The Collection Connection
News From Your State Library
Volume 2 Issue 4
New and Notable Titles
- And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham
- Bono: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono
- The Boys From Biloxi by John Grisham
- Desert Star by Michael Connelly
- Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks
- Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir by Matthew Perry
- Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
- The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama
- So Help Me God by Mike Pence
- A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny
Employee Wellness & Workplace
- Credit Repair Kit for Dummies by Stephen R. Bucci, et al
- Work Your Money, Not Your Life: How to Balance Your Career and Personal Finances to Get What You Want by Roger Ma
- How to Do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal From Your Past, and Create Your Self by Nicole LePera
Talking Back: How to Overcome Chronic Back Pain and Rebuild Your Life by Rowland G. Hazard MD
Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Families and Friends by Michele Siegel et al
- Bilingual Families: A Practical Language Planning Guide by Eowyn Crisfield
- The Child Code: Understanding Your Child's Unique Nature for Happier More Effective Parenting by Danielle M. Dick
- The First Episode of Psychosis: A Guide for Young People and Their Families by Michael T. Compton and Beth Broussard
- Girls on the Brink: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
- Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want To Be by Rebecca Kennedy
- Home-School Learning Resources: A Guide for Home Educators, Teachers, Parents, and Librarians by Christinea Donnelly
- Mindset: Changing the Way You Think to Fulfill Your Potential by Carol S. Dweck
Adobe After Effects:2021 Release by Brie Gyncild and Lisa Fridsma
Adobe Dimension: 2021 Release by Keith Gilbert
Adobe Illustrator: 2021 Release by Brian Wood
Adobe Photoshop CC for Dummies by Peter Bauer
Chromebook for Dummies By Peter H. Gregory and Mark LaFay
7 Winning Conflict Resolution Techniques: Master Nonviolent and Effective Communication Skills to Resolve Everyday Conflicts in the Workplace, Relationships, Marriage and Crucial Conversations by Gerard Shaw
Robert's Rules for Dummies by C. Alan Jennings
The Virtual Leader: How to Manage a Remote Workplace by Takako Hirata
Kentucky Highlights in Fiction and Non-Fiction
- The Book Woman's Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson
- Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
- The Fall of Kentucky's Rock: Western Kentucky Democratic Politics Since the New Deal by George Humphreys
- From the Hood to the Holler: A Story of Separate Worlds, Shared Dreams, and the Fight for America's Future by Charles Booker
- The Gospel of Freedom: Black Evangelicals and the Underground Railroad by Alicestyne Turley-Adams
- The Kentucky Kidnappings and Death March: The Revolutionary War at Ruddell's Fort and Martin's Station by Russell L. Mahan
- Quilt City Murders by Bruce Leonard
- Shifty's Boys by Chris Offutt
Enticing Books for Holiday Entertaining!
Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Slow Cooker Feasts : 650 Easy Holiday Recipes
Jewish Holiday Baking Inspired Recipes for Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, and More
Kwanzaa : From Holiday to Every Day : A Complete Guide for Making Kwanzaa a Part of Your Life
Kentucky Talking Book Library - That All May Read
Who Can Use KTBL?
Any resident of Kentucky, preschool age to senior citizen, who has difficulty seeing standard print material, is unable to hold a book and turn the pages, or has a verified reading disability is eligible for KTBL service. The condition may be temporary or permanent, as long as a competent authority endorses the application. Examples of eligible conditions include blindness, eye surgery, macular degeneration, stroke, crippling arthritis, and dyslexia.
What Kind of Materials Are Available?
Audio and Braille materials are sent to and from users by postage-free mail, or can be downloaded from the internet. A special Talking Book player can be provided on loan. Books for all ages, both fiction and non-fiction, and magazines are available. Picture books with a Braille overlay are also available. In addition, a newspaper reading service and Braille and large print music scores can be accessed.
How Do KTBL Books Differ From Audiobooks?
For those who are blind or have low vision, or those who have physical conditions such as arthritis, audiobooks are not a preference or a convenience, but a necessity. KTBL has a large collection of over 130,000 talking books for all ages and interests—and a large portion are not available anywhere else. KTBL librarians can select books for readers based on their interests and send as many as the user can read. KTBL has specialized playback devices and accessories that can easily be used by people who are blind, including a high-volume player for those who also have a hearing impairment. Patrons who have their own smartphone or tablet may download books 24/7 using a free app. There is no waiting for popular titles—all talking books are available all the time.
Know Someone Looking for a Volunteer Opportunity?
NLS talking books are recorded by professional narrators in the studios of contractors who bid each year on book production. These books make up the majority of the catalog of titles available. However, KTBL has a recording studio and records 40 books per year on average that are specific to Kentucky related topics, such as histories, biographies, and books by Kentucky authors. KTBL depends on volunteers to read and record these books for distribution to its patrons. Volunteers work in the Frankfort studio between 9:00-5:00 Monday-Friday, typically once a week for one to two hours, although more hours are possible.
Want to Know More?
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from KTBL service, go to ktbl.ky.gov for an application and to learn more!
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