Please join us on Thursday, July 21 at 7 pm (Central Time) for our Book Club discussion of THE ROSIE PROJECT, by Graeme C. Simsion (DB 78150).

Our Book Club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call.  All you need to participate is a telephone!

To RSVP, call the Talking Book Program at 1-800-252-9605, or email us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  RSVP preferred by July 1.

THE ROSIE PROJECT is available by mail on digital cartridge.  It is also available for download on BARD.

Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge, or if you prefer to download the book.


Graeme C. Simsion

DB 78150

Socially stunted geneticist Don Tillman embarks on an endeavor he calls the Wife Project.  As he quantifies the qualities of a perfect wife, he encounters Rosie, who seeks Don’s help in identifying her real father.  Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.  Bestseller.  2013.

We’re looking forward to having you join us on July 21!

The Talking Book Program visits Rodriguez Elementary School

On Tuesday, March 8th, Disability Information & Referral Coordinator Dina Abramson and Reader Consultant Victor Hunter, along with Texas State Library Communications Officer Steve Siwinski, visited Rodriguez Elementary School to help the students celebrate Read Across America week and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Victor read a print/Braille copy of his favorite Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham to two second grade classes as school librarian Barbara Mott held up the pictures from a print version of the book. After the reading, Dina and Victor answered questions about Braille and blindness. Each student received a Braille alphabet card. And the two classroom teachers gave Victor thank you notes with Braille on them. When the students learned that Victor’s birthday was the next day, they sang “Happy Birthday” to him.

Special thanks to Steve for taking pictures and providing transportation. Also a big thank you to Amanda Shaver from Bookspring for helping to set up the event.

Here are some pictures:

TBP Reader Consultant Victor and DIRC Coordinator Dina with staff from Rodriguez Elementary. Big smiles all around.
TBP Reader Consultant Victor reads a Braille copy of Green Eggs and Ham aloud to a rapt audience of Rodriguez Elementary students.
TBP Reader Consultant Victor holds up a print-Braille copy of Dr. Suess' Green Eggs and Ham.
Rodriguez Elementary students enjoy exploring Braille with Braille alphabet cards.

Schneider Family Book Awards

The American Library Association has announced the winners of the Schneider Family Book Awards for 2016. Each year the Association selects books in three age categories that portray realistic depictions of children and teenagers with disabilities. This year, two books were awarded prizes in the nine – thirteen age category. Winning authors and illustrators receive $5,000 and a framed plaque.

Please click on this link to read about the winning books:

You can request the winning books from the Talking Book Program! Here are the titles, authors, and book numbers, along with annotations for each book.


BR 21066

NLS Annotation: Born in Ghana with one deformed leg, Emmanuel was raised to reach for  his dreams. He hopped to and from school more than two miles each way,
provided for his family, and eventually became a cyclist and activist
for people with disabilities. PRINT/BRAILLE.  For grades K-3 and older
readers. 2015.


DB 80497, BR 21151 (Braille is in process at NLS)

NLS Annotation: Bullied and moved from different schools, sixth grader Ally creatively
distracts anyone from discovering that she has problems reading. But one teacher, Mr. Daniels, helps her understand that she has dyslexia and encourages Ally to understand her feelings in a new way. Commercial audiobook.   For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015.


BR   20662, DB   80472

NLS Annotation: A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015.


DB   82326, BR   21201 (Braille is in process at NLS)

NLS Annotation: Adam struggles with his OCD therapy assignments, and his relationship with his divorced parents doesn’t help matters. During a session at
his OCD support group, however, he falls for fellow member Robyn and
decides to save them both. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook.
For senior high and older readers. 2015.

Emma Freeman Scholarship–Apply By April 1, 2016

The Emma Freeman Scholarship was established in 1970 by the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind to assist young people with vision impairments who want to attend college. Applications and accompanying materials are due by April 1st. Applicants must be legally blind and have Texas residency status. Priority is given to applicants who live in Bexar County.

For more information, please click on this link: http://salighthouse.org/emmafreeman/ or contact Angela Gray-Eagle:

Roy Avers, Beloved Talking Book Narrator, Dies at Age 82

One of the most popular and prolific talking book narrators, Roy Avers, died on Friday, November 13th, at the age of 82. Known for his emotive voice, Avers started narrating textbooks as a volunteer but was quickly redirected to the American Publishing House for the Blind (APH) to narrate fiction. Avers recorded his first talking book in 1971 and went on to record over 1750 titles for the National Library Service.

Avers was the first person to be awarded the prestigious Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Award from AFB in 1990. He has also been honored by the Mississippi Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Service as their patrons’ favorite narrator as well as being described as “legendary” during an event in Illinois. A celebration of life was held at the American Printing House for the Blind on November 21, 2015.

When not narrating books, Avers was a computer consultant and businessman, who studied theater arts in college and sang bass with Louisville Opera. Avers once said that the best part of his job was getting to meet the people who read the books he narrated. His obituary adds, “His proudest moments and his most fulfilled time, however, were spent in his years as a Talking Book narrator for the American Printing House for the Blind. He loved going to work; he believed in the mission he supported. With over 1750 books in the Library of Congress, he has had and will have a positive, lasting impact on the blind and physically handicapped community for whom he recorded.”

