The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. The items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program and their listings do not imply endorsement.
Hadley School offers braille music course
The Hadley School offers the course Braille Music Reading that presents braille musical notation together with music fundamentals. The goal of the course is to teach blind musicians to read single-line braille music. Prerequisites for this course include strong contracted braille reading and writing skills, some musical background, and access to an acoustic or digital piano. The course's fourteen lessons cover much of basic musical notation, from individual notes to full tunes, in a graduated method. Upon completion, students may continue their braille music study with a selection of short continuation courses. For more information visit www.hadley.edu or call toll-free 1-800-323-4238.
Free communications technology for deaf-blind individuals
Low-income individuals who are deaf-blind are now eligible to receive a wide array of free accessible communications equipment through a campaign funded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC campaign was created to carry out the mandate established in the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. The FCC defines low-income as individuals whose income does not exceed 400 percent of federal poverty guidelines. The accessible communications equipment will be distributed by certified providers in each state. To find the certified provider in your state, visit www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/nationaldeaf-blind-equipment-distribution-program, call 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) for voice or 1-888-TELLFCC (1-888835-5322) TTY, or e-mail email@example.com.
The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, contact your braille-lending library.
Note: For the information of the reader, a notice may appear immediately following the book description to indicate occurrences of violence, strong language, or explicit descriptions of sex. The word "some" before any of these terms indicates an occasional or infrequent occurrence, as in "some strong language."
Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation
by Mitch Horowitz
The author discusses the history of occultism in America and the emerging differences in practices from the Old World. Highlights the influence of Mother Ann and the Shaking Quakers in New York in 1776 and other notable spiritual leaders. Includes origins of the Ouija board, horoscopes, and more. 2009.
- Volume 1 Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation
- Volume 2 Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation
- Volume 3 Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation
Lives of the Artists BR 18972
by Calvin Tomkins
Contributor to the New Yorker profiles ten modern artists: Matthew Barney, Maurizio Cattelan, John Currin, Damien Hirst, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, and James Turrell. One piece discusses the 1992 tiger-shark-in-formaldehyde work by young British artist Hirst, as well as anecdotes revealing his personality. 2008.
A World without Ice
by Henry Pollack
Member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and cowinner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize discusses the relationship between ice, humankind, and climate change. The geophysicist warns that the risks of not addressing global warming include flooding, loss of drinking water, and more. Foreword by Al Gore. 2009.
Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon
by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times business journalist Morgenson and financial analyst Rosner investigated the 2008 financial meltdown. They assert that government regulators and public agencies were complicit in creating the circumstances for the economic crisis and name individuals they consider to be the key players. Bestseller. 2011.
- Volume 1 Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon
- Volume 2 Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon
- Volume 3 Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon
First Family: Abigail and John
by Joseph J. Ellis
Author of His Excellency: George Washington (BR 15564) and Founding Brothers (BR 12931) analyzes the marriage of second American president John Adams and his wife Abigail. Uses the couple's correspondence to portray a love affair—and a political team that led the country through uncertain post-Revolutionary War times. 2010.
- Volume 1 First Family: Abigail and John
- Volume 2 First Family: Abigail and John
- Volume 3 First Family: Abigail and John
by Andrew Weil
Believing that achieving optimum emotional well-being is as important as maintaining peak physical health, physician discusses differences between integrative mental health care and psychiatry. Shares strategies to avoid depression from both ancient tradition and contemporary neuroscience—including body-oriented therapies and mind-retraining techniques. Bestseller. 2011.
The Magic Room: A Story about the Love We Wish for Our Daughters
by Jeffrey Zaslow
Author profiles a small-town Michigan bridal shop, its multi-generational female owners, and many of the brides who have purchased gowns there. Explores the relationships of daughters and their families—particularly their mothers.and the transformation of marriage in America. 2012.
- Volume 1 The Magic Room: A Story about the Love We Wish for Our Daughters
- Volume 2 The Magic Room: A Story about the Love We Wish for Our Daughters
- Volume 3 The Magic Room: A Story about the Love We Wish for Our Daughters
Democracy: Exploring World Governments
by Sue Vander Hook
Explains democracy, a form of government in which power resides with the people. Traces the history of democracy from ancient Greece to the twenty-first century. Profiles key figures, including Pericles and Thomas Jefferson, and discusses individual rights and freedoms. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2011.
And the Journey Begins
by Cyril Axelrod
Autobiography of Father Cyril Axelrod, born deaf into a Jewish family, who became a Catholic priest at age twenty-eight. Chronicles his worldwide ministry to deaf and deaf-blind individuals, which began in 1971. Discusses the diagnosis of Usher syndrome in 1980 that led to Axelrod's own retinitis pigmentosa blindness. 2005.
