November 8, 2017

YALSA TEENS' TOP TEN SELECTIONS



ALA Young Adult Library Services Association YALSA Teens’ Top Ten for 2017

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten. Teens all over the world voted August 15 through Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017).

Seven of the ten titles are part of the NLS collection. All seven are available as digital books, and one is also available in braille. Please contact the Talking Book Library to request the ones you would like to read.

The official 2017 Teens’ Top Ten titles are as follows:

Scythe by Neal Shusterman: DB 86810 Humanity has overcome hunger, disease, war, and even death. Now only Scythes can take life. What will happen to Citra and Rowan when they are chosen to be Scythe apprentices? Follow them as they struggle with their task and morality.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: DB 86028 and BR 21806 Natasha and Daniel are polar opposites - Tasha believes in reason, science, and things that can be proven. Daniel is a poet at heart and believes in Fate, the "meant to be," and true love. When circumstances beyond their control force them together, they have exactly one day - one day to stop Tasha's family from being deported, one day for Daniel to realize that doing what's expected of you doesn't mean you should do it. And above all else, one day to fall in love.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare: DB 84241 It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman who just wants to prove that her parents weren't killed by Sebastian in the Dark War. Now she has the chance to do just that, and get Mark back from the wild hunt.
This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp: DB 86627 Four students, all connected in one way or another, speak from their perspective over a terrifying 54 minutes when, after a school-wide assembly, the auditorium doors won’t open and someone begins shooting.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer: DB 86277 The infamous line "Off with his head!" made her a terror in Wonderland. But before that she was just a girl with a dream, who fell in love. In this curious prequel inspired by Lewis Carroll's famous Alice in Wonderland, Meyer’s tale of eccentricity, phenomenon, and, ultimately, ruination will keep you on the edge of your seat as you realize how Cath led her life to become the Queen of Hearts. 
Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout: DB 85928 Dive into a new type of teen-genius novel as Gout pulls you into a rollercoaster of a plot. Hilarious and smart, Cai, Tunde, and Rex show readers what the next generation of innovation looks like. 
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo: DB 86901 When Amanda moves to Lambertville, Kentucky after a string of bullying incidents led her to attempt suicide all she wants is to lead a normal life, make friends, and generally be happy for once. All of this seems possible until she meets Grant, who causes her to let down the walls around her heart. But the problem is that Amanda's past is haunting her. And in her past, she wasn't Amanda, she was Andrew.


Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan: NOT AVAILABLE
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West: NOT AVAILABLE
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch: NOT AVAILABLE


September 6, 2017

Helen Keller Minibibliography

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has produced a new minibibliography listing the books in our collection that are about Helen Keller and those materials authored by Helen Keller.

The following link will take you to the NLS site:
https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/lists-nls-produced-books-topic-genre/listings-on-narrow-topics-minibibliographies/helen-keller/

Throughout her life Helen Keller wrote books, essays, and speeches while advocating for numerous causes, such as workers’ rights and women’s suffrage. She worked for the American Foundation for the Blind for more than 40 years and traveled around the world to promote the needs of blind people. This minibibliography brings together Helen Keller’s writings along with biographies and studies of her career.

August 18, 2017

SOLAR ECLIPSE

Audio description to allow the blind and visually impaired to "see" the total eclipse

The Audio Description Project, an initiative of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), along with the Mid-Tennessee Council of the Blind, the Tennessee School for the Blind, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, announces an opportunity for the blind and people with visual impairments world-wide to experience the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 via described video. 
Visit http://acb.org/eclipse for more information.


August 16, 2017

SOLAR ECLIPSE

We have just added a new book to the collection that talks about the history of solar eclipses. An astronomer explains the planetary mechanics and physics behind eclipses, as well as examines the ways humans have reacted to this phenomenon. Call the library and check it out!  DB 87308
SUN MOON EARTH: THE HISTORY OF SOLAR ECLIPSES FROM OMENS OF DOOM TO EINSTEIN AND EXOPLANETS  by TYLER NORDGREN.

July 13, 2017

NLS Web site updated

A new front door on the Web
The NLS website at www.loc.gov/nls opened its new front door on Sunday, July 9, when our long-awaited revamping of it went live. Most major URLs important to longstanding users within the website have not changed, or have been made painless by internal redirects. New, more explicit, navigation will lead first-time visitors to what they need to find quickly.
Three reasons make this the right moment for a new NLS website. First, we are undertaking several major pilots during 2017 and 2018 whose results, we hope, will help us widen our audiences and improve our services to cooperating network libraries, and, through them, to our end-user patrons. Second, we want to address a vast audience that has been, in the past, somewhat neglected by our website: visitors who do not use screen readers, but for whom features like monitor contrast tools and font-size adjustments are helpful. Third, a new generation of patrons makes a fresh website crucial. A website in 2017 must be meaningful to longstanding patrons—but also to younger users and others who reach us on mobile devices, to a new generation of veterans and those with physical disabilities who don’t yet see themselves as seniors, and to new organizations who want to help us share the message of our services with their staff and patrons.
And if those three reasons weren’t enough, the NLS offices in Washington, D.C., have been undergoing a major renovation this year—so it’s good timing to have a virtual renovation on the web in parallel with our architectural renovation. Websites in 2017 are never truly “done,” and ours is no different. We’ll be iterating on improvements over the next few weeks, so please make your voices heard if there are problems you encounter, fixes that are necessary, or suggestions you would like to make. You’ll find a link right on the homepage asking for your feedback. Make use of it—that’s what it’s for!  
Again, the address for the NLS website is:  https://www.loc.gov/nls/