Emma Freeman Scholarship–Apply By April 1, 2016

The Emma Freeman Scholarship was established in 1970 by the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind to assist young people with vision impairments who want to attend college. Applications and accompanying materials are due by April 1st. Applicants must be legally blind and have Texas residency status. Priority is given to applicants who live in Bexar County.

For more information, please click on this link: http://salighthouse.org/emmafreeman/ or contact Angela Gray-Eagle:

Roy Avers, Beloved Talking Book Narrator, Dies at Age 82

One of the most popular and prolific talking book narrators, Roy Avers, died on Friday, November 13th, at the age of 82. Known for his emotive voice, Avers started narrating textbooks as a volunteer but was quickly redirected to the American Publishing House for the Blind (APH) to narrate fiction. Avers recorded his first talking book in 1971 and went on to record over 1750 titles for the National Library Service.

Avers was the first person to be awarded the prestigious Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Award from AFB in 1990. He has also been honored by the Mississippi Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Service as their patrons’ favorite narrator as well as being described as “legendary” during an event in Illinois. A celebration of life was held at the American Printing House for the Blind on November 21, 2015.

When not narrating books, Avers was a computer consultant and businessman, who studied theater arts in college and sang bass with Louisville Opera. Avers once said that the best part of his job was getting to meet the people who read the books he narrated. His obituary adds, “His proudest moments and his most fulfilled time, however, were spent in his years as a Talking Book narrator for the American Printing House for the Blind. He loved going to work; he believed in the mission he supported. With over 1750 books in the Library of Congress, he has had and will have a positive, lasting impact on the blind and physically handicapped community for whom he recorded.”

If you haven’t gotten a chance to hear Mr. Avers in action, here is a list of titles that he reported as being among his favorite books to record.

Sample of titles narrated by Roy Avers in the TBP collection

DB 22303

DB 22855

DB 25248

DB 30051

DB 38799 (BARD only)

DB 56737

DB 56764

Title: CHILD 44
DB 67117

DB 69751

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, “Father of Motivation” and Author, Dies at Age 75

Best-selling author, motivational speaker, and self-development pioneer Dr. Wayne W. Dyer died Saturday, August 29.

Affectionately known as the “father of motivation,” Dyer preached the gospel of self-reliance, a gospel he learned during his childhood in Detroit.  Abandoned by his alcoholic father at age 3, Dyer was raised in a series of orphanages and foster homes.  When discussing his fractured childhood, Dyer observed that “it’s not a story of pity or blame; it’s precisely what had to take place in order for me to learn about self-reliance firsthand.”

After serving in the Navy, Dyer became a psychotherapist and professor.  He came to prominence in 1976 with the publication of his first book, Your Erroneous Zones, which remains one of the best-selling books of all time.

A regular guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dyer was also frequently featured during PBS pledge drives.

Titles by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in the TBP collection include:

Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao (2007) DB 65369 / DX 65369

Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace (2001) BR 14380 / DB 55026 BARD

Excuses Begone! How To Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits (2009) DB 69532

Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling (2006) DB 62202 BARD / DX 62202

Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your

Way (2004) DB 58050 BARD / DX 58050

Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life (1992) DB 36405 BARD

Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting (2012) DB 74595

You’ll See It When You Believe It (1989) DB 30718

Austin Teen Book Festival September 28th, 2013

On Saturday, September 28th, the 5th annual Austin Teen Book Festival will take place at the Austin Convention Center (500 East Cesar Chavez).

The opening speaker for the conference is Maggie Stiefavater. The lunch speakers will be Sarah Dessen and Rob Thomas of the Veronica Mars television show, and the closing speaker will be Holly Black.

For more information about the Austin Teen Book Festival go to: http://austinteenbookfestival.com/

The newest titles in our collection by the key note speakers include:

RAVEN BOYS                                                           

STIEFVATER, MAGGIE, 1981-                         Original Date: 2012

Blue Sargent, the only non-clairvoyant in her family, is cursed with the knowledge that her kiss will cause her true love to die. But on Saint Mark’s Eve, Blue’s future becomes much more complicated. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers.                                                               

BR   19571        DB   75404                                            

MOON AND MORE                                                        

DESSEN, SARAH                                     Original Date: 2013

Emaline’s life in the beachside town of Colby changes during the summer before she goes to college. She thinks her boyfriend Luke is perfect, but when she meets Theo, a sophisticated out-of-towner, Emaline starts to question her future. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers.                                    

DB   76814         

DOLL BONES                                                            

BLACK, HOLLY                                      Original Date: 2013

Preteens Zach, Alice, and Poppy act out adventures with action figures and a china doll long after their classmates have stopped such play. But when Poppy is haunted by dreams about the eerie doll, the friends begin a real-life exploit. For grades 5-8 and older readers.    

DB   76559                                                              

The Talking Book Program has books by the following authors who will be at the Austin Teen Book Festival: Maggie Stiefavter, Lisa McMann, Melissa De La Cruz, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Holly Black, Robin Wasserman, Suzanne Young, Malinda Lo, Lauren Myracle, Sarah Dessen, Rob Thomas, Jenny Han, Sean Beaudoin, S.A. Bodeen, Marissa Meyer, Madeleine Roux, and Amy Tintera

Panels at the festival will cover:

Powers Strange and Perilous: 

Maggie Stiefvater, Robin LaFevers, Lisa McMann, Cinda Williams Chima, Melissa de la Cruz,  Michael Johnston, and Rosemary Clement-Moore (moderating)

Into Hearts of Darkness: 

Holly Black, Jon Skovron, Mari Mancusi, Robin Wasserman, April Genevieve Tulcholke, and Victoria Scott (moderating) 

Tales of Tomorrow: 

Brian Sanderson, Cat Patrick, Suzanne Young, Malinda Lo, P.J. Hoover, and Brian Yanksy (moderating) 

I Made You a Mixtape: 

Lauren Myracle, Sara Farizan, Sarah Dessen, Trish Doller, Leila Howland, and Julie Murphy (moderating) 

Truth and Consequences: 

Rob Thomas, Bill Konigsberg, Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian, Sean Beaudoin, Jo Knowles, and E. Kristin Anderson (moderating) 

Fierce Reads: 

Leila Sales, Alexandra Coutts, S.A. Bodeen, Marissa Meyer, and Librarian Stephanie Appell (moderating)

Dark Days: 

Madeleine Roux, Sherry Thomas, Mindy McGinnis, Michelle Gagnon, Rae Carson, and Amy Tintera (moderating)

Art and Writing Workshop for Caregivers and Care-Recipients

We’re happy to share information about an art and writing workshop for caregivers and care-recipients in the Austin area.

“Offered by Badgerdog and MobileArt and funded by St. David’s Foundation’s Health’s Angels, this art and writing workshop brings caregivers and care-recipients together for six weeks beginning August 11. Caregivers, with the help of Badgerdog teaching artists, explore family memories and the experience of caregiving through a variety of writing styles. At the same time, care-recipients create visual artwork—including sculpture, painting, and drawing—with assistance from MobileArt program volunteers. The work created during the workshops, both written and visual, will be published and displayed at a celebratory event on November 19. This workshop is free and meets Sundays from 1:00-2:30 at the AGE of Central Texas (3710 Cedar Street in Hyde Park). Workshop dates are: August 11, 18, 25 & September 8, 15, 22. To register, email Cecily Sailer at csailer@austinlibrary.org or call 512.542.0076. “

For more information go to:



Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Celebrating Read Across America Day

108! That’s how old Theodore Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, would be this year. He was born on March 2nd, 1904. Since 1998, every March 2nd , Read Across America Day is celebrated in his honor. Read Across America Day is sponsored by the National Education Association to encourage sharing books with kids in the community and to celebrate reading.

In Texas, schools across Dallas will be celebrating Read Across Dallas ISD Day on March 1st. There will be a birthday party for Dr. Seuss at the Sienna Branch Library in Missouri City, TX at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a birthday picnic at the First Colony Branch Library in Sugar Land, TX at 2:00. Bee Caves Public Library will have its 8th Annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the library which will include games, a Reader’s Oath with Caroline Murphy, the Mayor of Bee Caves and a concert with Joe McDermott.  

