“We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” – John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley Somehow having managed to skip any Steinbeck in high school, I had always imagined his work to be somber, serious and dry. But on a recent road trip from Pittsburgh to Memphis, friends […]
Does a likable character equate to a likable book? How does an unsavory character effect ones experience of a book? These questions come to me after reading—actually, devouring—the autobiographical saga Tracks DB 18639 by Robyn “The Camel Lady” Davidson and absolutely loving it, but finding that many other readers are critical of the book because of […]
Death is a subject that I think we should all think about more. The most certain thing in life is that it will eventually end. Why then do so many of us not think about or prepare for the inevitable. But where should we start when we contemplate the end of our life. As a […]
Are you interested in learning a new language? According to the Living Language website, their method has been a proven and effective language learning instruction for over 65 years. Using techniques originally developed for the US State Department, the Living Language Method follows a four-point approach from building a foundation of essential words and phrases, […]
I’ve been very fortunate in my life to have been able to meet people from many different walks of life, who think in different ways, and from many different places. My life has been very enriched by the people that I’ve met, many of whom weren’t born here (although I’ve met lots of awesome neighbors in our country […]
If you are on your way to becoming an American citizen, Library for the Blind and Physically handicapped offers Barron’s U.S. Citizenship Test (DB78027). This audio book presents the procedures and regulations for applying for American citizenship; summaries of U.S. history, geography, and government; and exercises for reading and writing English. It contains the 2013 […]
NLS acquires audio and braille titles in many foreign languages from various domestic and foreign producers, as well as from cooperating agencies serving people who cannot read standard print around the world. Using the Voyager Search interface, the NLS collections may be searched to find talking books in other languages, including French, German, and Russian. […]
If you spent your whole life reading books on spirituality, meditation, trying to “figure it out”, I heartily recommend The Power of Now (DB 55646) by Eckhart Tolle. The author, as he stated himself, does not reveal anything we do not already know; he rather gives us the key to open the door. By reading […]
Today we’re featuring a few items that will be hitting Library shelves over the next few weeks. These movies and books are available now to place on hold through our catalog or you can try your luck with the Best Seller collections on their release dates. For even more upcoming and newly released books, movies and music, check out the Books & Media page on our website!
When I was younger, I had this “bookazine” about famous women in history. It featured the Hollywood legends and award-winning singers that you would expect in that sort of thing but I loved reading the parts about women like Mata Hari, Marie Curie, and the other ladies who took tremendous risks to do things they were told they would never be able to achieve. This Women’s History month, I wanted to challenge myself to find more of those kind of superwomen: the ones who dared to dream big and do amazing things, all without tights or a cape.