November 4, 2019

José André Trio concert on November 7

NLS will be livestreaming the following performance on the NLS Library’s YouTube channel:

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is proud to host the José André Trio live in concert at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. José André Montaño, 14, is an acclaimed jazz pianist and NLS patron whose playful and inspired compositions bridge jazz, rock, blues, bossa nova, Latin American, and world music. He and his jazz trio will perform in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building on November 7 at 8 p.m. 

If you are unable to attend in person, we will be livestreaming the performance on the Library’s YouTube channel:

The NLS Music Section, which organized this event, provides accessible music materials directly to patrons like José André Montaño.

October 1, 2019

New Name for NLS as of October 1, 2019

NLS starts the new federal fiscal year with a new name: the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Along with the name change, we have a new logo that complements the new graphic identity the Library of Congress implemented in late 2018.
The new name removes outdated language that some found offensive and more clearly communicates the breadth of those we serve.
“We’ve been considering a change for some time, so we’re happy to see this day arrive,” NLS Director Karen Keninger said. “We feel that the new name, as with all of NLS’s work, puts the emphasis on the people we serve.”
The change doesn’t affect the acronym by which the program is known—so NLS is still NLS!

August 29, 2019

Concert For Sight in Portsmouth

The following is information from Future in Sight:

Back for Our 3rd Annual Concert for Sight!

Join us for an evening filled with music from talented musicians and vocalists that are blind or visually impaired. This event raises awareness and funds for Future In Sight. A variety of musical performances sure to entertain all ages! The evening will be a celebration of abilities.

The event line up will include dozens of talented singers
and musicians performing pop, classical, Celtic, country
and more!

WHEN:  Saturday  September 21, 2019
               Doors open at 6:45 pm
               Showtime is at 7:00 pm

WHERE:  Middle Street Baptist Church
                 18 Court Street
                 Portsmouth, NH 03801

$10 Per Ticket
$15 Per Pair of Tickets
Make checks payable to Future In Sight
or purchase tickets at the link below:

Any questions or additional information: | 565-2424

Future In Sight 25 Walker Street Concord NH 603-224-4039

August 7, 2019

Issue Impacting BARD August 9 - 11, 2019

The Library of Congress will conduct a planned power outage from 5 p.m. ET on Friday, August 9, 2019 through Sunday, August 11, 2019 during which most of the Library’s public websites, including NLS BARD and the NLS public websites, will be unavailable. Downloads to personal smart devices will continue to be playable during this time, but patrons will not be able to download new material. 

 We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. For more information, visit:

August 5, 2019

What are New Hampshire BARD readers downloading?

During the month of July, the fiction book most downloaded by New Hampshire BARD readers was The 18th Abduction DB 95158 by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. This is the 18th book in a series.
The annotation for this Unrated title:
"For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clue--until a body turns up. Detective Lindsay Boxer and Journalist Cindy Thomas uncover facts about the victims that leave them stunned. Meanwhile, another woman goes missing."

" Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women’s Murder Club thriller. For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clue -- until a body turns up. With the safety of San Francisco’s entire school system as stake, Lindsay Boxer has never been under more pressure. To solve the School Night case, Lindsay turns to her best friend, investigative journalist Cindy Thomas, as the chief of police and the press clamor for an arrest. Together, Lindsay and Cindy take new approaches, and unexpected facts about the victims leave them stunned."

The nonfiction title most downloaded was The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton 1775-1777 DB 95379 by Rick Atkinson. This Unrated commercial audio book is a Bestseller. 
The annotation for this title:
"The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (DB 54939) recounts the first twenty-one months of the American Revolution in this first volume of three. Describes principal battles, key figures, British perspective, and historical context for the conflict"

Adapted from the book jacket:
"From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, the ragtag Continental Army took on the world’s most formidable fighting force. Atkinson introduces us to the war for America, and shows it is populated by astonishing characters who were heroes and knaves, who made sacrifices and blunders. He shows us the war through British eyes-- and gunsights-- too, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling."

Call the library today and ask these titles be added to your request list.
The number to call is 271-3429.