“It’s your day of all days… Today you don’t have to be tidy or neat. If you wish you may eat with both hands and both feet.” Let’s eat some “Green Eggs and Ham”, or say “I Am Not Going to Get Up Today” but please celebrate with a book by the good doctor.

For more information about Read Across America Day, check this website: http://www.readacrossamerica.org/

Print Braille books by Dr. Seuss available from TBP:

Butter Battle Book   BR 05904

The Cat in the Hat   BR 6724

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back   BR 04655   BR 13451

Dr. Seuss’s ABC   BR 08953   BR 15320   BR 16723

The Foot Book   BR 08949   BR 16722

Fox in Socks   BR 08948

Great Day for Up   BR 08941

Green Eggs and Ham   BR 08956   BR 13450   BR  16721

Happy Birthday to You!   BR 08943

Hop on Pop   BR 08912   BR 16725   BT 03174

Horton Hatches the Egg   BR 08950

Horton Hears a Who!   BR 08946

How the Grinch Stole Christmas   BR 04656   BR 12020   BR 16316

I Had Trouble In Getting to Solla Sollew   BR 08954

If I Ran the Circus   BR 16243                              

If I Ran the Zoo   BR 04661

McElligot’s Pool   BR 08952   BR 16216   BT 03350

My Many Colored Days   BR 10040

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish   BR 06106    BR 08990   BR 13073   BR 16379                                               

Scrambled Eggs Super!   BR 08944

Thidwick, the Big-Heartest Moose   BR 08942

Digital Books by Dr. Seuss available from TBP:

Bartholomew and the Oobleck   DB 34054

The Cat in the Hat   DB 33062

Como el Grinch Robo La Navidad   DB 72998

Daisy-Head Maizey (on BARD)   DB 40706

Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book   DX 34055

Gerald McBoing Boing (on BARD)   DB 52933

Green Eggs and Ham   DB 34056

Happy Birthday to You   DB 35121

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (on BARD)   DB 47527  

Hop on Pop   DB 44160                     

Horton Hatches the Egg   DB 34057

Horton Hears a Who!   DB  34058                                                 

Huevos Verdes con Jamon   DB 72997         

How the Grinch Stole Christmas   DB 47536                                        

I am Not Going to Get Up Today (on BARD)   DB 34059 

I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (on BARD)   DB 35123

If I Ran the Circus   DB 60939

If I Ran the Zoo   DB 34725

My Many Colored Days (on BARD)   DB 42897

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 tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  You  must RSVP so that we can send you the book club phone number and code to attend.

Texas Bluebonnet Award Announcement

The Texas Library Association recently announced the titles that will be on the Bluebonnet Reading List for 2013 – 2014. The Bluebonnet Award is a book award that is designed to encourage publication of recreational reading aimed at students in grades 3-6. The award winner is voted on by kids. To qualify to vote, students must read 5 books from the master list and then may vote for their favorites in January. Titles on the master list are selected by librarians, teachers, parents, students then considered by librarians on the committee. Titles must be by a living U.S. citizen or an author who lives and publishes in the U.S. Books must be published in the U.S. within the three years prior to the list date.

Titles on the 2012 – 2013 list in our collection include:

Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy, DB 74273
Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming, BR 20009
Hero by Mike Lupica, DB 72779
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg, DB 75193
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, DB 74157
Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog by Adrienne Sylver, DB 75228
Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem, DB 70578

**There is still time to read 5 of these titles to be eligible to vote for a winner in January. **

Titles on the upcoming list for 2013 – 2014 (the list that was recently announced!) include:

Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri, DB 74503
Wonder by R.J. Palacio, DB 74228
Humming Room by Ellen Potter, DB 74785

For more information about the Texas Bluebonnet Award go to: http://www.txla.org/TBA-about.

Austin Teen Book Festival — Palmer Events Center, September 29th

I am looking forward to the Austin Teen Book Festival, which will be taking place at the Palmer Events Center in Austin on September 29th from 9:30 am – 5 pm. The festival is sponsored by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and BookPeople, a local bookstore. The festival is in its third year and is the biggest book festival of its kind in the country. Festival Director Heather Schubert says of the festival, “The Austin Teen Book Festival’s rapid growth is a testament to the extent to which the event is valued by teens, parents, librarians, and teachers.” This year they are expecting a crowd of over 4,000 people!

