BARD Express is Here!

The National Library Service (NLS) is pleased to offer BARD Express to its BARD patrons.

BARD Express simplifies the downloading process for patron using Windows-based computers. BARD Express downloads multiple books simultaneously, unzips them automatically, and transfers them to your storage device.  It also remembers your BARD password and logs you in automatically each time you access BARD.

Kirk Saathoff, a California software developer, created BARD Express and donated it to the Library of Congress. Saathoff’s wife and son are NLS patrons.

To learn more about this exciting new feature, visit the BARD Express Home page:

NLS has produced a series of tutorial videos that introduce patrons to BARD Express. Browse these informative videos to learn more about BARD Express!

An Introduction

Browsing the BARD Collection

Transferring Materials to a Cartridge

Browsing the Recently Added and Most Popular Lists

Searching the BARD Collection

Using Your Wish List

Setting and Changing Preferences

Managing Devices

Tips and Tricks

Access the whole series here: BARD Express How-To Series.

For additional assistance or BARD support, contact the Texas Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605 (toll-free in Texas), 512-463-5458; or

February 2017 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Tuesday February 7th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes.

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate. To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 or email us at: Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

NLS Annotation:
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.

Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards Announced


The social cataloging website for book lovers, Goodreads, has just announced their readers’ Choice Awards for 2016. The Texas Talking Book Program has a good number of them in our collection. Are you looking for a non-fiction book? Goodreads members chose WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanthithi (BR 21371; DB 83643) as their favorite memoir. Are you more interested in fiction? Try TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (DB 85100). Is young adult fiction more your thing? Ruta Sepetys’ book SALT TO THE SEA (DB 83767) was their selection in that category. Perhaps you’re in the market for a new author to explore. Goodreads readers awarded Alwyn Hamilton the honor of Debut Goodreads Author for her book REBEL OF THE SANDS (DB 84465). No matter which genre you enjoy, the bibliophiles at Goodreads have chosen a favorite book published this year. Contact us and we can help you find your next favorite book.

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Make Your Voice Heard: Two Survey Opportunities

The first survey involves employment of people with disabilities. The survey may be completed by individuals with disabilities, employers, or providers. This survey is not restricted to any county or area of the state.

The deadline for completion is Friday, December 16th. Please follow this link to access the survey:

The second survey is only for residents of Travis County, and concerns transportation. Here is the link for this survey:

There is one week remaining to complete this survey. Interested persons may choose a brief version of the survey, or a detailed version.

New from the TBP Recording Studio October 2016

Check out these titles fresh from the TBP Recording Studio.  They are available for loan on digital cartridge or for download via BARD.

End of the Line: Cody’s Law Book 7 by Matthew S. Hart (DT 5502)
When a Texas and Pacific train jumps the rail near the quiet town of
Terrell, it’s soon apparent that the bloody incident was no accident.
Someone deliberately pulled the spikes on that section of track, and
it’s up to Texas Ranger Sam Cody to find out who. Subjects: Western
Stories. Available for download as DBC07229.

Memoria del Olvido by Jacqueline Diamond (DT 7196) (Spanish)
Irrumpir en la boda de su novia del instituto iba mas alla de lo que le exigia
el deber, pero el oficial Joseph Lowery habia percibido algo inquietante en el
inminente matrimonio de Erin Marshal con un hombre al que ni siquiera
recordaba haber dicho que si. Despues del accidente Erin no habia
podido recordar nada del dia en que habia estado a punto de morir.
Subjects: Romantic suspense fiction; Spanish Language; Romance.
Available for download as DBC07231.

The Devil’s Odds by Milton T. Burton (DT 7307)
It’s December 1942, and Texas Ranger Virgil Tucker receives a message
from a mysterious young woman, Madeline Kimbell asking for his
protection. Madeline has witnessed a violent crime, and the men
responsible are happy to take extreme measures to keep her from
talking. They are some of the most dangerous men in Texas. And when a
prominent Texas attorney is murdered, Virgil is drawn into the
high-stakes world of the New Orleans mafia. Strong language and
violence. 2012. Subjects: Mystery and Detective Stories. Available for download as DBC07233.

A Dead Bore: Another John Pickett Mystery by Sheri Cobb South (DT 7296)
Eager to escape London following the scandal of her husband’s death,
beautiful Lady Fieldhurst accepts an invitation to summer in rural
Yorkshire at the home of Sir Gerald and Lady Hollingshead. But country
life is not the panacea she imagined; tension reigns and tempers
flare. When a dinner party ends in the death of a kindly old vicar,
Lady Fieldhurst suspects foul play and secretly sends for Bow Street
Runner John Pickett. 2008. Subjects: Mystery and Detective Stories.
Available for download as DBC07234.

