April 22, 2014

New Hampshire State Library

This is just to remind everyone that the Talking Book Library is part of the New Hampshire State Library. Some of our patrons think we are actually part of the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. This may be due to someone from the NHAB helping to fill out your application or bringing a player and books to you. We very much appreciate the assistance of the folks at the NHAB and are glad to be their partner in getting information to you. However, we are not part of the NHAB. We are a state agency and a section of the NH State Library. For more information about the Talking Book Library or the NH State Library, please go to our web site at: http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/talking_books/

April 9, 2014

Overdue Materials

The circulation limit for digital books is 2 months. Please return any materials you may have had on hand for longer than 2 months. If you need to renew an item, please give us a call. Remember: someone may be waiting for that book, so please return as soon as you have finished each item. Then we will send another to replace it!

Cassette Player

Do you still have the old yellow cassette player and are no longer using it because all of your books now come in the new digital format? If yes, you may want to go ahead and return that older player to the Talking Book Services Library. When the digital books first became available, we encouraged you to hold on to that old yellow player. We did not want any of our customers to be without books and thought we may need to send you a few cassette RC titles to supplement the new digital copies. However, we now have almost 20,000 titles on digital cartridge and are adding new ones every day. So if the older cassette player is no longer being used, please box it up and send it back to the Library. Remember: no postage is required. Just write FREE MATTER FOR THE BLIND where you would place the stamps on the box.
For more information, please call us at 603-271-3429.

April 7, 2014

Baseball, The Great American Pastime

Now that baseball season has started, the following are several titles recommended for your reading list:

DB 69287  A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez  by Selena Roberts.
Read by Carol Dines. Reading time 9 hours 26 minutes.
Biography of Alex Rodriguez, the highest-paid player in the history of baseball. Sports Illustrated writer expands on her expose of Rodriguez's use of steroids--tracing substance abuse since his high school days in Miami. Details Rodriguez's personal and professional life, including his divorce and dedication to Kabbalah. Some strong language. 2009. 

DB 67709  Change Up: An Oral History of Eight Key Events That Shaped Modern Baseball by Larry Burke.
Read by Erik Synnestvedt. Reading time 9 hours 59 minutes.
Sportswriters discuss the changes that have occurred in baseball since the 1950s. Highlights the birth of the players' union, the American League's designated-hitter rule, the first African American manager, and the influx of Latin American players. Provides first-person commentaries from players, managers, reporters, and coaches. 2008. 

DB 69035  Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles by Michael D'Antonio.
Read by Phil Gigante. Reading time 12 hours 30 minutes.
Biography of Walter O'Malley (1903-1979), owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. Highlights O'Malley's rise from the club's lawyer to its owner and president. Discusses Jackie Robinson breaking the sport's racial barrier in 1947 and the Dodgers' controversial 1957 move to Los Angeles. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. 

DB 71990  The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood by Jane Leavy.
Read by Mary Kane. Reading time 17 hours 3 minutes.
The author of Sandy Koufax (DB/RC 54935) details twenty pivotal days in the life of New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle (1931-1995). Includes her own 1983 interview with "The Mick" and reminiscences of five hundred others to portray Mantle's remarkable talent and personal demons. Strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

DB 73047  The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant.
Read by Erik Synnestvedt. Reading time 22 hours 36 minutes.
Biography of baseball legend Henry "Hank" Aaron (born 1934), who broke Babe Ruth's home-run record in 1974 while playing for the Atlanta Braves. Examines Aaron's childhood in segregated Mobile, Alabama; his 1954 debut with the Milwaukee Braves; and indignities he and other African American athletes endured. Some strong language. 

DB 71037  Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain by Marty Appel.
Read by Robert Sams. Reading time 12 hours 27 minutes.
Biography of Ohio native and professional baseball catcher Thurman Munson (1947-1979). Chronicles Munson's 1968 draft from Kent State University to the New York Yankees, the team's success that led to winning the 1977 and 1978 World Series, and Munson's death in the crash of an airplane he was piloting. 2009.

DB 67568  Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams by Robert Peterson.
Read by Patrick Downer. Reading time 22 hours 40 minutes.
Chronicles the development of African American baseball leagues from the post-Civil War era to Jackie Robinson's 1947 desegregation of the major leagues. Draws on firsthand accounts and player interviews to describe early team formation, league organization, and the move toward racial integration. Profiles players and includes standings and rosters. 1970.

DB 67203  Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball  by Lawrence D. Hogan.by Patrick Downer.
Reading time 21 hours 11 minutes.
Chronicles African American baseball from the nineteenth century until Jackie Robinson broke into the major leagues in 1945. Uses first-person accounts to profile the teams and players. Covers the business aspects of the league. Commissioned by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Foreword by Jules Tygiel. 2006.

DB 69188  Straw: Finding My Way by Darryl Strawberry.
Read by Bob Moore. Reading time 8 hours 31 minutes.
Autobiography of former all-star baseball pitcher drafted to the New York Mets in 1980 after graduating from Los Angeles sports-powerhouse Crenshaw High. Recovering addict Strawberry describes his rise to fame and his substance abuse, trouble with the law, and cancer. Credits his turnaround to a newfound faith in God. 2009. 

DB 70896  Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend by James S. Hirsch.
Read by Patrick Downer. Reading time 31 hours 37 minutes.
Authorized biography of baseball outfielder Willie Mays, born in 1931 Alabama. Follows Mays from the Negro Leagues to the New York Mets. Highlights Mays's best games, including his astonishing catch when playing for the Giants in the 1954 World Series. Discusses his personal life and baseball's racial integration. Bestseller. 2010.

DB 67415  Yankee for Life: My Forty-Year Journey in Pinstripes by Bobby Murcer.
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 11 hours 28 minutes.
Autobiography of Bobby Murcer, who joined the New York Yankees in 1965 as a nineteen-year-old shortstop. Describes his 1975 trade to the Giants, later trade to the Cubs, and 1979 return to the Yankees having missed winning two World Series. Discusses his broadcasting career and battle with brain cancer. 2008.