For more information about Festival, please check out their website at: http://austinteenbookfestival.com/

Or their Facebook page at:


The keynote speakers at this year’s Festival will be Neal Shusterman and Libba Bray.

Neal Shusterman will be speaking about the sequel to his 2007 book, Unwind.


In a future world, parents may “unwind,” or disassemble, their offspring between the ages of thirteen and eighteen to harvest their body parts for others’ use. Teens Connor, Risa, and Lev fight to uphold their beliefs and perhaps save their own lives.

RC   66918        

DB  66918                                            

Libba Bray won the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction from the American Library Assocation for her book, Going Bovine.

GOING BOVINE                                                          

After sixteen-year-old Cameron Smith is diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob, aka mad cow, disease, he sets off in search of a cure with a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital. Strong language. Michael L. Printz Award.                                                                                                                             

DB   72565                                                            

There will be panel discussions on a variety of topics, and the authors will speak on these panels throughout the day.

This year’s panels include:

  • “Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads,” featuring Neal Shusterman, Marissa Meyer, Rachel Cohn, Jeff Hirsch, and Dan Krokos, and moderated by Greg Leitich Smith.
  • “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore,” featuring Libba Bray, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Leigh Barduga, and Rae Carson, and moderated by Sarah Rees Brennan.
  • “Creature Comfort,” featuring Scott Speer, Anna Banks, Gina Damico, Tara Hudson, and Martha Brockenbrough, and moderated by Sophie Jordan.
  • “Real Life Happens,” featuring Jesse Andrews, Elizabeth Scott, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, E.M. Kokie, and Jessica Lee Anderson, and moderated by John Corey Whaley.

Moderator John Corey Whaley won the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction and the William A Morris YA Debut Award for his novel, Where Things Come Back.

WHERE THINGS COME BACK                                              

Seventeen-year-old Cullen Witter believes he knows everything about his dreary town of Lily, Arkansas. Then his cousin dies from an overdose, his brother Gabriel goes missing, and an extinct woodpecker reemerges. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. Printz and Morris Awards.                                                                                                                         

BR   19488       DB   74276                                          

  • “The Thrill of the Chase,” featuring Will Richter, Lex Thomas, Eliot Schrefer, and Allie Carter, and moderated by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
  • “What Would You Do For Love?,” featuring Allie Condie, Kresley Cole, Jessica Shirvington, Tamara Ireland Stone, and Jessica Khoury, and moderated by Tracy Deebs.

TBP has books by many of the authors attending the festival in our collection, such as Libba Bray, Sarah Rees Brennan, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Ally Carter, Rachel Cohn, Ally Condie Kami Garcia, Neal Shusterman, John Corey Whaley.

The Teen Book Festival should be a great event for readers and writers of Teen fiction. Hope to see you there!

National Book Festival — September 22nd and 23rd

The 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival is September 22nd and 23rd in Washington, D.C. The first National Book Festival was in 2001, and was hosted by then First Lady Laura Bush. She based the idea for the National Book Festival on the already established Texas Book Festival which is at the end of October each year in Austin.  This year the National Book Festival is featuring over 135 authors, reading related activities and discussions, and a behind the scenes tour of the Library of Congress.  

The Pavilion of the States, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will be saluting the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Each state was asked to select a book that best represents its literary tradition. This year the title that Texas is featuring is:

Old Yeller  by Fred Gipson

Original Date: 1956                                                      

1860s Texas. Fourteen-year-old Travis at first resents the big, yellow stray dog that hangs around his home, but he comes to love and depend on him. With his father away on a cattle drive, Travis is the man of the house and looks to Old Yeller for help and protection. Newbery Award winner.                                                                  

This book is available in Braille, on digital cartridge, and on cassette from TBP. Please call us at 1-800-252-9605 and ask for one of the following book numbers:

  • BR   07798         
  • BR   11976         
  • DB   47404 
  • RC   15325        
  • RC   47404   

There will be podcasts and webcasts throughout the National Book Festival, as well as many people using Twitter to discuss the Festival. For more information about the National Book Festival, or to listen to the podcasts or webcasts, please go to the festival website:          http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/