Inflight Science: A Guide to the World from Your Airplane Window
by Brian Clegg
A guide to the science of an airplane trip, focusing on the passengers' experiences. Begins at the airport with bag checking and body scanning, then proceeds to takeoff, covering fueling, navigation, and wing work; cabin life, including jet lag and in-flight technology; and exploring the landscape below. Includes experiments. 2011.
- Volume 1 Inflight Science: A Guide to the World from Your Airplane Window
- Volume 2 Inflight Science: A Guide to the World from Your Airplane Window
Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up
by Harriet Lerner
Psychologist and author of The Dance of Anger (BR 06419) and The Dance of Connection (BR 13865) offers 106 solutions to various relationship problems, based on common sense and mutual respect. Suggests ways to tone down criticism, connect with a distant partner, and deal with children and blended families. 2012.
- Volume 1 Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up
- Volume 2 Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up
Communism: Exploring World Governments
by Sue Vander Hook
Examines communism's origins in nineteenth-century Europe as a theory that inequity among classes is unfair. Highlights key figures Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Describes daily life, elections, economics, and human rights in communist countries such as China, Cuba, and North Korea. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2011.
First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life beyond Earth
by Marc Kaufman
Science writer discusses the young field of astrobiology, which seeks to identify life throughout the universe. Relates the significance of discoveries about organisms that can thrive in extreme conditions. Emphasizes research on planets orbiting other suns and evidence of past life on Mars. 2011.
- Volume 1 First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life beyond Earth
- Volume 2 First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life beyond Earth
V Is for Vengeance
by Sue Grafton
1988. A middle-aged woman is found dead—an apparent suicide—soon after PI Kinsey Millhone reports her to department-store detectives for stealing. When the woman's boyfriend hires Kinsey to look into her death, Kinsey's investigation uncovers a Mob family, a shoplifting ring, and a star-crossed romance. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2011.
- Volume 1 V Is for Vengeance
- Volume 2 V Is for Vengeance
- Volume 3 V Is for Vengeance
- Volume 4 V Is for Vengeance
Beyond the Night
by Marlo Schalesky
California. Paul Tilden holds vigil by the bedside of his comatose wife M, who fights for her life in a hospital. Paul relives their love affair—which began with helping M cope with blindness and grew into something much more—and prays that he can reach her. 2008.
A Dog's Purpose BR 19261
by W. Bruce Cameron
Through four lifetimes a dog finds his reason for being. His first experience is as a feral puppy. Reincarnated as a golden retriever, he bonds with an eight-year-old named Ethan. After returning to life as a K-9 unit German shepherd, his final journey reunites him with an aged Ethan. 2010.
by Patricia Cornwell
Searching for a motive in her assistant Jack Fielding's murder, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta visits a female inmate who seduced Fielding when he was a boy and later gave birth to his daughter—Fielding's killer. Scarpetta is thrust into a tangle of violent deaths. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2011.
KBL: Kill Bin Laden; a Novel Based on True Events
by John Weisman
In Abbottabad, Pakistan, army ranger-turned-CIA agent Charlie Becker poses as a beggar to obtain information on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. But he fears exposure after spotting a former prisoner he interrogated in Guantánamo. Meanwhile, SEAL Team Six prepares to take down bin Laden. Violence and strong language. 2011.
- Volume 1 Kill Bin Laden; a Novel Based on True Events
- Volume 2 Kill Bin Laden; a Novel Based on True Events
- Volume 3 Kill Bin Laden; a Novel Based on True Events
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Detective Lindsay Boxer is pregnant and juggling two high-profile cases: a wealthy man gunned down in the bathroom at his daughter's school and the discovery of two decapitated heads. Lindsay's friends and colleagues contribute their expertise. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2012.
by Charles Todd
1920. Wyatt Russell, who is dying of cancer, arrives at Scotland Yard and confesses to killing his cousin five years earlier in Essex. As Inspector Rutledge investigates, Russell is murdered. Now Rutledge has two mysterious deaths to solve, especially since villagers swear the latest victim is not Russell. 2012.
Never Tell: A Novel of Suspense
by Alafair Burke
A woman receives threats after blogging about her childhood abuse. A wealthy girl dies in an apparent suicide. A psychiatrist pays poor teens to take part in his antidepressant clinical trial. NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher tries to discover what links these cases. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2012.
