REACH of Plano online meetings

REACH of Plano will be having two Zoom meetings, one this week and one next week.

The first meeting will be a discussion of the book Being Heumann, an autobiography by disability rights activist Judy Heumann. The discussion will take place on Friday, April 24th, from 11 am – noon.

The second meeting will be about COVID-19 resources for Texas residents and individuals who reside in Collin County. Representatives from REACH of Plano, the Talking Book Program, and the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities will each present information on a variety of topics of interest to people with disabilities and health conditions during the current pandemic. This meeting will take place on Thursday, April 30th, at 1 pm.

Please send an e-mail to Julie Espinoza at jespinoza@reachcils.org if you are interested in one or both of these meetings.

The 2020 Census

The United States Census occurs every ten years, and helps provide funding for local communities and congressional representation. Make sure you are counted! You should receive census information by mail between March 12 – March 20. You may respond by mail, by phone, or online. The census allows you to respond in a variety of languages, and the online version is accessible. For more information, visit www.2020census.gov, call 844-330-2020 for English, 844-468-2020 for Spanish, or contact the Talking Book Program for more information. Other phone numbers are available for other languages. The TDD phone number for deaf/hard of hearing persons is 800-467-2020.

New Large Print Books Added in March 2020

ADULT FICTION

LB 12723 WHAT HAPPENS IN PARADISE HILDERBRAND, ELIN

In Winter in Paradise (DB 92619), newly widowed Irene Steele learned of her late husband’s double life on St. John, in the US Virgin Islands. Now she and her adult sons have moved to the island, trying to learn more about the man who deceived them all. Unrated. 2019. 423 pages.

LB 12725 PHARAOH KEY PRESTON, DOUGLAS J.

Gideon Crew is shocked when his former employer, Eli Glinn, vanishes without a trace, and Glinn’s high-tech lab, Effective Engineering Solutions, shuts down. Fresh off a diagnosis that gives him only months to live, Crew gets a bead on EES`s final, possibly life-saving, treasure. Unrated. 2018. 404 pages.

LB 12726 NIGHT FIRE CONNELLY, MICHAEL, 1956-

Harry Bosch and LAPD Detective Renee Ballard come together again on the murder case that obsessed the man who trained Bosch as a rookie. After the mentor’s death, his widow gives Bosch a murder book he held onto: the unsolved killing of a troubled young man. Violence and strong language. 2019. 564 pages.

LB 12731 HINDSIGHT JOHANSEN, IRIS

Investigator Kendra Michaels–whose former blindness has left her with uniquely insightful observational skills–must put her life on the line to catch a terrifying murderer setting his sights on some of society’s most vulnerable. Unrated. 2020. 486 pages. Related names: Johansen, Roy, author.

LB 12727 PRETTY REVENGE LIEBERT, EMILY

Kerrie O’Malley, jobless and in an unfulfilling relationship, can isolate the singular moment in her life when things veered off course–the night she was irrevocably wronged by someone she looked up to. Eighteen years later, when Kerrie sees the very woman who destroyed her life on television, a fire ignites inside her. The stakes are high. The risks are perilous. But she’ll stop at nothing to achieve the retribution she deserves. Unrated. 2019. 403 pages.

LB 12728 REVOLUTION OF MARINA M. FITCH, JANET, 1955-

St. Petersburg, 1916. Aspiring poet Marina Makarova comes from a well-to-do family. When she gets caught up in revolutionary fervor, her father kicks her out of the house. Attempting to make her way in the world, she faces challenges and tests the limits of love. Unrated. 2017. 1158 pages.

LB 12732 DRAGONFLY MEACHAM, LEILA, 1938-

In 1942, five young men and women agree to a mission in Vichy France. Twenty years later, former spymaster Alistair Renault discovers a reference to that top-secret mission, which he ran. It suggests that a team member who was executed may have actually survived. Unrated. 2019. 849 pages.

LB 12734 CITY OF ENDLESS NIGHT PRESTON, DOUGLAS J.

When Grace Ozmian, beautiful daughter of a tech billionaire, goes missing, the NYPD are not particularly concerned, until a body is found in a Queens warehouse, missing its head. FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast shows up to assist lead detective D’Agosta. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2018. 470 pages.

LB 12735 CUTTING EDGE DEAVER, JEFFERY

In the early hours of a quiet weekend morning in Manhattan’s Diamond District, a brutal triple murder shocks the city. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs quickly take the case. As a half-million dollars’ worth of gems were left behind, it’s clear that the killer’s target was the victims themselves. Unrated. 2018. 658 pages.

LB 12733 CHIMES OF A LOST CATHEDRAL FITCH, JANET, 1955-

After the events of The Revolution of Marina M. (DB 89619), Marina Makarova must find a way to survive in post-revolution Russia. She returns to Petrograd and finds purpose in caring for the orphans who haunt the streets. But her trials aren`t over. Unrated. 2019. 1130 pages.

