26th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration, August 26th, 2016 at Texas School for the Deaf

A celebration of the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016, at the Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 South Congress Ave, in the Deaf Smith Auditorium, beginning at 6 pm. The CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, Howard Rosenblum, will be the keynote speaker, addressing Deaf rights, advocacy successes, and ADA updates.

Refreshments will be provided, including an ADA celebration cake. This event is free and open to the public.

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be available.

G’Day, Mates: Read Your Way to Australia!

The Light Between Oceans (DB 751921) offers an intriguing snapshot of Australia.  The Land Down Under fascinates me.  The Kangaroos.  The Outback.  The Accent.  It’s a mysterious and exotic continent.

Despite this fascination, I have a love-hate relationship with Australia: I’d love to visit—but I’d hate to spend 22 hours on a plane getting there.  So, instead of flying to Australia, I “book it” and read my way there.

If you’d like to experience the people, places, and critters of Australia, save yourself a wicked case of jet lag.  Read your way to the Land Down Under!


Broken Shore.  Temple, Peter.  DB 67414, LB 05305

Chain Lightning.  Lowell, Elizabeth.  DB 76573

Far Country.  Shute, Nevil.  BR 03046, DB 59136 (BARD ONLY), DX 59136

Just Kate.  Miller, Linda Lael.  DB 76540

Outlaw.  Dekker, Ted.  DB 77481

Secret River.  Grenville, Kate.  DB 64041 (BARD ONLY), DX 64041

Thorn Birds.  McCullough, Colleen.  BR 04284, DX 51148, LB 02198

True History Of The Kelly Gang.  Carey, Peter.  DB 53638 (BARD ONLY), DX 53638

Wilderness Trek.  Grey, Zane.  RC 64235, DB 10978 (BARD ONLY), DB 64235, DX 10978


Chasing Kangaroos: A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Creature.  Flannery, Tim.  DX 66755

Steve And Me.  Irwin, Terri.  DB 66251

Reef: A Passionate History.  McCalman, Iain.  DB 79477


In Too Deep: The 39 Clues.  Watson, Jude.  (For grades 4-7 and older readers.)  DB 78503

Toad Rage.  Gleitzman, Morris.  (For grades 3-6.)  BR 18117, DB 67488


How To Scratch A Wombat.  French, Jackie.  (For grades 3-6.)  DB 69072

Pocket Babies: And Other Amazing Marsupials.  Collard, Sneed B.  (For grades 4-7.)  DB 66148 (BARD ONLY), DX 66418

Stories From The Billabong.  Marshall, James Vance.  (For grades 3-6.)  DB 71773

New from the TBP Recording Studio

Check out the most recently recorded titles from the TBP Recording Studio.  They are available for loan on digital cartridge or for download via BARD.

Zandy’s Bride by Lillian Bos Ross (DT 7233)
A rough pioneer from the primitive mountain country sends east for a mail order bride. She shares his harsh existence and teaches him how to love. Originally published in 1942 as “The Stranger.” Contains some strong language and some violence.  Subjects: Western Stories; Romance. Available for download as DBC07213.

Hot Iron by Elmer Kelton (DT 7304)
In the early days of the Texas Panhandle, starting a new life is hard but keeping it is even harder. Espy Norwood is a troubleshooter who’s got troubles of his own – and more troubles find him when he lands a job on a ranch on the Texas plains. Bitter landowners plot against him, determined cattle thieves sneak right under his nose, and his own son refuses to trust or even know him. Can he catch the thieves, save the ranch, and win his son’s love? 1956. Subjects: Family; Western Stories. Available for download as DBC07216.

The Girl from Charnell by K.L. Cook (DT 7218)
It’s 1960 in the Panhandle town of Charnelle, Texas – a year and a half since sixteen-year-old Laura Tate’s mother boarded a bus and mysteriously disappeared. Assuming responsibility for the Tate household, Laura cares for her father and three brothers and outwardly maintains a sense of calm. But her balance is upset and the repercussions of her family’s struggles are revealed when a chance encounter with a married man leads Laura into a complicated relationship for which she is unprepared. Contains explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and violence. Subjects: Growing Up; Historical Fiction; Family. Available for download as DBC07217.

The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree by Susan Wittig Albert (DT 7080)
The country may be struggling through the Great Depression, but the good ladies of Darling, Alabama are determined to keep their chins up and their town beautiful. Their garden club, the Darling Dahlias, has just inherited a new clubhouse and garden, complete with two beautiful cucumber trees. When local blond bombshell Bunny Scott is found in a suspicious car wreck, garden club members Lizzy, Ophelia, and Verna decide to follow up on leads the sheriff is ignoring. Plus the town is all abuzz with news of an escaped convict from the prison farm, rumors of trouble at the bank, and tales of a ghost heard digging around the cucumber trees. If anyone can get to the root of these mysteries, it’s the Darling Dahlias. Contains some strong language and some violence. Subjects: Mystery and Detective Stories. Available for download as DBC07221.

