New Large Print Books Added in May 2019

LB 10990 WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A VOICE LIKE THAT?: THE STORY OF EXTRAORDINARY CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA JORDAN BARTON, CHRIS Short biography of Barbara Jordan (1936-1996), whose confident voice led to her successful careers as a lawyer, politician, educator, and civil rights leader. For grades 3-6. 2018. Picture book. Unpaged. Jordan, Barbara, 1936-1996. Related names: Holmes, Ekua, illustrator.

LB 10989 LOVE-SICK SKUNK HAYES, JOE Sometimes it takes a lot to make kids change their ways. It takes even more to make them change their socks! And to make them throw away a trusty old pair of shoes that feels so comfortable on their feet, might take something as scary as a run-in with the south end of a crazy skunk that’s headed north. A lovesick skunk! For grades K-3 and older readers. Picture book. Unpaged. Related names: Castro, Antonio, 1941-, illustrator.

LB 10811 SOURCE OF SELF-REGARD: SELECTED ESSAYS, SPEECHES, AND MEDITATIONS MORRISON, TONI Collection of forty-three essays by the author of Sula (DB 08549), The Bluest Eye (DB 14892), and Beloved (DB 26026). Topics include racism and fascism, literature, women, wealth, Harlem, Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin, novelist and poet Chinua Achebe, and director Peter Sellars. Unrated. 2019. 523 pages. Morrison, Toni.

LB 10786 FIRST: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR THOMAS, EVAN, 1951- The life and career of the first female Supreme Court justice, including her childhood on an Arizona cattle ranch, her years at Stanford University, and her struggle to enter a male-dominated field in 1950s America. Recounts her career trajectory and her 1981 nomination to the Supreme Court. Unrated. 2019. O’Connor, Sandra Day, 1930- 770 pages.

LB 10788 WHEN THE IRISH INVADED CANADA: THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR VETERANS WHO FOUGHT FOR IRELAND’S FREEDOM KLEIN, CHRISTOPHER The outlandish history of a group of Irish-American revolutionaries who executed a daring set of Civil War-era raids on the British province of Canada to hold the territory hostage in hopes of securing Ireland’s independence. Unrated. 618 pages.

LB 10807 EDUCATED: A MEMOIR WESTOVER, TARA Memoir exploring the author’s path from being raised in a fundamentalist, paranoiac Mormon family where she was homeschooled to eventually working her way to graduate degrees at Cambridge and Harvard. Discusses hardships faced by the family, abuse at the hands of a sibling, and more. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2018. Westover, Tara — Family. 493 pages.

LB 10793 ELEGANT DEFENSE: THE EXTRAORDINARY NEW SCIENCE OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: A TALE IN FOUR LIVES RICHTEL, MATT Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist explores the human immune system, entwining scientific discovery with the stories of four individual lives. Guides readers on a scientific detective tale winding from the Black Death to twentieth-century breakthroughs in vaccination and antibiotics and the cutting-edge laboratories that are revolutionizing immunology. Unrated. 2019. 560 pages.

LB 10803 TRUTHS WE HOLD: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY HARRIS, KAMALA D. California senator and daughter of immigrants discusses how her upbringing informs her political views. Recounts her education and early career as a prosecutor before transitioning into politics. Discusses her views on problem solving, crisis management, and leadership that she feels can aid in uniting Americans. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Harris, Kamala D. Harris, Kamala D. –Political and social views. 459 pages.

LB 10813 BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS HAWKING, STEPHEN, 1942-2018 Author of A Brief History of Time presents his views on a number of topics, which include “Is there a God?,” “How did it all begin?,” “Can we predict the future?,” “What is inside a black hole?,” and “Will we survive on Earth?”. Related names: Hawking, Lucy, writer of afterword. Redmayne, Eddie, 1982- writer of foreword. Thorne, Kip S., writer of introduction. 316 pages.

LB 10787 FIRE AND FURY: INSIDE THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE WOLFF, MICHAEL, 1953- Journalist examines the first nine months of President Trump’s administration. Discusses, among other things, the staff’s opinions of Trump, the reasons for FBI director James Comey’s firing, the story behind Trump’s claims of being wire-tapped by President Obama, and the state of White House strategies following Steve Bannon’s departure. Strong language. Bestseller. 2018. Bannon, Stephen K. Trump, Donald, 1946- 583 pages.