LB 12736 RUN AWAY COBEN, HARLAN, 1962-

When Simon finally finds his strung-out college dropout daughter Paige in Central Park, he punches her abusive boyfriend Aaron, but Paige gets away. A few months later, Aaron has been viciously murdered and Simon is frantically trying to find Paige again. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 530 pages.

LB 12737 TARGET: ALEX CROSS PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

When a sniper`s bullet strikes a target in the heart of DC, Alex Cross’s wife, Bree Stone–newly elevated chief of DC detectives–must prove herself. The Secret Service and the FBI also deploy, and Alex is tasked by the new president to lead the investigation. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2018. 522 pages.

LB 12739 RED ALERT: AN NYPD RED MYSTERY PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

New York’s very rich gather at the Pierre’s Cotillion Room to raise money for those less fortunate. A fatal blast rocks the room, reminiscent of 9/11. Is it an act of terrorism–or a homicide? Then more murders occur. NYPD Red task-force detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald investigate. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 395 pages.

LB 12738 CHAIN MCKINTY, ADRIAN

Your phone rings. A stranger has kidnapped your child. To free them you must abduct someone else’s child. Your child will be released when your victim`s parents kidnap another child. If these things don’t happen your child will be killed. You are now part of the chain. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2019. 504 pages.

LB 12740 ESCAPE ARTIST MELTZER, BRAD

Nola is the U. S. Army’s artist-in-residence–a painter and trained soldier who rushes into battle, making art from war’s aftermath and sharing observations about today’s wars. On her last mission, Nola saw something nobody was supposed to see, earning her an enemy determined to keep her quiet. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 573 pages.

LB 12741 END GAME BALDACCI, DAVID

Will Robie and Jessica Reel are the people the government calls when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man. But now, Blue Man is missing. Violence, strong language, explicit description of sex. Bestseller. 2017. 660 pages.

LB 12743 17TH SUSPECT PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947-

A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant’s tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself. Unrated. Bestseller. 2018. 392 pages.

LB 12742 THREE BETHS ABBOTT, JEFF

“My mom would never leave me”: this has been Mariah Dunning’s motto. Her compass. Her belief. Then she glimpses her mother–who`s been missing for the past year–on the other side of a crowded food court. Meanwhile, Mariah learns that two other women–also named Beth–have disappeared. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2018. 536 pages.

LB 12745 PAPER WASP ACAMPORA, LAUREN

Once on the cusp of a promising art career, Abby Graven now lives in her childhood home and works at a supermarket. Each day, the magazine racks taunt her with the success of her former best friend, Elise, a rising Hollywood starlet. When they reunite at their high school reunion, Abby becomes enmeshed in Elise’s world, and the dynamic between them shifts–until there’s only one way for Abby to grasp the future that awaits her. Unrated. 2019. 353 pages.

LB 12746 SUMMER OF ’69 HILDERBRAND, ELIN

Nantucket, 1969. Siblings Blair, Kirby, Tiger, and Jessie find their world changed from the last time they spent the summer at their grandmother’s home. With the three older siblings spread across the world and facing their own crises, thirteen-year-old Jessie feels the strain of family secrets. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 645 pages.

LB 12748 MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY WITEMEYER, KAREN

Texas, 1896. Zacharias Hamilton isn’t looking for any family entanglements, but when Abigail Kemp needs a man’s name on the deed to keep her bakery, he agrees to a marriage of convenience. Can Abigail trust in Zach without losing her independence? Unrated. 2019. 519 pages.

LB 12751 LABYRINTH COULTER, CATHERINE

In downtown Washington, Agent Sherlock`s Volvo is suddenly T-boned. As her car spins out of control, a man’s body slams against her windshield and then…blackness. Meanwhile, in Gaffer’s Ridge, Virginia, Special Agent Hammersmith rescues a kidnapped woman, who claims her captor–the sheriff`s nephew–has probably murdered three missing teenage girls. Some violence. 2019. 559 pages.

LB 12747 REDEMPTION BALDACCI, DAVID

Decker is approached by Meryl Hawkins, the first killer he put behind bars. Now suffering from terminal cancer, Hawkins wants Decker to clear his name. When Hawkins later turns up dead with a bullet in his head, Decker begins to doubt his original rock-solid case. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2019. 660 pages.

LB 12749 TEMPTATION’S DARLING LINDSEY, JOHANNA

William Blackburn, Earl of Ketterham, lives in exile in the Scottish Highlands with his daughter Vanessa. When she comes of age, Vanessa returns to her mother in England to make her debut. Lord Montgomery Townsend, a visitor at the Countess of Dawton’s home, watches Vanessa’s mother try to match her with the pompous son of a powerful family. Monty steps in to help, but is tempted to upend the wedding plans so that he can marry her himself! Unrated. 2019. 535 pages.

LB 12750 BIRD KING WILSON, G. WILLOW, 1982-

During the Spanish Inquisition, Fatima is a concubine in the royal court of the Alhambra, the last remnant of Muslim Spain. Her friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker, has the magical ability to draw places he’s never seen and shape reality with his pen. Some violence and some strong language. 2019. 561 pages.

