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Monday, February 24, 2014

BARD Mobile app for Apple devices

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped now offers BARD access app for iPads, iPhones and iPods. It is called BARD Mobile and it is free to download from the iTunes store.

Step-by-Step Instructions for using the BARD mobile device:

  •  Download (free) from the iTunes store.

  •   Enter BARD login information to complete installation.

  •  Connect to a WI-FI network.

 Get Books tab
Search for and select audio books to download.
Select titles from the BARD online catalog interface or from a list of “recently added titles.” This is especially useful for accessing audio magazines, as it lists most recent publications first.
If using BARD catalog, first add   book(s) to your Wish List.
Access the Get Books tab to find the titles you added to Wish List ready for download. (You may find it easier to add titles to Wish List by using a computer with screen magnifiers and readers.)
Download book(s).

· Now Reading tab
Select this tab to begin listening. The app is similar to the digital Talking Book machine, with buttons for play, fast forward, rewind, speed, bookmark, and forward/backward chapter.

· Bookshelf tab
This is where downloaded books are grouped and can be sorted by title, author and latest played. Click Edit and Delete buttons to remove a title you no longer want from the Bookshelf.

· Settings tab
Manage account information.
Manipulate audio and video settings. The degree to which a voice  command software can assist a user with this app will depend on the features of their personal device. Many iPhones have a voice command option called Siri and this software can be downloaded as an app to the iPad.
If you have any questions about how to register for BARD or use the BARD Mobile app call the Talking Book Library at 630-1999.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Talking Book Review

Mom Can’t See Me by Sally Hobart Alexander

I read this book to my children when I learned how to read Braille. My children thoroughly enjoyed hearing it as much as I loved reading it to them.

Alexander, to give readers a picture of her life, told her story from the vantage point of her nine-year-old daughter. It is a warm picture of family life and explains how both mother and daughter have learned to cope with living with a handicap. Alexander participates in all the family activities: cooking, cleaning, taking the children to lessons, and volunteering at school. She includes some of the frustrations of blindness as well, such as the fear children express of "catching" blindness and the sadness Alexander feels in not seeing what her children are seeing. Ancona's clear black-and-white photographs greatly amplify the text, showing the family at work and at play.

Although this book is intended for children in Elementary school, I believe that it is a must read for all ages.

Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Talking Book review

Gift of Gold by Beverly Butler

Hello readers…

This week’s book is an excellent account of a blind girl's struggles in working toward her career goal of being a speech therapist. Cathy, the main character of Butler's earlier novel, "Light a Single Candle," goes on to college and faces many trials, including dealing with the death of one of the children she works with and dealing with the parents' attitudes about her blindness.

Although this book is for middle school through high school readers, I feel that it is a must read for all. This book will inspire you to persevere through all obstacles that you face to each your desired goal.