington, D.C. You can call the NLS Music Section to request
materials at 800-424-8567 or email them at
nlsm at loc.gov<mailto:nlsm at loc.gov>.

The NLS Music Section is offering its first quarterly Music Notes
meeting for library patrons and staff. They will present a
pre-recorded conversation titled "Time Out for 'Take Five,'" in which
Music Section Head Juliette Appold and Music Reader Services Librarian
Brian McCurdy will discuss this famous piece of music by the Dave
Brubeck Quartet and its relevance to the NLS Music collection. A live
question-and-answer session will follow. You can read Brian's 2020
blog post about "Take Five" here:

Join us on Zoom, Tuesday, October 24, at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time for
"Time Out for 'Take Five'." Here's the link to the Zoom meeting:

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Newest Titles from the Californiana Collection
Wondering what to read next? Consider these selections from the
Californiana Collection, which is growing every day. Staff of our
Narration Studio have been preparing local books-California authors
and subjects not covered by the NLS talking book collection. For a
complete catalog of our Californiana Collection, ask your Reader
Advisor. Here are the recently completed talking books:

Ana of California
by Andi Teran
DBC 26695<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=772692cf0e&e=8171df292e>
In this modern retelling of Anne of Green Gables, fifteen-year-old
orphan Ana has run through her last foster family, and it's off to a
group home next, unless Ana is willing to make a drastic change.
Accepted as a trainee at a small family farm in East Los Angeles, Ana
thrives in her new life, but not everyone in town believes that Ana
deserves a second chance. Unrated. Commercial audio book.
8 hours, 47 minutes. Narrated by: Andi Teran.

Soon I Will be Invincible
by Austin Grossman
DBC 19548<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=ec28008bc6&e=8171df292e>
An original, sometimes satirical, and humorous superhero novel as
largely told by supervillain Dr. Impossible who has tried, and failed,
to take over the world twelve times. His most recent escape has him
crossing paths with Fatale, a chronically unemployed cyborg and the
newest member of the superhero alliance, the Champions. 2007.
10 hours, 56 minutes. Narrated by: Linda Goman.

A daring man
by Leigh Greenwood
DBC 26680<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=da3483714b&e=8171df292e>
Zac Randolph is a gambling man. One of seven infamous brothers, he
kicked the Texas dust off his boots and found his new home in the
Little Corner of Heaven Saloon in San Francisco's notorious Barbary
Coast. Running a saloon is exactly the kind of work he is best suited
for, and he's happiest keeping the rough men who frequent his halls in
line. But then a figure from his past comes calling, and his whole
world is flipped upside down. Unrated. Commercial audio book.
12 hours, 4 minutes. Narrated by: Tieran Wilder.

Woman of ill fame
by Erika Mailman
DBC 26684<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=64faff47de&e=8171df292e>
Nora Simms, a young prostitute working out of a shipyard in Boston,
longs for a better life. When the Gold Rush hits, she escapes to
California, planning to reinvent herself as a parlor girl in a
high-class bordello. But when someone begins stalking and murdering
the prostitutes of San Francisco, Nora must use her street smarts to
figure out who is targeting these soiled doves before she is the next
victim. Unrated. Commercial audio book.
11 hours, 55 minutes. Narrated by: Tiffany Morgan.

Ishi's brain: In search of America's last "wild" Indian
by Orin Starn
DBC 19002<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=82ca353a3b&e=8171df292e>
The book chronicles the recent campaign of modern-day Native Americans
to find and rebury the body of the last Yahi Indian. The
anthropologist author recounts a mysterious cross-country trail of
lost letters, secrets shared and concealed, and a missing body part
tracked at last to a strange steel vat at the Smithsonian Institution.
13 hours, 53 minutes. Narrated by: Walter Phelps.

Unfolding beauty: celebrating California's landscapes
by Terry Beers
DBC 16736<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=c8b9231410&e=8171df292e>
Anthology of excerpts pertaining to California reveal the "magnificent
diversity of landscapes in this patched-together state" and the
cultural diversity of the past 200 years. Includes selections from
Joan Didion, Jack Kerouac, John Muir, and John Steinbeck.
17 hours, 39 minutes. Narrated by: Bill Rosenfeld.

The women on the wall
by Wallace Stegner
DBC 20153<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=0cd4602d6a&e=8171df292e>
Written during and immediately after World War II, this book features
eighteen short stories about women living through wartime. As their
husbands, fathers, and sons enlist, women seek support through female
friendships and forge new identities as farmers, factory workers, and
8 hours, 10 minutes. Narrated by: David Michener.

Mark Twain's San Francisco
by Mark Twain
DBC 16729<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=d0b981e30a&e=8171df292e>
This collection of brief, often humorous writings includes commentary,
poems, anecdotes, letters and notes about Twain's experiences in San
Francisco between 1863 and 1866.
9 hours, 17 minutes. Narrated by: Walter Phelps.

This body: A novel
by Laurel Marian Doud
DBC 19005<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=7f95a955f8&e=8171df292e>
Katharine Ashley, a middle-aged wife and mother of two, finds herself
in a strange predicament after her death.  She discovers that she is
alive again, this time in the body of a young, slim single woman.
This body's life is quite different than the one Katharine led, and
she struggles to find a way to live in her new body and life. Contains
explicit descriptions of sex.
9 hours, 54 minutes. Narrated by: Sandra Swafford.

Salem's cipher
by Jess Lourey
DBC 26696<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=2fcf11adb1&e=8171df292e>
Salem Wiley is a genius cryptanalyst, courted by the world's top
security agencies ever since her quantum computing breakthrough. She's
also an agoraphobe shackled to a narrow routine since her father's
suicide. When her intelligence work unexpectedly exposes a sinister
plot to assassinate the country's first viable female presidential
candidate, Salem finds herself both target and detective in a
modern-day witch hunt. Unrated. Commercial audio book.
12 hours, 14 minutes. Narrated by: Christina Delaine.

by Nina Revoyr
DBC 26697<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=1b9c66dc40&e=8171df292e>
A young Japanese American woman, Jackie Ishida, is in her last
semester at UCLA when her grandfather, Frank Sakai, dies unexpectedly.
While trying to fulfill a request from his will, Jackie discovers that
during the Watts Riots of 1965, four African American boys were killed
in the store that Frank owned. As Jackie tries to piece together what
happened that night, she unearths long-buried secrets from her family
history. Unrated. Commercial audio book.
13 hours, 35 minutes. Narrated by: Karen Chilton.

The other side of Haight: A novel
by James Fadiman
DBC 19504<https://library.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=dacfa367c242711b7d6f73ca7&id=ce55476daf&e=8171df292e>
Anyone alive in the mid 1960s remembers the powerful appeal and fame
of the San Francisco neighborhood known as Haight-Ashbury. This
fictional account tells the story of Shadow Dancer and others who
became "immersed in the sensual, mystical chaos of the Haight."
Descriptions of sex.
6 hours, 27 minutes. Narrated by: Walter Phelps.

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