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.

August 2, 2019

Suspending Unused BARD Accounts

As of Friday, July 26, 2019, patron BARD accounts that have not been used for 180 days will be moved to an Inactive/Suspended status. This means the account will be temporarily suspended and the account holder will not be able to log into BARD.

This is a security measure put into place by the Library Of Congress. Accounts that remain unused for an extended period of time pose a security risk.

If you are a New Hampshire Talking Book Library BARD user, and you are try logging into your account but find it has been disabled, simply call your regional library at 271-3429 for assistance. If you are visiting from another state, the contact information for your library appears at the bottom of every screen of the BARD web site.

Thank you,
The BARD Support Team

July 29, 2019

NFB-Newsline and Amazon Alexa

NFB Newsline is now compatible with Amazon's Alexa on its Echo and Echo Dot products. Once set up, users can log-on and issue commands using their voice to operate Newsline.

To enable the skill say "Alexa ask National Federation to give me instructions." Then say "Alexa ask National Federation to log in." Be sure to clearly state "log in." Then provide your identification number and security code.

Once logged in, commands can be used to read and navigate the various publications. users can also alter the reading voice and speed of reading. A full list of these commands is available at:

NFB-Newsline is a free audio news service for anyone who is blind, low-vision, or otherwise print-disabled that offers access to more than 500 publications and emergency weather alerts. Please register by calling the New Hampshire Talking Book Library services at 271-3429 or the National Federation of the Blind at 866-504-7300 to request an application. After your registration is processed by NFB, you will receive a message containing your activation codes and instructions.

July 26, 2019

What Are Library Staff Reading?

Marilyn Stevenson, the Library Supervisor, is currently reading EUPHORIA by Lily King DB 80504:

"When I first heard about this book, the person who recommended it said they heard it was a fiction book based on the life of Anthropologist Margaret Mead. I like a book that blends fiction with non-fiction historical events, so I gave it a try. This is a very interesting book. It tells the story of people who have come to a place very different from their own culture, and how they navigate this place and meet the people who are native to this land. It tells how they learn of traditions and rites that are so very different from their own. All told around the story of the interpersonal relationships among the main characters. This is my favorite book so far this year. I recommend this title with the caution that is does contain strong language, descriptions of sex, and violence.

Description from the NLS Catalog Page:
"English anthropologist Andrew Banson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell’s poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby, the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone’s control"--