35 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

Panhandle megafires, Texas Christmas legends, the lighter side of Texas history, and health resorts highlight these newly available Texas titles.

There are now more than 2,200 locally produced Texas titles on BARD. Check out the Texas Talking Book Program’s stellar Volunteer Recording Studio!

ALAMO HOUSE: WOMEN WITHOUT MEN, MEN WITHOUT BRAINS by Sarah Bird
DBC 28927

Adult Fiction

ALEX SWEET’S TEXAS: THE LIGHTER SIDE OF LONE STAR HISTORY by Alexander Edwin Sweet
DBC 28971

Adult Non-fiction

BAD SMOKE, GOOD SMOKE: A TEXAS RANCHER’S VIEW OF WILDFIRE by John R. Erickson
DBC 18356

Adult Non-Fiction

BLANCO by Allen Wier
DBC 28978

Adult Fiction

CRAZY WATER: THE STORY OF MINERAL WELLS AND OTHER TEXAS HEALTH RESORTS by Gene Fowler
DBC 28943

Adult Non-Fiction

CUANDO LAS COSAS MALAS LE PASAN A LA GENTE BUENA by Harold S. Kushner
DBC 28953

Adult Non-fiction (Spanish)

EDGE OF THE WEST AND OTHER TEXAS STORIES by Bryan Woolley
DBC 28982

Adult Non-Fiction

FELICE AND THE WAILING WOMAN by Diana López
DBC 28997

Juvenile Fiction

GALLOWS WAITING: CODY’S LAW BOOK 10 by Matthew S. Hart
DBC 26289

Adult Fiction

GREAT TEXAS CHRISTMAS LEGENDS by Zeno Zeplin
DBC 24940

Juvenile Non-Fiction

LAST DANCE ON THE STARLIGHT PIER by Sarah Bird
DBC 29000

Adult Fiction

LATE BLOOMERS: A NOVEL by Deepa Varadarajan
DBC 29005

Adult Fiction

LONE STAR by Barbara Barrie
DBC 28923

Juvenile Fiction

LOOP by Joe Coomer
DBC 28932

Adult Fiction

MAGGIE AND DEVILDUST-RIDIN’ HIGH! by Judy Alter
DBC 28900

Juvenile Fiction

MOTHER SCORPION COUNTRY: A LEGEND FROM THE MISKITO INDIANS OF NICARAGUA = LA TIERRA DE LA MADRE ESCORPIÓN: UNA LEYENDA DE LOS INDIOS MISKITOS DE NICARAGUA by Harriet Rohmer
DBC 28964

Juvenile Non-Fiction (English/Spanish)

MR. TEXAS: A NOVEL by Lawrence Wright
DBC 28999

Adult Fiction

MY DEAR MOLLIE: LOVE LETTERS OF A TEXAS SHEEP RANCHER by John Barclay McGill
DBC 28956

Juvenile Non-Fiction

MY SUMMER DARLINGS by May K. Cobb
DBC 29002

Adult Fiction

MYSTERY OF Y’BARBO’S TUNNEL by Martha Tannery Jones
DBC 28951

Juvenile Fiction

NIGHT WILL FIND YOU by Julia Heaberlin
DBC 29004

Adult Fiction

OLEANDER CITY: A NOVEL BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Matt Bondurant
DBC 29003

Adult Fiction

OLEANDER ODYSSEY: THE KEMPNERS OF GALVESTON, TEXAS, 1854-1980S by Harold Melvin Hyman
DBC 28894

Adult Non-Fiction

PARADISE VALLEY by Jack Curtis
DBC 28933

Adult Fiction

PICKING PEAS FOR A PENNY by Angela Shelf Medearis
DBC 28958

Juvenile Non-Fiction

PIONEER JEWISH TEXANS: THEIR IMPACT ON TEXAS AND AMERICAN HISTORY FOR FOUR HUNDRED YEARS, 1590-1990 by Natalie Ornish
DBC 28893

Adult Non-Fiction

SEX, MURDER & THE UNWRITTEN LAW: GENDER AND JUDICIAL MAYHEM, TEXAS STYLE by Bill Neal
DBC 18391

Adult Non-Fiction

SIETE HISTORIAS DE AMOR DE NAVIDAD by Leo F. Buscaglia
DBC 28930

Adult Non-Fiction (Spanish)

TEXAS ALPHABET by James Rice
DBC 28963

Juvenile Non-Fiction

TEXAS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by James Rice
DBC 28962

Juvenile Fiction

THIS DOG’LL HUNT by Wallace O. Chariton
DBC 28931

Adult Non-Fiction

TRAIN TO ESTELLINE: A NOVEL by Jane Roberts Wood
DBC 28981

Adult Fiction

UNSETTLED LAND: FROM REVOLUTION TO REPUBLIC, THE STRUGGLE FOR TEXAS by Sam W. Haynes
DBC 290

Adult Non-Fiction

VANQUISHERS by Kalynn Bayron
DBC 28998

Juvenile Fiction

WHAT I AM by Divya Srinivasan
DBC 28996

Juvenile Fiction

Many Faces of BARD Program: Siri Shortcuts for BARD

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) as NLS will provide information on Siri shortcuts for BARD.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. 

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: https://tinyurl.com/5ez6btsm.

Many Faces of BARD Program: BARD 2.0: An Introduction and Demonstration

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, April 11, at 6:00 p.m. (Central). NLS will provide an introduction and demonstration of the new BARD 2.0.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.  

