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Braille & Talking Book Program | Newsletters | Spring 2010

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Volume 5, Issue 1 PDF Download | Spring 2010 | Edited by Karen Duenwald

Inside this issue:

Photo of Colleen Kirby, Assistant State LibrarianNews from Director

Hello. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Colleen Kirby and I am the new Assistant State Librarian for Access Services. As the Assistant State Librarian for Access Services one of my responsibilities is to oversee the Braille and Talking Book Program. I am a South Dakota native and have worked in a variety of library positions over the past 28 years. Working with the Braille and Talking Book Program is like the icing on the cake.

Many of you knew Dan Boyd, who was Director of the Braille and Talking Book Program for more than 30 years. He was truly an outstanding leader. His dedication to providing service to those who cannot read standard print is unsurpassed. I hope that I will be able to continue the wonderful service that the Braille and Talking Book Program provided under Dan's leadership.

As the Braille and Talking Book staff continues to serve you, we are very excited about our new digital players. They are similar to the cassette players, but much smaller and easier to use.

The player features better sound quality, a sleep button that will stop play after a specified time, a charge time of 30 hours; and a recharge time of only 2 ½ hours.

The new digital books are much easier to use. Each digital book (DB) comes on a single cartridge instead of multiple cassettes. It requires no flipping or changing of side selector switches. The digital book cartridge is comparable in size to a cassette. The cartridge will only fit into the digital machine one way, so you never have to worry about inserting a cartridge incorrectly.

People with Internet access also have the option of downloading digital books. There is a USB port on the right side of the machine. Many more titles are currently available for downloading than are currently produced in the cartridge format. You will need to register at the National Library Service's BARD website Web Link. Once accepted, you'll be emailed login information and will be able to download books and magazines from the BARD site to a computer, and then copy the files onto a blank flash or thumb drives for playing on the Digital Book Machine.

At the present time you need to get your name on the waiting list to receive the new digital player. Once all current talking book users have received a digital player, people new to the Braille and Talking Book Program will receive their players. You can call your Reader Advisor and request that you be put on the list to receive the digital player. I guarantee you that you are going to love it.

WAIT — Keep your cassette player — don't send it back. The transition from the cassette players to the digital players will take about four-years. For the immediate future direct mail magazines will only be available on cassette. You will also need your cassette player to read books from the current collection that won't be provided in digital format. New titles will be offered in both digital and cassette formats until NLS stops producing cassette books in late 2010. Due to high demand and the limited number of digital copies we receive, it may be faster to get a new book on cassette instead of waiting for the digital book.

If you do not yet have your new digital player, call your Reader Advisor today. They will put you on the waiting list and will make sure you receive a machine as soon as one is available.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
— Joseph Addison

Changes to our Newsletter

The Braille and Talking Book Program will no longer produce two of our publications — the Kid's News and The Bookbag (newsletters sent to our patrons under the age of 17 and Teachers and Parents who request textbook services for their students.) The information found in those publications will now be included in marked sections of the Prairie Trails Newsletter.

Bookshelf Feature on NLS Digital Player

You have the capability to use “bookshelf” mode on your player. This comes in handy for when you download multiple books onto one USB Flash Drive. To access more than just the first book loaded when a book is not currently playing, press and hold the Play/Stop button to enter the bookshelf and the Rewind or Fast-forward buttons to select the desired book. You will then need to again press the Play/Stop button to play the book chosen.

Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
— Aldous Huxley

Hooked on Talking Books

One of our readers from Yankton, Charlotte Hansen, recently shared this story with her reader advisor. - Years ago when she was first losing her sight, she had trouble accepting her blindness, especially the fact that she couldn't read anymore. She received talking books, but she thought it wasn't the same as reading a printed book. She discussed this with a friend of hers named Frank Branaugh, also from Yankton, who was also blind. He suggested that she sit in a chair with a book in her lap, turn her talking book player on, and listen, turning a page in the book every so often. Our reader tried this, got hooked on the books, and years later is still an avid patron of the library.