- Volume 1 Never Tell: A Novel of Suspense
- Volume 2 Never Tell: A Novel of Suspense
- Volume 3 Never Tell: A Novel of Suspense
The Road to Grace: The Third Journal of The Walk
by Richard Paul Evans
After receiving help from a stranger in Miles to Go (BR 19429), Alan Christoffersen continues his cross-country journey. On the way from South Dakota to St. Louis he encounters a Holocaust survivor, a single mother, and his late wife McKale's estranged mother, who had abandoned her young daughter. Bestseller. 2012.
- Volume 1 The Road to Grace: The Third Journal of The Walk
- Volume 2 The Road to Grace: The Third Journal of The Walk
Eyes of the Hawk
by Elmer Kelton
Louisiana-born Reed Sawyer sails to Texas to seek his fortune. There he works for rancher Thomas "Hawk" Canfield, who has a feud with businessman Branch Isom. After fighting in the Civil War, Sawyer returns to Texas and discovers that Canfield's enmity still festers. Spur Award. 1981.
Helen Keller in Love
by Rosie Sultan
Fictionalized account of the 1916 love affair between disability activist Helen Keller and her private secretary Peter Fagan, a Boston journalist by trade. The two share antiwar sentiments and socialist beliefs, but Helen's mother and her mentor Annie Sullivan disapprove of the match. Some descriptions of sex. 2012.
The following books were recently produced for the NLS program. To order books, contact your braille-lending library.
Life in the Boreal Forest BR 19030
by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Describes the plants and animals that make their home in the great northern forest that spreads across Alaska, Canada, Russia, and Scandinavia. Examines the ecosystem and its importance to our planet. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2009.
Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold BR 19031
by Katherine Schneider
The author, who is blind, addresses issues and challenges faced by children with disabilities. She encourages children to be kind, honest, and polite; to find a hero with a disability; and to become someone who appreciates the treasures in daily life. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.
Off like the Wind! The First Ride of the Pony Express BR 19033
by Michael P. Spradlin
April 3 to April 13, 1860. Recounts the hazards faced by horseback riders during the first cross-country mail service between Missouri and California, which took eleven days. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades 2-4. 2010.
I Can Be Safe: A First Look at Safety
by Pat Thomas
Teaches children to trust their instincts when it comes to new situations and strangers. Shows them ways to keep safe, such as knowing their phone number and their parents' names, and what to do if someone touches them inappropriately. For preschool-grade 2. 2003.
by Walter Dean Myers
New York City, 1863. As Civil War race riots erupt, fifteen-year-old Claire, the light-skinned daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, is torn between the feuding sides. Claire confronts issues of bigotry, social class, and self-identity as she becomes a black woman. For grades 6-9. 2009.
Murder at Midnight
Pergamontio, Italy; 1490. Falsely accused of plotting to overthrow King Claudio, scholarly Mangus the magician, from Midnight Magic (BR 13138), and his street-smart servant boy Fabrizio face deadly consequences unless they can track down the real traitor by the stroke of midnight. For grades 5-8. 2009.
A Brief History of Montmaray
by Michelle Cooper
Montmaray, 1936. On her sixteenth birthday Princess Sophia begins a diary. Her eccentric family, including her tomboy sister Henry and her uncle the mad king, fill early entries, but Sophia's attention is soon caught by two Nazi soldiers who introduce discord to the quiet island kingdom. For grades 6-9. 2008.
Minn of the Mississippi
by Holling Clancy Holling
Follows the adventures of Minn, a three-legged snapping turtle, who makes a twenty-five-hundred-mile trip from her birthplace in Minnesota at the headwaters of the Mississippi River down to the Gulf of Mexico. For grades 4-7. Newbery Honor Book. 1951.
Close to Famous
by Joan Bauer
After escaping her mother's abusive boyfriend, twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother make a new start in Culpepper, West Virginia. Her mom wants to be a lead singer, while Foster dreams of becoming a famous TV chef—and of mastering reading, despite her learning disability. For grades 5-8. Schneider Family Book Award. 2011.
Found: The Missing, Book 1
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
After seventh-grader Jonah and his friend Chip receive threatening letters about their adoptions, they start to investigate their past. What they discover stuns them, as a conspiracy involving time travel and shadowy factions unravels. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2008.
The Planet of Junior Brown
by Virginia Hamilton
Eighth grader Junior Brown, an obese, overprotected musical prodigy, and his homeless classmate Buddy Clark play hooky and spend their days with a former teacher who has built a model solar system—with an extra planet—in the school basement. But then they get caught. For grades 5-8. Newbery Honor Book. 1971.
