The Color of Blind exhibit at the San Antonio’s Plaza De Armas Gallery

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The Color of Blind is an interactive art show by Trina Geurra Bacon and Katherine Brown. First debuting in 2013, “The show allows visually impaired individuals, along with others with special sensory needs or challenges, to better connect with art,” explains Bacon. The exhibit showcases artwork designed especially to evoke smell, touch and taste. “Everyone should be able to fully experience art. We say ‘Yes- please touch the art!’” The Color of Blind is free and open to the public.

The Color of Blind Exhibit
Dates: April 17, 2017– April 20, 2017
Times: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: 115 Plaza De Armas San Antonio, TX 78205

For more information call: 210.206.ARTS or 210.206.8787

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival

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The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) is hosting the Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival and Short Film Competition. This annual event features films that display disability accurately and positively. The festival was created as an entertaining way to eradicate common misperceptions about disability.

Founded twelve years ago by CTD staffer, William Greer, this is the first film festival in Texas with an explicit focus on cross-disability films. Since its foundation it has grown to be the longest running and most successful disability film festival in the state.

This year the festival will feature The Rebound and Deaf Jam at the Alamo Drafthouse Village the first weekend of November, 2016.

Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival
Dates: November 4, 2016 – November 5, 2016
Times: Doors open at 5:45 PM and close at 9:45 PM

Location: Alamo Drafthouse Villiage, 2700 West Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78757

For more information visit: http://www.txdisabilities.org/news-events/film-festival/filmfestival-2016/2015-festival

Register to Vote by October 11th

The deadline for registering to vote in the November 8th general election is October 11th.

Here is the web site for information on registering to vote in Texas:
http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/you-must-register-by/

Use this link to determine if you are already registered to vote:
https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do

Here is a link to the voter registration application:
https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp

You may also register in person at your county Voter Registrar’s Office, which is usually the County Tax Assessor – Collector’s Office. Here is a link to the offices by county:
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/votregduties.shtml

In addition, most public libraries, government offices, and high schools have voter registration applications.

You may fill out this online form to request that a postage-paid voter registration application be mailed to you:
https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrrequest/index.asp
Mail the completed application to the county Voter Registrar’s Office.

You must be at least 17 years and 10 months old when you apply, and you need to have a Driver’s License, ID card, or Social Security card.

Future blog posts will have more information about the upcoming election. Please contact the Disability Information & Referral Center at 800-252-9605 if you have any questions.

Banned Books Week: 25 Banned and Challenged Classics

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Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week: September 25th through October 1st, 2016!

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom records all challenges or attempts to ban books. According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts.

The titles below represent 25 of the banned or challenged books on that list in the Talking Book Program’s collection. For more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week web site.

Title: GREAT GATSBY
Author: FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT
BR 00089, BR 11057, DB 16147, LB 00377

Title: CATCHER IN THE RYE
Author: SALINGER, J.D.
BR 01617, BR 11909, DB 47480, LB 00182

Title: GRAPES OF WRATH
Author: STEINBECK, JOHN, 1902-1968
BR 01621, BR 09954, DB 68308, LB 00233, LB 06026

Title: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Author: LEE, HARPER
BR 12850, DB 36414, DB 77672, LB 04882

Title: COLOR PURPLE
Author: WALKER, ALICE
BR 07222, BR 12265, DB 58842

Title: ULYSSES
Author: JOYCE, JAMES
BR 10287, DB 19994

Title: BELOVED
Author: MORRISON, TONI
BR 16707, DB 26026

Title: LORD OF THE FLIES
Author: GOLDING, WILLIAM
BR 01595, BR 09480, DB 48388

Title: NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
Author: ORWELL, GEORGE
BR 10312, DB 73474, LB 02843

Title: LOLITA
Author: NABOKOV, VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH
BR 13157, DB 67388

Title: OF MICE AND MEN
Author: STEINBECK, JOHN
BT 03345, DB 48515, LB 04513

Title: CATCH-22
Author: HELLER, JOSEPH
BR 11980, DB 48063, LB 01027

Title: BRAVE NEW WORLD
Author: HUXLEY, ALDOUS
BR 01601, BR 11922, DB 47108, LB 02990

Title: SUN ALSO RISES
Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
BR 03615, BR 16853, DB 34114, LB 04118

Title: AS I LAY DYING
Author: FAULKNER, WILLIAM
BR 12386, BT 00963, DB 49008

Title: FAREWELL TO ARMS
Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
BR 12510, DB 49506, LB 00380, LB 04736, LB 06068

Title: THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
Author: HURSTON, ZORA NEALE
BR 16074, DB 35745

Title: INVISIBLE MAN
Author: ELLISON, RALPH
BR 08550, BR 14988, DB 56346

Title: SONG OF SOLOMON
Author: MORRISON, TONI
BR 09632, DB 38330

Title: GONE WITH THE WIND
Author: MITCHELL, MARGARET
BR 01609, BR 08519, BR 11427, DB 33082

Title: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
Author: KESEY, KEN
BR 12698, DB 56351

Title: SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE; OR, THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE: A DUTY-DANCE WITH DEATH
Author: VONNEGUT, KURT
BR 17373, DB 64540

Title: FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
Author: HEMINGWAY, ERNEST
BR 00484, BR 12455, DB 49108, LB 03367

Title: CALL OF THE WILD
Author: LONDON, JACK
BR 09833, BR 12582, DB 49486, LB 04818

Title: SEPARATE PEACE
Author: KNOWLES, JOHN
BR 10776, DB 24697, LB 01155

Governor’s Committee Top 10 for the ADA Anniversary

To celebrate the 26th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Texas Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities has compiled a top 10 list of state agencies and the accessibility initiatives of each agency. Here is the Top 10, with links to learn more about the various programs. And by the way, check out who comes in at #4!

#10 Texas Secretary of State
Vote Texas:
http://www.votetexas.gov/voters-with-special-needs/

#9 Texas Workforce Commission
Civil Rights Division:
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/programs/civil-rights-program-overview

#8 Texas Historical Commission
Providing access to historic properties:
http://www.thc.texas.gov/preserve/buildings-and-property/providing-access-historic-properties

#7 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Information on wheelchair-accessible parks and historic sites:
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/parks/things-to-do/wheelchair-accessibility-in-state-parks

#6 Texas Department of Public Safety
State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR):
https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/stear/public.htm

#5 Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services
Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP):
http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/stap.shtml
Note: On September 1st, the STAP program will move to the Texas Health & Human Services Commission.

#4 The Texas State Library & Archives Commission
The Talking Book Program:
https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/index.html

#3 Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
Architectural Barriers Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS):
https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/ab/abtas.htm

#2 Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Accessibility Center for Electronic Information Resources:
http://accessibility.hhs.texas.gov/

#1 Office of the Governor – Committee on People with Disabilities
Texas Key Laws & Resources:
http://gov.texas.gov/disabilities/resources

The Color of Blind exhibit at the San Antonio Public Library

Color of Blind Exhibit Image
The Color of Blind is an interactive art show by Trina Geurra Bacon and Katherine Brown. First debuting in 2013, “The show allows visually impaired individuals, along with others with special sensory needs or challenges, to better connect with art,” explains Bacon. During the month of June, the San Antonio Public Library’s Central Branch gallery will host a “best in show” exhibit of some of Color of Blind’s fan favorite pieces. “Everyone should be able to fully experience art. We say ‘Yes- please touch the art!’” The Color of Blind will be free and open to the public during Central Library hours of operation.
(Source)

The Color of Blind Exhibit
Dates: June 2, 2016 – June 30, 2016
Times: Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: San Antonio Public Library, Central Branch, 600 Soledad St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
For more information visit: mysapl.org or call 210-207-2500

And the Winner is…

Oscar season is here and the nominees are in. As usual, some of the films nominated are based on books. Here is a list of some of those films and their corresponding books. Hurry up and read them so you can impress your friends on Oscar night!

This Halloween, get your monster on!

Do you adore scary stories? Are you addicted to Horror novels or alien-monster films? Do your friends look at you sideways when they catch you reading yet another paperback that features a serial killer or a case of demonic possession?
Actually, your spooky predilection is mostly normal. Mostly. The magazine Psychology Today once asked Horror film director Clive Barker why people love to get scared. His answer: “It empowers them… One of the ways you take hold of the things that frighten you is to grasp the nettle very tightly, so it doesn’t sting.” That explains a lot.
So; now you have Clive Barker’s blessing to read scary things to your cob-webby heart’s content. And while you’re at it, find out more about why you love dark tales so much. Spend this Halloween reading some of the following titles.

  • ON MONSTERS: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY OF OUR WORST FEARS by Stephen Asma.  DB 72161 / BR 19224.
  • MEDUSA’S GAZE AND VAMPIRE’S BITE: THE SCIENCE OF MONSTERS by Matt Kaplan.  DB 75865.
  • POE’S CHILDREN: THE NEW HORROR, AN ANTHOLOGY.  DB 68446.
  • BIG BOOK OF GHOST STORIES. DB 76004.
  • MONSTER’S CORNER: STORIES THROUGH INHUMAN EYES. DB 75497.

Happy Birthday, Charlotte’s Web!!

I was listening to NPR recently and heard that a favorite childhood classic, Charlotte’s Web, is celebrating its 60th birthday this month. In “The New York Times” from October 19th, 1952, Charlotte’s Web was reviewed by Eudora Welty, who said, “The book has liveliness and felicity, tenderness and unexpectedness, grace and humor and praise of life, and the good backbone of succinctness that only the most highly imaginative stories seem to grow.” She continued to describe some of the main characters in the book and closed the book review by saying, “What the book is about is friendship on earth, affection and protection, adventure and miracle, life and death, trust and treachery, pleasure and pain, and the passing of time. As a piece of work it is just about perfect, and just about magical in the way it is done.”