A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge by Terry Shames (DT 7292)
Sheriff Samuel Craddock has accepted that his neighbor and friend Jenny Sandstone’s personal life is strictly secret. But when Jenny’s dying mother discloses that Jenny is in danger, Craddock is faced with a dilemma. He wants to respect Jenny’s privacy, but he is haunted by the urgency in the old woman’s voice. When Jenny is injured in a suspicious car accident, Craddock has no choice but to get involved. Contains some descriptions of sex, some violence, and strong language. Subjects: Mystery and Detective Stories; Family. Available for download as DBC07222.

To request a title please call us at 1-800-252-9605 (toll-free in Texas)/512-463-5458 (Austin area) or send an email to: tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov.

Governor’s Committee Top 10 for the ADA Anniversary

To celebrate the 26th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Texas Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities has compiled a top 10 list of state agencies and the accessibility initiatives of each agency. Here is the Top 10, with links to learn more about the various programs. And by the way, check out who comes in at #4!

#10 Texas Secretary of State
Vote Texas:

#9 Texas Workforce Commission
Civil Rights Division:

#8 Texas Historical Commission
Providing access to historic properties:

#7 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Information on wheelchair-accessible parks and historic sites:

#6 Texas Department of Public Safety
State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR):

#5 Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services
Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP):
Note: On September 1st, the STAP program will move to the Texas Health & Human Services Commission.

#4 The Texas State Library & Archives Commission
The Talking Book Program:

#3 Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
Architectural Barriers Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS):

#2 Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Accessibility Center for Electronic Information Resources:

#1 Office of the Governor – Committee on People with Disabilities
Texas Key Laws & Resources:

Two Disability Job Fairs in Austin–Register Now

The first of two disability job fairs in Texas will take place on Friday, September 9, 2016, from 12:15 – 3 pm, at the Region X Education Service Center, 904 Abrams Road, in Richardson, a suburb of Dallas. Interested job seekers should register using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfERKZExgLwhTnmMeO-Q75f1opD0ZDanzYejkFX4x51XpDVjQ/viewform?c=0&w=1
For more information, contact April Yurch at 972-348-1638, april.yurch@region10.org

The second disability job fair will occur on Friday, October 7, 2016, from 9 am to noon, at the Region XIII Education Service Center, 5701 Springdale Drive, in Austin. Job seekers may register for this job and resource fair by clicking here: http://www.wfscapitalarea.com/calendarevents/tabid/93/ctl/editreg/mid/633/itemid/4557/d/20161007/Register.aspx
For more information, contact Robert Alexander at 512-483-0900, Robert.Alexander@twc.state.tx.us


If you enjoy verbose nonfiction offerings and naughty words, GUMPTION by comedian and author Nick Offerman should be on your to read list.  Offerman profiles 21 individuals, some contemporary and some historical. Much of these individuals’ accomplishments are attributed to “gumption”, which he defines as “willingness, even a hunger, for one’s mettle to be challenged.” Each profiled individual possesses traits of gumption: perseverance, discipline, curiosity, diligence, idealism, intelligence, fearlessness, valor, vision and courage. Each entry is well researched and tinted with humor.


NLS annotation:

Comedian Nick Offerman profiles the lives of those Americans who have inspired him. He tells the stories of twenty-one individuals, from George Washington to Willie Nelson, and, using both serious history and humor, describes why they inspire him. Unrated.Commercial audio book. Bestseller. 2015.

If you’ve already read this book and enjoy your history with a heavy side of sarcasm and spunk you might like Sarah Vowel’s UNFAMILIAR FISHES (DB 73201) or WORDY SHIPMATES (BR 17935, DB 67904)

Apple Watch Adding Features for Wheelchair Users

The Apple watch will soon allow wheelchair users to track their activity level throughout the day much like other fitness trackers already allow for people walking or running.

With a software update available in Fall 2016, manual wheelchair users will be able to track all-day calorie goals and the Apple watch will offer wheelchair-specific workouts.

Also, a reminder that says “time to stand” to prompt standing breaks will soon say “time to roll” to encourage wheelchair users to keep active.

Click here for more information: https://www.apple.com/watchos-preview/

Mention of a product or service in this blog does not constitute endorsement by this library. Our intention is to increase an awareness of programs and items that may be helpful to our patrons.

Interview with Blind Author and Sculptor Luis Felipe Passalacqua

The Puerto RCubierta del libroican artist and writer Luis Felipe Passalacqua recently granted TBP an interview where he talks to us about his Spanish-language biographical novel ÉL– UNA PEQUEÑA ACLARACIÓN (HIM: A SMALL CLARIFICATION) – DB 81978. Mr. Passalacqua spoke to us on the phone from San Juan. He told us about his creative process when writing his novel, which is based on true events in his life. He told us about his experience going blind, and explained how his personal philosophy has helped him face the challenges he has encountered since. The author, who is also a respected sculptor and accessibility consultant, is currently working on his second novel. To read an English translation of our interview with Luis Felipe Passalacqua, go to Passalacqua Interview–English Translation. Mr. Passalacqua’s book is available in audio format on digital cartridge and available to download from BARD.
Through autobiographical reflections and fictional episodes, Passalacqua – a blind sculptor from Puerto Rico – explores diverse existential and aesthetic topics that shed light on the creative process. Spanish Language. 2014.

