DECEMBER 2019 BOOK CLUB TITLE ANNOUNCED!

Please join us on Tuesday, December 3 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON, by Elizabeth Strout.

We host our Book Club meetings via toll free conference call.  All you need to participate is a telephone!

To RSVP, please call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-52-9605; or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  RSVP preferred by November 12.)

MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON is available by mail in 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 it from BARD.

We ask that everyone remember the following:

  • Keep external distractions to a minimum
  • Be courteous.  Try not to interrupt or talk over others.
  • Give everyone a chance to talk.
  • Be respectful of differing opinions.
  • Keep discussion points concise and relevant to the book.
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, preface your comments with your first name.

My NAME IS LUCY BARTON

Elizabeth Strout

In the hospital, recovering from what should have been a simple operation, Lucy Barton gets a visit from her estranged mother.  While her mother shares gossip from home, Lucy thinks back on her past and their difficult relationship.  Unrated.  Commercial audiobook.  2016.  DB 83379; BR 21890; LB 08482


We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, December 3!


New Braille Books Added in August 2019

ADULT FICTION

BT 3985       FRICTION             BROWN, SANDRA, 1948-              

After his wife’s death, Texas Ranger Crawford’s young daughter moved in with her grandparents, but now Crawford wants custody. Judge Holly Spencer’s opinion of him skyrockets when a gunman barges into the courtroom, and Crawford saves Holly. But then he uncovers a horrifying truth about the incident. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT 3988       CHARLATANS     COOK, ROBIN, 1940-

“Newly minted chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital Noah Rothauser is swamped in his new position, from managing the surgical schedules to dealing with the fallouts from patient deaths. Known for its medical advances, the famed teaching hospital has fitted several ORs as “hybrid operating rooms of the future”–an improvement that seems positive until an anesthesia error during a routine procedure results in the death of an otherwise healthy man. Noah suspects Dr. William Mason, an egotistical, world-class surgeon, of an error during the operation and of tampering with the patient’s record afterward. But Mason is quick to blame anesthesiologist, Dr. Ava London. When more anesthesia-related deaths start to occur, Noah is forced to question all of the residents on his staff, including Ava, and he quickly realizes there’s more to her than what he sees. A social-media junkie, Ava has created multiple alternate personas for herself on the Internet. With his own job and credibility now in jeopardy, Noah must decide which doctor is at fault and who he can believe–before any more lives are lost”– Provided by publisher. Unrated. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. 

BT 3992       PRESIDENT IS MISSING: A NOVEL               CLINTON, BILL, 1946-

A threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the president himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view. Some strong language, some violence. Bestseller. 2018.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT 3993       STING   BROWN, SANDRA, 1948-

When businesswoman Jordie Bennet locks eyes with Shaw Kinnard in a disreputable bar, Jordie doesn’t realize Shaw–hoping to find the thirty million dollars her brother stole–is here to abduct her. Soon, however, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits and each other to stay alive. Unrated. Bestseller. 2016. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. 

BT 3986       ONE HEART TO WIN        LINDSEY, JOHANNA

Some young ladies marry for money and social standing, a few lucky ones marry for love, but Tiffany Warren is marrying to end a feud. Honoring her mother’s wishes, Tiffany reluctantly travels west to meet her estranged father and his enemy’s eldest son, rancher Hunter Callahan. Once the Warrens and the Callahans are united by marriage, both clans will stop squabbling over disputed land. But in the chaos of a train robbery Tiffany seizes a golden opportunity: by assuming the identify of her father’s new housekeeper she can live with the father she never knew and assess his true character, as well as that of the neighboring cowboy to whom she is betrothed. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2013. Unified English Braille code. Contracted braille.        

ADULT NON-FICTION

BT 4007       100 PLACES YOU WILL NEVER VISIT: THE WORLD’S MOST SECRET LOCATIONS       SMITH, DANIEL, 1976-

Ever wondered what it takes to get into Fort Knox? Fancied a peek inside the Coca-Cola Safety Deposit Box? The world is full of secret places that we either don’t know about, or couldn’t visit even if we wanted to. Now you can glimpse the Tora Bora caves in Afghanistan, tour the Vatican Archives, or see the Chapel of the Ark. This fascinating guide book takes a look at 100 places around the world that are either so hard to reach, so closely guarded, or so secret that they are virtually impossible to visit any other way. Unrated. 2014. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT 4005       SEEING HOME: THE ED LUCAS STORY: A BLIND BROADCASTER’S STORY OF OVERCOMING LIFE’S GREATEST OBSTACLES    LUCAS, ED, 1939-

A blind baseball broadcaster tells his personal and professional story. Lucas lost his sight in an accident in 1951 at age twelve. His love of baseball led him to a career broadcasting games and interviewing players. His love of his children led him to fight for custody after his wife left. 2015. LUCAS, ED, 1939- Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.               