LB 10796 LONGEVITY PARADOX: HOW TO DIE YOUNG AT A RIPE OLD AGE GUNDRY, STEVEN R. Dr. Gundry outlines a nutrition and lifestyle plan to support gut health and live well for decades to come. A progressive take on the new science of aging, he offers an action plan to prevent and reverse disease as well as simple hacks to help anyone look and feel younger and more vital. Related names: Lipper, Jodi, author. 520 pages.

LB 10999 I AM WHAT I ATE…AND I’M FRIGHTENED!!! AND OTHER DIGRESSIONS FROM THE DOCTOR OF COMEDY COSBY, BILL, 1937- Cosby, realizing that he is what he eats (such foods as scrapple, cake, popcorn, and pizza), reflects back on his sixty-five years of dining and the never-ending quest for a healthy lifestyle. Bestseller. 2003. Cosby, Bill, 1937- 184 pages copy 1. 183 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 10783 SEE YOU IN THE PIAZZA: NEW PLACES TO DISCOVER IN ITALY MAYES, FRANCES The Roman Forum, the Leaning Tower, the Piazza San Marco: these are the sights synonymous with Italy. But such landmarks only scratch the surface of this magical country’s offerings. In See You in the Piazza, Frances Mayes introduces us to the Italy only the locals know, as she and her husband, Ed, eat and drink their way through thirteen regions–from Friuli to Sicily. Along the way, she seeks out the cultural and historic gems not found in traditional guidebooks. Frances conjures the enchantment of the backstreets, the hubbub of the markets, the dreamlike wonder of that space between lunch and dinner when a city cracks open to those who would wander or when a mind is drawn into the pages of a delicious book–and discloses to us the secrets that only someone who is on intimate terms with a place could find. Unrated. Mayes, Frances — Travel — Italy. 628 pages.

LB 10800 DREAMERS WALKER, KAREN THOMPSON In an isolated college town in California, people begin to fall asleep and cannot be roused. As the condition spreads, so does panic, and a quarantine is established. Those still awake face difficulties, and those asleep display unusual levels of brain activity. Unrated. 2019. 386 pages.

LB 10806 NEXT TO DIE HANNAH, SOPHIE, 1971- DC Simon Waterhouse and his team are dealing with a serial killer who targets sets of friends and leaves each a small, white, mostly blank book. Comedian Kim Tribbeck–who received one of the books but is still alive–aids the investigation. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2016. 598 pages.

LB 10801 FINDING DOROTHY LETTS, ELIZABETH Hollywood, 1938. Maud Baum has arrived at the gates of M-G-M Studios as filming for the adaptation of her late husband`s book begins. When she hears Judy Garland singing “Over the Rainbow,” Maud`s memories of her past come to life once again. Unrated. 2019. 500 pages.

LB 10805 NIGHT AGENT: A NOVEL QUIRK, MATTHEW No one was more surprised than FBI Agent Peter Sutherland when he’s tapped to work in the White House Situation Room. When Peter was a boy, his father, a section chief in FBI counterintelligence, was suspected of selling secrets to the Russians. Peter has scrupulously done everything by the book, hoping his record will help him escape the taint of his past. At 1:05 a.m. the phone rings. A terrified young woman tells Peter that her aunt and uncle; they gave her this phone number with urgent instructions: “Tell them OSPREY was right. It’s happening.” Now Peter must find a Russian mole–and anyone in the White House could be the traitor. Unrated. 561 pages.

LB 10812 CHEF PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947- Celebrity food truck chef Caleb Rooney is accused of committing murder in his other job: major crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. While fighting the charges, Rooney discovers that his beloved city is under threat of attack by would-be terrorists who may be local. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Related names: DiLallo, Max, author. 544 pages.

LB 10785 SILENT NIGHT: A NOVEL STEEL, DANIELLE By the age of nine, Emma was starring on a hit TV show, thanks to her ambitious stage mother. But when tragedy strikes, Emma is sent to live with her aunt Whitney, who will have to help the traumatized girl find a way to start over. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 338 pages.

