BARD Roundup – April 2017 top 10 audio downloads

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

DB086707 – Chaos: a Scarpetta novel by Patricia Daniels Cornwell
DB086870 – Heartbreak Hotel: an Alex Delaware novel by Jonathan Kellerman
DB086854 – Never never by James Patterson and Candice Fox
DB086859 – The rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land
DB086211 – The kept woman: a novel by Karin Slaughter
DB086654 – Below the belt by Stuart Woods
DB086180 – Darkness by Karen Robards
DB085935 – Apprentice in death by J D Robb
DB086850 – Come and get us by James Patterson and Shan Serafin
DB087344 – My not so perfect life: a novel by Sophie Kinsella
DB086692 – The Sleeping Beauty killer: an under suspicion novel by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

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

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BARD Roundup – April 2017 top 10 braille downloads

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

BR0021452 – The death of cancer: after fifty years on the front lines of medicine, a pioneering oncologist reveals why the war on cancer is winnable–and how we can get there by Vincent T DeVita, Jr and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
BR0008518 – The Fannie Farmer cookbook by Fannie Merritt Farmer and Marion Cunningham
BR0021761 – The hidden life of trees: what they feel, how they communicate : discoveries from a secret world by Peter Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst, Tim F Flannery and S Simard
BR0021772 – Alfred Hitchcock: a brief life by Peter Ackroyd
BR0017369 – Penny from heaven by Jennifer L Holm
BRE000095 – The ABCs of UEB: a guide for the transition from English Braille American Edition (EBAE) to the rules of Unified English Braille (UEB) by Constance Risjord
BR0008027 – Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th president of the United States by Lucille Falkof
BR0011671 – Legacy of silence by Belva Plain
BR0016225 – Nature noir: a park ranger’s patrol in the Sierra by Jordan Fisher Smith
BR0018459 – Beyond the miracle worker: the remarkable life of Anne Sullivan Macy and her extraordinary friendship with Helen Keller by Kim E Nielsen

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

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Happy BARD Day – May 2017

Happy BARD day – April 2017 was a great month for downloading audio and braille. In April 592 audio readers downloaded 8872 books, 409 magazines and 3 music items. Another 30 braille readers downloaded 813 books and 15 magazines. 18 more people signed up for BARD. BARD Mobile added 54 new users and 60 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.

Sign up for BARD today – http://ow.ly/bHFY6

Get the BARD Mobile app

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.loc.nls.dtb&hl=en

iPhone – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bard-mobile/id705229586

Kindle Fire – http://www.amazon.com/Library-of-Congress-BARD-Mobile/dp/B016760320

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10 Most Wanted Books – May 2017

Here are the 10 Most Checked Out or Wanted Books from last month, April 2017. These are the books that we sent most often to patrons from the shelves of NCLBPH. Note, all books were checked out at least 40 times over the month.

DB086654 – Below the belt by Stuart Woods
DB086296 – French kiss : a Detective Luc Moncrief mystery by James Patterson
DB085262 – Smooth operator by Stuart Woods
DB086306 – The Christmas mystery : a Detective Luc Moncrief mystery by James Patterson
DB086305 – Cross the line by James Patterson
DB084791 – Dishonorable Intentions: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods
DB085812 – Two by two by Nicholas Sparks
DB086298 – Sex, lies and serious money by Stuart Woods
DB085068 – Let’s play make-believe by James Patterson
DB085092 – Bullseye by James Patterson

To order – Online Cataloghttps://webopac.klas.com/nc1aopac or call – 1-888-388-2460

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Free Tactile Art Tour at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Join the North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for a free

Image of the sculpture "The Thinker". It's a man sitting on a stone block. He is leaning on his right arm and his left arm rests on his left knee.

Image of the sculpture “The Thinker”. It’s a man sitting on a stone block. He is leaning on his right arm and his left arm rests on his left knee.

tactile art tour at the North Carolina Museum of Art!

When:    Tuesday, June 20, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Where:   North Carolina Museum of Art

                 2110 Blue Ridge Road

                 Raleigh, North Carolina 27607-6494

 Directions to Museum/Parking: http://www.ncartmuseum.org/visit/plan_your_visit/

REGISTRATION REQUIRED—NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IS LIMITED. PLEASE REGISTER BY Tuesday, May 30. TO REGISTER please call 1-888-388-2460, email nclbph@ncdcr.gov, or complete our online registration form at:

http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/eventsprograms/registration

 Please provide: library patron name, address, phone number, number of people attending.

If you require any special needs please contact the library at 919-733-4376 by Thursday, June 1.

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Revenge of the Fifth

The Jedi have had their day, but now it’s time for revenge. It’s the Revenge of the 5th with novels that have gone to the dark side.

  1. Star Wars: Episode III; Revenge of the Sith DB060480

    A depiction of Darth Vader holding his glowing red light saber. The background is a dark red mist.

    A depiction of Darth Vader holding his glowing red light saber. The background is a dark red mist.