BT 3995       QUICK-FIX MEALS                           

In a hurry but still want a home-cooked meal? Look here for tasty, time-saving recipes for every course. Unrated.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. Copyright and publication date unknown.

BT 4002       EXPRESS LANE COOKBOOK (REAL MEALS FOR REALLY BUSY PEOPLE)         FRITSCHNER, SARAH      

“Fritschner’s book lives up to its subtitle, offering dozens of easy recipes for harried family cooks with little time to plan dinner or stand in long lines at the market. There are fish recipes that can be made with the fish available in most supermarkets, lots of ever-popular chicken dishes, and both red meat and vegetarian entrees, as well as quick soups and salads, side dishes, and a handful of desserts.” – From Library Journal. Unrated.  Copyright and publication date unknown. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille. 

BT 3983       SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE              BLAKE, WILLIAM, 1757-1827        

William Blake was one of the finest craftsmen of his time, a poet whose work will never be forgotten. He was an independent and rebellious thinker, who abhorred pretension and falsity in others. His Songs of Innocence are products of this innocent imagination untainted by worldliness, while the Songs of Experience resulted from his feelings of indignation and pity for the suffering of mankind.  The Songs of Innocence and of Experience, containing some of Blake’s finest and best-loved poems, are present here in the form which satisfied the high expectations of his poetic aspirations. The forty-five poems which Blake originally etched by hand are faithfully reproduced here with the same care and attention to detail Blake himself was so famous for. Copyright and publication date unknown. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted Braille. 

BT 3998       FIRST LOOK AT WHALES SELSAM, MILLICENT E. (MILLICENT ELLIS), 1912-1996        

An introduction in simple text and illustrations to the physical characteristics and habits of the various species of whales. Unrated. 1980. Unified English Braille Code and text. Contracted braille.

BT 4001       DELICIOUS DESSERTS      FARIS, DANNY  

This fantastic collection of original, hand- picked and tested recipes ranges from simple, 2-minute cold drinks such as Banana Cream Drink to complex rolling and cutting operations like animal crackers and Nanaimo bars. Of course, you will also find a wealth of middle-line, half-hour projects that bake into scrumptious desserts and snacks for later. Just a few tantalizing examples of what you’ll find in this marvelous book include pumpkin pie, berry muffins, fruit cocktail cookies, butter tart squares, cinnamon sledges, ginger-bread, apple fantasy dessert, and much, much more! Unrated. Copyright and publication date unknown. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.             

JUVENILE FICTION

BT 3979       GONE    GRANT, MICHAEL, 1954-               

In Perdido Beach, California, people fifteen years or older suddenly disappear. Televisions, Internet access, and phones vanish, too. Bullies take over, food runs out, animals mutate, and some kids develop supernatural powers. What will happen to Sam on his fifteenth birthday? Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2008. Unified English Braille. Contracted braille.            

BT 4004       CIRCUS MIRANDUS         BEASLEY, CASSIE              

When he realizes that his grandfather’s stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus–and to use its magic to save his grandfather’s life. Commercial audiobook.   For grades 4-7. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT 4006       STORY THIEVES RILEY, JAMES, 1977-       

Except for reading the Kiel Gnomenfoot magic adventure series, Owen`s life is boring–until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father.  For grades 4-7. 2015. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.              

BT 3984       PAX        PENNYPACKER, SARA, 1951-       

After being forced to give up his pet fox, Pax, when his father enlists in the military, Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back. For grades 4-7. 2016. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.     

BT 3987       THING ABOUT JELLYFISH               BENJAMIN, ALI 

When twelve-year-old Suzy`s best friend drowns, she believes a rare jellyfish was responsible for her death. Suzy will do everything possible to prove her theory is correct. For grades 5-8. 2015. Unified English Braille code. Contracted braille. 

BT 3991  DAWN ON THE COAST   MARTIN, ANN M., 1955-               

Since her parents’ divorce, Dawn lives in Connecticut with her mother while her brother and father are in California, but after a week’s vacation in sunny, healthy southern California, Dawn isn’t sure she wants to return to the East Coast. Unrated. 1994. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.    