LB 10797 IMMORTALISTS BENJAMIN, CHLOE In 1969 New York City, the four Gold children meet a psychic who tells them each the date they will die. They each grow up and live their lives, but always with the knowledge of the psychic’s prophecy hanging over them. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 533 pages.

LB 10779 WOLF PACK BOX, C.J. Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett encounters bad behavior on his own turf–only to have the FBI and the DOJ ask him to stand down. Unrated. Bestseller. 732 pages.

LB 10778 GOOD OMENS: THE NICE AND ACCURATE PROPHECIES OF AGNES NUTTER, WITCH GAIMAN, NEIL Armageddon is scheduled for next Saturday! But demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale aren’t excited. To prevent Armageddon, they must kill the Antichrist, who is living on Earth as a young child. Three children were switched at birth, however, and no one knows which one is the Antichrist. Violence and some strong language. Edition includes an introduction and new material. Related names: Pratchett, Terry, author. 582 pages.

LB 10802 TURNING POINT: A NOVEL STEEL, DANIELLE Bill Browning heads the trauma unit at San Francisco’s busiest emergency room, SF General. With his ex-wife and daughters in London, he immerses himself in his work and lives for rare visits with his children. A rising star at her teaching hospital, UCSF at Mission Bay, Stephanie Lawrence has two young sons, a frustrated stay-at-home husband, and not enough time for any of them. Harvard-educated Wendy Jones is a dedicated trauma doctor at Stanford, trapped in a dead-end relationship with a married cardiac surgeon. And Tom Wylie’s popularity with women rivals the superb medical skills he employs at his Oakland medical center, but he refuses to let anyone get too close, determined to remain unattached forever. These exceptional doctors are chosen for an honor and a unique project: to work with their counterparts in Paris in a mass-casualty training program. As professionals, they will gain invaluable knowledge from the program. When an unspeakable act of mass violence galvanizes them into action, their temporary life in Paris becomes a stark turning point: a time to face harder choices than they have ever made before–with consequences that will last a lifetime. Unrated. 323 pages.

LB 10794 AMERICAN AGENT: A MAISIE DOBBS NOVEL WINSPEAR, JACQUELINE, 1955- When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice–Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie get out of Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death. As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend–and the possibility that she might be falling in love again. Unrated. Bestseller. 793 pages.

LB 10808 NEVER TELL: A NOVEL GARDNER, LISA A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. But his computer has been shot twelve times, and when the cops arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun. D.D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognizes the woman – Evie Carter. Evie’s father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident. But for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many. Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the TV news and immediately knows his face. But D.D. and Flora are about to discover that in this case the truth is a devilishly elusive thing. As layer by layer they peel away the half-truths and outright lies, they wonder: How many secrets can one family have? Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 523 pages.

LB 10798 HUNTRESS QUINN, KATE Boston, 1946. Seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is excited to meet the new woman in her long-widowed father`s life. When introduced to Anneliese Weber and her daughter Ruth, Jordan is entranced. But Anna is hiding secrets, and Jordan becomes suspicious. Meanwhile, a British war correspondent hunts Nazis. Unrated. Bestseller. 823 pages.

LB 10789 HOW TO KNIT A MURDER GOLDENBAUM, SALLY The mysterious Rose Chopra arrives in picturesque Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, and the Seaside Knitters welcome her into their world, until a controversial entrepreneur winds up dead and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Unrated. 439 pages.

LB 10795 SUSPECT BARTON, FIONA When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their frantic families are thrust into the international spotlight. Journalist Kate Waters does everything to break the story first, but she can`t help thinking of her own son, who left home two years ago to travel. Unrated. 2019. 552 pages.

LB 10804 BLACK ASCOT TODD, CHARLES Alan Barrington–who has evaded capture for ten years–is the suspect in an appalling murder during Black Ascot, the famous 1910 royal horse race. Now it appears that Barrington has returned to England, giving Inspector Rutledge and Scotland Yard a chance to see justice done. Unrated. 2019. 504 pages.

LB 10791 CEMETERY ROAD ILES, GREG Because his father is dying and his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, Washington, D. C., journalist Marshall McEwan has returned to his Mississippi hometown. When two homicides rock the community, Marshall secretly investigates with the help of his high school sweetheart. Unrated. Bestseller. 1026 pages.

