The Insight Winter 2006 Talking Book / Special Needs Library Jacksonville Public Library Digital Talking Book Reader Recently the National Library Service has unveiled the design and specifications of the new, digital Talking Book Reader. While it’s implementation and distribution is still two years away, we think it’s important to keep our customers up-to-date on this major change in their service. In brief description, the digital reader resembles a CD or MP3 player, perhaps even a video game system. It has a dark surface with light colored, strategically spaced buttons. The book cartridge, which is robust and slightly smaller than an audio tape, slides into one end of the player with only a small portion sticking out. The speaker mechanism and its controls take up half of the reader. The whole thing appears to be of compact, solid design. Stay tuned for more information... Features of the new reader: Approximately 1/3 the size of the current reader Approximately 1/2 the weight of the current reader CD-quality audio Very simple user interface Twice the battery playing time Designed to last 10 years without repair A built in “sleep switch” to help customers find their place after they have fallen asleep New Books Fiction RC060289 Convenient Disposal by Steven F. Havill Following a fight with another girl at school, teenager Carmen Acosta is found brutally beaten in her home. Posadas County Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman wants to question the Acosta's next-door neighbor, county manager Kevin Zeigler, but he has mysteriously, or perhaps conveniently, disappeared. RC060743 Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis Celebrity author Bret Ellis attempts to straighten out his life by giving up drugs and alcohol and moving his family to the New York City suburbs. But things only get worse when copycat murders and child abductions occur, threatening ghosts appear, and Ellis's family falls apart. RC060322 Pretty Woman by Fern Michaels Three years ago Rosie married Kent Bliss and ruined a lifelong friendship and business partnership with Vickie Winters. But Rosie has come to her senses, dumped Kent, restored her friendship with Vickie, hired a personal trainer and won the lottery. RC060408 The Tattooed Girl by Joyce Carol Oates Writer Joshua Seigl hires as his assistant Alma Busch, a shy, sensuous young woman covered with crude, disfiguring marks. Although Seigl, unaware of her anti-Semitism and painful history, is stirred by her demeanor, his naive altruism leads to tragedy. "That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit." - quote by Amos Alcott New Books Nonfiction RC060825 How the North won: a military history of the Civil War by Herman Hattaway Provides a military account of the Civil War "from the viewpoint of the higher commanders on both sides." Emphasizes the war's management and planning rather than specific battles and posits that guerrilla raids and defense won the conflict. The authors offer revisionist theories of Lincoln, Lee and Grant. RC060160 Discover America: a comprehensive travel guide to our country's greatest destinations Reader’s Digest Travel guide arranged by geographical region describes cities, towns, national parks and monuments in all fifty states. Outlines each state's history, culture and economic features. Covers introductory information and useful web sites in a "See America" section. Discusses day trips and vacation planning. RC060374 Bloodsworth: the true story of the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA by Tim Junkin A lawyer examines the nine-year legal ordeal of Kirk Bloodsworth, a Maryland waterman wrongly convicted of a young girl's 1984 murder. Reconstructs the case and the efforts of Bloodsworth's attorney to introduce genetic evidence that eventually set Bloodsworth free and identified the real killer. “There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” - quote by Bertrand Russell New Descriptive DVDs DW070035 Dogs and more dogs: the true story of man’s best friend. Narrated by John Lithgow, this film explores the long relationship that canines have had with their human companions. The origin and evolutionary development of dogs and the way in which they have impacted and been impacted by society is detailed. DW070039 Sinking the Supership: the true story of the World War II battleship Yamoto Shortly after their attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese launched the battleship Yamato, which was the largest and most powerful battleship to ever see combat. However, the Yamato was sunk by a massive explosion in its first battle and now rests at the bottom of the East China Sea. Historians try to reconstruct the ship's final hours. DW070061 Mrs. Bradley mysteries: Speedy death Mrs. Bradley, with the help of her chauffeur, George, has doubts about the accidental drowning of her god-daughter's fiance. As the rest of the family attends the man's funeral, Mrs. Bradley investigates the peculiar circumstances of the drowning. If you like...Anne Rivers Siddons You’ll like... Rita Mae Brown Jill McCorkle Kaye Gibbons Lee Smith Lois Battle Talking Book Library Annual Customer Survey Dear Talking Book Library customer, Please take a few minutes of your time to complete the following survey. We at the Jacksonville Talking Book library value your opinion and want to assist you in any way to make our service more satisfying. Your responses are confidential. To submit this survey, please fold it in half lengthwise and then staple or tape it together. Please do not affix postage as this survey has already been labeled as “FREE MATTER FOR THE BLIND”. Thank you for your participation. 