Deerinwater by Jan Reid (DT 3990)
Jared Ramey, ex-high school football star, college dropout, and
erstwhile Marine, returns to his home town of Deerinwater, Texas, to
seek his little daughter’s love. He also wants to try to reclaim his
divorced wife and win back the respect of his parents. Working as a
deputy, Jared is drawn into a fierce feud between his boss, Sheriff
Sam Bookout, and District Attorney Jerome Ramey, Jared’s father.
Violence, strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1985.
Subjects: Human Relations. Available for download as DBC07235.

Stagecoach Station 11, Deadwood by Hank Mitchum (DT 4666)
Deadwood, the mining town in the Black Hills, exploded in 1876 and
draws a troupe of actors by stage to the Dakota territory. Johnny
Varnes, a gambling hall owner, plots to control the town, but Tom
Burdock and Wild Bill Hickok stand in his way, and the acting troupe
is swept up in the deadly drama. Subjects: Western Stories.
Available for download as DBC07236.

A Gentle Thunder by Max Lucado (DT 6008)
Lucado uses passages from the book of John and pictures and parables
from everyday life to call us to trust God in tough times. God’s
goal, he says, is to get us home safely, even if that means trials
along the way. Subjects: Religion. Available for download as DBC07238.

The Darrell Royal Story by Jimmy Banks (DT 2830)
This story outlines the fascinating, spectacular climb of the most
successful coach in Southwest Conference history, Darrell Royal of
the University of Texas at Austin. Subjects: Sports and Recreation; Biography.
Available for download as DBC07239.

No Wonder They Call Him The Savior by Max Lucado (DT 4307)
Insights on what Christ accomplished and its significance for
believers and non-believers alike. Subjects: Religion. Available for download as DBC07240.

What of the Mormons? by Gordon Bitner Hinckley (DT 2817)
This is a brief attempt to answer the questions: Who are the Mormons?
What do they believe? What is their program? What is their
organization?  What is their history? Subjects: Religion. Available for download as DBC07242.

Hank the Cowdog and Monkey Business by John R. Erickson (DT 4933)
Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security, matches wits with an
escaped circus monkey.  The fourteenth adventure in the Hank the
Cowdog series. Subjects: Western Stories. Available for download as DBC07228.

If I Can Do It Horseback by John Hendrix (DT 2895)
A collection of articles originally written for The Cattleman present
a panoramic view of West Texas ranch life.  Topics covered include
the day-to-day life of the cowboy, the problems of ranch operation
and descriptions of various portions of West Texas cattle lands.
1964. Subjects: The West. Available for download as DBC07237.

Catlow by Louis L’Amour (DT 7053) (Spanish)
Ben Cowan y Bijah Catlow eran amigos desde jovenes. De majores, Catlow
se habia convertido en un forajido y Cowan en un alguacil de los
Estados Unidos. Asi que cuando su viejo amigo viajo hasta Mexico para
dar el mayor golpe de su carrera, Ben Cowan tuvo que perseguirlo y
detenerlo. Subjects: Western Stories; Spanish Language.
Available for download as DBC07241.

Frontier Fury: A Western Duo by Will Henry (DT 7295)
Two stories dealing with the Indian wars in the Colorado Territory
and the Pacific Northwest in the mid-1800s. In “The Legend of Little
Dried River,” Preacher Nehemiah Bleek is the founder of a mission
school that offers sanctuary to Indian children orphaned by the
Indian wars raging in the Colorado Territory. In “Frontier Fury,”
Kamiak, a murderous Palouse chieftain, is vying for control of the
Yakima Federation of Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest. Some
strong language, some violence. 1952.  Subjects: Western Stories.
Available for download as DBC07243.

To request a title please call us at 1-800-252-9605 (toll-free in Texas)/512-463-5458 (Austin area) or send an email to:

Important Information for Texas Voters with Disabilities

Here is important information about voting in Texas if you have a disability:

In every federal election each polling place will offer at least one type of accessible voting equipment.

Accessible voting systems can accommodate no vision, low vision, no hearing, low hearing, limited manual dexterity, limited reach, limited strength, no mobility, low mobility, or any combination of the foregoing except the combination of no hearing and no vision.

Each polling place is required to meet strict accessibility standards, such as ground floor access, curb cuts to the entrance, wide doors, and other barrier free elements.

Voters with disabilities may receive assistance in voting from either election officials or a person of their choosing. A voter may not receive assistance from his/her employer or someone from a union. The voter does not have to provide proof of disability.

If a person asks for assistance from an election official, a poll watcher or election inspector is allowed to observe the process.

A voter who does not understand English, or communicates using sign language, may bring an interpreter to assist him/her with voting. If the voter cannot bring someone, he/she should contact a local election official and request that an interpreter be available at the polling location. Be sure to specify what type of interpreter is needed (for an oral language other than English or for sign language).

Curbside voting is allowed during early voting or on Election Day. It is advisable to call an election official ahead of time if curbside voting will be needed.

If you are over the age of 65, have a disability, or will be out of town on Election Day, you may vote by mail. Click here for instructions on voting by mail:

In some counties, the Democratic Party staffs volunteers who will provide transportation to voters who are elderly or disabled on Election Day. These volunteers will not ask for money, and will not ask who you are voting for or what your party affiliation is. It is advisable to contact the office ahead of time as there may be a waiting list or transportation schedule. For a list of the Democratic Party offices in Texas, click here:

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Books Featuring Visually Impaired Characters

Do you enjoy stories with characters who are blind or visually impaired? Here are some fictional stories about people with visual impairments. Some have been visually impaired all their lives and are used to navigating life with assistive technology and other resources. Others are in the process of losing their sight and are frustrated and anxious but persevere despite their struggles. This short list includes books in various genres; from romances to suspense to science fiction and even includes a Pulitzer Prize Winner.

Author: DOERR, ANTHONY, 1973-

When Paris is invaded by the Nazis, Marie-Laure LeBlanc’s father evacuates her to St. Malo to stay with her great-uncle. Blind since the age of six, Marie-Laure must learn the town by the scale model her father has left. Then, the Germans arrive. Violence and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. Pulitzer Prize Winner. 2014.
DB 79182


Carly Adams, born with lattice dystrophy, waited twenty-eight years to see. Celebrating her new vision with a friend at a bar, she meets Hank Coulter. Their brief encounter leaves her pregnant. Companion to Phantom Waltz (DB 53982, BR 15334). Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004. DB 57957

Author: RICE, PAM

Elderly widow Addie Marsh is losing her eyesight due to macular degeneration. Fighting to keep her lakeside home, she refuses to move to an assisted living facility. Instead, she learns to cope, deriving strength from her memories, a support group, and the friendship of a new neighbor abused by her boyfriend. 2001.
DB 56381

Author: HOYT, ELIZABETH, 1970-

Hired to protect Phoebe, the blind sister of the Duke of Wakefield, former soldier James Trevillion is determined to keep her safe. Initially irritated by her bodyguard, Phoebe comes to rely on James, especially after a kidnapping attempt forces the two closer together. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2015.
DB 81933

Author: POST, ANDREW, 1984-

Nicknamed Knuckleduster for his weapon of choice, Brody, who is blind, works as a vigilante for hire to pay for expensive batteries for his vision implants. When he leaves the city at the request of a friend, he uncovers a conspiracy. Violence and strong language. 2013.
DB 76476


With her eyesight failing, photojournalist Jessie Ryder wants to see the daughter she gave up for adoption to her sister sixteen years earlier. Returning to her Texas hometown, Jessie confronts her sister and daughter–and meets a man. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.
DB 57014


Veterinarian Scott Benson asks blind rehabilitation teacher Shannon Martin to help his daughter Rachel, who lost her sight in a car accident that killed her mother. Scott and Shannon begin a romance and deal with serious family issues with the help of God. 2013.
BR 20308/ DB 77573


When a Japanese researcher proposes another eye operation to the tech-savvy, mathematical genius and blind fifteen-year-old Caitlin, she jumps at the chance to have an experimental signal-processing implant inserted behind her eye. But instead of sight, Caitlin’s mind visualizes the Internet and detects an enigmatic entity within. 2009.
BR 18658/ DB 69237

Accessible Parking Survey Available Through October 5th

The Texas Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities is requesting individuals to complete a survey about accessible parking. The survey takes about fifteen minutes and may be filled out by persons with disabilities, family members and caregivers, veterans with disabilities, and professionals in the field of disability. The survey will help the Governor’s Committee make recommendations to the state legislature about accessible parking.

To participate, please click here:
The survey is anonymous. If you have any questions or need assistance, you may contact the Governor’s Committee at The survey will be available until Wednesday, October 5th.

TBP Call Center Closed In the Morning on 9/13/16

TBP Reader Services staff will be attending an important training session off-site on the morning of Tuesday, September 13th, 2016. The call center will be closed until 12:30 that day.

While no one will be available to take your calls until 12:30, as always, you may leave a voice mail message at 1-800-252-9605 or contact us by email at We will respond to your messages promptly.

Thank you for your patience while we train to serve you better.

26th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration, August 26th, 2016 at Texas School for the Deaf

A celebration of the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016, at the Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 South Congress Ave, in the Deaf Smith Auditorium, beginning at 6 pm. The CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, Howard Rosenblum, will be the keynote speaker, addressing Deaf rights, advocacy successes, and ADA updates.

Refreshments will be provided, including an ADA celebration cake. This event is free and open to the public.

Sign language interpreters and live captioning will be available.