LB 10792 GINGERBREAD OYEYEMI, HELEN Perdita Lee grew up with her mother Harriet, making gingerbread from a recipe handed down from generations of Harriet`s family in the mysterious country of Druhastrana. When teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother`s long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet`s story. Unrated. Bestseller. 372 pages.

LB 10799 KADDISH.COM ENGLANDER, NATHAN The son of Orthodox Jewish parents, Larry lives a secular lifestyle and refuses to recite the traditional Kaddish after the death of his father, to the horror of Larry`s sister. Larry then gets the bright idea to hire someone through the website kaddish. com to recite the prayer. Unrated. 2019. 289 pages.

LB 10810 BOWLAWAY MCCRACKEN, ELIZABETH Multiple generations operate a candlepin bowling alley in Salford, Massachusetts. It began at the turn of the twentieth century with Bertha Truitt, who was found unconscious in a cemetery with only a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person. Unrated. 504 pages.

LB 10781 RIVER HELLER, PETER, 1959- While canoeing the northern Canadian Maskwa River, two friends learn about a nearby wildfire. Hearing a man and woman arguing on the riverbank, they stop to warn them, but find no one. The next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Where is the woman? Unrated. 2019. 401 pages.

LB 10784 FIRST LADY PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947- Secret Service agent Sally Grissom is quietly investigating the disappearance of the First Lady. Her absence may just be a reaction to the scandalous public revelation of the president`s affair. Then the White House receives a ransom note along with her finger. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Related names: DuBois, Brendan, author. 520 pages.

LB 10790 NOVEL ART OF MURDER BURNS, V.M., 1964- The small town of North Harbor, Michigan, is just not big enough for the two of them: flamboyant phony Maria Romanov and feisty Nana Jo. The insufferable Maria claims she’s descended from Russian royalty and even once had a fling with King Edward VIII. She’s not just a lousy liar, she’s a bad actress, so when she nabs the lead in the Shady Acres Senior Follies–a part Nana Jo plays every year in their retirement village production–Nana Jo blows a gasket and reads her the riot act in front of everyone. Of course, when Maria is silenced with a bullet to the head, Nana Jo lands the leading role on the suspects list. Unrated. 409 pages.

LB 10780 CORNWALLS ARE GONE PATTERSON, JAMES, 1947- Army intelligence officer Amy Cornwall arrives home to an empty house. A phone rings with a terrifying ultimatum: locate and liberate an unnamed captive in forty-eight hours or her kidnapped husband and ten-year-old daughter are dead. Amy must employ every lethal tactic she has to save them. Unrated. 2019. Related names: DuBois, Brendan, author. 432 pages.

LB 10959 PARTING GIFT ERICKSON, BEN, 1952- When 17-year-old Josh Bell meets 84-year-old William Davis, an unusual friendship develops between the old man in the last months of his life and a young boy unsure of his future and place in the world. Enlisted to help Davis write his memoir, Josh learns lessons of life, love, and friendship. Unrated. 2000.

LB 10954 WHAT MRS. MCGILLICUDDY SAW! CHRISTIE, AGATHA, 1890-1976 With the assistance of a young woman to do the leg work, Miss Marple solves the mystery of a murder seen from a passing train. 1957. 371 pages. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018 Also published under the title: FOUR-FIFTY FROM PADDINGTON