Executive NLS/BPH Case

A new EXECUTIVE NLS/BPH CASE for the NLS/BPH digital talking book player has been created. The case is made of soft and water-resistant faux leather. This case has a zippered storage compartment for holding up to three cartridges. The case has been designed to enable the user to easily utilize all keys, load your cartridges, USB port, and headset jack and can be carried on a comfortable shoulder strap or a hand carry strap. The pocket/flap can be secured in an open position by fastening the flap under the unit. In the closed position, the pocket/flap protects the keys, covers the cartridge area, covers the power cord area in the rear and protects the overall unit. This case fits both the standard and advance NLS units.

This case is available for purchase for $39.95 through Perkins at Web Link when you click on the tab “Buy Perkins Products” and through Executive Products Inc. at Web Link

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge: it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
— John Locke

The SD Collection is Growing

We have recently added the following books to our SD collection. This collection is comprised of books about South Dakota, books written by South Dakota authors, books recorded in South Dakota, and many others that were requested by our patrons.

  • SD004458 American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the “It” Girl, and the Crime of the Century by: Paula Uruburu - The scandalous story of Americas first supermodel, sex goddess, and modern celebrity Evelyn Nesbit. SD004458
  • SD004460 Chief: Marine Corps Warrior — The Life of John P. “Pat” Flynn, Jr. by: Sean J. Flynn — Lt. Col. Pat Flynn, descendant of Lakota Chief Spotted Tail, spent 24 years in Marine Corps service, including 16 brutal months as a POW in North Korea. Flynn was a skilled aviator, a faithful Lakota warrior, and an American hero. SD004460
  • SD004463 The Big Girls by: Susanna Moore - At the heart of this electrifying novel is a crime of unfathomable horror and its effect on several profoundly different lives, each altered by a surprising connection to the others. SD004463
  • SD004464 Buffalo Woman by: Dorothy M. Johnson — A fictionalized account, as seen through the eyes of a woman known as Whirlwind, of life with the Oglala Sioux from 1820 through the aftermath of the victory at the Little Bighorn in 1877. SD004464
  • SD004465 Taking the Fifth by: J.A. Jance — Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont thought he had seen them all — until he saw this body, its wounds, and the murder weapon: an elegant woman's shoe, its stiletto heel gruesomely caked with blood. The evidence is shocking and unsettling, even for a man who prowls the shadows for a living, for it suggests that savagery is not the exclusive domain of the predatory male. SD004465
  • SD004466 Turn The Stars Upside Down by: Terry C. Johnston — In this powerful, moving account of the last days of Crazy Horse, Terry C. Johnson weaves a saga of warriors, lovers, peacemakers, traitors, war, and suffering among the innocents on both sides. Most of all, this is the story of one man--a mystic, a fighter, a father and husband--whose last journey was as fateful and dramatic as a life lived without surrender. SD004466
  • SD004467 Beyond the Body Farm by: Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson - Witty and engaging, Bass dissects the methods used by homicide investigators every day, leading readers on an extraordinary journey into the high-tech science that it takes to crack a case. SD004467
  • SD004468 A Tendering in the Storm by: Jane Kirkpatrick - Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone and pregnant with her third child, struggling to keep her family secure in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory. Based on a True Story. SD004468
  • SD004469 A Promise to Believe In: Brides of Gallatin County, book 1 by: Tracie Peterson - As Gwen and her sisters struggle to maintain an inn on their own, unexpected visitor Hank Bishop claims to be searching for something in the possession of Gwen's late husband. But mayhem of another sort builds in Gwen's heart as she finds a growing attraction to this man. Can she dare to hope that love might again be hers? SD004469
  • SD004470 Wild Places - Wide Apart: a book of short stories by: Melvin Arthur Anderson - Written in a matter-of-fact, often humorous style, Wild Places - Wide Apart takes you from the early forts and fur traders of territorial times in South Dakota after the Civil War. SD004470
  • SD004471 Oregon Brides by: Tracey Bateman - Three young women find themselves in new phases of life after each are touched by devastation. SD004471
  • SD004472 Promise the Moon by: Elizabeth Joy Arnold - War and its aftermath take Josh from Natalie and her children. And so Natalie begins writing letters from Josh that she hides for young Anna and Toby to find - notes from heaven. As Natalie's search brings her closer to her own parents and reunites her with a love from long ago, she and her children will discover just how much of a hero Josh actually was. SD004472
