Former Pirate and current Philly Andrew McCutchen narrates audiobook. Volunteer monitors recording outside of booth. Narrating the book Baseball Is by Louise Borden

The Recording Studio at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Fri., Feb. 14
Something that many people may not know is that here at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped we have a fully equipped and functioning volunteer-run recording studio. This little-known secret is a true gem, and contributes to the noble mission of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.    Just for a little background, The National Library Service…
Haben Girma's Book Cover.

Haben Girma

Fri., Jan. 24
Black History Month is a time to remember those who started the fight against the societal imbalance between races, classes and cultures. We have so many idols to thank for the freedoms we have today and it is motivating to continue seeing more and more people rise up in the fight against these imbalances. There is one woman in particular who caught my eye when…
Woman's hands holding an iPad to use the BARD Mobile App. Her right pointer finger is pressing play.

Free Accessible Books for Pennsylvanians with Reading Disabilities

Wed., Jan. 15
At LBPH we have traditionally served people who are unable to access the printed word in typical ways.  Through the Library of Congress’ National Library Service, librarians and many other professionals have been able to certify people into the NLS program who are blind, visually disabled or who are unable to hold a book or turn its pages, allowing a return to a love of…
Cover of Something Wicked this Way Comes

October Country: The Horror of Ray Bradbury

Wed., Oct. 16
If you've heard of Ray Bradbury before, you've heard of Fahrenheit 451 (DB 34963).  A slightly deeper cut would be the famous Martian Chronicles(DB 26787).  A deeper cut, and some of my personal favorite things he has written is his horror.  A podcast I really enjoy has been going through some of them for October, calling them October Country as there is King Country or…

A Tale of Two Book Clubs

Sat., Sep. 28
       I’ve participated in many a book club in my life. While the general proceedings of each book club meeting are almost always the same, the atmosphere, dare I say aura, of each has been splendidly unique. My book club experience has involved long-term gatherings, short-lived, one book only meetings, book selections based on a theme, random selections drawn from a hat, attendees of different…

Visually Simple Board Books for Young Children

Mon., Aug. 19
Children with visual impairments are a diverse group of readers. Some need books with braille and textures to touch and feel; others need large print and increased contrast. For young children with low vision, simple board books with realistic photographs against white backgrounds can be beneficial. Check out these titles featuring sturdy board pages and visually simple photographs against white backgrounds. Creature Colors by Andrew…
A Digital Talking Book Machine, with an audiobook cartridge inside of it, pictured in front of a backdrop of snow-topped mountains and trees

An Old Friend in a New Format

Mon., Jul. 22
Looking back on it, I definitely had low expectations when reaching into the depths of my mother’s childhood closet. I was an avid reader in middle school, and I was instructed to dig through a cardboard box stuffed with paperbacks to see if I wanted to keep any. I expected to come across old classics, a high school workbook or two (not exactly of interest),…
Paths of Heart book cover

Paths of Heart--Writing Stories Told at Life's End

Mon., Jul. 15
“Death and dying are radioactive topics.” So says Richard Haverlack, author of Paths of Heart—Writing Stories Told at Life’s End (DBC 16051). Haverlack, who personally recorded his book for the LBPH narration program, began his own journey into this realm following the death of his father and later his beloved Uncle Frank who struggled in a hospital setting in his last days, before being moved…
The Cover of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

An Epistolary blog post.

Mon., Jul. 8
Dear Reader/future reader/past readers/whoever wants to read this. It is just below an understatement how important books have been in my life. It isn’t just about the book itself but the memory I have attached to it. For instance, my very first journal entry was about my mom giving me Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I wrote a couple pages on how much I…
Reamde Cover

Reamde: Yes I spelled that right

Mon., Jul. 1
Neal Stephenson has long been one of my  favorite authors, and Reamde is another awesome book by him.  I think I've written on him before, here and here, but Reamde has been on mind because the sequel came out.  But we do not have it so I cannot write on it.  Yet.  Anyways I reread this book in preparation for the sequel and loved it…