LB 11089 DANGEROUS KISS COLLINS, JACKIE Lucky Santangelo seeks revenge when her husband and sister-in-law are victims of a violent carjacking. Lucky tries to keep the family to- gether as old flame Alex Woods appears to offer his support. She also discovers secrets about her husband. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 620 pages copy 1. 620 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 11091 BEACH MUSIC CONROY, PAT Jack McCall and his daughter, Leah, are living in Rome, having moved there following the suicide of his wife, Shyla, several years ago. Theirs is a peaceful life, but everything changes when his sister-in- law and several old school friends arrive asking for his help with serious personal matters. Soon Jack must face the demons of his past. Bestseller. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1298 pages copy 1. 1298 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 11095 PINK SLIP CIRESI, RITA 1985. Unmarried New Yorker Lisa Diodetto worries her Sicilian family, especially since her best friend is her gay cousin Dodie. Then Lisa finds romantic happiness with her Jewish boss Eben Strauss. But Dodie contracts AIDS and Lisa remembers sharing a needle with him. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 798 pages copy 1. 798 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 10993 DARE THE DEVIL CHASE, ELAINE RACO, 1949- From the moment he spied the tawny, near-naked beauty poised on the jagged cliffs, Thor Devlin was stunned. Long the master of his ranch near Glacier National Park, he yearned to make this primal fantasy come true on his own. But Cam Stirling was a movie stunt double who no man could tame — until Thor claimed her with a look. Although their passion was electric, Cam knew she couldn’t dare this devil without having to pay. Unrated. 1987. 231 pages copy 1. 231 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 11007 HORNET’S NEST: A NOVEL OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR CARTER, JIMMY, 1924- Former president’s first novel. Philadelphia Quakers Ethan and Epsey Pratt move to North Carolina, where they homestead until political troubles brew between the Regulators and the British. Relocating to Georgia in 1771 they develop local friendships with both Indians and settlers. Ethan joins the militia despite his religious beliefs. Bestseller. 2003. 784 pages copy 1. 784 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 10372 UPSTART COOKSON, CATHERINE England, 1898. Samuel Fairbrother is a successful cobbler with factories and stores across the country. Determined to move up in the world, Samuel buys a mansion complete with servants. The educated butler, Maitland, becomes indispensable to the family. As the children grow up and leave home, the eldest daughter Janet remains and falls in love with the lowly servant, Maitland. 571 pages copy 1. 538 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 9709 CAT WHO SAID CHEESE BRAUN, LILIAN JACKSON It is autumn in Pickax City, and Qwill, along with other residents, is preparing for the Great Food Expo — a festival of all kinds of happenings related to food. There is also a mysterious female guest at the New Pickax Hotel whose presence is causing quite a stir. But things really get hectic when a bomb explodes in the hotel and the intended victim seems to be the mystery guest. As usual Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum help solve the crime. Bestseller. 1996. 303 pages copy 1. 392 pages copy 2. Donated to TSLAC TBP in FY2018

LB 10945 I OWE YOU ONE KINSELLA, SOPHIE Fixie Farr took over the family hardware business after her father`s death, with little help from her brothers. When she saves a stranger`s laptop at a coffee shop, he gives her an IOU. She plans to use the favor to help her ex-boyfriend, but things get complicated. Unrated. 2019. 575 pages.

LB 10809 WEDDING GUEST: AN ALEX DELAWARE NOVEL KELLERMAN, JONATHAN Psychologist Delaware and Detective Sturgis are summoned to a wild saints and sinners-themed wedding reception. A horrified bridesmaid has discovered the body of a young woman, dressed in haute couture and accessorized with a grisly red slash around her neck. And no one recognizes her. Unrated. Bestseller. 485 pages.

The Library of Congress Wants to Hear from You!

Beginning in early March, a sample of 10,000 reader/patrons across the country who currently use services provided by the Library of Congress’s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped–also known as NLS–will be invited to participate in a nationwide survey. The information collected from this survey will guide NLS as they move forward on a variety of projects to enhance and expand the braille and talking- book program. As a part of NLS’s cooperating network of libraries, the Texas Talking Book Program encourages invited patrons to respond to the survey at their earliest convenience. Insights gathered from this survey will help us better understand the needs of all of our patrons. You may receive an invitation by mail, email, or phone. In order to ensure ease of use, readers selected for the survey will be given the option of responding in a number of ways to their invitation. Once you have received your invitation, if you have questions, please feel free to contact Gallup Support at or call 1-888-297-8999.

Introducing Duplication on Demand–A New Service for TBP Patrons

The Talking Book Program is now serving patrons with a great new service called Duplication on Demand (DoD). It will allow you to get almost any book that is available on BARD right away. When you order books, or when automatic selection orders books for you, they are recorded on a cartridge and sent to you within a day or two (provided you don’t already have a full quota.) Of course, if you have other requests on your list, you’ll need to tell us if you want new requests first. Otherwise, the computer may send older requests before the new ones. There’s no waiting for other patrons to return a copy; all downloadable books are always available. DoD puts up to 8 books on one cartridge, but you don’t need to be able to use Bookshelf because new programming has simplified the way you move from book to book. You can also get a whole series put on one cartridge– in series order—just let us know if there’s one you would like.

