Heard Any Good Books Lately? – January 2021 edition is here

It’s a brand new year and time to kick off a brand new edition of Heard Any Good Books Lately? The January 2021 edition of Heard Any Good Books Lately? produced by North Carolina Reading Service and brought to you by the Friends of The Library is now live on our Heard Any Good Books Lately? Page and as a podcast from the Library’s website and the North Carolina Reading Service’s website

This edition features a review of the book A Promised Land by Barrack Obama.
Check it out here – https://files.nc.gov/dncr-statelibrary/LBPH/podcasts/HeardAnyBooks/HEARD011321.mp3

If you missed any previous editions check out the Heard Any Good Books Lately? Archive – https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/podcasts/heard#archive

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NCLBPH will be closed on Monday, January 18th

NCLBPH will be closed on Monday, January 18th in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. We will resume our regular hours Tuesday, January 19th at 8:00 AM.

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The latest Allen’s List – Classics for the Winter

In this edition of Allen’s List, we look at the winter when the days are shorter, the skies  are grayer, and it’s the perfect time to put down the light reading for some heavier classics. Pull up a place by the fire and check out this Allen’s List – Classics for the Winter.

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Missed a list? Check out the Allen’s List page to see more

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Notable on NOBLE – Memories of World War I

Check out what’s Notable on NOBLE, right now! Memories of World War I: North Carolina Doughboys on The Western Front by R. Jackson MarshallDBC06114. Describes the Great War as seen through the eyes of North Carolina doughboys who fought on the western front in Belgium and France.

Take a listen to this Notable on NOBLE and then download the rest of the story, just like BARD, but without a password. We trust you’ll really enjoy this book!

Notable on NOBLEhttps://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/podcasts/notable-noble, helping you find the best reads from North Carolina’s Locally Recorded books and magazines site NOBLE.

For more listening enjoyment, check out the other NCLBPH podcasts like Tar Heel Talk Podcast, Heard Any Good Books Lately? and Craig’s Desk in the library’s podcast section

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The latest Allen’s List – Los Angeles Novels

In this edition of Allen’s List, we look at Los Angeles. The City of Dreams, The City of Angels. Also, the setting for some great novels. So if you would like to read a book set in La La Land check out this Allen’s List – Los Angeles Novels.

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BARD Roundup – December 2020 top 10 audio downloads

Here are December 2020’s 10 most downloaded BARD audio book titles:
DB100857 – The coast-to-coast murders by James Patterson and J. D Barker
DB100846 – The return by Nicholas Sparks
DB100485 – Thick as thieves by Sandra Brown
DB100966 – A promised land by Barack Obama
DB100852 – Shadows in death: an Eve Dallas novel by J. D Robb
DB101022 – Jingle all the way by Debbie Macomber
DB101032 – Happily this Christmas by Susan Mallery
DB100856 – The book of two ways by Jodi Picoult
DB101081 – Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr
DB100241 – Half Moon Bay by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman

Happy downloading! To get the latest books delivered at the speed of cyberspace login to BARD. Don’t have a BARD account? Sign up today – http://nlsbard.loc.gov/nc1a

Get the BARD Mobile app for another great way to read your books and magazines:

Don’t want BARD Mobile but still want a simpler and easier way to download your books? Try BARD Express from your Windows PC and make downloading books and magazines simpler – https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/read/download#mobile-vs-express

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BARD Roundup – December 2020 top 10 braille downloads

Here are December 2020’s 10 most downloaded BARD braille titles:
BR023170 – Manhunt: a Michael Bennett story by James Patterson and James O Born
BR022730 – Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr
BR023067 – Burn by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
BR022930 – The crossing by Michael Connelly
BR023168 – Chase: a Michael Bennett story by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
BR016507 – False impression by Jeffrey Archer
BR010091 – The rainmaker by John Grisham
BR015495 – The return of the Black Widowers by Isaac Asimov and Charles Ardai
BR015251 – 3rd degree by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
BR020280 – The serpent’s shadow: the Kane chronicles by Rick Riordan

Happy downloading! To get the latest books delivered at the speed of cyberspace login to BARD. Don’t have a BARD account? Sign up today – http://nlsbard.loc.gov/nc1a

Get the BARD Mobile app and have another great way to read your books and magazines on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bard-mobile/id705229586

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BARD offline Wednesday, January 13, 2021

To improve BARD performance, NLS will be performing routine maintenance on the BARD site beginning 11:00 PM, Tuesday, January 12, lasting 17 hours or less, with the expectation that BARD will resume normal operation by 4:00 PM on Wednesday, January 13. This will effect BARD on the Web, BARD Express and BARD Mobile.

