Caregiving Resources

A recent article on caregiving outlines the physical and emotional problems that can develop when someone is caring for an elderly relative or a child with a chronic illness or disability. Many times, the caregiver is so focused on the needs of those in his/her care that his/her own health and well-being are overlooked. Here is a link to the msnbc article:

To help, here are a few general caregiving resource links:

Caring Today:

Family Caregiver Alliance:

National Caregivers Library:

And here are a few sites that help people who are ill and their caregivers organize and schedule assistance from family and friends:

Caring Bridge:

Lotsa Helping Hands:

Med Gift:

In addition, here are a few titles available on loan from our circulating collection of print books:

A Family Caregiver Speaks Up: “It doesn’t have to be this hard” (2007)

When a Family Member Has Dementia: Steps to Becoming a Resilient Caregiver (2006)

The Caregiver’s Sourcebook (2002)

For more information on caregiving, please contact Dina in the Talking Book Program’s Disability Information & Referral Center at 800-252-9605, or 512-463-5458.

Staff Picks: Ho, Ho, Ha! – Danielle’s Picks

Picture of green elf shoes and stripped socks from the knee down.I do not like re-reading books or re-watching movies. Usually, once is good enough for me, and I don’t like familiarity or predictability in books that I read. However, overriding my inner curmudgeon, is my desire — every once in a while — to laugh.  So, for the past several years I have re-read my favorite holiday book, Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.  Some people like Christmas carols, but I prefer to listen to the stories of Sedaris’s experiences working as an a department store elf during the holiday.  Many readers may recognize Sedaris as a regular contributor to the NPR radio show,This American Life. Sedaris’s sardonic wit has me regularly laughing so loud at night that I wake sleeping children that were nestled all snug in their beds, disturbing the visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads.

Sedaris has more NPR contributions you can listen to on the NPR website, read by the author himself. I have neglected to mention the pleasure of listening to Sedaris read his own material. NLS narrators are great, but  I can think of no better time I have had listening to an author, than when when I listen to Sedaris read his essays and short stories. We have one commercial version of the author reading his own book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (DB   58825, available for download) in the TBP collection. Please visit the link to NPR web site below to listen to him tell his stories himself, including recent contributions: , or call us to order

HOLIDAYS ON ICE by Sedaris, David (1997)

Six short Christmas tales by humorist, playwright, and National Public Radio commentator. Sedaris relives his stint as a department store elf in “SantaLand Diaries.” In “Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!,” a housewife facing homicide charges updates loved ones in her annual holiday newsletter. Bestseller. 1997.

BR   15182,  DB   68134,  RC   68134,

If you enjoy Holidays on Ice, he has several other books in our collection that will make make you laugh just as much. Two other books I have recently enjoyed are by women in comedy TV, Tina Fey and Mindy KalingThese women prove exactly why they are queens of comedy TV in these light, smart, and funny books.


Known for her role as Kelly Kapoor on television’s The Office–and her Emmy-nominated writing for the show–Kaling expands on her blog and tweets with tidbits about sitcom life, her “normal American woman” body type, fashion faux pas, and her eleven favorite moments in comedy. Some strong language. Bestseller.  2011.

DB   74046      

BOSSYPANTS  by Fey, Tina (2011)

Creator and star of the sitcom 30 Rock uses humor to describe her home life and career. Discusses her training in improv; celebrating her chubby phase; working on Saturday Night Live as a writer, actor, and Sarah Palin impersonator;  and dealing with breast-feeding fanatics. Strong language. Bestseller.  2011.

DB   72819   17    

TBP Book Club – January: No End in Sight by Rachael Scdoris

Our January phone book club selection is by sled dog racer and Iditarod competitor Rachael Scdoris (with co-author Rick Steber).  We are excited to announce that the author has tentatively agreed to join our book club discussion on January 24th, 7:00-8pm Central.

This is how the story begins:  “My perfect moment:  Dead of winter, dogs running flat out, air so cold I can taste its brittleness on the tip of my tongue. I know this trail…”

No End in Sight details Scdoris’ childhood experiences with her visual impairment and how she trained and developed the skills necessary to compete in the 1,000+ mile Iditarod race.  At 16, she was the youngest athlete ever to finish a 500-mile race that helped qualify her for the big race.  She details her struggle to convince Iditarod officials to allow her to compete and how, in 2005, she became the first legally blind person to do so.

We can’t wait to discuss this book in our TBP Book Club.  If you are a TBP patron, you can RSVP by calling 800-252-9605 or e-mailing  You  must RSVP so that we can send you the book club phone number and code to attend.

A Visit to Yorktown Public Library, a TBP Demonstration Site


Beth Riesdesel, director of Yorktown Public Library, holds a DTBM.

Beth Riesdesel, director of Yorktown Public Library, holds a demostration DTBM that is kept near the circulation desk.

Yorktown Public Library (YPL) became a demonstration site for TBP after the Library Director, Beth Riedesel, viewed a TBP webinar which encouraged public libraries to partner with us to enroll their patrons who qualify for TBP services. Riedesel says that she wanted the library to be a demonstration site because there are many people in the area who could benefit from the service. She has a Digital Talking Book Machine (DTBM) on display near the check-out desk so people will see it and recommend TBP to family and friends.    