LB 12752 BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK RICHARDSON, KIM MICHELE

Kentucky, 1936. Nineteen-year-old Cussy Mary Carter has been working as part of the Pack Horse Library Project, but her father hopes she’ll marry–despite the family trait of blue skin. In addition to her father’s hopes, Cussy must also face the prejudice of the community she serves. Unrated. 2019. 487 pages.

LB 12753 DESPERATE GIRLS GRIFFIN, LAURA, 1973-

Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is right at home among cops, criminals, and tough-as-nails prosecutors. She’s a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, but in her personal life, she’s a mess. When a vicious murderer she once helped prosecute resurfaces and starts a killing spree to wipe out those who put him behind bars, one thing becomes clear: Brynn needs to run for her life–but she is pulled back into the vortex of a disturbing case from her past… Unrated. 2018. 447 pages.

LB 12754 CACTUS HAYWOOD, SARAH

For Susan Green, messy emotions don’t fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal, a job that suits her passion for logic and an ‘interpersonal arrangement’ that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is realized. She is losing control. Unrated. 2018. 551 pages.

ADULT NONFICTION

LB 12724 COLLAGEN DIET: A 28-DAY PLAN FOR SUSTAINED WEIGHT LOSS, GLOWING SKIN, GREAT GUT HEALTH, AND A YOUNGER YOU AXE, JOSH

You’ll learn how your skin, hair, nails, bones, disks, joints, ligaments, tendons, arterial walls, and gastrointestinal tract all depend on the consumption of collagen-rich foods, and how a high-collagen diet can lead to better weight control, enhanced digestion, clearer skin, reduced inflammation, and improved immune function. Features a twenty-eight-day meal plan and more than seventy recipes. Unrated. 2019. 341 pages.

LB 12730 BRAIN WASH: DETOX YOUR MIND FOR CLEARER THINKING, DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS, AND LASTING HAPPINESS PERLMUTTER, DAVID, 1954-

Based on the latest science, the book identifies the mental hijacking that undermines each and every one of us, and presents the tools necessary to think more clearly, make better decisions, strengthen bonds with others, and develop healthier habits. Featuring a 10-day bootcamp program, including a meal plan and 40 original recipes, Brain Wash is the key to cultivating a more purposeful and fulfilling life. Unrated. 2020. 390 pages. Related names: Perlmutter, Austin, author. Loberg, Kristin, author.

LB 12744 WARNING

A behind-the-scenes portrayal of the Trump administration from the anonymous senior official who authored the controversial 2018 New York Times op-ed. Unrated. 2019. 371 pages.

Mental Health Resources in Response to the Pandemic

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Older adults and people with disabilities and underlying medical conditions can experience more stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak than other people. Find ways to reduce your stress and anxiety:

• Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
• Make time to unwind and do activities you enjoy.
• Connect with family and friends by phone, text, or email.
• If you or a loved one is feeling overwhelmed, get support 24/7 by calling 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

Here are a few more helpful phone numbers:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

For more information, visit this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html?fbclid=IwAR3SWsrU16WUj2q2svJ3Yhnz33poz3lsQh2zCu4ys96dq4Um7jkDA_GYY_I

Mental Health Resource for Seniors

Blue Moon Senior Counseling provides counseling services on a variety of topics for elderly individuals in several states including Texas. During the COVID -19 pandemic, services are provided in a tele-health setting, using a computer or portable device. No doctor order is required, and the counseling services are covered by Medicare, private pay, and some insurance companies.

For more information, call 855-241-7160, or visit https://bluemoonseniorcounseling.com/specialties/telehealth

Sources for Personal Emergency Response Devices

During the current pandemic, when many people who are elderly or have disabilities are needing to isolate at home, a personal emergency response system would bring help in the event of a fall or medical event such as a heart attack or stroke. Here is a list of companies that sell these devices. Please note that your insurance may not cover the cost of these devices, and make sure to read all terms and conditions carefully.

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)

Alert Sentry

877-253-7899

http://alertsentry.com/

Great Call

800-918-8543

www.greatcall.com/

Guardian Medical Monitoring

800-782-9688

Medical Monitoring

Life Alert:

800-982-0332

www.lifealert.net/home/home.html

Life Fone

800-331-9198

www.lifefone.com

Life Station

866-584-4858

www.lifestation.com/

Medical Alert

800-800-2537

http://medicalert.com

Philips Lifeline Systems Inc:

855-681-5351

www.lifeline.philips.com/

Rescue Alert

800-688-9576

www.rescuealert.com/

Senior Safety Medical Alert Systems

888-473-2800

www.seniorsafety.com/american-medical-alarms/

Good Apple Free Food Delivery in Austin

Good Apple now has a Stay at Home, Stay Healthy program. While supplies and funding last, a free bag of shelf stable items and produce will be delivered to Austin residents who are elderly and/or disabled. This is a one time offer and an application is required. For more information, call 737-228-3558, send an e-mail to contact@goodapplefoods.com, or visit https://goodapplefoods.com/covid-19