If you haven’t gotten a chance to hear Mr. Avers in action, here is a list of titles that he reported as being among his favorite books to record.

Sample of titles narrated by Roy Avers in the TBP collection

DB 22303

DB 22855

DB 25248

DB 30051

DB 38799 (BARD only)

DB 56737

DB 56764

Title: CHILD 44
DB 67117

DB 69751

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, “Father of Motivation” and Author, Dies at Age 75

Best-selling author, motivational speaker, and self-development pioneer Dr. Wayne W. Dyer died Saturday, August 29.

Affectionately known as the “father of motivation,” Dyer preached the gospel of self-reliance, a gospel he learned during his childhood in Detroit.  Abandoned by his alcoholic father at age 3, Dyer was raised in a series of orphanages and foster homes.  When discussing his fractured childhood, Dyer observed that “it’s not a story of pity or blame; it’s precisely what had to take place in order for me to learn about self-reliance firsthand.”

After serving in the Navy, Dyer became a psychotherapist and professor.  He came to prominence in 1976 with the publication of his first book, Your Erroneous Zones, which remains one of the best-selling books of all time.

A regular guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dyer was also frequently featured during PBS pledge drives.

Titles by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer in the TBP collection include:

Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao (2007) DB 65369 / DX 65369

Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace (2001) BR 14380 / DB 55026 BARD

Excuses Begone! How To Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits (2009) DB 69532

Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling (2006) DB 62202 BARD / DX 62202

Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your

Way (2004) DB 58050 BARD / DX 58050

Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life (1992) DB 36405 BARD

Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting (2012) DB 74595

You’ll See It When You Believe It (1989) DB 30718

Austin Teen Book Festival September 28th, 2013

On Saturday, September 28th, the 5th annual Austin Teen Book Festival will take place at the Austin Convention Center (500 East Cesar Chavez).

The opening speaker for the conference is Maggie Stiefavater. The lunch speakers will be Sarah Dessen and Rob Thomas of the Veronica Mars television show, and the closing speaker will be Holly Black.

For more information about the Austin Teen Book Festival go to: http://austinteenbookfestival.com/

The newest titles in our collection by the key note speakers include:

RAVEN BOYS                                                           

STIEFVATER, MAGGIE, 1981-                         Original Date: 2012

Blue Sargent, the only non-clairvoyant in her family, is cursed with the knowledge that her kiss will cause her true love to die. But on Saint Mark’s Eve, Blue’s future becomes much more complicated. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers.                                                               

BR   19571        DB   75404                                            

MOON AND MORE                                                        

DESSEN, SARAH                                     Original Date: 2013

Emaline’s life in the beachside town of Colby changes during the summer before she goes to college. She thinks her boyfriend Luke is perfect, but when she meets Theo, a sophisticated out-of-towner, Emaline starts to question her future. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers.                                    

DB   76814         

DOLL BONES                                                            

BLACK, HOLLY                                      Original Date: 2013

Preteens Zach, Alice, and Poppy act out adventures with action figures and a china doll long after their classmates have stopped such play. But when Poppy is haunted by dreams about the eerie doll, the friends begin a real-life exploit. For grades 5-8 and older readers.    

DB   76559                                                              

The Talking Book Program has books by the following authors who will be at the Austin Teen Book Festival: Maggie Stiefavter, Lisa McMann, Melissa De La Cruz, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Holly Black, Robin Wasserman, Suzanne Young, Malinda Lo, Lauren Myracle, Sarah Dessen, Rob Thomas, Jenny Han, Sean Beaudoin, S.A. Bodeen, Marissa Meyer, Madeleine Roux, and Amy Tintera

Panels at the festival will cover:

Powers Strange and Perilous: 

Maggie Stiefvater, Robin LaFevers, Lisa McMann, Cinda Williams Chima, Melissa de la Cruz,  Michael Johnston, and Rosemary Clement-Moore (moderating)

Into Hearts of Darkness: 

Holly Black, Jon Skovron, Mari Mancusi, Robin Wasserman, April Genevieve Tulcholke, and Victoria Scott (moderating) 

Tales of Tomorrow: 

Brian Sanderson, Cat Patrick, Suzanne Young, Malinda Lo, P.J. Hoover, and Brian Yanksy (moderating) 

I Made You a Mixtape: 

Lauren Myracle, Sara Farizan, Sarah Dessen, Trish Doller, Leila Howland, and Julie Murphy (moderating) 

Truth and Consequences: 

Rob Thomas, Bill Konigsberg, Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian, Sean Beaudoin, Jo Knowles, and E. Kristin Anderson (moderating) 

Fierce Reads: 

Leila Sales, Alexandra Coutts, S.A. Bodeen, Marissa Meyer, and Librarian Stephanie Appell (moderating)

Dark Days: 

Madeleine Roux, Sherry Thomas, Mindy McGinnis, Michelle Gagnon, Rae Carson, and Amy Tintera (moderating)

Art and Writing Workshop for Caregivers and Care-Recipients

We’re happy to share information about an art and writing workshop for caregivers and care-recipients in the Austin area.