  • SD004473 Colorado Wings: Four Inspirational Love Stories with a Dash of Intrigue by: Tracie Peterson - Eight lives are forever altered by the events of one day. Whether they were on the plane or share a more distant connection, these four young couples find a dark mystery haunting their budding romances. Waiting for God to work everything out could be their biggest challenge yet. SD004473
  • SD004474 Forty to Life by: Dave Jackson — Provoked by a gang leader into the random shooting of an innocent guy, fourteen-year-old Ray now faces a forty-year sentence in Chicago's infamous prison system. As far as Ray is concerned, it might as well be for life. SD004474
  • SD004475 Callie's Mountain by: Veda Boyd Jones — Callie's grandmother taught her to respect her Carolina mountain upbringing based on faith and love. But awestruck by a benefactor who is also one of Nashville's rising stars, Callie struggles between old teachings and new yearnings. SD004475
  • SD004476 Peter Norbeck: Prairie Statesman by: Gilbert Courtland Fite - The definitive biography of Peter Norbeck. A progressive Republican and strong supporter of the policies of Theodore Roosevelt, he was a towering figure in South Dakota politics. SD004476
  • SD004477 The Homesteader: A Novel by: Oscar Micheaux — Autobiographical, The Homesteader, expands on and continues the life of a black pioneer first described in the Conquest. In this incarnation, Jean Baptiste is his name. He has just purchased land in South Dakota when he meets his “dream girl,” but to his mind marriage is impossible because she is white. SD004477
  • SD004478 Abraham Lincoln by: George McGovern — Abraham Lincoln towers above the others who have held the office of president - the icon of greatness, the pillar of strength whose words bound up the nation's wounds. His presidency is the hinge on which American history pivots, the time when the young republic collapsed of its own contradictions and a new birth of freedom, sanctified by blood, created the United States we know today. SD004478
  • SD004484 Ghostwalk by: Rebecca Stott — Filled with evocative descriptions of Cambridge, past and present, of seventeenth-century glassmaking, alchemy, the Great Plague, and Newton's scientific innovations, Ghostwalk centers around a real historical mystery that Rebecca Stott has uncovered involving Newton's alchemy. SD004484
  • SD004489 A Kiss Remembered by: Sandra Brown — Shelley can't explain why she takes a class taught by Grant Chapman. Unplanned, stunningly hot, and never repeated, a single kiss with Grant has haunted Shelley as a symbol of “what might have been” with the right man. As their relationship grows, guilt mingles with desires Shelly can't deny. SD004489
  • SD004491 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine by: John Fox — Set in the Appalachian Mountains at the turn of the twentieth century, a feud has been boiling for over thirty years between two influential mountain families: the Tollivers and the Falins. Entering the area, John Hale captures the attention of the beautiful June Tolliver, and inadvertently becomes entangled in the region's politics. SD004491
  • SD004495 Rocky Mountain Legacy by: Lois Richer — How better to stop his sister from eloping than to arrange the wedding? That way, Cade Porter's only family member will stay put on his Colorado ranch. He hires the best wedding planner in Denver, but Samantha Woodward, of the famed “Weddings by Woodwards” empire, thinks Cade is mighty arrogant. SD004495
  • SD004497 A Soldier for Keeps by: Jillian Hart — Lexie Evans is not looking for a relationship with Pierce Granger. And that's just fine by the handsome soldier. Neither one has time for romance, but face-to-face with her friend, Lexie realizes her feelings toward him have changed. SD004497

Google™ is Accessible

Do you want your students to have equal access to web browsing? Have them check out Google™ at Web Link.

A thorough explanation of the many other services that are offered is available at Web Link.

Needing a white cane?

Individuals may now apply online for a free white cane from National Federation of the Blind. Go to Web Link.

A PDF is also made available for downloading from Web Link

Printed applications should be mailed to:
Free White Cane Program
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230


Since March 2010, the SD Braille & Talking Book Program began mailing overdue notices every month. Our sending overdues just means we are trying to keep an accurate record of our collection and making sure that the books continue to circulate regularly.

Now that we are making the transition to digital materials, we have been ordering fewer copies of cassette titles, and our collection of digital cartridges is still quite small.