This maintenance work is expected to help make access easier and faster. We apologize for any convenience as NLS works to make BARD the best it can be.

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Acquiring Braille Literacy

As a reader advisor who works closely with individuals who have visual impairments, I have recently begun to learn braille through the Hadley correspondence course. Prior to beginning this course, I had heard of the importance of learning braille for those who have visual impairments. The two commonly cited benefits of braille literacy are increased employability and an increased capacity for independence. Knowing this, I wanted to increase my own ability to communicate with our patrons and to open another way for them to communicate with me. I decided to learn braille, but I was scared.

I thought I wouldn’t be able to acquire braille literacy. I didn’t know how I could learn when I wouldn’t be in a classroom. Now, I already know the braille alphabet, and can read some braille signs in uncontracted braille when out in public after only a few weeks. I am looking forward to continuing to learn braille, and I have become a huge advocate for braille literacy.

Taking the class has emphasized to me the importance of being able to read, as literacy is an essential part of education. Without braille, many visually impaired individuals lack the ability to read. I couldn’t understand why patrons on phone calls would correct themselves if they said they had “read” a book to they “listened” to a book. I would say something to the effect of it is the same thing. However, upon reflection it isn’t. I was missing the distinction.

Audio books are wonderful. They allow millions of visually impaired individuals to access content otherwise unavailable to them. However, it is like being read a story by a parent when you are a child. It is enjoyable, but sometimes you want to read the story by yourself. You want to imagine the character’s voice a certain way; you want to put the inflection on a certain syllable; you want the book to become your own. The patrons are right. They are not reading, they are listening. Braille literacy is important…not just because it improves the chances for employment, but also because it is a way to become literate. Literacy is taken for granted by the sighted sometimes, but it is invaluable.

There are resources available to learn braille, and I strongly suggest you take advantage of them. Speak to your social worker for the blind in your county, visit the National Federation for the Blind website detailing the resources available to you, and the National Library Service’s website (websites are listed below this article) for general information about braille, braille publications, and brailling products available. I can personally attest to the effectiveness of the Hadley program, there website is listed on the following page. This year’s summer reading theme is “Imagine your Story” I encourage you to truly imagine your own story a life with braille literacy, and make it a reality.

Article written by Sarah Brackett, Reader Advisor

Braille Learning Resources:

National Federation for the Blind: nfb.org/resources/braille-resources

National Library Service: loc.gov/nls/resources/blindness-and-vision-impairment/brailleinformation

Hadley Program hadley.edu/FindaCourse.asp

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10 Most Wanted Books – December 2020

December 2020 was a great month for reading at the library. Because of the library’s Books On Demand service with multiple books on a single cartridge, we can serve many more patrons many more books at a one time and it shows in December 2020’s 10 Most Wanted totals. These are the books that we sent most often to patrons on cartridges from NCLBPH. Note, all books were checked out at least 186 times over the month. The top book was checked out 333 times.

DB100662 – The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline.
DB100966 – A promised land by Barack Obama.
DB100606 – Squeeze me by Carl Hiaasen.
DB100605 – The Christmas keeper by Jenn McKinlay.
DB100666 – Love is the way: holding on to hope in troubling times by Michael B Curry.
DB100859 – The searcher by Tana French.
DB100603 – 500 miles from you by Jenny Colgan.
DB100663 – A furious sky: the five-hundred-year history of America’s hurricanes by Eric Jay Dolin.
DB100593 – Our wild calling: how connecting with animals can transform by Richard Louv.
DB100485 – Thick as thieves by Sandra Brown.

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