  2. Star Wars: The Old Republic; Darth Bane, Rule of Two DB065922
  3. Star Wars: Death Star DB065660
  4. Star Wars: Death Troopers BR018837
  5. William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth BR020488
  6. The Star Wars cookbook: Wookie Cookies and other Galactic Recipes BR012243
  7. LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back DBC00350
  8. Heir to the Empire: Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy, volume 1 DB033042
  9. Dark Force Rising: Star Wars, Thrawn Trilogy, Volume 2 DB035928
  10. The last command: Star Wars, Thrawn Trilogy, volume 3 DB035942

 

A depiction of the Death Star cruising through space surrounded by debris

A depiction of the Death Star cruising through space surrounded by debris

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May the Fourth be with You

Happy Star Wars Day! He have a slew of literature about the age old conflict in the galaxy far far away. May the Fourth be with You… as well as these books!

  1. Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures DB072827

    A depiction of Yoda from the Star Wars franchise. He is standing with his glowing light saber as if he's ready for battle.

    A depiction of Yoda from the Star Wars franchise. He is standing with his glowing light saber as if he’s ready for battle.

  2. Star Wars: Queen of the Empire LT026342
  3. Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy: Star Wars; A New Hope DB083213
  4. So, You Want to Be a Jedi? Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back DB083214
  5. Beware the Power of the Dark Side! Star Wars: Return of the Jedi DB083215
  6. Star Wars: Crosscurrent DB074571
  7. Star Wars: Riptide DB074721
  8. Star Wars: Jedi Search: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Volume 1 BR009768
  9. Star Wars: Champions of the Force: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Volume 3 DB040279
  10. Star Wars: Darksaber DB042038

 

A depiction of Chewbacca from the Star Wars Franchise stretched out screaming as the Millennium Falcon flies through space behind him

A depiction of Chewbacca from the Star Wars Franchise stretched out screaming as the Millennium Falcon flies through space behind him

 

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Tar Heel Talk Spring/Summer 2017 is now live on our website

It’s here!!! All the news you can use from your favorite library. Get ready to Spring into Spring and enjoy your Summer with the latest Tar Heel Talk, Spring/Summer 2017 edition. This edition features a patron’s skydiving experiences and information about the Summer Reading Program. Read it, download it or listen to it right now on our newly designed and enhanced website!!! – http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/outreach/tar-heel-talk

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National Poetry Month: Epics

Epic

It’s a genre of poetry that is a lengthy narrative that features heroic deeds and contains the basis of the culture. The oldest recorded epic is The Epic of Gilgamesh. It’s believed that epics predate literacy. Epics were performed orally, broken into to numerous significant parts to make them easy to remember.

Basics

  • Has a hero that is the embodiment of the civilizations values
  • Starts in the middle of an event and backstory is filled in as the narrative continues
  • Doesn’t take place in one setting; the setting is always vast, spanning over several areas
  • Contains divine interventions

Examples

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh DB019137
  • Paradise Lost DB031889
  • Beowulf DB049742
The word EPIC appears in gold letters surrounded by blurry faded EPIC in the 4 corners of the image. The background is the sun in the sky in the center of the image and clouds spiraling upwards to the sun.

The word EPIC appears in gold letters surrounded by blurry faded EPIC in the 4 corners of the image.

April marks National Poetry Month! Throughout this month we will share information about some of the varying poetry styles practiced today and a little bit about their history. The purpose of the month is to increase the awareness and appreciation of poetry, and maybe help a few people find their inner poet talent.
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American Poets – Part 5

Edgar Allan Poe

A portrait of Poe in an oval frame

A portrait of Poe in an oval frame

  • He was born as Edgar Poe on January 19th 1809, in Boston, Ma.
  • Both of his parents were actors
  • After his father abandoned the family and the death of his mother, he and his siblings were split up and he was taken in by the Allan family who gave him the “Allan” part of his name
  • Unable to get the funds to continue attending university, he enlisted in the army as Edgar A. Perry which is when he began his writing career as well; that was when he published his first book Tamerlane and other Poems
  • Two years into his 5-year enlistment, he sought to go to the United States Military Academy at West Point and later that year he intentionally got himself court-martialed
  • He was the first American to make a living off writing alone; it would prove difficult due to the lack of copyright laws and publishers making copies of unauthorized British works instead of paying American writers
  • His short story Found in a Bottle was noticed by John P. Kennedy, who through connections help Poe get a job as an assistant editor of the Southern Literature Messenger
  • Poe had a Gothic style, often questioning death; he also wrote humor stories, satire and hoaxes

Examples of his works in our collection

  • Poems DB016005
  • “The Raven” and Other Poems DB069751
April marks National Poetry Month! Throughout this month we will share information about some of the varying poetry styles practiced today and a little bit about their history. The purpose of the month is to increase the awareness and appreciation of poetry, and maybe help a few people find their inner poet talent.
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