Schneider Family Book Awards

The American Library Association has announced the winners of the Schneider Family Book Awards for 2016. Each year the Association selects books in three age categories that portray realistic depictions of children and teenagers with disabilities. This year, two books were awarded prizes in the nine – thirteen age category. Winning authors and illustrators receive $5,000 and a framed plaque.

Please click on this link to read about the winning books:
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/01/25/childrens-books-disability/21819/

You can request the winning books from the Talking Book Program! Here are the titles, authors, and book numbers, along with annotations for each book.

EMMANUEL’S DREAM: THE TRUE STORY OF EMMANUEL OFOSU YEBOAH by LAURIE ANN THOMPSON

BR 21066

NLS Annotation: Born in Ghana with one deformed leg, Emmanuel was raised to reach for  his dreams. He hopped to and from school more than two miles each way,
provided for his family, and eventually became a cyclist and activist
for people with disabilities. PRINT/BRAILLE.  For grades K-3 and older
readers. 2015.

FISH IN A TREE  by LYNDA MULLALY HUNT

DB 80497, BR 21151 (Braille is in process at NLS)

NLS Annotation: Bullied and moved from different schools, sixth grader Ally creatively
distracts anyone from discovering that she has problems reading. But one teacher, Mr. Daniels, helps her understand that she has dyslexia and encourages Ally to understand her feelings in a new way. Commercial audiobook.   For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015.

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE  by KIMBERLY BRUBAKER BRADLEY

BR   20662, DB   80472

NLS Annotation: A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015.

THE UNLIKELY HERO OF ROOM 13B by TERESA TOTEN

DB   82326, BR   21201 (Braille is in process at NLS)

NLS Annotation: Adam struggles with his OCD therapy assignments, and his relationship with his divorced parents doesn’t help matters. During a session at
his OCD support group, however, he falls for fellow member Robyn and
decides to save them both. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook.
For senior high and older readers. 2015.

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes, DB 76161

The impending theatrical release of the movie Me Before You, featuring Emilia Clarke, brings to life the 2012 New York Times Bestseller, ME BEFORE YOU. Two time winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, Jojo Moyes, tells the story of caregiver Lou Clark and her friendship with her charge, Will Traynor.

Character driven, issue oriented with a romantic yet thought-provoking tone, ME BEFORE YOU made me laugh out loud at some of the humorous and snarky comments made by both Lou and Will, yet it also made me contemplate what it is to be almost entirely dependent on others and the heaviness of the responsibility of caring for one who is.

NLS Annotation for ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes (DB 76161, BR 19900): Working-class English girl Louisa “Lou” Clark is hired as an aide to wealthy Will Traynor, a former mogul who has been paralyzed since a road accident. Lou tries to keep the embittered Will engaged with the world, while Will encourages Lou to expand her horizons. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

ME BEFORE YOU is followed by a sequel, so be sure to ask your friendly neighborhood reader consultant about it!

If you have already read this book or enjoy books that deal with the relationship between caregiver and charge, try REVISED FUNDAMENTALS OF CAREGIVING by Jonathan Evison (DB 75360, BR 19596).

Emma Freeman Scholarship–Apply By April 1, 2016

The Emma Freeman Scholarship was established in 1970 by the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind to assist young people with vision impairments who want to attend college. Applications and accompanying materials are due by April 1st. Applicants must be legally blind and have Texas residency status. Priority is given to applicants who live in Bexar County.

For more information, please click on this link: http://salighthouse.org/emmafreeman/ or contact Angela Gray-Eagle:
agrayeagle@salighthouse.org
210-531-5195

Houston Low Vision / Blindness Support Group

The Robert Cizik Eye Clinic in Houston operates a low vision / blindness support group that meets on the second Friday of every month, from 10:30 a.m. – noon, in the Cizik Eye Clinic Conference Room on the 19th Floor of Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza. Each meeting focuses on a different topic related to vision impairments. February is Low Vision Awareness Month, so that meeting will emphasize local resources that are available to educate and empower the low vision community.

Please contact Tamara Traber for more information about these monthly meetings:
ttraber@cizikeye.org
713-559-5216

To learn about the Center for Visual Rehabilitation at the Cizik Eye Clinic, click on this link: http://www.cizikeye.org/low-vision-visual-rehabilitation/

Unified English Braille (UEB) Information Available

As of January 4, 2016, Unified English Braille, or UEB as it is commonly called, is now the official literary code for the United States and all other English-speaking countries. From this point forward, all Braille books and magazines available from the Texas Talking Book Program, through the National Library Service, will be produced in UEB format.

Braille users need not fear this change. UEB is not drastically different from the previous Braille code. Minor updates have been made to contractions, capitalization, punctuation, and other symbols.

Please contact the Disability Information and Referral Center at 800-252-9605 (toll free in Texas), 512-463-5458, or e-mail tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov for a fact sheet on UEB resources. You may also visit the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) web site at http://www.brailleauthority.org/ueb.html for more information.

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– IN THE HEART OF THE SEA by Nathaniel Philbrick, DB 50271

The recent theatrical release of the movie In the Heart of the Sea, featuring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Ron Howard, has generated new interest in the book that inspired it. Author Nathaniel Philbrick won the National Book Award for nonfiction for this exploration of the 1820 sinking of the Whaleship Essex, the event which inspired Herman Melville to write the classic novel, Moby Dick.