“Offered by Badgerdog and MobileArt and funded by St. David’s Foundation’s Health’s Angels, this art and writing workshop brings caregivers and care-recipients together for six weeks beginning August 11. Caregivers, with the help of Badgerdog teaching artists, explore family memories and the experience of caregiving through a variety of writing styles. At the same time, care-recipients create visual artwork—including sculpture, painting, and drawing—with assistance from MobileArt program volunteers. The work created during the workshops, both written and visual, will be published and displayed at a celebratory event on November 19. This workshop is free and meets Sundays from 1:00-2:30 at the AGE of Central Texas (3710 Cedar Street in Hyde Park). Workshop dates are: August 11, 18, 25 & September 8, 15, 22. To register, email Cecily Sailer at csailer@austinlibrary.org or call 512.542.0076. “

For more information go to:



Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Celebrating Read Across America Day

108! That’s how old Theodore Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, would be this year. He was born on March 2nd, 1904. Since 1998, every March 2nd , Read Across America Day is celebrated in his honor. Read Across America Day is sponsored by the National Education Association to encourage sharing books with kids in the community and to celebrate reading.

In Texas, schools across Dallas will be celebrating Read Across Dallas ISD Day on March 1st. There will be a birthday party for Dr. Seuss at the Sienna Branch Library in Missouri City, TX at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a birthday picnic at the First Colony Branch Library in Sugar Land, TX at 2:00. Bee Caves Public Library will have its 8th Annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the library which will include games, a Reader’s Oath with Caroline Murphy, the Mayor of Bee Caves and a concert with Joe McDermott.  

“It’s your day of all days… Today you don’t have to be tidy or neat. If you wish you may eat with both hands and both feet.” Let’s eat some “Green Eggs and Ham”, or say “I Am Not Going to Get Up Today” but please celebrate with a book by the good doctor.

For more information about Read Across America Day, check this website: http://www.readacrossamerica.org/

Print Braille books by Dr. Seuss available from TBP:

Butter Battle Book   BR 05904

The Cat in the Hat   BR 6724

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back   BR 04655   BR 13451

Dr. Seuss’s ABC   BR 08953   BR 15320   BR 16723

The Foot Book   BR 08949   BR 16722

Fox in Socks   BR 08948

Great Day for Up   BR 08941

Green Eggs and Ham   BR 08956   BR 13450   BR  16721

Happy Birthday to You!   BR 08943

Hop on Pop   BR 08912   BR 16725   BT 03174

Horton Hatches the Egg   BR 08950

Horton Hears a Who!   BR 08946

How the Grinch Stole Christmas   BR 04656   BR 12020   BR 16316

I Had Trouble In Getting to Solla Sollew   BR 08954

If I Ran the Circus   BR 16243                              

If I Ran the Zoo   BR 04661

McElligot’s Pool   BR 08952   BR 16216   BT 03350

My Many Colored Days   BR 10040

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish   BR 06106    BR 08990   BR 13073   BR 16379                                               

Scrambled Eggs Super!   BR 08944

Thidwick, the Big-Heartest Moose   BR 08942

Digital Books by Dr. Seuss available from TBP:

Bartholomew and the Oobleck   DB 34054

The Cat in the Hat   DB 33062

Como el Grinch Robo La Navidad   DB 72998

Daisy-Head Maizey (on BARD)   DB 40706

Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book   DX 34055

Gerald McBoing Boing (on BARD)   DB 52933

Green Eggs and Ham   DB 34056

Happy Birthday to You   DB 35121

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (on BARD)   DB 47527  

Hop on Pop   DB 44160                     

Horton Hatches the Egg   DB 34057

Horton Hears a Who!   DB  34058                                                 

Huevos Verdes con Jamon   DB 72997         

How the Grinch Stole Christmas   DB 47536                                        

I am Not Going to Get Up Today (on BARD)   DB 34059 

I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (on BARD)   DB 35123

If I Ran the Circus   DB 60939

If I Ran the Zoo   DB 34725

My Many Colored Days (on BARD)   DB 42897

TBP Book Club – January: No End in Sight by Rachael Scdoris

Our January phone book club selection is by sled dog racer and Iditarod competitor Rachael Scdoris (with co-author Rick Steber).  We are excited to announce that the author has tentatively agreed to join our book club discussion on January 24th, 7:00-8pm Central.

This is how the story begins:  “My perfect moment:  Dead of winter, dogs running flat out, air so cold I can taste its brittleness on the tip of my tongue. I know this trail…”

No End in Sight details Scdoris’ childhood experiences with her visual impairment and how she trained and developed the skills necessary to compete in the 1,000+ mile Iditarod race.  At 16, she was the youngest athlete ever to finish a 500-mile race that helped qualify her for the big race.  She details her struggle to convince Iditarod officials to allow her to compete and how, in 2005, she became the first legally blind person to do so.

We can’t wait to discuss this book in our TBP Book Club.  If you are a TBP patron, you can RSVP by calling 800-252-9605 or e-mailing tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  You  must RSVP so that we can send you the book club phone number and code to attend.