Theodore Boone: The Abduction
by John Grisham
Theo was the last person to talk to his best friend April before she was abducted from her bedroom. When the police are stumped, Theo uses his investigative skills to try to save April. Sequel to Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (BR 19083). For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2011.
Sent: The Missing, Book 2
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Jonah, his sister Katherine, and Chip travel back in time to fifteenth-century England, where Chip and his brother Alex are royal heirs who have been imprisoned by their uncle, King Richard III. Can Jonah and Katherine fix history and save Chip and Alex? For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2009.
by Gary Paulsen
Fourteen-year-old Russel Susskit, who feels assailed by the modern world, takes to heart an elderly Eskimo's tales of age-old customs. The knowledge helps Russel survive a fourteen-hundred-mile journey across the tundra and mountains by dogsled, while seeking his own "song." For grades 6-9. Newbery Honor Book. 1985.
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Sleepover Sleuths, Book 1
by Carolyn Keene
Nancy and her two best friends, George and Bess, are excited about their invitations to a City Girls doll-themed sleepover party. But when birthday girl Deirdre's new and rare doll, Hollywood Heather, goes missing, Nancy and her crew investigate. Short chapter book. For grades 2-4. 2006.
Addie on the Inside
by James Howe
Thirteen-year-old Carle learns about love, loss, and staying true to herself as she navigates seventh grade, enjoys a visit from her grandmother, fights with her boyfriend, and endures gossip and meanness from her former best friend. Told in verse. Sequel to Totally Joe (BR 16655). For grades 6-9. 2011.
How Tía Lola Saved the Summer
by Julia Alvarez
Tía Lola's friend Víctor brings his three daughters to Vermont for a visit, surrounding Miguel with girls. But Tía Lola creates a fun summer camp where Miguel, his sister Juanita, and the other girls enjoy adventures. Sequel to How Tía Lola Learned to Teach (BR 19298). For grades 3-6. 2011.
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
by Michael Chabon
Superhero Awesome Man can fly straight as an arrow, shoot positronic rays from his eyes, and hug mutant Jell-O. But he has something exciting to tell you: his secret identity! PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2. 2011.
How Rocket Learned to Read
by Tad Hills
A little yellow bird introduces the dog Rocket to the wondrous alphabet and teaches him to read. When winter arrives little yellow bird flies south and Rocket practices until spring, when his new friend and teacher returns. PRINT/BRAILLE. For preschool-grade 2 and older readers. 2010.
Young Zeus BR
by G. Brian Karas
Tells how the young god Zeus—with a little help from six monsters, five gods (his brothers and sisters), his mother, and an enchanted she-goat—became god of gods, master of lightning and thunder, and ruler over all. Adaptation of a Greek myth. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. 2010.
The following is a list of braille magazines in the Library of Congress program. Readers may obtain free personal subscriptions to these magazines. For information on the availability of specific magazines, consult the library that send you braille materials.
Boys' Life (for children and teens, monthly)
Braille Book Review (bimonthly)
Braille Chess Magazine (British quarterly)
Braille Music Magazine (British monthly)
Conundrum (British monthly)
Cooking Light (11 issues)
ESPN: The Magazine (biweekly)
Harper's (literary; monthly)
Health Newsletters (includes Harvard Health Letter, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter; monthly)
Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine (monthly)
Ladies' Home Journal (monthly)
Martha Stewart Living (home and entertaining; 11 issues)
Muse (for children; 9 issues)
Musical Mainstream (NLS quarterly)
National Geographic (monthly)
The New York Times Book Review (weekly)
News (NLS quarterly)
Parenting Early Years (11 issues)
Parenting School Years (11 issues)
PC World (personal computing; monthly)
Playboy (11 issues)
Poetry (11 issues)
Popular Communications (monthly)
Popular Mechanics (11 issues)
Popular Music Lead Sheets (irregularly)
Rolling Stone (popular culture; 24 issues)
Science News (26 issues)
Seventeen (for teens; 10 issues)
Short Stories (British monthly)
Spider: The Magazine for Children (9 issues)
StoneSoup (children's writings; 6 issues)
Update (NLS semi-annually)
Schedules for the following sports leagues are also available:
- 2013 American Baseball League Schedule by Team
- 2013 National Baseball League Schedule by Team
- 2013 American and National Baseball League Schedule by Date
- 2012-2013 National Basketball Association Schedule Part 1
- 2012-2013 National Basketball Association Schedule Part 2
- 2012-2013 National Basketball Association Schedule Part 3