To read this post in Spanish, click here: Entrevista con el autor y escultor invidente Luis Felipe Passalacqua.

Entrevista con el autor y escultor invidente Luis Felipe Passalacqua

Cubierta del libroEl artista y escritor puertorriqueño Luis Felipe Passalacqua recientemente concedió una entrevista en español a TBP, donde nos habla de su novela biográfica ÉL– UNA PEQUEÑA ACLARACIÓN (DB 81978). El señor Passalacqua platicó con nosotros por vía telefónica desde San Juan. Nos habló del proceso creativo que usó para escribir su novela, la cual está basada en hechos verídicos. Relató algunas de sus experiencias al perder la vista, e indicó cómo su filosofía de la vida le ayudó a superar los retos que ha enfrentado desde entonces. El autor es también un respetado escultor y consultor de tecnologías accesibles. Actualmente se encuentra preparando su segunda novela. El libro del señor Passalacqua está disponible en formato de audio en cartucho digital y para descargar del sitio BARD.


A través de reflexiones autobiográficas y viñetas ficticias, Passalacqua- un escultor invidente de Puerto Rico- explora diversos temas existenciales y estéticos que iluminan el proceso de creación. 2014.

To read this post in English, click here: Interview with Blind Author and Sculptor Luis Felipe Passalacqua.

Tim LaHaye, Co-Author of Left Behind Series, Dies at Age 90

Evangelical minister and author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books, Tim LaHaye, passed away in San Diego on July 25th after suffering a massive stroke. Best known for co-authoring the Left Behind series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry, Dr. LaHaye also founded The Institute for Creation Research as well as several Christian schools.

Dr. LaHaye was born in Detroit on April 27, 1926 and suffered the loss of his father when he was nine years old. LaHaye credits his lifelong focus on the rapture to the pastor’s eulogy at his father’s funeral. “All of a sudden, there was hope in my heart I’d see my father again,” LaHaye told the Christian Science Monitor, according to his ministry. This belief directed his 70 year ministry and strongly influenced his writing, both fiction and non-fiction.

Dr. LaHaye wrote over 60 non-fiction books covering a variety of topics such as marriage and family life, depression, and anger management. However, he was best known for co-authoring the Left Behind books, a series that follows a group of people “left behind” after the rapture occurs. The books document their struggle against the forces of the Antichrist during the tribulation times leading up to the second coming of Christ and the battle of Armageddon. Blending aspects of more secular political thrillers with evangelical ideology concerning the “end times”, it was a wildly successful series resulting in the sale of over 62 million copies of the series and a run on the bestsellers lists than continued for over five years.

Titles by Tim LaHaye in the TBP collection

Babylon Rising Series

1. Babylon Rising
DB 57737
(Versión en español: DB 61027)

2. Secret on Ararat
DB 61301

3. Europa Conspiracy
DB 61645

4. Edge of Darkness
DB 72521

Countdown to the Rapture Series

1. Rapture: Antichrist is Born Before They Were Left Behind
BR 16069/ DB 60479
(Versión en español: DB 61054)

2. Regime: Evil Advances Before They Were Left Behind
BR 16651/ DB 62712
(Versión en español: DB 62962)

3. Rapture: In the Twinkling of an Eye
BR 16698/ DB 62790
(Versión en español: DB 65957)

Jesus Chronicles Series

1. John’s Story: The Last Eyewitness
DB 65464

2. Mark’s Story: The Gospel According to Peter
DB 66678

3. Luke’s Story: By Faith Alone
DB 68432

4. Matthew’s Story: From Sinner to Saint
DB 73566

Left Behind Series

1. Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days
BT 03730/ DB 47462/ LB 04713
(Versión en español: DB 50980)

2. Tribulation Force: The Continuing Drama of Those Left Behind
BR 13920/ DB 47463/ LB 04706
(Versión en español: DB 50983)

3. Nicolae: The Rise of the Antichrist
BR 13921/ DB 47464
(Versión en español: DB 50986)

4. Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides
BR 13922/ DB 47465
(Versión en español: DB 50987)

5. Apollyon: The Destroyer is Unleashed
BR 13923/ DB 48151
(Versión en español: DB 50993)

6. Assassins: Assignment, Jerusalem; Target, Antichrist
BR 13924/ DB 48819
(Versión en español: DB 50996)

7. Indwelling: The Beast Takes Possession
BR 13925/ DB 50275
(Versión en español: DB 51000)

8. Mark: The Beast Rules the World
BR 13926/ DB 51272
(Versión en español: DB 52883)

9. Desecration: Antichrist Takes the Throne
BR 13927/ DB 53137
(Versión en español: 52980)

10. Remnant: On the Brink of Armageddon
BR 14212/ DB 54460
(Versión en español: 54954)

11. Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages
BR 14702/ DB 55878
(Versión en español: 56968)

12. Glorious Appearing: The End of Days
BR 15335/ DB 57944
(Versión en español: 58963)

13. Kingdom Come: The Final Victory
BR 17251/ DB 64646

Non-Fiction Titles

Revelation Unveiled
DB 71816
(Versión en español: DB 71816)