We are starting the process of moving all of our established audio readers to DoD. This will take quite a while, as each reader must be set up individually. DoD settings will be based on your current account profile, but these settings can be changed at your request. We are working through our patron list diligently, but it may be some time before we get to you. If you would like to switch to DoD right away, please contact us, and we’ll set you up.

Here’s what to expect when you start getting DoD cartridges:

• Each reader can have up to three cartridges checked out at once*

• Each cartridge may have as many as 8 books on it* (or a whole series, at your request.)

• Each cartridge will be labeled “TX Talking Book Library: Audio Books.”

• The mailing container will have a folded book card listing the titles that are on the cartridge.

• To return cartridges, simply remove the book card. The container has TBP’s return address permanently on it.

• Once a cartridge gets back to us, we’ll send you another one. It’s very important to send cartridges back right away to prevent gaps in service.

• The loan period for cartridges is 60 days, with an option to renew for another 60 days, so you’ll have plenty of time to read all of the books on the cartridge.

• If you want to reread a book or cartridge, we can send it again.

Questions? Please contact us! We’ll be happy to answer them. You can email us at, or call us at 1-800-252-9605.

*Note to Institutions: Since institutions (schools, nursing homes, etc.) serve multiple readers, you will receive more cartridges, each containing one book. For more information, please contact us.

*Note to Demo Sites: Demo sites will receive 1 cartridge that contains a Spanish book and an English book.

TBP’s Administrative Rules Review / Revisión de las Reglas Administrativas de TBP

TBP’s Administrative Rules Review: All state agencies and their programs have administrative rules, which are reviewed every four years, amended as needed, and then readopted. The notice of the review of TBP’s 18 rules has been published in the July 27, 2018 edition of the Texas Register (

You may read the rules here: Comments about the rule review may be made by postal mail, email, or phone to Ava Smith, Director, Talking Book Program, at P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX, 78711-2927,, or 512-463-5428. Comments must be received by August 27, 2018.

Revisión de las Reglas Administrativas de TBP: Todas las agencias estatales y sus programas correspondientes tienen reglas administrativas. Estas reglas son sometidas a una revisión cada cuatro años, se modifican como sea necesario, y después son re-adoptadas.

En Julio 27 de 2018, en la publicación Texas Register ( fue anunciada la revisión de las 18 reglas administrativas de TBP( Usted puede leer las reglas aqui:

Sus comentarios sobre la revisión de nuestras reglas pueden ser enviados por correo normal, por correo electrónico, o por teléfono a Ava Smith, Directora. Programa de Libros que Hablan. P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX, 78711-2927,, o llame al 512-463-5428. La fecha límite para recibir sus comentarios es August 27, 2018.


Talking Book Program to be Closed from 5 pm Friday, June 22 through 8 am Monday, July 2nd:: El Programa de Libros que Hablan estará cerrado de las 5:00 pm el Viernes 22 de Junio hasta las 8 am el Lunes 2 de Julio.

Starting at 5 pm on Friday, June 22nd, we will be closed to the public while we upgrade our computer system. We will reopen on Monday, July 2nd at 8 am.  While we are closed, you may leave simple requests such as book orders or contact information changes on our voicemail, and they will be processed during our closure. We regret that we will not be able to call you back; if you need to speak to a staff member, please call back when normal hours resume on July 2nd.

Please do not visit the library between June 22nd and July 1st, as we cannot accommodate walk-in patrons during the closure.

You may also contact us via e-mail at  While we are closed, email requests will be processed, but no replies will be sent.

Thank you for your patience while we make this important transition.

Comenzando a las 5:00 pm el Viernes 22 de Junio, estaremos cerrados al público mientras actualizamos nuestro sistema informático. Abriremos de nuevo el Lunes 22 de Julio a las 8:00 am. Durante nuestra clausura, usted puede dejar mensajes sencillos en nuestro correo de voz, como ordenes de libros o cambios en su información de contacto (teléfono, dirección, etc.) Esas solicitudes serán procesadas durante la clausura. Sentimos no poder regresar las llamadas durante ese tiempo; si necesita hablar con un miembro del personal, por favor llámenos cuando reanudemos nuestras horas hábiles el 2 de Julio.