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: https://tinyurl.com/bdcftz98  

BARD Mobile iOS Version 2.2.2 Release!

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is releasing BARD Mobile iOS version 2.2.2 this week, introducing enhanced features and improvements.

BARD Mobile enables NLS patrons to download and listen to audiobooks and magazines directly from their iOS devices. Registered Texas Talking Book patrons will need a BARD account and a device running iOS versions 14 through 17 to use this updated version of the app.

Among the highlights:

Siri shortcuts (voice user interface):

The app can now be operated by voice commands for playback and navigation, including stopping and resuming playback, fast-forward and rewind by various intervals, and setting a sleep timer or a bookmark. Users can add Siri shortcuts in the app’s settings.

International language search:

Set up to four languages in the app’s settings and then filter search results by selecting a preferred language.

Accessibility improvements for visually impaired users:

We have boosted color contrast between selected and unselected search categories. This update enhances visibility with Smart Invert, Classic Invert, and Dark Mode on.

Multiword search for Search/Search music

Bug fixes, including:

  • Garbled credentials error fixed
  • Switch from tone to speed is fixed on iOS 17
  • Get Books and Bookshelf now return only titles matching the type selected in the Show Me setting, i.e. Audio Only / Braille Only / Both Audio and Braille

The app supports iOS versions 14 through 17.

This is a phased release, and the version will be available to all users by February 29.

Many Faces of BARD Program: Using the Audio Player in BARD Express: A Demonstration

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, March 14, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) which will provide a demonstration of using the Audio Player in BARD Express.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.  

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/yc875kf2.  

12 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

Texas true crime, Kiowa legends, the world’s biggest rodeo, and a satire by the incomparable Dan Jenkins highlight this offering of Texas titles newly available on BARD.

BLOOD LINES by Kathryn Casey
DBC 18698
Adult Fiction
BLUEBONNET OF THE HILL COUNTRY by Mary Brooke Casad
DBC 28895
Juvenile Fiction
BURIED SECRETS: A TRUE STORY OF SERIAL MURDER, BLACK MAGIC, AND DRUG-RUNNING ON THE U.S. BORDER by Edward Humes
DBC 28837
Adult Non-Fiction
CÓMO ALCANZAR SUS OBJETIVOS CON ÉXITO by Joyce Brothers
DBC 27008
Adult Non-Fiction (Spanish)
FANTASMAS AZTECAS: UN PRE-TEXTO by Gustavo Sáinz
DBC 28850
Adult Fiction (Spanish)
GHOST STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST
DBC 28860
Juvenile Non-Fiction
GLASS SLIPPERS by Nancy Berland
DBC 27000
Adult Fiction
HAND ME ANOTHER BRICK by Charles R. Swindoll
DBC 28972
Adult Non-Fiction
LIMO by Dan Jenkins
DBC 28950
Adult Fiction
MATRIMONIO DE CONVENIENCIAS by Georgette Heyer
DBC 28836
Adult Fiction (Spanish)
SIX YEARS WITH THE TEXAS RANGERS, 1875 TO 1881 by James B Gillett
DBC 28862
Adult Non-Fiction
TEN GRANDMOTHERS: EPIC OF THE KIOWAS by Alice Lee Marriott
DBC 28841
Adult Non-Fiction

Many Faces of BARD Program: Using BARD with Smart Devices: A Demonstration

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, February 8, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) which will provide a demonstration of using BARD with a smart device.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.  

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/245zs8sk

BARD Mobile Android Version 2.1.0 Release!

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is releasing BARD Mobile Android version 2.1.0 this week, introducing enhanced features and improvements.

BARD Mobile enables NLS patrons to download and listen to audiobooks and magazines directly from their Android devices. Registered Texas Talking Book patrons will need a BARD account and a device running Android OS version 9-14 in order to use this updated version of the app.

Among the highlights:

In-app search functionality

A fully supported in-app search function, including Music Collection search, for a more seamless experience.

Spanish translation

The app can now be set so its text and audio are in Spanish. To switch to Spanish, select it as the default language in your device settings. The app’s visual and TalkBack interface will adjust.

International language search option

Explore the new international language search option by choosing up to four languages in the app’s settings. Filter search results by selecting your preferred language.

Navigate to: App’s Settings > User Account Settings > Language Preferences > Select up to four languages.

When accessing Get Books – Search, you will have up to four languages based on your settings. Default languages are English and Spanish if no changes are made.

Compatibility and User Guide update

  • The app supports Android OS versions 9–14.
  • Please note that the User Guide is being updated and will be added later.

Users should be able to update supported Android devices by February 1, 2024. BARD Mobile users can confirm that they are running the latest version by checking the bottom of the app’s Settings screen.

New BARD Download Limits

Beginning February 6, 2024, NLS patrons will be allowed to download no more than 250 books and magazines from BARD in any rolling thirty-day period. This download maximum includes both audio and braille titles, and across all BARD platforms. This means if you download 200 unique items using BARD Express, you can still download another 50 titles using the BARD mobile app on your smart device.

The download limit is calculated by adding up the number of “unique titles” downloaded. You can download the same title on additional devices in the same thirty-day period without that download counting against the limit.

Many Faces of BARD Program: Open Forum with the NLS Download Technical Support Team

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, January 11, at 6:00 p.m. (Central). This will be an open forum with the NLS Download Technical Support Team.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.  

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/3bm2a42j