November 2, 2021

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month : U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

The Library of Congress celebrates Native American Heritage Month in November by featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 9, 1951, and is the author of nine books of poetry, including: 

DB 100387 When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through : a Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry.  A collection of poetry by native nations authors, edited by the United States Poet Laureate and author of Crazy Brave (DB 97592). Categorized by geographic regions of the United States, authors represent time periods from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2020.

To request this or other books of poetry by Joy Harjo, call the library at 603-271-3429.

 










September 8, 2021

New Hampshire Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Program for Students

The New Hampshire Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired/Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation has asked us to post the following information for students, and others:

Save the dates September 14 and 21, 2021...NH SBVI Transition Tuesdays!

We will be gathering on Zoom and discussing: the school year ahead, technology, advocacy, high-expectations, literacy and more!

 If you have any questions, ideas for presentations you would like covered, or to register, please email

 Dave@PossibilityThinkers.net of Sky’s The Limit Communications

 Please read a Bio of our very special guest Terri Rupp below.

 Thank you and Zoom soon!

 Terri Rupp

             Terri may have a closet full of shoes like any other mom in the suburbs, but she is most definitely not your average mom next door. As the author of the blog Blind Mom in the Burbs, Terri has shared for over a decade about her trials, triumphs, tears, and travels as a stay at home mom in the suburbs of Sin City. When asked the common question, “What do you do?” She often laughs as she replies, “What do I not do?”

             Being given the security and opportunity to not have to work and stay home to raise her two children, Terri doesn’t let a single moment go to waste. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind, National Braille Press, Blind Inc., and as the President of the National Federation of the Blind of Nevada.

             Some may ask how one woman finds balance as a wife, mom, and leader in the blindness community. Terri’s balance is found through her love of the outdoors. From camping, hiking, biking, to running distances of 100 miles just for fun. You’ll see her smiling every step of the way as she breezes by and says,” It’s not about how fast or far you go. It’s about how much fun you’re having, and who you’ve got by your side.”

 To register, please email Dave@PossibilityThinkers.net Sky’s The Limit Communications

Books for Veterans

 The following are several fiction and non-fiction titles tht may be of interest to our veterans:

Non-Fiction Titles:

DB 103255    Every Day is a Gift: A Memoir by Tammy Duckworth    US senator and Iraq War veteran reflects on remarkable memories from her life, including the explosion in Iraq that destroyed her legs and mangled one arm. She discusses her struggles with racial discrimination, poverty, and the horrors of war as a child, and she recounts her military and political careers. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

DB 71795    Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove by Max Cleland    Memoir by a triple-amputee veteran of the Vietnam War who was also a U.S. senator from Georgia. Cleland describes his tour of duty, rehabilitation at Walter Reed hospital, and entrance into state and national politics. Highlights his continuing battle with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some strong language. 2009.

Fiction Titles:

 DB 103548    Extreme Honor by Piper Drake    David Cruz is good at two things: war and training dogs. The ex-soldier’s toughest case is Atlas, a Belgian Malinois whose handler died in combat. Nobody at Hope’s Crossing Kennels can break through the animal’s grief--that is, until dog whisperer Evelyn Jones walks into the facility. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

DB 104362    Ultimate Courage by Piper Drake    Retired Navy SEAL and single dad Alex Rojas is putting his life back together. Working to help rehab a former guard dog, he struggles to control his PTSD. But when Elisa Hall shows up, she unleashes his protective instinct. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

DB 104272    Active Defense by Lynette Eason    In the theater of war in Iraq, trauma surgeon Heather Fontaine was used to being in control. Now back home, life spins off its axis when she becomes the target of a stalker. Can security expert Travis Walker protect her? Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021

Fiction Title Courtesy of Network Talking Book Libraries

This and other titles are added to the national collection when a local network library records a book and submits the title to NLS Collection Development for consideration. It has a DBC prefix and will operate on a cartridge along with the DB titles. Just be sure to add the C when ordering by book number

DBC01418    Something Like Normal by Trish Doller    When Travis returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother has stolen his girlfriend and car, and he has nightmares of his best friend getting killed but when he runs into Harper, a girl who has despised him since middle school, life actually starts looking up. For high school and adult readers.

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

 

Organizations that serve disabled veterans

 

There are several organizations online that serve disabled veterans. Here are a few:

 Blinded Veterans Association     https://bva.org/

Blinded veterans can sign up for to the The Veterans Service Program (VSP) from their website. The program is a one-stop-shop where veterans can sign up for claims assistance and support.

 

About Blind Rehabilitation Services    

https://www.prosthetics.va.gov/blindrehab/BRS_Coordinated_Care.asp

This page from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs lays out everything that the VA can do for veterans including medical care, family care, guide dogs, education, and other benefits. Also has links to find local VA care.

 

Benefits.gov is a good source to find benefits for many people. Their page on blind veterans benefits is in the link.

 

Veterans’ Services and Other Resources 

VisionAware https://visionaware.org/

has a very good page for veterans with disabilities including visual impairment.