Written in a compelling literary style, The Heart of the Sea delves into the survivors’ long journey and fight for survival. Philbrick compares their story to that of the mutiny on the Bounty and other survivals at sea. Taking a scholarly approach, he examines various studies about leadership traits that result in successful outcomes during times of crisis. In addition, Philbrick investigates Herman Melville’s interest in the story and subsequent writing of Moby Dick.

NLS Annotation for IN THE HEART OF THE SEA: THE TRAGEDY OF THE WHALESHIP ESSEX by Nathaniel Philbrick (DB 50271): Relying mainly on the cabin boy’s journal discovered in 1960, the author recounts the disastrous 1819 voyage of the whaling ship Essex. He describes the attack of an eighty-five-foot bull sperm whale, and the ensuing starvation, dehydration, and cannibalism that befalls the shipwrecked survivors. Bestseller.

If you have already read this book or enjoy true life nautical survival adventures you may also like IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE: THE GRAND AND TERRIBLE POLAR VOYAGE OF THE USS JEANNETTE by Hampton Sides (DB 79535). Or if you prefer a fictional sea adventure, you might try TERROR by Dan Simmons (DB 63124).

AHEAD: Austin Disability Employment Symposium and Job Fair

The AHEAD symposium and job fair will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016, at the Region 13 Education Service Center, 5701 Springdale Road, in Austin. The symposium runs from 8:30 – 11 am, with the job fair to follow from noon to 2 pm.

Both the symposium and the job fair are free for job seekers and employers. A continental breakfast will be available from 8 – 8:30 am.

Online registration is required prior to the event for both job seekers and employers. Registration will close at noon on Thursday, January 28, 2016. Space is limited.

Job seekers with disabilities should register by following this link:
Job Seeker Registration

Employers interested in attending the symposium may register here:
Employer Registration

Employers interested in having a booth at the job fair may register here:
Booth Registration

AHEAD is an acronym for Alliances Helping Employers Achieve Diversity and is not affiliated with the Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

Goodreads 2015 Choice Awards Announced

The social cataloging website for book lovers, goodreads, has just announced their Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015. The Texas Talking Book Program has many of them in our collection.

Are you looking for a thrilling mystery? Goodreads members chose Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (BR 20688; DB 80635; LB 08072) as their favorite mystery for this past year.

Are you more interested in non-fiction? Try Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (DB 80936).

Perhaps you’re in the market for a new author to explore. Goodreads readers awarded Victoria Aveyard the honor of Debut Goodreads Author for her book Red Queen (DB 81314).

No matter what genre you enjoy, the bibliophiles at Goodreads have chosen their favorite  book published this year. Contact us and we can help you find your next favorite book.

For more information on the goodreads Choice Awards: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2015

JANUARY 2016 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Tuesday, January 26 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of THE MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN, by W. Bruce Cameron (DB 80722).

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

To RSVP, call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605, or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  RSVP preferred by January 5, to ensure that we have enough copies for Book Club participants.

THE MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN is available by mail on digital cartridge; it 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.

THE MIDNIGHT PLAN OF THE REPO MAN

Cameron, W. Bruce

Former college football star Ruddy McCann has become a repo man, bar bouncer, and car thief.  One day Ruddy hears the voice of a dead realtor in his head demanding help in finding his murderers.  But soon the voice begins demanding Ruddy clean up his act—and his apartment.  Some strong language.  2014.  DB 80722

 

Roy Avers, Beloved Talking Book Narrator, Dies at Age 82

One of the most popular and prolific talking book narrators, Roy Avers, died on Friday, November 13th, at the age of 82. Known for his emotive voice, Avers started narrating textbooks as a volunteer but was quickly redirected to the American Publishing House for the Blind (APH) to narrate fiction. Avers recorded his first talking book in 1971 and went on to record over 1750 titles for the National Library Service.

Avers was the first person to be awarded the prestigious Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Award from AFB in 1990. He has also been honored by the Mississippi Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Service as their patrons’ favorite narrator as well as being described as “legendary” during an event in Illinois. A celebration of life was held at the American Printing House for the Blind on November 21, 2015.

When not narrating books, Avers was a computer consultant and businessman, who studied theater arts in college and sang bass with Louisville Opera. Avers once said that the best part of his job was getting to meet the people who read the books he narrated. His obituary adds, “His proudest moments and his most fulfilled time, however, were spent in his years as a Talking Book narrator for the American Printing House for the Blind. He loved going to work; he believed in the mission he supported. With over 1750 books in the Library of Congress, he has had and will have a positive, lasting impact on the blind and physically handicapped community for whom he recorded.”

If you haven’t gotten a chance to hear Mr. Avers in action, here is a list of titles that he reported as being among his favorite books to record.

Sample of titles narrated by Roy Avers in the TBP collection

Title: DEAR AND GLORIOUS PHYSICIAN
Author: CALDWELL, TAYLOR
DB 22303

Title: SEA WOLF
Author: LONDON, JACK
DB 22855

Title: PRINCE OF TIDES
Author: CONROY, PAT
DB 25248

Title: GREAT SANTINI
Author: CONROY, PAT
DB 30051

Title: ADVISE AND CONSENT
Author: DRURY, ALLEN
DB 38799 (BARD only)

Title: WINDS OF WAR
Author: WOUK, HERMAN
DB 56737

Title: WAR AND REMEMBRANCE: A NOVEL
Author: WOUK, HERMAN
DB 56764

Title: CHILD 44
Author: SMITH, TOM ROB
DB 67117

Title: RAVEN AND OTHER POEMS
Author: POE, EDGAR ALLAN
DB 69751