BT 3994       MARY ANNE IN THE MIDDLE: THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB     MARTIN, ANN M., 1955-

Mallory has been unhappy in school since her disastrous teaching experience the day the students were teachers. Now Mallory is considering attending boarding school. When she gets accepted, she discusses her decision with Mary Anne instead of her best friend, Jessi. This leaves Mary Anne caught in the middle because Jessi is furious. For grades 4-7. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT 3999       KRISTY AND THE BABY PARADE  MARTIN, ANN M., 1955-               

The Baby-sitters Club–Kristy, Claudia, Dawn, Mary Anne, Stacey, Mallory, and Jessica–all adore babies. When Kristy gets the bright idea that the club should enter a float in the baby parade held biennially in Stoneybrook, the other girls agree that it might be fun. All they have to do is make a float and locate a bunch of cute babies whom they’ll dress in adorable outfits. Right? Wrong! A Baby-sitters Club book for grades 4-7.

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

BT 4003       BIGGEST RIDDLE BOOK IN THE WORLD    ROSENBLOOM, JOSEPH

Collection of more than two thousand riddles compiled by a children’s librarian. Topics include warm ups, goodies and baddies, fooling mother nature, riddles for thinkers, weird characters, and super stumpers. For grades 4-7 and older readers.  Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.             

BT 3982       KID-APPROVED                

Plenty of fun ideas are in this book devoted to recipes your child will enjoy eating and may even help you make. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT 3990       KEEP ‘EM LAUGHING: JOKES TO AMUSE AND ANNOY YOUR FRIENDS         PHILLIPS, LOUIS

A collection of riddles and jokes, including knock-knocks and puns. For example: “What’s the difference between a prison guard and a person with measles? One spots breakouts, while the other breaks out in spots.” Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT 3996       AMAZING SHARKS!         THOMSON, SARAH L.     

Presents general facts about different kinds of sharks. Discusses reasons they are good hunters and their purpose in the ocean. Explains how and why scientists study sharks. For grades K-3. 2005. Unified English Braille with text. Contracted braille.          

BT 3997       AMAZING TIGERS!           THOMSON, SARAH L.     

Presents facts about tigers and their cubs–the reason they have stripes, the ways they hunt, and why they are disappearing from the wild. For grades K-3. 2004. Unified English Braille Code and text. Contracted braille.            

BT 4000       JOKES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY FARIS, DANNY  

This collection of over 150 jokes, hilarious stories, funny thoughts and one and two-liners with witty answers is just the thing for anyone with a funny bone – child or adult! Read one joke or story each morning to start your day off with a touch of humor, or sit around in the family room and keep one another in stitches with the bundles of laughs found in this volume … Whatever you do, this book is guaranteed to bring hours of good clean fun to your whole family! Unrated.  Copyright and publication date unknown. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.         

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BT 3976       JANE, UNLIMITED            CASHORE, KRISTIN          

Looking for direction after the loss of her guardian aunt, Jane accepts an unexpected invitation to an island mansion gala, where she considers five choices that will determine the course of her life. Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted Braille.   

BT 3974       FIREBLOOD         BLAKE, ELLY        

Ruby leaves her beloved Arcus and travels to her mother`s homeland of Sudesia, where she must pass a series of trials in order to hone her control of fire and become a Fireblood master. Sequel to Frostblood (DB 87685). Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2017. Contracted Braille in UEB.  

BT 3975       MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN          RIGGS, RANSOM             

A family tragedy sends sixteen-year-old American Jacob on a journey to a remote island off the coast of Wales. There he discovers the ruins of an old orphanage that was home to peculiar–and possibly dangerous–children. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers.    2011. Contracted Braille in UEB.

BT 3977       FROSTBLOOD     BLAKE, ELLY        

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who must use her powers of heat and flame to help two Frostblood rebels overthrow a maniacal Frostblood king. Unrated. For senior high and older readers. 2017. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted Braille.          

BT 3978       GOLDEN LILY      MEAD, RICHELLE              

As Sydney spends more time protecting Jill and hanging around Adrian, she questions old Alchemist beliefs and searches for her place in the magical world. But she is also distracted by her conflicted feelings for Brayden. Sequel to Bloodlines (DB 75647). Some violence. For senior high and older readers.    2012. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.

BT 3981       FIERY HEART       MEAD, RICHELLE              

After her life-changing decision in The Indigo Spell (DB 76390), Sydney struggles to maintain her alchemist way of life while keeping her love for Adrian a secret. Having her vampire-hating sister Zoe around complicates matters further. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.          