Prompt returns keep waiting lists short for everyone. If you need to keep books longer than 6 weeks, please contact your Reader Advisor and request that the books be renewed. If you should receive an overdue notice for books you have already returned or never received, just let us know and we will remove them from your patron record.

Staff Book Picks for Adults

Catch of the Day book cover used with permission from bn.comDakota has recently read Catch of the Day by: Kristan Higgins DB/RC 68034 - Maine. Thirty-two-year-old Maggie Beaumont, who has been single since her high school boyfriend dumped her, keeps busy by running a diner, volunteering, and helping with her twin sister's family. Maggie doesn't notice her brother's colleague, lobsterman Malone, although Malone is acutely aware of her. Some strong language. Rita Award. 2007.

Mary suggests reading Twenty Wishes: A Blossom Street Book by: Debbie Macomber DB/RC 66637 - Four widows--Anne Marie, Lillie, Barbie, and Elise--meet at Anne Marie's bookstore, and each makes twenty wishes to improve her life. Anne Marie assists Ellen, an at-risk child; Barbie meets Mark, who uses a wheelchair; Elise starts a foundation in memory of her husband; and Lillie falls in love. Bestseller. 2008.

Other Blossom Street books that might interest you as well are: The Shop on Blossom Street RC 58642, Back on Blossom Street RC 64791, Twenty Wishes: A Blossom Street Book DB/RC 66637, and Summer on Blossom Street DB/RC 69206.

Twilight Series image of books used with permission from bn.comMarcia has just finished reading her suggestion of the Twilight Series which are vampire-based fantasy romance novels by Stephanie Meyer. Books in this series are: Twilight RC 62066, New Moon RC 64367, Eclipse RC 65812, and Breaking Dawn 67328.

Karen suggests reading Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography by: David Michaelis DB/RC 67443. - Biography of Charles Schulz, the creator of the comic strip Peanuts, which he drew from 1950 until his death in 2000. This book describes his childhood, the realization of his long-held desire to be a cartoonist, his family life, his two marriages, and the autobiographical aspects of his characters. 2007.

Nancy has read and enjoyed the Abram's Daughters Series by Beverly Lewis. Books in this series are: The Covenant RC 56398, The Betrayal RC 56399, The Sacrifice RC 59512, The Prodigal RC 60280, and The Revelation RC 60595. - Abram's Daughters introduces readers to an Old Order family, a close-knit community and a devout people whose way of life and faith in God is as timeless as their signature horse and buggy. Set against the backdrop of post-World War II, this compelling saga spans three generations of a Lancaster County Amish family. Abram Ebersol and his devoted wife are raising four courting-age daughters on a firm foundation of Plain tradition, and they expect their girls to carry on that heritage by joining the church and making a covenant with God. Each of Abram's daughters, choosing her own path, must come to terms with the Old Ways of thinking and living.

Doggie Day Care Murder book cover used with permission from bn.comColleen suggests reading Doggie Day Care Murder: A Melanie Travis Mystery by: Laurien Berenson DB/RC 68343 - Connecticut. Poodle owner and amateur sleuth Melanie Travis scouts out the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center on behalf of a friend who may leave her golden retriever there while she works. When the center's charming co-owner, Steve Pine, is shot to death, Melanie goes undercover to catch the killer. 2008.

Connie suggests reading The Hour I First Believed by: Wally Lamb DB/RC 68011 - While teacher Caelum Quirk visits his recently deceased aunt's Connecticut farm, his school-nurse wife Maureen witnesses the Columbine high school rampage at home in Colorado--and falls apart. Starting their lives over back East, Caelum learns life-altering family secrets. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.

Descriptive Videos Update

In 2007, the company responsible for providing us with descriptive VHS movies (DVS) stopped production. Our goal is to update the Descriptive VHS movie collection with Descriptive DVD format movies as soon as we can. Only one company is currently producing auto-start DVDs and they do not provide recently released movie theater titles, they only produce what is termed as a classic.

So far, we are waiting to see if a company with a wider selection of titles will implement the auto-start function to their DVDs, but have not seen any change yet.

