July 17, 2014

Concord Reads The Last Policeman DB 76184

The Last Policeman by Ben Winters DB 76184 is the current Concord Reads selection. Concord Reads is a book program by the Concord Public Library that brings people together by encouraging them to read and participate in discussions and other events about the same book.
Concord Reads is planning numerous events tied to the book, including a “scavenger hunt” in the fall at places referenced in the book and various discussions about the book and themes raised within, throughout the winter leading up to the author’s appearance in March. The annotation (below) may describe a book you would not normally read, but the book is set in Concord, and I hear it mentions many local spots like the McDonald's on South Main Street and the West Street playground. And isn't it great to have a book in our collection that is set in New Hampshire! So contact us and let us know you want to be put on the request list for The Last Policeman.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: MANY RESIDENTS OF CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE, ARE CHOOSING TO HANG THEMSELVES RATHER THAN WAIT FOR AN ASTEROID TO STRIKE EARTH IN SIX MONTHS. BUT NEW DETECTIVE HANK PALACE THINKS INSURANCE ACTUARY PETER ZELL'S DEATH WAS A MURDER DISGUISED AS A SUICIDE--AND HE'S DETERMINED TO SOLVE THE CASE. 2012.

July 14, 2014

Currency Readers

GOOD NEWS: Many of our customers have been asking about the new currency readers. At long last we have received word about the status of these readers:
Currency readers should be available from the NH Talking Book Library by late fall 2014. The readers will be supplied at no charge and will only read U.S. currency. NLS has agreed to partner with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in distributing the currency readers. Only registered Talking Book Library patrons may obtain currency readers before December 31, 2014. In January 2015, the program will open to all residents and U.S. citizens living abroad who are blind or visually impaired.
If you are interested in receiving one of the currency readers, please contact the Library and we will add your name to the wait list file so that a reader may be sent when it becomes available.


June 16, 2014

2013 Network Library of the Year



New Hampshire Talking Books named 
Network Library of the Year;
Gov. Hassan to proclaim June 23-29 
“NH Talking Books Week”

The New Hampshire State Library’s Talking Books Services division has been named the 2013 Network Library of the Year by the Library of Congress’ National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped section.
In recognition of this achievement, Gov. Maggie Hassan is scheduled to issue a proclamation naming June 23-29, 2014 “New Hampshire Talking Books Week.”
 “Public libraries are truly one of the cornerstones of our communities and our democracy, offering a world of information to citizens and requiring only a thirst for knowledge to gain access,” Gov. Maggie Hassan said.
 “By expanding access to reading materials for New Hampshire residents who are physically unable to see, handle or process printed material comfortably, the New Hampshire State Library’s Talking Books Services helps build on that important mission. Being named 2013 Network Library of the Year is a well-deserved honor, and I thank New Hampshire Talking Books for its outstanding work to build on New Hampshire’s longstanding tradition of inclusiveness and strengthen our communities and our state.”
Each year, the Network Library of the Year award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a library in the United States and its territories that serves blind and disabled individuals. A committee of librarians and consumer-organization representatives chooses finalists from among the nominated libraries; National Library Services (NLS) network regional conference chairs recommend final selections to the NLS director.

June 10, 2014

Institute on Disability Seeks Artists for 2015 Calendar

The Institute on Disability is Seeking Artists for the 2015 Calendar.
This year, they are looking for artwork submissions which reflect the IOD’s vision of a future where all people, including individuals living with disabilities, are fully engaged members of communities. They welcome any and all creative interpretations of this vision from individuals or collaborative works of art. 
For more information about the calendar, the guidelines to follow for submissions, and instructions for how to submit your artwork, please visit their website at:  http://iod.unh.edu/Home.aspx


June 2, 2014

Maya Angelou

ALL GOD'S CHILDREN NEED TRAVELING SHOES
DB 25432
THE AMERICAN POET, ACTRESS, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, AND TELEVISION PRODUCER-DIRECTOR RECALLS HER PILGRIMAGE TO GHANA IN THE EARLY 1960S. ANGELOU WENT THERE SO THAT HER SON COULD STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA, TO PUT HIM AND HERSELF IN TOUCH WITH LONG-IMAGINED ANCESTRAL ROOTS. SHE IS SADDENED AND DISILLUSIONED BY THE SUBTLE REJECTION OF NATIVE GHANAIANS. SEQUEL TO 'THE HEART OF A WOMAN.' SOME STRONG LANGUAGE.

I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS
DB 57200
MEMOIR BY WELL-KNOWN AFRICAN AMERICAN POET AND COLLEGE PROFESSOR MAYA ANGELOU. SHE DESCRIBES HER CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT YEARS IN RURAL ARKANSAS, IN ST. LOUIS, AND IN SAN FRANCISCO, AND THE RACIAL AND GENDER HARDSHIPS SHE ENDURED. 1969.

LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER
DB 67662
AUTHOR OF I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS SHARES LIFE LESSONS IN THE FORM OF REMINISCENCES, POEMS, AND SHORT ESSAYS WITH HER THOUSANDS OF YOUNG DAUGHTERS ALL OVER THE WORLD. IN "SENEGAL" ANGELOU COMMITS A SOCIAL FAUX PAS THAT HER HOSTESS GRACIOUSLY IGNORES. BESTSELLER. 2008.

MOM & ME & MOM
DB 76616
AUTHOR OF I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS (DB 57200) CHRONICLES HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER MOTHER. DISCUSSES BEING RAISED BY HER GRANDMOTHER FROM AGES THREE TO THIRTEEN AND RECOUNTS HER GROWING ADORATION OF HER MOTHER DURING ANGELOU'S TEEN YEARS. VIOLENCE, STRONG LANGUAGE, AND SOME DESCRIPTIONS OF SEX. BESTSELLER.  2013.