I have warm, fuzzy feelings about this book. My second grade teacher read it to our class. I loved the magic of the fair, riding the ferris wheel and round, fat Templeton crawling home after a night of good eating. I liked the idea of rooting for the underdog Wilbur, the runt that no one wanted except Fern. And of course, Charlotte, with her descriptive words for Wilbur’s personality. I remember having to do a word description project for myself and a friend in my second grade classroom. “Some Pig” and “Crunchy” would not work for a person. I was an avid library visitor, but this was a book I NEEDED to own.  On Christmas, I remember unwrapping a copy of this book from my grandparents and in my Gram’s neat cursive on the inside cover it says, “Merry Christmas! Love, Gram and Pop (1988)”. My grandparents have since passed away, but this book is in a special place on my bookshelf in my living room.

According to “Publishers Weekly”, Charlotte’s Web is the best-selling paperback for children of all time. As this book celebrates its 60th birthday, I think it is time for me–and maybe you, too–to re-read this classic book.

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

WHITE, E.B.                                       Original Date: 1952

A little girl who can talk with animals is devoted to Wilbur, the foolishly smug pig, and Charlotte, the beautiful gray spider who works to save Wilbur’s life. A sensitive story for children of all ages as well as adults.  Newbery Honor book 1953.

Charlotte’s Web is available in Braille, audio cassette, digital download (BARD), digital cartridge and large print.

BR 01318, BR 09405, BR 17770, BT 03247

DX 46839, DB 46839

RC 07107, RC 46839

LB 05976

For a link to the story on NPR “Some Pig! Charlotte’s Web Turns 60” go to: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/15/162735079/some-book-charlottes-web-turns-60?sc=fb&cc=nprbooks&device=iphone#commentBlock

Cited, NY Times article “Along Came a Spider” (book review of Charlotte’s Web): http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/11/22/specials/welty-charlotte.html

Cited, My Library of Congress, Exhibition, “Books that Shaped America, 1950 – 2000: http://myloc.gov/Exhibitions/books-that-shaped-america/1950-2000/ExhibitObjects/Charlottes-Web.aspx

Happy Banned Books Week, September 30th – October 6th

Banned Book Week celebrates the freedom to read and challenges us to read books that have caused controversy. Since 1990, the Office of Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association has been keeping track of books that are challenged at public and school libraries around the country. The American Library Association describes a book challenge as, “a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness”. In 2011, 326 books were challenged around the country. Books are challenged for a variety of reasons and what some people consider classics others consider challenge worthy.

For more information about Banned Book Week and more challenge worthy reads go to:

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned

Read what all the fuss is about with this selection of 2011’s challenged books from around the United States. You may be surprised to find some of these titles on the list.

HUNGER GAMES, BOOK 1  

COLLINS, SUZANNE                                  Original Date: 2008

In a future North America, Panem’s rulers maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting teens from twelve districts in a fight to the death. Sixteen-year-olds Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are this year’s girl and boy contestants from District Twelve. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers.

BR   18488         BT   03374         DB   68384       DX   68384

LB   06861      RC   68384

ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN 

ALEXIE, SHERMAN                                   Original Date: 2007

Spokane Indian Reservation. Fourteen-year-old Junior–beset with physical problems caused by brain damage–transfers to an all-white town school. Called a traitor by his best friend and Tonto by his new classmates, Junior uses humor and wit to bridge the cultural divide. Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers.

DB   65403  DLD       RC   65403

AGONY OF ALICE  

NAYLOR, PHYLLIS REYNOLDS                          Original Date: 1985

Throughout the summer, Alice McKinley has been remembering all of the dumb things she’s ever done.  She’s had no mother for years; no wonder she’s always getting into embarrassing situations.  Now that sixth grade is beginning and she’s almost a teenager, Alice figures she’d better find a good role model–fast. This is the first in a series of 25 books.

RC   25250

 BRAVE NEW WORLD

HUXLEY, ALDOUS                                    Original Date: 1946

A satire of a technocratic future society in which people are rigidly classified and kept happy by a government-administered drug. When two bureaucrats, Lenina and Bernard, travel to a “savage” reservation, they “rescue” a woman and her adult son, abandoned long ago, and return them to civilization. An argument with the “World Controller” demonstrates the incompatibility of individual freedom and a totally  planned society. For senior high and older readers.

BR   01601         BR   11922         DB   47108  DLD     DX   47108    LB   02990         RC   47108

WHAT MY MOTHER DOESN’T KNOW

SONES, SONYA                                      Original Date: 2001

Fourteen-year-old Sophie describes her life in prose poems. She discusses her search for Mr. Right, her unhappy parents, her school activities, and her friends, Grace and Rachel. Grade 1 braille. For senior high readers.

BR   14156

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

LEE, HARPER                                       Original Date: 1960

Scout Finch is an outspoken and literate six-year-old tomboy when she begins her tale of growing up in a small Alabama town with her brother Jem and her attorney father Atticus. The children’s intense curiosity about a reclusive neighbor is eclipsed by Atticus’s attempt to defend   a black man against charges of raping a white woman. Pulitzer Prize winner.

BR   12850        DB   36414  DLD     DX   36414   RC   36414