BT 3980       BLOODLINES      MEAD, RICHELLE              

Lissa Dragomir, newly elected queen of the Moroi from the Vampire Academy series, is well-guarded–but her position endangers her younger sister Jill. Accompanied by teenaged alchemist Sydney, Jill goes into hiding at Amberwood Prep, a human boarding school. Violence. For senior high and older readers.    2011. Unified English Braille Code. Contracted braille.          

After a year of suspense, the Swedish Academy announces Olga Tokarczuk is the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature

Olga Tokarczuk, the 57-year-old Polish writer had already received the 2017 Man Booker International prize for her collection of short stories Flights, and in a surprise announcement, on October 10th, 2019, The Swedish Academy reported it was awarding her with the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature. The 2018 Nobel Prize announcement was postponed by a year due to jury-related scandals, and now they have ended the delay by selecting an awardee that was unexpected to some and pleasing to others. Olga Tokarczuk is a feminist, wears dreadlocks, and is an engaged political activist “who does not shy away from criticizing Poland’s right-wing government” says the BBC in their profile of the author. We have two of Olga’s books available for download on BARD:

FLIGHTS by Olga Tokarczuk          DB 92242

An award-winning collection of short stories. A Dutch anatomist dissects himself. A woman returns home in order to poison her dying high school sweetheart. A man goes mad after his family disappears and reappears. Translated from the 2017 Polish edition. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. Man Booker Prize. Bestseller. 2017.

DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD by Olga Tokarczuk    DB 96156

Living in a remote Polish village, Janina has developed a reputation as a crank and recluse. When a neighbor turns up dead and other bodies are discovered in strange circumstances, Janina inserts herself into the investigation. Translated from the 2009 Polish edition. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018. Translated to English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Get spooky, the Texas way!

October is here! Halloween is right around the corner and this time of year we start getting calls from patrons asking for spooky tales, ghost stories, and witchy legends. In case you didn’t know, one great subcategory of these types of books is what we like to call ‘spooky tales of the Loan Star State’ and we have those available to borrow. So how about this year you get in the spooky spirit with one of these books about haunted Texas.

GHOSTS ALONG THE TEXAS COAST  by Docia Schultz Williams   DBC14328

Accounts of strange occurrences and unexplainable presences in the Texas coastal area. Violence.

SPIRITS OF SAN ANTONIO AND SOUTH TEXAS WILLIAMS by Docia Schultz Williams DBC14314

Steeped in history and tradition, San Antonio has numerous buildings and locations that, many claim, are also home to ghosts. Accounts of these haunts are given here.

PHANTOMS OF THE PLAINS: TALES OF WEST TEXAS GHOSTS by Docia Schultz Williams.  DBC14342

Stories of ghostly encounters on the Texas plains, including accounts of early settlers and Indians and reports of ghosts and hauntings connected with the old West Texas forts.

HAUNTED TEXAS: FAMOUS PHANTOMS, SINISTER SITES, AND LINGERING LEGENDS by Scott Allen Williams  DT07757

Texas history buffs and travelers have an eerie need for this book, which offers an unusual twist to seeing the sights in the Lone Star state. Organized by region–Gulf Coast, Rio Grande Valley, South Texas, Central Texas, North Texas, and West Texas–this book is the complete guide for both hardcore ghost hunters and more earthly tourists seeking to add some spirited fun to their travels. 2017. (Book in process. Coming soon)

GHOST STORIES OF OLD TEXAS by Zinita Fowler    DBC12016  

The author, a longtime schoolteacher and librarian, has collected twenty-seven ghost stories for the young reader and the young at heart. Among the stories are “Revenge of the Ghost Buffalo,” “The Ghost Rider of Stampede Mesa,” and “The Mal Ojo” (or Evil Eye). For grades 6-9. 1983.


GHOST STORIES OF OLD TEXAS II  by Zinita Fowler  DBC14332

In 1983 when Zinita Fowler began telling the ghost stories from her first collection, her listeners would often relate tales that she had not previously heard. Those stories formed the core of this second volume of folktales that are genuinely part of the Texas heritage.


GHOST STORIES OF OLD TEXAS III by Zinita Fowler  DBC12058

A collection of eighteen ghostly tales illustrating the cultural heritage of Texas. Includes ‘The phantom light of Old Ford Stockton, ‘Uninvited guests at the Governor’s Mansion, and ‘Haunted bridges’.