IBUG offers Android training May 31, 2017

IBUG, a Houston-based group that provides free iPhone training, is now branching out to include Android training. Raul Gallegos, an assistive technology trainer, will conduct the first conference call about Android devices and the Google operating system.

What: Android device training
When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 7:30 pm Central Time
Where: conference call
Conference dial-in number: (712) 432-0111
Participant access code: 787800#
NOTE: This is NOT a toll-free call.
While on the call, please use *6 to toggle mute/unmute on your phone.

For more information, contact Raul Gallegos at 832-554-7285 or send an e-mail to raul@raulgallegos.com

For information about IBUG, visit the web site at www.ibugtoday.com

Presentation about Non 24 in Dallas

Non 24 is a sleep disorder that affects some people who are totally blind. The condition can make you feel sleepy during the day and can make it difficult for you to sleep through the night. The AFB Center on Vision Loss is offering a 45 minute presentation about Non 24. The seminar is free, and lunch is included. Attendees will also have the option for a private consultation.

Here are the details:
What: Non 24 presentation
When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss, 11030 Ables Lane, Dallas
RSVP to: Neva Fairchild: e-mail neva@afb.net or call 214-438-5316
Cost: free

Staff Pick – John – IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER’S BERLIN, DB 73470

The Talking Book Program’s Phone-in Book Club recently discussed THE BOYS IN THE BOAT: NINE AMERICANS AND THEIR EPIC QUEST FOR GOLD AT THE 1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS (DB 77138).  While the focus of the book was on the University of Washington crew that rowed its way to a Gold Medal, it also provides glimpses of life in Nazi Germany under Adolph Hitler.

Not for the first time, I asked myself how good, decent people could fall under the influence of the likes of Hitler, Göring, and Goebbels.  While there are no truly “good” answers to that question, Erik Larson’s IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER’S BERLIN offers a compelling and unique account of Germany’s descent into “savage darkness.”

A master of narrative nonfiction, Larson is the author of ISAAC’S STORM: A MAN, A TIME, AND THE DEADLIEST HURRICANE IN HISTORY (DB/DX 48811), DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY DB/DX 55748), and DEAD WAKE: THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA (DB 80936).

Larson spotlights William Dodd, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1933-1937.  Dodd is a modest History professor and native Virginian who courageously confronted Confederate Civil War veterans early in his academic career.  Dodd’s adult daughter, Martha, is an intriguing complementary figure.  At first enamored by the energy of the Nazi revolution, Martha is soon gripped by “deepening revulsion” at its brutality.

Dodd was one of the few diplomats or politicians who had both the foresight to recognize what Hitler would become and the courage to speak about the evils of Nazi Germany.  However, his superiors in the State Department ridiculed Dodd at every turn as a crude maverick, and he was eventually replaced by a career diplomat who stressed the “positive aspects of Nazi Germany.”

From the “Night of Long Knives” to Kristallnacht, IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS casts Dodd as a “lone beacon of American freedom and hope in a land of gathering darkness.”

NLS Annotation: Follows the lives of U.S. ambassador William E. Dodd and his family, who moved to Berlin, Germany, in 1933. Discusses their attitudes toward the Nazi Party, obliviousness to Hitler’s true character, and naive reactions to the persecution of Jews and Americans and the enforcement of stringent laws. Bestseller. 2011.

Movie buffs should note that a film adaptation of IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS is in the works, with Tom Hanks rumored to play the role of Ambassador Dodd.

To learn more about IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, and Hitler’s rise to power, listen to a 2012 interview with Larson on NPR’s “Fresh Air”: http://www.npr.org/2012/05/04/151378813/the-u-s-ambassador-inside-hitlers-berlin

A master of narrative nonfiction, Larson is also the author of ISAAC’S STORM: A MAN, A TIME, AND THE DEADLIEST HURRICANE IN HISTORY (DB/DX 48811); DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (DB/DX 55748); and DEAD WAKE: THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA (DB 80936).

GoGoGrandparent

GoGoGrandparent is a transportation service available throughout the United States and Canada that works with existing Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s) such as Uber and Lyft to provide transportation options for seniors.

One difference with GoGoGrandparent, besides the fact that it is specifically for seniors, is that you don’t use a smartphone app like most companies. Once you sign up for the service, you call 855-464-6872 or 855-GOGO-USA when you need a ride. Rides may be scheduled a day in advance, but the preference is to call about 15 minutes before you want to be picked up from a location. Prices can be higher during peak travel times.

