June 6, 2022

Popular audiobook downloads for May 2022

 The most popular titles downloaded by BARD users in May were:

DB 62406    Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson

DB 107433    The Paris Apartment: A Novel by Lucy Foley

DB 107053    Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson

DB 107522    The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

DB 107181    A Safe House by Stuart Woods

DB 106917    City of the Dead: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman

DB 107276    What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline

DB 107226    Citizen K-9 by David Rosenfelt

DB 107513    Americanon: An Unexpected US History in Thirteen Bestselling Books by Jess McHugh

DB 107271    Provenance by Carla Laureano

To order any of these titles, please contact the library at 603-271-3429.

March 29, 2022

Russia and Ukraine: The People, Culture and History

With Russia and Ukraine occupying much of the headlines these days, the Kansas Regional Library put together a list of titles that represent both countries’ people, culture, and history. Seeking information on these countries is a good step to wrap our heads around this current event.

DB 87150  Russian History: A Very Short Introduction by Geoffrey A. Hosking

Professor of Russian history undertakes an impartial history of the vast, diverse, and unruly country, from the tenth century to the Putin era. Portrays important individuals in the nation's past, from Peter the Great and Catherine II to Lenin and Stalin. Examines the Soviet experience and the post-Soviet era. 2012.

DB 100397  Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West by Catherine Belton

An investigative journalist recounts how Vladimir Putin and the KGB agents surrounding him rose to power. She discusses the strategies implemented to replace the previous regime, take control of the economy, and launch influence abroad.  Commercial audiobook. 2020.

DB 78422  Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation by Serhy Yekelchyk

Survey of Europe's second-largest country, Ukraine, and its history through the 2004 Orange Revolution. Chronicles the twentieth-century revolution, famine, and Nazi and Soviet occupations. Highlights the nation's 1991 independence and emergence as a modern state. 2007.

DB 84209  Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy

A historian examines Ukraine's past in an effort to better understand its present and future. Plokhy details how, given its unique geographical situation between Europe, Russia, and the Asian East, Ukraine has been shaped by empires repeatedly using it as a strategic gateway between East and West throughout history. 2015.

DB 87843  Black Square: Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine by Sophie Pinkham

Journalist explores contemporary life in Ukraine, examining Ukraine's repeated rebuilding of itself, the political roots of its early twenty-first century conflicts, and its issues with corruption, poverty, ethnic divisions, and Russian aggression. Also profiles the many-faceted lives of Ukrainian individuals, including a doctor, an art gallerist, and a musician. 2016.

DB 88876  The Crimean Nexus: Putin's War and the Clash of Civilizations by Konstantin Pleshakov

Foreign-policy-analyst-turned-professor's examination of the conflicts occurring in the early twenty-first century between Ukraine and Russia. Discusses ethnic tensions and the complex political history underlying the two countries' relations. 2017.

DB 89645  Red Famine: Stalin's War of Ukraine by Anne Applebaum

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author recounts Stalin's 1929 agricultural collectivization efforts, which forced millions of peasants off their land and led to a catastrophic famine. The author argues that the state deliberately set out to cause the deaths of millions of Ukrainians in response to a series of rebellions. Contains some strong language and violence. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

DB 56657  Crimea: The Great Crimean War, 1854-1856 by Trevor Royle

Details the confrontation over who should maintain the keys to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the resulting conflict between Russia and allied Britain, France, and Turkey. The war created numerous battlefield innovations including constant press coverage, trench warfare, underwater mines, and the frontline nursing of Florence Nightingale. 2000.

DB 89102  Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War by Peter Conradi

An analysis of Russia's path since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Discusses international relations and posits that America has made an enemy by consistently failing to understand Russia's plans and motives. 2017.

DB 89395  The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

Russian journalist and biographer examines the issues her native country has recently faced. Follows four different individuals born at the promised dawn of democracy, and charts the effects of the new autocracy on their lives as the old Soviet order reemerged. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.


To order these titles, please call the library at 603-271-3429.

March 10, 2022

Russia and Ukraine : History (and also Ukrainian Tales)

Orlando Figes is an award-winning author of books on Russian and European history.

The library has 3 of his books:

DB 78755         Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History

DB 56697         Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia

DB 45238         A People’s Tragedy : The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924

In The Guardian, Mr. Figes recommends other authors who write about the history of and between Russia and Ukraine. Some titles by these authors are available in the library collection:

DB 50339       The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol. Thirteen stories translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Four from Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka (1831-32): "St. John’s Eve," "The Night before Christmas," "The Terrible Vengeance," and "Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and His Aunt." From the Petersburg tales: "Nevsky Prospect," "The Diary of a Madman," "The Nose," and "The Overcoat" among others. 1998.

DB 89645       Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum.

DB 14275       Babi Yar; A Document in the Form of a Novel / A. Anatoli (Kuznetsov). Translated by David Floyd.

*Please be aware that some of these works may have strong language.

To request any of these titles, please call the library at 603-271-3429.

February 24, 2022

Reading Disabilities

Many people ask us if material provided by the Talking Book Library and NLS, the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, is available to people with dyslexia. Yes, it is! NLS patrons with reading disabilities like dyslexia have access to talking books, magazines, and music instructional materials. Find out if you are eligible at https://go.usa.gov/x7qDs 

To request an application, call the library at 603-271-3429.

Or go to our website and download a copy of the application:


Accessible 2021 Tax Documents

 The IRS will provide accessible PDF versions of 2021 tax documents on its website at : www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/accessible-irs-tax-products

You can request hardcopy braille and large print tax documents by calling 800-829-3676. 

To receive a copy of your tax notice in braille or large print, call the Tax Assistance telephone number at : 800-829-1040.