Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center
Talking Books are a free public library service for the visually, physically, and reading disabled. The Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center is part of the Athens-Clarke County Library and the Georgia Library for Accessible Services. For more information about our service, please visit our website.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
For more information, please visit http://www.georgiacounciloftheblind.org/letstalkgcb.aspx
Friday, February 27, 2015
For more information, please visit http://ne.glrs.org/event/2015-conference-resource-expo/
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
DB 58352 - Snowed in with Grandmother Silk, Carol Fenner: Eight-year-old Ruddy is disappointed when his parents go on a cruise and leave him with his fussy grandmother. But an unexpected Halloween snowstorm strands Grandmother Silk’s house without power, and the two must learn to survive--and to make their own fun. For grades 2-4.
DB 68582 - Let It Snow, John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle: In three interconnected short stories set in a small southern town, six teens discover unexpected romance after a train is stranded by a blizzard. In "The Jubilee Express" Jubilee takes refuge in a Waffle House and meets local boy Stuart. For senior high readers.
DB 37834 - The Mystery in the Snow, Gertrude Chandler Warner: The "boxcar children"--Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny--once alone in the woods living in a boxcar and now happily under the care of their grandfather--are at Snow Haven Lodge for their winter vacation. They look forward to competing in the lodge’s annual carnival, and sign up for a host of events. But things are not right from the very start, and the children are determined to find out why. A Boxcar Children book for grades 3-6.
DB 38925 - Wet Weather: Rain Showers and Snowfall, Jonathan Kahl: Without precipitation--water from the sky--life on Earth would not be possible. The authors discuss where precipitation comes from, how it forms, where it falls, and the benefits and occasional disasters caused by wet weather. For grades 4-7 and older readers.
DB 43471 - The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats: Young Peter is thrilled to wake up to snow piled high. He spends the day crunching, sliding, building a snowman, making snow angels, and having a great time. For grades K-3. Caldecott Award winner.
DB 40379 - Snow is Falling, Franklyn M. Branley: A simple description of the beauty, dangers, and usefulness of snow, including an experiment that proves snow retains warmth. For grades K-3.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Braille and Talking-Book Program Embraces New Braille CodeUnified English Braille Makes Print-to-Braille Translation Easier
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, next year will implement the Unified English Braille (UEB) code on Jan. 4, 2016—the 207th birthday of Louis Braille.
“This is the first extensive change to the English braille code, a major literacy tool, since the 1930s,” said NLS Director Karen Keninger. “The new code will be especially beneficial to students and other users of technology. It resolves persistent translation errors that occur when, for example, a student’s work is translated to print for a teacher to read, or when print material is translated to braille.” Those who use computers, smartphones, e-books and texting features will find it very useful.
The code, which has been adopted by seven other English-speaking countries, brings the braille code into the computer age. “UEB is not much different from the English Braille American Edition that we’ve been using,” Keninger said. UEB uses the same six-dot cell pattern as the present code, but drops some contractions, uses different spacing rules and allows for transliterating a wider array of symbols.
The Braille Authority of North America (BANA)—which oversees the use, teaching and production of braille in the United States—adopted the code in November 2012. It then began preparing constituents for the change to ensure implementation in 2016. “Since many BANA members produce braille or transcribe braille, the NLS announcement will not be a surprise. They have already been preparing,” said Judy Dixon, NLS consumer relations officer and NLS representative to BANA.
Beginning Jan. 4, 2016, all books added to the braille collection will be produced in UEB. “Current patrons should make the transition easily as the new code builds on the old system,” said Keninger. Existing braille books will remain in the collection and be available. The UEB books are not expected to be available from the collection for at least six months. Patrons will not need to change their equipment.
NLS administers the braille and talking-book program, a free library service available to U.S. residents and American citizens living abroad whose low vision, blindness or physical disability makes reading regular materials difficult. Through its national network of libraries, NLS mails books and magazines in audio and braille formats and digital audio equipment directly to enrollees at no cost. Music instructional materials are also available. Selected materials may be downloaded. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/nls/ or call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323).
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 158 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
To read more about Ms. Friedlander and hear a sample of her work, please visit http://www.aph.org/museum/Narrator-Jukebox/Mitzi-Friedlander.html.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
To read more about the Braille Trail, please visit http://patch.com/georgia/johnscreek/johns-creek-hs-students-help-build-braille-nature-trail.
If you are interested in attending the grand opening ceremony and nature walk, it will be held February 22 at 2:00pm. The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is located at 2020 Clean Water Drive Buford, GA. For more information or to RSVP, please call 770-940-1124.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
If you have any questions or would like to subscribe to any NLS magazines, please contact your local Talking Book Library.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The bi-monthly Talking Book Topics will still be available in large print, audio, and online versions, and the entire Talking Books catalog can be found for Georgia patrons at webopac.klas.com/glass. If you need help finding a book, please consult these catalog resources or contact your Reader's Advisor.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
NFB-NEWSLINE is a free service available to anyone who is blind, visually impaired or print-disabled. It offers 400 publications to choose from, including 9 National Newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, 14 Breaking News sources such as CNN, BBC and ESPN Online, 14 International papers including Financial Times and Vancouver Sun, as well as 43 magazines like Family Circle, Time, Smithsonian, Reader’s Digest and more. NFB-NEWSLINE® also offers at least two newspapers for every state, and some states carry many more. A complete list of publications offered on NFB-NEWSLINE® can be found on our website: https://nfb.org/participating-newspapers . Another feature of NFB-NEWSLINE® is the localized weather alerts. A blind person can hear the emergency tones but will be unable to read the messages scrolling across a TV screen. With NFB-NEWSLINE’s emergency weather alerts, when a subscriber hears the tones, he or she can sign into NFB-NEWSLINE and the weather report will be read on the spot. Any available weather alerts will be provided as soon as the subscriber signs into NFB-NEWSLINE. NFB-NEWSLINE also has TV listings, job listings and retail ads. NFB-NEWSLINE’s wide array of publications and announcements can be accessed anytime, on the subscriber’s schedule, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are a variety of ways to access. Subscribers can use a touch-tone telephone, or they can access the service via the website, On Demand emails, using portable players, such as the NLS Digital Player, or even via their iPhone, iPad or iPod! And it’s always free.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
If you would like to see what improvements will be made to the software during the upgrade, please watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt9HIQkBTVo.
The PINES outage will not affect Talking Book operations.
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