VIP Book Club Podcast – The Woods

For our December VIP Book Club meeting we discussed The Woods by Harlan Coben (2007). DB64554 and LT31279. The description reads: “A homicide forces widowed Newark, New Jersey, county prosecutor Paul Copeland to confront past tragedy. Twenty years ago, two teenagers were murdered at summer camp and two others, including Paul’s sister, disappeared. Paul reconnects with a long-lost love to learn the truth.”

You may listen to how the book discussion went and even add your own input by clicking the link below!

If you wish to learn more about our VIP Book Club, such as what books we will cover next, visit our page by clicking the link below!

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BARD Roundup – November 2017 top 10 audio downloads

Here are November 2017’s 10 most downloaded BARD audio book titles:

DB089125 – The store by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
DB089136 – Deep freeze by John Sandford
DB088719 – Wired by Julie Garwood
DB089198 – Merry and bright by Debbie Macomber
DB089177 – The silent corner by Dean R (Dean Ray) Koontz
DB089359 – The rooster bar by John Grisham
DB088678 – Long time no see: an 87th precinct novel by Ed McBain
DB088196 – Come sundown by Nora Roberts
DB088215 – All by myself, alone: a novel by Mary Higgins Clark
DB089007 – Another one goes tonight by Peter Lovesey

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BARD Roundup – November 2017 top 10 braille downloads

Here are November 2017’s 10 most downloaded BARD braille titles:

BR021824 – Two by two by Nicholas Sparks
BR021796 – Dead scared by S. J Bolton
BR021839 – Fates and traitors: a novel of John Wilkes Booth by Jennifer Chiaverini
BR021866 – Love bears all things: an Amish secrets novel by Beth Wiseman
BR021882 – Darkside: a novel by Belinda Bauer
BR021891 – 16th seduction by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
BR014409 – ChaseR: a novel in e-mails by Michael J Rosen
BR019354 – A lesson in secrets: a Maisie Dobbs novel by Jacqueline Winspear
BRC01589 – They called her Mrs. Doc by Janette Oke
BR021736 – A tree grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith and Anna Quindlen

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 –

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Happy BARD Day – December 2017

Happy BARD day – November 2017 was a great month for downloading audio and braille. In November 597 audio readers downloaded 8495 books, 368 magazines and 37 music items. Another 24 braille readers downloaded 407 books, 22 magazines and 1 music item. 16 more people signed up for BARD. BARD Mobile added 58 new users and 64 new mobile devices. Do you BARD? If not, what’s keeping you. With the BARD Mobile app added to things you now have another great way to read your books and magazines on the iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Amazon Kindle Fire.

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Did You Know – About Our Library?

Did you know the North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has been featured on the Triangle Reading Service. It’s nothing new, but if you’re curious about how the library operates or if you’ve never heard the feature click the link to Listen and Learn about the Library!

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Did You Know – About Our Individual Service Loan Policy

Has it been a while since you reviewed our loan policies for individuals receiving services from NCLBPH? If so, you can always review the policies governing the services for our patrons. You can read exciting policies about equipment responsibilities, loan periods, and even how to avoid being suspended! It may not be exciting, but it is helpful.

If you would like to review our policies click here or the link below.

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Christmas Without Lights

Join Insightful Visionaries on December 16th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm as they present “Christmas Without Lights”, a Christmas experienced through the eyes of the blind and visually impaired.

The talented cast will mesmerize you with their videos and their live show that follows. There will be singing, dancing and lots of holiday cheer. This is a blind awareness charity event meant to open your eyes and your hearts to an underserved community.

Learn more about how to attend by clicking here or the link below.

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Seasons’ Readings

In the spirit of the immediate shifting of gears from Thanksgiving to Christmas, I would like to immediately offer some downloadable holiday themed books. Think of this as an early gift that keeps on giving.