The vehicles used are four door sedans and individuals must be able to transfer independently from folding wheelchairs or with the use of walkers. Payment is made by a credit card kept on file, so no money is exchanged with the driver. Seniors may go wherever they wish and up to 100 miles away; they are not limited only to doctor appointments or shopping. In addition, seniors may take people with them; there is a limit of four passengers per vehicle.

For more information, visit https://gogograndparent.com/
An FAQ is available at: https://gogograndparent.com/faq

NOTE: Gogograndparent is not available in all areas. The web site allows you to put in your zip code to determine if you have access to the service.

Texas Music and Musicians

Austin promotes itself as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” a reference to the many musicians and live music venues within the city, as well as the TV concert series Austin City Limits. However, the entire state of Texas has a long and varied musical history. It is the birthplace of many singers, songwriters and musicians who represent many different types of music. From traditional country musicians like Gene Autry and Tex Ritter to contemporary R & B groups like Destiny’s Child, The Talking Book Program has biographies and memoirs as well as more general books on Texas music in our collection.

General
Title: NEVER HEARD OF ‘EM: AUSTIN’S MUSIC EXPLOSION, 1994-2000
Author: DONAHOE, SUE
DT 07268 DBC 04845 (BARD)

Title: TEXAS RHYTHM, TEXAS RHYME: A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF TEXAS MUSIC
Author: WILLOUGHBY, LARRY
DT 03981

Gene Autry
Title: BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN
Author: AUTRY, GENE
DB 16849

Rodney Crowell
Title: CHINABERRY SIDEWALKS
Author: CROWELL, RODNEY
DB 73893

Kirk Franklin
Title: CHURCH BOY
Author: FRANKLIN, KIRK
DB 70436

Buddy Holly
Title: BUDDY HOLLY: A BIOGRAPHY
Author: AMBURN, ELLIS
DT 07070

Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins

Title: RAGGIN’ THE BLUES: LEGENDARY COUNTRY BLUES AND RAGTIME MUSCICIANS
Author: WILDS, MARY
DR 04188

Waylon Jennings
Title: WAYLON: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Author: JENNINGS, WAYLON
DB 43334

George Jones
Title: I LIVED TO TELL IT ALL
Author: JONES, GEORGE
DB 42850

Title: THREE OF US: GROWING UP WITH TAMMY AND GEORGE
Author: JONES, GEORGETTE
DB 76171

Janis Joplin
Title: JANIS JOPLIN: RISE UP SINGING
Author: ANGEL, ANN
BR 19426, DB 73764

Scott Joplin
Title: KING OF RAGTIME: SCOTT JOPLIN AND HIS ERA
Author: BERLIN, EDWARD A
DB 42223 (BARD)

Beyonce Knowles & Kelly Rowland
Title: SOUL SURVIVORS: THE OFFICIAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DESTINY’S CHILD
Author: KNOWLES, BEYONCE
DB 55896 (BARD)

Willie Nelson
Title: FACTS OF LIFE AND OTHER DIRTY JOKES
Author: NELSON, WILLIE
DB 58592

Title: ROLL ME UP AND SMOKE ME WHEN I DIE: MUSINGS FROM THE ROAD
Author: NELSON, WILLIE
DB 75901

Title: IT’S A LONG STORY: MY LIFE
Author: NELSON, WILLIE
DB 81617

Title: WILLIE NELSON: AN EPIC LIFE
Author: PATOSKI, JOE NICK
DB 66762

Tex Ritter
Title: TEX RITTER
Author: Ritter, Tex
DBM 00878 (BARD)

Selena
Title: SELENA! PHENOMENAL LIFE AND TRAGIC DEATH OF THE TEJANO MUSIC QUEEN
Author: RICHMOND, CLINT
Bilingual
DB 44470

B. J. Thomas
Title: HOME WHERE I BELONG
Author: THOMAS, B.J
DB 14755 (BARD)

Tanya Tucker
Title: NICKEL DREAMS: MY LIFE
Author: TUCKER, TANYA
DB 48356

Townes Van Zandt
Title: TO LIVE’S TO FLY: THE BALLAD OF THE LATE, GREAT TOWNES VAN ZANDT
Author: KRUTH, JOHN
DT 07063 DBC 04839 (BARD)

Bob Wills
Title: LONE STAR SWING: ON THE TRAIL OF BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS
Author: MCLEAN, DUNCAN
DB 48652

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher, DB 70544

The recent release on March 31st of Netflix’s series 13 Reasons, has generated new interest in the book on which it is based. THIRTEEN REASONS WHY. Character-driven with an emotionally intense tone, this book tells the story of Hannah Baker, through a series of audio cassettes recorded for the 13 different people who impacted her life…and in her opinion…precipitated her death.

