More Texas Books Now Downloadable on BARD

We are excited to announce that more and more titles from the Texas Talking Book Program (as well as other network libraries around the country) are being uploaded to and made available on NLS’ Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service. Registered BARD users across the United States can access these books.

In the coming days, weeks, and months we’ll be updating you on all the great new locally produced content produced by our tireless volunteers here in our Austin studio as well as our partners in Midland.

The title below is one of those produced by volunteers from the Recording Library of West Texas (located in Midland) which has proven to be very popular among our patrons.


Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent

Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent

DT 7025 – Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent.

Narrated by Jack Mangan. Monitored by Becky Smith.

(Subtitle reads: “The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football.”)

The Masonic Home, an orphanage outside Fort Worth, became a high-school football dynasty in Depression-era Texas.

Despite having virtually no equipment or uniforms, and despite their linemen often being outweighed by 50 pounds, the Mighty Mites, as they came to be known, reached the Texas state semifinals three times and the championship game once. Dent produces a riveting narrative from the saga of the Mites and their innovative coach, Rusty Russell, who compensated for his team’s physical shortcomings with imaginative formations and trick plays.

Violence and some profanity. 2007.

Download this talking book from BARD.

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