I had the pleasure of making a presentation about TBP to the Friends of the Yorktown Public Library on Dec. 5. They are a dedicated group who raise funds to help the library provide the Summer Reading Program, book trucks and furniture, microfilm/digitization of the local newspaper, and any other needs not covered by the budget. During my visit, I was asked to draw the winning tickets for the quilt raffle, which not only featured a beautiful hand-pieced quilt made by several members of the Friends, but also a crocheted afghan, and a framed piece of stained glass crafted by the Library Director’s husband. 

I gave an overview of TBP and a short demonstration on how to download from BARD. Almost everyone present said they knew at least one person who was eligible for Talking Book service, and most took an application. While I was there, Riedesel certified her first application for TBP.

Yorktown is in DeWitt County, about 16 miles southwest of Cuero, and has a population of approximately 2,200. The library serves Yorktown, but also rural areas of DeWitt County, making the service population close to 2,700. When I left, almost every public access computer was in use, illustrating how important YPL is to DeWitt County residents.

TBP is pleased to have Yorktown Public Librarary as a demo site. Your library can become a demostration site too.  Please see our website for more information about how to do this at: 

Eat, Drink, and Be … Frugal?

The holidays are here. It’s the season for eating, drinking, being merry and exchanging gifts with friends and loved ones. Unfortunately it’s also the season for overspending. Money magazine recently interviewed two experts on the pitfalls of holiday shopping:  “Blame it on heightened emotional vulnerability, says psychology professor Susan Krauss Whitbourne of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. ‘There’s a lot of guilt and social comparison in holiday shopping,’ she explains, adding that people often compensate by exercising their purchasing muscles. What’s more, ‘if you see everyone out having fun while spending, you mimic the behavior,’ says Mary Gresham, a psychologist specializing in financial issues.”

Is the siren-song of your credit cards too seductive? Is your spending way too jolly?  Does your blood pressure go up just thinking about the bills you’ll receive in January? Read one of these great titles about keeping your debt under control and you out of trouble all year long.


By Clark Howard. 2011   DB   73952

Television and radio consumer advocate’s guide to saving money offers advice on range of topics from cars to homes to travel. The first   chapter covers changes that could have immediate effects on personal finances. Other chapters include tips for buying utilities, insurance, mortgages, health care, and education. Bestseller.


By Jeff Yeager 2010         DB   72384

Provides practical advice and tips on ways to live on less than you earn. Suggests a change in attitude about money, possessions, and life.


By Martin Lindstrom 2008             DB   68128             RC   68128

Marketing expert explains “buyology,” his term for the subconscious thoughts, feelings, and desires that drive consumer decisions.  Discusses findings from a three-year, multimillion-dollar neuromarketing experiment that gauged responses to products and advertisements and tried to determine the ways sex, religion, subliminal messages, and bodily senses influence purchasing.


by Garrett Sutton. 2004.    DB 60539  DLD   DX 60539   RC 60539

Advice on using debt wisely. Author describes the difference between good debt and bad debt, explains credit scores and reports, and     suggests ways to repair one’s finances and avoid scams. Includes case-studies, sample letters, credit reports, and resources.

CONSUMER REPORTS (monthly publication)

In-depth articles that rate consumer products tested for quality, durability, and safety; also contains general-interest articles on such topics as health and money management.

Money (monthly publication)

Articles on money management, consumer, and family issues; includes regular columns with news and advice on jobs, taxes, Social Security, investments, products, and services.


Crosspost: Deadlines Set for Comments to FCCs Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)

Deadlines Set for Comments to FCCs Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) related to access to emergency information by people who are blind or visually-impaired

Office of the Governor Rick Perry Committee on People with Disabilities    The deadlines have been set for you to file comments in response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) related to access to emergency information by people who are blind or visually impaired and video description.  This NPRM was first released to the public on November 19, 2012.The FCC asks for public comment on its proposal to make televised emergency information that is conveyed visually (such as through an on-screen text crawl) more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired by requiring the use of a secondary audio stream to provide that emergency information aurally.  Comment is also sought on the FCC’s proposal to limit the scope of the new rules to television broadcast services and multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) services, and not to Internet-delivered video programming.

The FCC also asks for public comment on how to ensure that television apparatus are able to make video description available and emergency information accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  In addition, the FCC seeks comment on its proposal to limit the scope of the new rules to apparatus designed to receive, play back, or record television broadcast or MVPD services.

On November 28, 2012, the Media Bureau released a Public Notice announcing the comment deadlines of December 18th for initial comments and December 28th for replies.  Comment filing instructions are provided in the NPRM.

Comment Deadline:  December 18, 2012

Reply Comment Deadline:  December 28, 2012

Links to the NPRM:

Links to the Public Notice announcing the comment deadlines:

For more information, contact Diana Sokolow,, or Maria Mullarkey,, of the Media Bureau, Policy Division, (202) 418-2120.


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