1.Has the Talking Book Library staff been courteous, prompt and helpful when you called or visited the library? YES NO 2.How often do you contact the Talking Book Library for assistance? DAILY WEEKLY MONTHLY NEVER 3.Are you satisfied with the number of books that you receive? YES TOO MANY TOO FEW 4.When the library selects your books based upon your reading preferences, are you satisfied with the choices? USUALLY SOMETIMES RARELY 5.Have you ever received a descriptive video? YES NO 6.How long have you been a customer of the Talking Book Library? LESS THAN ONE YEAR 1 - 3 YEARS 3 - 10 YEARS MORE THAN 10 YEARS 7.How would you rate the quality of the Insight newsletter? VERY GOOD GOOD FAIR POOR 8.How would you rate your overall Talking Books Library service? VERY GOOD GOOD FAIR POOR A Few Worlds About...Exclusions Exclusions are a term used by the Talking Book library to describe the subject and other characteristics of a book that customers do not wish to receive. For instance, if one of our customers does not wish to receive any Science Fiction novels, then we add an exclusion to their reading preferences so that they do not receive any Science Fiction novels. The majority of exclusions on customer accounts are for a book’s strong language, violence and/or sexually explicit material. The problem with these exclusions is that they are keeping customers from receiving books by their favorite authors. The author Danielle Steel, who writes widely popular romance novels, has 68 titles in the Florida catalog and only 15 without strong language or sexually explicit material. Another author of romance novels, Nora Roberts, who is just as popular as Danielle Steel, has 89 titles in the Florida catalog, none of which are without strong language or sexually explicit material. The exclusions don’t just pertain to authors of romance novels. For instance, the mystery author Sue Grafton has 19 titles in the Florida catalog and only 4 without strong language, violence or sexually explicit material. So, if you’ve requested books by a favorite author and haven’t been receiving very many it could be because your preferences have exclusions for these characteristics of their books. Please call us at 630-1999 if this is the case so that we can reassess your reading preferences. Keep in mind that if Colonel Mustard kills Mrs. Peacock with a candlestick in the Kitchen, it still qualifies as violence in our catalog. Insight Online The Jacksonville Talking Books Library’s Newsletter The Insight can now be viewed online at our homepage: It can be viewed in the same format as the printed version of the newsletter as well as a text-only version intended to be read by adaptive technology screen reading software such as ZoomText, OpenBook, JAWS, Kurzweil, etc. Did You Know? The Blind Boys of Alabama are a soul and gospel musical group that formed in 1939 at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind. After having spent many years on the traditional gospel circuit they got their big break when they performed in The Gospel at Colonus. This smash hit musical propelled their musical career to appearances in movie soundtracks and a 2001 Grammy Award for their album Spirit of the Century. WJCT Radio Reading Service WJCT Radio Reading Service is available to anyone who is eligible for Talking Books. It brings the Florida Times Union into your home as well as other excellent programs you won’t currently get any other way. WJCT RRS broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. RRS also offers readings of national newspapers, magazines, and other special interest programming. Be sure to tune in Tuesday mornings at 10:45 am to hear Jerry Reynolds, Talking Book Library manager, discuss current events in the local visually disabled community as well as highlights of new books. Catalogs of Assistive Devices and Technology Did you know that companies like Sony, Panasonic, GE & Telex produce factory and modified portable Talking Book players that can fit in your hand? Did you know that there is a wide variety of talking watches on the market? You can find these items and many more assistive devices in the following catalogs that can be mailed to your home free of charge: L,S & S 1-800-468-4789 ILA: Independent Living Aids, Inc. 1-800-537-2118 NFB: National Federation of the Blind 1-410-659-9314 x2216 Oprah Book Club As mentioned in the previous newsletter, the Talking Book library has a large collection of titles selected by Oprah’s Book Club. The books selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club are often provocative, informative and sometimes challenging. The books selected are usually a mix of fiction, nonfiction, recent bestsellers, classics, memoirs and other genres. For those customers who receive books autoselected by our database there is a code for the Oprah Book Club selections: OBC. Sometimes a title chosen for Oprah’s Book Club has strong language, violence and sexually explicit material. You are always free to return a book if it has content that you object to. Here are a few examples of the titles selected for Oprah’s Book Club: The Color Purple by Alice Walker A Million Little Pieces by James Frey House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus Night by Elie Wiesel Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav White Oleander by Janet Fitch Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison East of Eden by John Steinbeck Stolen Lives: twenty years in a desert jail by Malika Oufkir Winter Schedule 2006 Holidays & Closings December 25 · Christmas Day December 26 · Christmas January 1 · New Year’s Day Talking Books Library Staff Jerry Reynolds, Manager Chris Eaton, Librarian Jeremy Hall, Library Assistant We’re on the Web! General Health Booklist RC060707 Feel better fast: overcoming the emotional fallout of your illness or injury. 2004 by Charles Foster RC060439 Our bodies, ourselves: a new edition for a new era. 2005 Boston Women’s Health Book Collective RC056057 Keep your brain young: the complete guide to physical and emotional health and longevity. 2002 by Guy McKhann RC055951 Wear and tear: stop the pain and put the spring back in your body. 2003 by Bob Arnot RC060685 You: the owners manual; an insider’s guide to the body that will make you healthier and younger. 2005 by David M. Nathan THE INSIGHT Main Library 303 N. Laura St. Jacksonville, Florida 32202 Phone: 904-630-1999 Fax: 904-630-0604 TDD: 904-630-2740 Hours: Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm