Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, “Father of Motivation” and Author, Dies at Age 75

Best-selling author, motivational speaker, and self-development pioneer Dr. Wayne W. Dyer died Saturday, August 29.

Affectionately known as the “father of motivation,” Dyer preached the gospel of self-reliance, a gospel he learned during his childhood in Detroit.  Abandoned by his alcoholic father at age 3, Dyer was raised in a series of orphanages and foster homes.  When discussing his fractured childhood, Dyer observed that “it’s not a story of pity or blame; it’s precisely what had to take place in order for me to learn about self-reliance firsthand.”

After serving in the Navy, Dyer became a psychotherapist and professor.  He came to prominence in 1976 with the publication of his first book, Your Erroneous Zones, which remains one of the best-selling books of all time.

A regular guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dyer was also frequently featured during PBS pledge drives.

Titles by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in the TBP collection include:

Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao (2007) DB 65369 / DX 65369

Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace (2001) BR 14380 / DB 55026 BARD

Excuses Begone! How To Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits (2009) DB 69532

Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling (2006) DB 62202 BARD / DX 62202

Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your

Way (2004) DB 58050 BARD / DX 58050

Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life (1992) DB 36405 BARD

Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting (2012) DB 74595

You’ll See It When You Believe It (1989) DB 30718

Two new seminars from the Hadley School for the Blind

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, at 1 pm CDT, Hadley will present a one hour overview about the Zoomtext magnifier / speech software. Then on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, also at 1 pm CDT, Hadley will provide a one hour seminar about the vision accessibility features of the Apple operating software for iPhone. Both presentations are free but space is limited.

To register for the Zoomtext seminar, follow this link: http://hadley.edu/Seminar_register.asp?sid=286

To register for the iOS seminar, follow this link: http://hadley.edu/Seminar_register.asp?sid=287

Both presentations are audio only.

The Hadley School for the Blind provides free correspondence and Internet courses on a variety of topics for people with visual impairments. For more information, visit www.hadley.edu

September 2015 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons are invited to join us on Thursday, September 24th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL by Cheryl Strayed.

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate.  To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by September 3rd) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download the book from BARD.

NLS Annotation:

Author recounts the three-month, 1,100-mile solo hike she took on a whim in 1995, after years of devastating personal losses. Describes her encounters with rattlesnakes, locals, fellow hikers, and her own thoughts during her trek from Los Angeles to Washington State on the Pacific Crest Trail. Strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

In Their Own Words – Books Written by 2016 Presidential Candidates

The pool of candidates for the 2016 Presidential election is broad, and many of the candidates have published books that discuss their political and personal views. Here is a list of some of the 2016 presidential candidates and non-fiction books that they have authored.

Unfortunately, not all of the candidates have authored books, and some of them have written books that haven’t been recorded by the National Library Service and are not available in Braille. This list, in alphabetical order by candidates’ names, includes all of the books written by presidential hopefuls that are currently available via TBP.

Harry Braun

THE PHOENIX PROJECT: AN ENERGY TRANSITION TO RENEWABLE RESOURCES
AVAILABLE FROM INTERLIBARY LOAN

Ben Carson

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: REDISCOVERING WHAT MADE THIS NATION GREAT
DB   76329

GIFTED HANDS
DB 36784

ONE NATION: WHAT WE CAN ALL DO TO SAVE AMERICA’S FUTURE
DB   79695

Hilary Clinton

HARD CHOICES (DECISIONES DIFICILES)
DB   79036  Also in Spanish: DB   77983

LIVING HISTORY (HISTORIA VIVA)
DB 55882 Also in Spanish: DB 60983

Mike Huckabee

DEAR CHANDLER, DEAR SCARLETT: A GRANDFATHER’S THOUGHTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND THE THINGS THAT MATTER MOST
BR   19848

SIMPLE CHRISTMAS: TWELVE STORIES THAT CELEBRATE THE TRUE HOLIDAY
DB   69899

SIMPLE GOVERNMENT: TWELVE THINGS WE REALLY NEED FROM WASHINGTON (AND A TRILLION THAT WE DON’T)
DB   73461

John Kasich

EVERY OTHER MONDAY: TWENTY YEARS OF LIFE, LUNCH, FAITH AND FRIENDSHIP
DB 81574 IN PROCESS

Rick Perry

FED UP! OUR FIGHT TO SAVE AMERICA FROM WASHINGTON
DB   73851

Marco Rubio

AMERICAN SON: A MEMOIR (HIJO AMERICANO)
DB   75113           Also in Spanish: DB   74960

Rick Santorum

IT TAKES A FAMILY: CONSERVATISM AND THE COMMON GOOD
DB   61613

Donald Trump

THINK BIG AND KICK ASS IN BUSINESS AND LIFE
DB 66388

TRUMP: HOW TO GET RICH
DB 58051 (BARD)

TRUMP: THE ART OF THE COMEBACK
DB 45334 (BARD)

TRUMP: THE ART OF THE DEAL
DB 26956 (BARD)

WHY WE WANT YOU TO BE RICH: TWO MEN–ONE MESSAGE
DB 64018 (BARD)

Scott Walker

UNINTIMIDATED: A GOVERNOR’S STORY AND A NATION’S CHALLENGE
DIP  98634 IN PROCESS

Jim Webb

BORN FIGHTING: HOW THE SCOTS-IRISH SHAPED AMERICA
DB   61597 (BARD)

To Kill A Mockingbird Read-a-thon

Barnes and Noble held a nation wide read-a-thon of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD on July 13th in anticipation of the release of Harper Lee’s new book GO SET A WATCHMAN.  Victor, a Reader Consultant, represented The Talking Book Program by reading a chapter of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in Braille.

A photo of Victor seated at a podium, reading.

A photo of the book, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, with Victor in the background.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is available for TBP patrons to borrow in Braille (BR 12850), Digital Cartridge (DB 77672; DX 36414) and to download from BARD (DB 77672; DB 36414).

NLS Annotation: Scout Finch is an outspoken and literate six-year-old tomboy when she begins her tale of growing up in a small Alabama town with her brother Jem and her attorney father Atticus. The children’s intense curiosity about a reclusive neighbor is eclipsed by Atticus’s attempt to defend a black man against charges of raping a white woman. Pulitzer Prize winner. For high school and older readers.

If you loved TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, you may also be interested in:

MOCKINGBIRD NEXT DOOR: LIFE WITH HARPER LEE (DB 79569) NLS Annotation: Journalist describes becoming friends with author Harper Lee (born 1926), known to her family and friends as Nelle, and her sister Alice and eventually moving in next door to them. Provides insights into Lee’s reclusiveness and reluctance about writing another novel after To Kill a Mockingbird (DB 36414/77672). Bestseller. 2014.

MOCKINGBIRD: A PORTRAIT OF HARPER LEE  (DB 64071; DX 64071; LB 05211) NLS Annotation: Biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird based on extensive interviews with acquaintances and the papers of Lee’s lifelong friend Truman Capote. Traces Lee’s Alabama childhood, time in 1950s New York City, and reclusive life after the 1960 publication of her only novel. 2006.

 

BARD Mobile app for Android now available!

The long awaited BARD Mobile app for Android is finally here!  BARD Mobile is now available in the Google Play store. BARD Mobile enables NLS patrons to download and listen to audiobooks and magazines directly from their Android devices.  Registered Texas Talking Book patrons will need a BARD account and a device running Android OS 4.1 or later in order to use the new app.

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Paratransit Service Away From Home–Think Ahead!

If you use paratransit services and will be travelling to another city in Texas, it mayt be possible to schedule rides in the other city. To find out, call the paratransit service in the destination city, and ask if they allow eligible clients from other cities to ride their system. If the answer is yes, they will likely request an ADA verification form from the transit service in your home city. You will need to call the transit office and make that request.

Please note that the process can take a few days, so plan ahead! Allow at least a week, if possible, to complete these arrangements before you travel. The tickets or passes that you use when you ride in your home city should be accepted in your host city, but be sure to ask about that as well, as services differ from city to city. Also keep in mind that certain areas near or within a city may not be accessible by paratransit service.

National Veterans Wheelchair Games June 21-26, 2015

This is the 35th year of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which will be held in Dallas from Sunday, June 21st – Friday, June 26th. Many of the events will take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

Veterans compete in a variety of activities, including basketball, swimming, field events, weightlifting, quad rugby, and softball.

Registration to participate in the games is closed.

For more information, visit http://wheelchairgames.org/35th-annual-national-veterans-wheelchair-games/
A list of events and venues can be found here: http://wheelchairgames.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/35th-NVWG-EVENT-SCHEDULE-Final.pdf

JULY 2015 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Thursday, July 23 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple (DB 75351).

Our Book Club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call. All you need to participate is a telephone!

To RSVP, email us at TBP_RAL@tsl.texas.gov, or call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605. Please RSVP by July 2 to ensure that we have enough copies for Book Club participants.

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is available by mail in digital cartridge, and is also available to download on BARD.

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge, or if you prefer to download the book from BARD.

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE

SEMPLE, MARIA

Seattle. Eighth-grader Bee’s request for a family trip to Antarctica is the last straw for her mother Bernadette, who has become so socially inept that she hired a virtual assistant in India to handle her life. Just before the trip, Bernadette vanishes. Heartbroken Bee investigates. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

Staff Pick – Laura Jean – NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS by Marie Brennan, DB 78261

A delightful blend of traditional fantasy with historical fiction, A Natural History of Dragons (DB   78261) relates the memoirs of Isabella Camherst, Lady Trent, a woman dedicated to the scientific study of dragons in a time and place where such pursuits are not considered acceptable for a well-bred young lady.  Isabella ignores convention and with a group of dragon enthusiasts, she travels to study dragons in their natural element.

Fast paced and action-filled, Isabella Brennan deftly creates a world oddly reminiscent of Victorian England, yet full of mythical creatures such as wyverns and dragons. Isabella is a strong-willed, passionate guide to this world and through her memoirs the reader learns not only about the anatomy and behavior of dragons, but about the boundaries of class and gender that permeate her world.

NLS Annotation: The Natural History of Dragons (DB   78261): Fictional memoir of dragon naturalist Isabella, Lady Trent. She reflects on her early fascination with dragons and her efforts to study and learn more about the creatures. Describes her eventual trip into the field for first-hand observations. Some violence. 2013.

The Natural History of Dragons is the first book in Marie Brennan’s Memoirs by Lady Trent series. It is followed by Tropic of Serpents (DB   80128) with hopefully many more sequels to come.

For another dragon fantasy novel set in an alternative Victorian Era England, try His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik, the first book in the Temeraire Adventures Series (DX   64445 and Available on BARD).