Cover of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Winner of multiple state book awards for young adults as well as a recipient of a coveted five stars from Teen Book Review, this book is author Jay Asher’s debut novel.

NLS Annotation Clay Jensen receives a box of audiocassettes in the mail with no return address. Hannah Baker–a girl he barely knew but secretly liked, who committed suicide–recorded a final message for thirteen people to listen to and then pass on to the next person. For senior high readers. 2007.

If you have already read this book and enjoy realistic young adult fiction that deals with coping with the suicide of an acquaintance try LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green, DB 61873. Or if you’d prefer the point of view be from the person contemplating suicide, try FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, DB 77255.

June 2017 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Tuesday June 6th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of ONE-HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED by Jonas Jonasson (DB 75820)

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 (RSVP preferred by May 16th) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.
NLS Annotation:
Sweden. On his one-hundredth birthday, former demolitions expert Allan Karlsson escapes from an old folks’ home, steals a suitcase filled with money, and begins a madcap adventure running from criminals and the police. Originally published in Swedish in 2009. Some strong language. 2012.

State Independent Living Council Virtual Conversations

The Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) will be hosting a series of virtual conversations on various topics related to independent living.

The first webinar will be on Friday, May 5th, from 2 – 3 pm Central time, and will feature a discussion about emergency preparedness. The presenters for this webinar will be Ron Lucey, Executive Director of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, and Danielle Hesse with the Texas Disability Task Force on Emergency Management.

This virtual discussion is free and open to the public. To register, please click on the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3309752482715138307

Topics for future virtual conversations in this series have not yet been announced.

New from the TBP Recording Studio: February & March 2017

Check out these new titles fresh from the TBP Recording Studio.  They are available for loan on digital cartridge or for download via BARD. Skip to adult fiction, adult non-fiction, children’s titles, or titulos en espanol.

Adult Fiction:

The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush by Susan Wittig Albert (DT07328)
It’s the spring of 1933 and times are tough all over. Banks are
closing all over the country, and the small town of Darling, Alabama,
is no exception. Desperate to avoid disaster, several town leaders
hatch a plan to print Darling Dollars on the newspaper printing press
to serve as temporary currency so the town can function. But when
the first printing of the scrip disappears, the Darling Dahlias set
out to discover who made an unauthorized withdrawal. Some strong
language. 2014. Available for download as DBC07277.

A Match Made In Texas by Ginger Chambers (DT06161)
For years and years, Parker sons and daughters have ranched the
Parker land, and eighty-one-year-old Mae Parker intends to keep
it that way. But her great-nephew Rafe has no plans to buckle
under her pressure for him to marry. But his iron will is tested
when Mae invites Shannon Bradley to the ranch. 1996.
Available for download as DBC11864.

I Promise by Joan Johnston (DT06294)
The New York press calls Delia Carson the Hanging Judge which makes
her an oddity on the Brooklyn Supreme Court. Concealed behind her
successful legal career is a romance that shattered twenty years earlier
and forced her to flee her family’s Texas ranch. Now her mother’s illness
brings Delia back to Uvalde and she can’t avoid Marshall North,
her former love who found his own path to fame as a journalist. Their
youthful passion, interrupted but not destroyed, can bring lifelong
happiness only if Delia and Marsh can solve the crime that drove them
apart so many years ago.  Explicit descriptions of sex.
Available for download as DBC07291.

Where Eagles Dare by Allistair MacLean (DT01756)
The harrowing exploits of double and triple agents during World War
II, and how they infiltrate Gestapo headquarters in the snowbound
Schloss Adler castle in the Alps. Assisted by Lieutenant Schaffer of
Montana, Major Smith of British Intelligence leads the expedition
to rescue an American general before he is forced to talk.
Available for download as DBC07286.

Irish Girl: Stories by Tim Johnston (DT07331)
This collection of short stories that won the Katherine Anne Porter
Prize in Short Fiction explores stories of loss, absence, and the
devastating effects of chance; of what happens when the unthinkable
bad luck of other people, of other towns becomes our bad luck, our
towns. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex.
Available for download as DBC07276.

You Know When The Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon (DT07103)
There is an army of women waiting for their men to return in Fort
Hood, Texas. Through a series of loosely interconnected stories,
Fallon takes the readers onto the base, inside the homes, into the
marriages and families not seen by the public. When the men are gone,
babies still cry, telephones ring, Saturday morning cartoons screech,
but without the men, there is a sense of muted silence, a sense of
muted life. Strong language, violence and some descriptions of sex.
2011. Available for download as DBC07274.

Adult Non-Fiction:

The Story of the Texas Rangers by Walter Prescott Webb (DT04177)
Walter Prescott Webb is one of Texas’ most distinguished historians.
After writing a definitive history of the Texas Rangers, he was
unable to resist the urge to re-tell some of the best stories
in a more relaxed form. This book is the product of that urge
and is intended for general readers rather than the professional
historian. Available for download as DBC07273.

Collective Heart: Texans in World War II by Joyce Gibson Roach (DT06082)
The idea for this anthology of non-fiction and fiction was born at
a conference, Texas Goes to War, held in commemoration of the fif-
tieth anniversary of World War II. The essays and short stories
largely represent the impact of the war on the small, out of the way
places in Texas. All of the pieces reflect the assurance that World
Available for download as DBC07289.

Black Leaders: Texans For Their Times (DT05066)
This volume examines the lives of some black Texans who, in the words
of Fredrick Douglass, helped “Devise and carry out measures for their
own social advancement, and for the general improvement of their
condition.”  This collection of eight essays is an effort to discuss
not the most well-known state leaders, but rather to select a
representative group that deserves more attention.
Available for download as DBC11870.

Simple Steps…Costly Choices: A Guide to Inner Peace (DT06133)
Austin author and pastoral counselor Bob Lively translates the 12-step
program developed originally by Alcoholics Anonymous into
“biblical, spiritual and psychological language for the modern
mind,” and describes how the 12-step process can be applied to any
and all “addictions” one encounters in life.
Available for download as DBC11876.

Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas by Kay Bailey Hutchison (DT07256)
The first woman to represent Texas in the United State Senate
introduces some of the extraordinary women who have shaped the state
of Texas and the nation. Some violence. 2013.
Available for download as DBC11877.

The Story of Big Bend National Park by John Jameson (DT06258)
Located in the great bend of the Rio Grande that separates Texas and
Mexico, the park is larger in area than the state of Rhode Island, and
attracts over 300,000 visitors per year. Its rugged mountains and
spectacular river canyons make it one of Texas’ most popular tourist
attractions. This history begins before the actual founding of the
park in 1944 by describing the efforts to persuade local landowners
and the federal government that such a park was needed, and to raise
the money for land acquisition. The author makes an eloquent plea for
the preservation of this starkly beautiful park in the face of
budgetary problems that trouble the entire national park system.
Available for download as DBC07292.

Beyond Death’s Door by Maurice Rawlings (DT03364)
The author recounts the experiences of individuals who have survived
clinical death and returned to life to tell about it. All interviews
lead to the statement that death does not represent “finality or
oblivion, but instead a graduation from one life into another–an
existence sometimes gratifying and in other instances terrifying.”
Available for download as DBC07275.

Children’s Titles:

Hank the Cowdog 38: The Fling by John R. Erickson (DT06654)
When Hank the Cowdog accidentally hitches a ride into town on a cattle
truck, he meets up with his old pal, Dogpound Ralph. Ralph convinces
Hank to join him on a fling – dodging traffic, stealing meat from
backyard barbecues, and hiding from the dogcatcher. It sounds like
fun, but after a day of running from the law, Hank starts to long for
the humble comforts of home. Can Hank survive his fling and make it
back to the ranch in one piece? For grades 4-7.
Available for download as DBC07287.

Hank the Cowdog 39: The Secret Laundry Monster Files by John R. Erickson (DT06653)
When Hank the Cowdog hears suspicious sounds coming from near Sally
May’s clothesline, it leads to a midnight investigation of the ranch.
Before he knows it, Hank finds himself caught up with his old friend
Eddy the Rac – and face-to-face with one of a dog’s greatest enemies:
the dreaded Laundry Monster. Could this mean the end of everyone’s
favorite Head of Ranch Security? Or is it just Eddy the Rac up to his
old tricks? For grades 4-7. Available for download as DBC07288.

Hank the Cowdog 40: The Case of the Missing Bird Dog by John R. Erickson (DT06693)
It’s the first day of quail season, and Plato the Bird Dog is missing.
At first, Hank is willing to let him stay lost. But when Beulah pleads
for help, Hank caves in and takes off in search of Plato. Before he
can catch a scent of spotted bird-dog, he finds himself face-to-face
with an angry mother hog and her litter. Can Hank’s quick wits help
him out of this fix? For grades 4-7. Available for download as DBC07290.

The Cowboy’s Christmas by Joan Walsh Anglund (DT03451)
Relates the young cowboy’s activities as he prepares for Christmas
For grades K-3. Available for download as DBC07285.

Titulos en espanol:

El Joven Rey y Otros Cuentos by Oscar Wilde (DT05053)
En esta coleccion de siete historias, el autor da una vision critica
de la hipocresia de la sociedad creando unos inolvidables personajes
que responden con generosidad al dolor y la miseria que los rodea.
Available for download as DBC07281.

Una Entrega Especial by Danielle Steel (DT06696)
At fifty-nine, entrepreneur and confirmed playboy Jack Watson becomes
attracted to his son’s widowed mother-in-law. A romance blossoms
overcoming family resistance and yielding an unexpected blessing.
Bestseller. La conmovedora y divertida historia de dos personas que
descubren el amor donde y cuando menos se lo esperan. La relacion
escandalizara a ambas familias y de pronto todo seran obstaculos e
incomprension. Sin embargo, un hecho excepcional dara un vuelco
inesperado a la dificil encrucijada. 1997.
Available for download as DBC07295.

Una Amante Maravillosa by Lori Foster (DT07207)
El bombero Zack Grange estaba buscando esposa, pero no le valia
cualquiera; queria la mujer perfecta que pudiera ademas cudar a su
pequena. Cuando Wynn Lane se mudo a la casa de al lado, el penso que
era exactamente lo que no queria. El puesto no estabe disponible para
mujeres tan desenvueltas como ella. Pero eso era lo que opinaba el
padre que habia en el, porque el hombre decia algo muy diferente.
2001. Available for download as DBC11872.

Milagros de la Oracion by Quin Sherrer (DT06698)
Milagros de la oracionnos ensena que Dios todavia hace milagros y cambia
vidas. El ha contestado las oraciones de muches y quiere contestar las suyas
tambien. Quin Sherrer nos ofrece historias inspradoras de gente comun
y corriente que ha ordo y recibido respuestas extraordiarias. Aqui
encontrara historias increibles de sanidad, proteccion y rescate,
junto a sabiduria que le servira de guia en sus propias oraciones.
Available for download as DBC11875.

Cuentos de Perrault by Charles Perrault (DT04369)
A collection of classic Spanish children’s stories. Included are: La
Bella Drumiente del Bosque, Caperucita Roja, Barba Azul, El Gato con
Botas, Las Hadas, La Cenicienta, Riquete, El de Copete, Pulgarcito,
Griseldis, Los deseos ridiculos and Piel de Asno. For grades 6-9.
Spanish language. Available for download as DBC07279.

Descendientes del Sol y Otras Leyendas de America (DT04941)
Una coleccion de exoticas e interesantes leyendas de las Americas.
(A collection of exotic and interesting legends of the Americas.
Spanish language.) Available for download as DBC07280.

The Adventures of Connie and Diego = Las Aventuras de Connie y Diego by Maria Garcia (DT05167)
People make fun of Connie and Diego because their skin is multi-
colored. They run away to ask the animals where they really belong.
This bilingual edition is ideal for those studying Spanish or English.
For readers in grades 2-4. Available for download as DBC07282.

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: tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov.

Upcoming Events: AFB Center on Vision Loss

Here are three upcoming events sponsored by the AFB Center on Vision Loss in Dallas:

1) The seminar entitled: Balance: Getting Back to Basics has been re-scheduled.
New date: Thursday, April 20th
Time: noon – 3 pm
Location: AFB Center on Vision Loss, 11030 Ables Lane in Dallas
RSVP to: Neva Fairchild at neva@afb.net or call 214-438-5316
Lunch will be provided.

2) The Balance Intervention Study has also been re-scheduled
New dates: Thursday, April 20th, or Friday, April 21st, by appointment, for pre-test assessments
Location: AFB Center on Vision Loss, 11030 Ables Lane in Dallas
Contact: Neva Fairchild at neva@afb.net or 214-438-5316
This study consists of a 12 week training program designed for individuals who are 55 years or older and have vision loss. Study participants will have access to balance equipment and Tai Chi classes. Pre and post tests will be conducted.

3) Free self-defense class for the visually-impaired community
Date: Friday, April 28th
Time: 10 am
Location: Grand Room, Sedona Village Senior Living, 2800 Sedona Ranch Drive in Fort Worth
RSVP to: Terry at 940-206-6829
This specialized class is specifically for individuals who use white canes.