New from the TBP Recording Studio: Perfectamente Descarada by Emily McKay now on BARD

The following Spanish language book is now available on the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) website. Download this digital talking book from BARD.


Perfectamente Descarada by Emily McKay

DT 7155 – Perfectamente Descarada by Emily McKay.

Narrated by Saidah Ochoa. Monitored by Janice Jones.

Jessica Sumners nunca se había enamorado apasionadamente. De hecho, nunca había sentido pasión por nada… al menos desde el instituto. Pero eso estaba a punto de cambiar porque había decidido conseguir lo que entonces había deseado… Alex Moreno, el chico malo del pueblo y su amor secreto del instituto. El capataz de la construcción Alex Moreno había ido al pueblo a ganarse el respeto de la comunidad… pero había encontrado a una descarada empeñada en seducirlo. El problema era que, al fin y al cabo, siempre había estado colado por Jessica.

Jessica Summers has never been passionately in love… at least not since high school. But this good girl has decided to go after what she’s always wanted–Alex Moreno, the town’s baddest bad boy, and her secret high school crush.

Explicit descriptions of sex. Spanish language. 2006.



More Texas Books Now Downloadable on BARD

We are excited to announce that more and more titles from the Texas Talking Book Program (as well as other network libraries around the country) are being uploaded to and made available on NLS’ Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service. Registered BARD users across the United States can access these books.

In the coming days, weeks, and months we’ll be updating you on all the great new locally produced content produced by our tireless volunteers here in our Austin studio as well as our partners in Midland.

The title below is one of those produced by volunteers from the Recording Library of West Texas (located in Midland) which has proven to be very popular among our patrons.


Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent

Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent

DT 7025 – Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent.

Narrated by Jack Mangan. Monitored by Becky Smith.

(Subtitle reads: “The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football.”)

The Masonic Home, an orphanage outside Fort Worth, became a high-school football dynasty in Depression-era Texas.

Despite having virtually no equipment or uniforms, and despite their linemen often being outweighed by 50 pounds, the Mighty Mites, as they came to be known, reached the Texas state semifinals three times and the championship game once. Dent produces a riveting narrative from the saga of the Mites and their innovative coach, Rusty Russell, who compensated for his team’s physical shortcomings with imaginative formations and trick plays.

Violence and some profanity. 2007.

Download this talking book from BARD.

Want to read more about what’s going on in the TBP Volunteer Recording Studio? You can view the Studio’s newsletter here: Scroll down until you find this heading: *****VRS News!*****

Talking Book News Bulletin, Summer 2014 in Audio and Text

We hope you enjoy this podcast audio recording of the News Bulletin Summer 2014 (TXT), (PDF), (MP3) [includes Disability News and Automatic Selection Categories].

You can find back issues of the English version of our newsletters here: Back to Newsletters

If you would prefer to read or listen to this newsletter (or past issues) in Spanish click here: Boletín de Noticias Verano de 2014 (RTF) (PDF) (MP3) / Españo Archivo


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Staff Pick – Laura – OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, DB 36535

With the television adaptation premiering this month, the OUTLANDER book series by Diana Gabaldon is experiencing a resurgence of popularity.  If you enjoy historical novels that vividly describe the time and place of their setting with a fiery love story and a slight fantastical twist, you will undoubtedly enjoy this series.  Start with OUTLANDER (DB 36535).

NLS Annotation for OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon (DB 36535):  It is 1945. Frank and Claire Randall are on a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands, where Claire is studying rare plants and Frank is researching family origins. One day Claire steps into an ancient stone circle and is hurled back in time to 1743. She is nearly raped by one of Frank’s ancestors before being rescued and forced into marriage. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Prequel to Dragonfly in Amber (DB 36536).

Have you read the entire OUTLANDER series?  Try THE RIVER OF NO RETURN by Bee Ridgeway (DB 76677) for another exciting, time-traveling historical-romance.

Currency Readers Are Coming!

The National Library Service (NLS) is partnering with the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing to provide free currency readers to individuals with vision impairments. These electronic devices operate on one triple A battery, and will recognize all U.S. bills from one to one hundred dollars. The device can announce the bill denomination by voice, tone, or vibration.

Interested patrons with vision impairments may call the Talking Book Program at 800-252-9605, and their names will be added to the waiting list. A tentative timetable for distribution is currently around the end of this year, subject to change.

Persons who are visually impaired, but not patrons of an NLS library, can also receive a free money reader through this program. An application is required, and must be signed by a certified authority. NLS patrons will receive the money readers first. This application is not yet available, but TBP is keeping a list of interested parties.

For people who do not want to wait, money readers are available for purchase from low vision catalog companies. Independent Living Aids ( and LS&S ( are two companies that sell the iBill money reader. The Talking Book Program can provide more information on purchasing a money reader. Neither NLS nor the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will reimburse individuals who have already purchased a money reader, or choose to purchase one in the future.

In addition, free money identifier apps are available for smartphones. The EyeNote can be downloaded from the Apple store, and the IDEAL Currency Identifier from the Google Play store. The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing was involved in the creation of both apps.

For more information, including access to the application for non-NLS patrons, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing web site at:

New Area Code for Houston

The new area code for Austin, 737, went into effect about a year ago. Starting on July 1st, there will be a new area code for the Houston area.

The area code 346 will join 713, 281, and 832 to cover the counties of Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, Austin, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston and Brazoria.

Currently Houston is the city in Texas with the most area codes. Dallas is in second place with three area codes: 214, 972, and 469. However, if you include Fort Worth, and hyphenate the cities, then Dallas-Fort Worth would win with a total of five. The area codes 817 and 682 currently cover the Fort Worth area.

Walgreens Talking Prescription Labels

With the American Council of the Blind as a partner, Walgreens has announced that it will now offer free talking prescription labels to all customers with visual impairments, nationwide. Anyone with a visual disability who has their prescriptions filled at a Walgreens pharmacy will receive this talking prescription device, which can read what is printed on the prescription label, and also provides an audible alarm, so the customer will know when to take the medication. Individuals who do not have their prescriptions filled at Walgreens can purchase the device for $9.99 at any Walgreens store.

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