  1. Consumer Rites: The Buying & Selling of American Holidays DB047371
    • A social study of the origin and evolution of U.S. holidays into highly commercialized events that clash with religious practices and the original intent. Includes chapters on Christmas and Easter, and covers Mother’s, Father’s, and St. Valentine’s Days, as well as Halloween. Provides brief information on recent innovations such as Kwanzaa and Earth Day.
  2. Anne Perry’s Christmas Vigil: Two Victorian Holiday Mysteries; A Christmas Promise, A Christmas Odyssey DB077494
    • Two novellas set in Victorian London shortly before Christmas. In A Christmas Promise teenager Gracie helps young Maude after someone robs and murders Maude’s uncle. In A Christmas Odyssey, an odd trio assists a man who is searching for his wayward son.
  3. Ideals: Christmas DB031852
    • Special issue of Ideals magazine. Includes a selection of nostalgic, old-fashioned poems and short stories, as well as crafts and recipes. All of the selections, many of which are inspirational, are related to Christmas.
  4. Where Did Christmas Come From? DB044006
    • Remson looks at various Christmas traditions such as trees, yule logs, hanging stockings, caroling, Christmas dinners, and gift giving, and explains how they began.
  5. A Christmas Carol DB043546
    • Classic nineteenth-century Christmas story set in England describes the conversion of grasping old miser Ebenezer Scrooge when he is visited by ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.
  6. A Redbird Christmas DB058836
    • Terminally ill Oswald Campbell leaves Chicago to spend his last Christmas in a small Alabama town. The single women there want his attention, and an abandoned young girl who is lame needs a Christmas miracle.
  7. Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season from NPR’s Annual Holiday Special DB062028
    • Twelve stories celebrating Hanukkah by contemporary authors Myra Goldberg, Daniel Pinkwater, Harlan Ellison, Dani Shapiro, Elie Wiesel, Mark Helprin, and others. In Anne Roiphe’s “The Demon Foiled,” a new Jewish mayor attempts to light the family Hanukkah candles while he is being filmed for local TV.
  8. Hanukkah in America: A History DB081412
    • Professor of religion examines regional variants of the ancient Jewish tradition. In New Orleans, Hanukkah means decorating a door with a menorah made of hominy grits; latkes in Texas are seasoned with cilantro and cayenne pepper; children in Cincinnati sing Hanukkah songs and eat oranges and ice cream.
  9. Broken Song DB061760
    • During Hanukkah in 1897, the family of quiet, violin-playing Reuven Bloom is murdered in their Russian village and the fifteen-year-old flees with his baby sister. While fighting against the Russian army, Reuven helps another family to escape, that of Sashie from The Night Journey.
  10. Kwanzaa: An African-American Holiday that is Progressive and Uplifting DB032621
    • A guide to the meaning and observance of Kwanzaa, an African-American celebration of the “first fruits.” Originated in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa is celebrated annually from December 26 through January 1.
  11. The Complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating Our Cultural Harvest DB042533
    • An anthology of essays, folktales, poems, personal profiles, and recipes on the African American festival of Kwanzaa. The selections serve to illuminate the seven principles of the event and to guide in its celebration.
  12. Saturnalia DB033629
    • It’s December 1681 in Boston, and an assortment of pompous masters and impudent servants lead different lives by day and night. Events are woven together through the story of William, a fourteen-year-old Narraganset Indian captured in a raid six years earlier. William leads a productive life as a printer’s apprentice, but is increasingly anxious to connect with his heritage and his past.
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Heard Any Good Books Lately? – November 2017 edition is here

Just in time for Thanksgiving reading, something to be thankful for. The November 2017 edition of Heard Any Good Books Lately? produced by Triangle Radio Reading Service and brought to you by the Friends of NCLBPH is now live on our Heard Any Good Books Lately? Page and as a podcast from the Library’s website and the Triangle Radio Reading Service’s website.

This edition features the most popular books checked out in the months of September 2017. This edition features a new Karen Kingsbury book – Brush of Wings, the 3rd novel in the Angels Walking series.
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Did You Know – How to Get Better Service

Are you moving to another state and wondering if you can still be a patron? Maybe you’ve grown tired of reading the same style of book and are looking for something different. The service you receive from the library staff will always be our best effort, but I’ve placed a link below sharing some tips to make our services on your end easier.


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