April 28, 2016

Alzheimer's and Dementia Early Detection Program

Know the 10 signs: Early detection matters. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it's time to learn the facts. Early detection of Alzheimer's disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future.
The Manchester City Library will be hosting this program about Alzheimer’s and Dementia Early Detection on Thursday May 12 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM and is free of charge. 
To register or for more information about this program, call The Manchester City Library at 624-6550.

March 7, 2016

Helpful Tips

Here are some tips to help tailor the library program to better meet your needs:
  • Number of books: If you are getting too many books, or too few books, contact us. We will change the number of books we are sending to you.
  • Overdue items: If you receive an overdue postcard in the mail and you have already mailed back the item, please contact us. Overdue items fill a spot in your quota of books.
  • Subject interests: If you only told us you like sea stories or books about frogs, it is possible you may have read every book about these subjects that the library has. Contact us and add more subjects so we will have a better selection of books to send to you.
  • Unrated, commercial titles: We are continuing to add commercially produced books to our collection. These books are not rated, so sex, violence, and strong language are not noted. 
  • Favorite authors: You may have now read all of the books by your favorite authors. Tell us other authors you would like to try, or let us choose based on the subjects you like. You may discover new authors, and get to read all of their books!
  • Returning all of your items at one time: If you return all of your books at once, you will not have any books to listen to. Try to return books as you finish them. That way there will be books coming and going in the mail.
  • Request only readers: If you have told us you only want to receive books you have requested, and the titles you have requested are all checked out to other readers, or you have been sent all of the titles you requested, then you will not receive any books. Please try to always have a healthy list of books on your request list, so we will always have books to send to you.
  • Auto Select: If you switch to auto select and give us your favorite authors and subjects, you will have books coming and going on a regular basis. You can still request particular titles at any time.
  • Overdue magazines: Magazines must be returned on time in order to receive the next issue. Too many overdue magazines will result in a freeze on your magazine cartridge.
  • Updated address or contact information: Please contact us as soon as you know a new address or telephone number. If you have a person you would like to add as an alternate contact in case we cannot reach you, please let us know their name and telephone number/email address.
  • Postal holidays and weekends: The library is open Monday - Friday and is closed for major holidays. Please contact us about a week before a holiday if you would like to receive extra books during that time.
If you have any questions, or would like to make any changes to your record that will better meet your library needs, please contact us. We want you to receive books that you enjoy!

January 8, 2016

New Magazines Available in Audio Format

Eleven network-produced audio magazines previously available only for download via the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) have been added to the Magazine on Cartridge (MOC) program for patrons who wish to subscribe. If you would like to subscribe to any of these magazines, please contact the Talking Book Services library. The magazines now available and their frequency are:

·         Audubon (bimonthly)

·         Cowboys and Indians (monthly)

·         Humpty Dumpty (bimonthly)

·         Missouri Conservationist (monthly)

·         National Geographic Traveler (monthly)

·         Oklahoma Today (bimonthly)

·         Playboy (monthly)

·         Seventeen (monthly)

·         Smithsonian (monthly)

·         Southern Living (monthly)

·         Vital Speeches of the Day (monthly) 

Holidays for 2016

The following days are holidays for 2016:
New Year's Day                                            Friday         January 1st
Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day        Monday      January 18th
President's Day                                            Monday      February 15th
Memorial Day                                               Monday      May 30th
Independence Day                                       Monday      July 4th
Labor Day                                                     Monday      September 5th
Veteran's Day                                               Friday         November 11th
Thanksgiving Day                                        Thursday     November 24th
Day after Thanksgiving                                Friday         November 25th
Christmas Day                                             Monday       December 26th

The library will be closed on these holidays. Please remember to plan ahead and call us a week or two before the holiday if you would like extra books to be sent to you.

The library will be open Columbus Day and Election Day.

November 4, 2015

BARD Mobile app for iOS Devices, Version 1.1

The BARD Mobile app for iOS devices, version 1.1, is now available at the App Store. This updated version of the app includes the following features:

·         Built-in sleep timer
·         New setting that keeps device from sleeping while download is in progress
·         Add to wish list directly from details screen
·         Enhanced braille search function
·         Improved VoiceOver hints and labels
·         New braille shortcut key
·         Improved Magic Tap response
·         Works with iOS 9

The BARD Mobile app enables NLS patrons to download audio and braille books, magazines, and music scores directly to their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, provided they have a BARD account. A refreshable braille display is required to read downloaded braille materials. The user guide is available in the Help section of the app and online in HTML format at: https://nlsbard.loc.gov/apidocs/BARDMobile.userguide.iOS.1.1.html.