No podremos admitir visitas en persona del 22 de Junio al 1ero de Julio, ya que no estaremos capacitados para ayudar usuarios durante nuestra clausura. Usted puede mandarnos mensajes por correo electrónico a  Durante nuestra clausura sí procesaremos solicitudes recibidas por correo electrónico, pero no mandaremos respuestas.

Gracias por su paciencia durante esta importante transición.

TBP Poetry Contest Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 TBP Poetry contest. Thank you to all that participated in the first TBP poetry contest. We received a range of poems–some were happy, some were sad, and some were touching.

Choosing the winners was not an easy task. In the end, the judgment came down to the poets’ originality, style, structure and impact. The judges were blown away by the talent and creativity they received from you, our patrons.

The winners are:
Category 1 (Ages 0- 10): Xiomara Gilliam with “A Cat Who Could Jump”
Category 3 (Ages 19 and Up): Barbary Wright with “Now We Are Ninety”
Category 3 (Ages 19 and Up): Tiffany Chartier with “One Cowboy’s End”

Job well done!

A Cat Who Could Jump by Xiomara Grace Gilliam
There once was a cat who could jump.
He could jump high over a bump.
He fell on his head
And thought he was dead
But all that was there was a lump.

NOW WE ARE NINETY by Barbara M. Wright
God brought us together, by His hand from above,
From the moment we met, we were in love.
Loneliness gone, a new life together,
His hand in mine, we learned from each other.

We are seventy-two and ripe for adventure,
He made me smile as we sang, and we danced,
He was the builder, with saw and a hammer,
I was his helper, standing by with the measure.

Day by day, year by year, our love grew stronger,
Until the day came when he could remember no longer.
Each time I am with him, he asks again and again,
“Why can’t I go home, oh please tell me when.”

Now, our bodies are frail, our sight growing dim,
Yet my love is no less than when I married him.
“What’s the matter with me?” words that tear at my heart.
“You love me no more, or we would not be apart”.

Most of his past and the people he knew,
Like a fog rolling in, seem to have vanished from view.
Oh God, if it you hear me, please call my love home,
I don’t want to die first and leave him alone.

One Cowboy’s End by Tiffany K. Chartier
Tree stumps circle around the old stone fire pit;
Tall grass rides up the boots of those who sit.
Stories are shared with an air of pride,
as the fire swells and the night hides.
Critters on the outskirts stop to listen,
but the cowboys see their eyes a ‘glisten.
The shrouded unknown is haunting;
yes, to all creatures – fear is the most daunting.
That is what, after all, boosts the tales,
around all old stone fire pits around the trails.
So long as the faithful fires keep a ‘swellin;
the sins of the cowboys will remain engulfed with their hellin’.
No one will notice the fear in their eyes;
except, perhaps, for that one fearless critter…right before one cowboy dies.



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.

TBP Circulation Center Maintenance May Cause Service Delays, Interruptions

Over the next weeks, you may experience slight interruptions in service or materials may take a bit longer than usual to get to you. This is due to scheduled maintenance at our circulation center in Austin that may require that we close the center on some days.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and look forward to returning to optimum service as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.

To contact the Talking Book Program, please email us at or call us at 1-800-252-9605 (512-463-5458 in Austin).

Please note that TBP staff do not have a detailed schedule of closures or delays; these are dependent on the progress of the maintenance.

10 Digit Dialing Coming to the Austin Area

For people living in the following eight counties: Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Lampasas, Milam, Travis, and Williamson, beginning June first you will need to dial the area code first for local calls. On July first, new phone numbers issued within these counties will be assigned a 737 area code, which accounts for the need to dial the area code. Even if you are calling from one 512 number to another 512 number in the same city, you still need to dial the area code first. Local calls will remain free within these counties.

 Other cities and counties in Texas have had multiple area codes for years. The Dallas area has three area codes: 214, 972, and 469. The Houston area has three as well: 281, 713, and 832. San Antonio is the last major city in Texas to have only one area code: 210.