Newly Added Magazines

Please let your Reader Advisor know if you would be interested in receiving the following publications available on audio:

  • Great Decisions 2010 Briefing Book — “Published annually by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions briefing book features impartial, thought-provoking analyses on eight issues of concern to U.S. policymakers today. The 2010 edition features articles on Special envoys, Kenya and R2P, Global crime, U.S.—China security relations, Global financial crisis, Russia and its neighbors, Persian Gulf, and Peace building and conflict resolution.” — Borrowed from the Foreign Policy Association website Web Link.
  • Vantage Point — A Christian Talking Magazine for the Blind featuring interviews and inspirational articles on health and fitness, the environment, travel, music, the arts, and stories of personal accomplishment, Vantage Point offers variety and inspiration. Published by the Christian Record Services. This magazine is sent out quarterly.
  • Vital Speeches of the Day — Each monthly issue features eight to ten speeches by individuals who have attained leadership in the fields of economics, politics, finance, education, sociology, health, government, criminology, law, business, taxation, and labor. It is the policy of the magazine to cover both sides of public questions and to print speeches in full.
  • Fisheries — The American Fisheries Society (AFS), founded in 1870, is the oldest and largest professional society representing fisheries scientists. The AFS promotes scientific research and enlightened management of aquatic resources for optimum use and enjoyment by the public. It also encourages comprehensive education of fisheries scientists and continuing on-the-job training.

Kids/Teens News

Staff Book Picks for our younger readers

Dakota is reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain DB/RC 53084. - The escapades and high jinks of schoolboy Tom Sawyer, who lives with his Aunt Polly in a small Missouri town on the Mississippi River. Tom angles for the affections of Becky Thatcher, runs away with Huck Finn and Joe Harper, and tells the truth when it matters. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 1876.

City of Ember book cover used with permission from bn.comJosh suggests reading The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau DB/RC 59907, BR 15120 - A city planned to survive for two hundred years, now in year 241, suffers shortages--and a secret message-bearing box is missing. Independent-thinking twelve-year-olds Doon and Lina exchange obligatory jobs and make a discovery that could change their known world. For grades 5-8. 2003.

Other books in our collection by Jeanne DuPrau include: The Diamond of Darkhold DB 68665; The People of Sparks DB/RC 60098, BR 15562; and, The Prophet of Yonwood DB62892.

Karen has been reading The Porcupine Year by: Louise Erdrich DB/RC 68022 - Minnesota, 1852. Her brother Pinch's adoption of a young porcupine as a pet marks the beginning of a year of canoe travel for Omakayas's family after they leave their Lake Superior island in search of a new home. Sequel to Game of Silence RC 61109. For grades 4-7. 2008.

New Braille Books

  • SDBA0100 Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren by: Barbara Park - Junie B. and her best friends want to impress the new boy at school. Lucille wears fancy dresses and Grace shows how fast she can run. But when Warren is homesick, Junie B. finds her own way to be his friend. For grades K-3. SDBA0100
  • SDBA0101 Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes by: Felicity Dahl and Josie Fison - Recipes for preparing some of the scrumptious and wonderfully disgusting dishes that appear in Dahl's books. There's chicken soup from George's Marvelous Medicine (BR 10915), toffee-apple trees from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (BR 11466), and Bruce Bogtrotter's cake from Matilda (BR 17775), among other treats. For grades 3-6. SDBA0101
  • SDBA0102 The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook by: Kate Macdonald - Inspired by the most famous of all Canadian children's books, L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, this cookbook combines easy step-by-step recipes with quotations from three of the ever-popular Anne books. From 'Anne's Liniment Cake' to Diana Barry's Favourite Raspberry Cordial', these delicious treats will be fun to make. For grades 6-9 and young adult. SDBA0102
  • SDBA0103 Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook by: Barbara Park - Junie B. Jones experiences glee while showing off her new furry mittens in kindergarten, but disaster strikes when they disappear from the playground. For grades preschool - 3. SDBA0103
  • SDBA0104 Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy by: Barbara Park - After her first trip to a beauty parlor Junie decides she wants to work there, and she practices on her bunny slippers, her dog, and herself with disastrous results. Junie B. Jones believes she has a calling to become a barber and, after practicing on various stuffed animals, decides to move on to a human subject -- herself. Is Junie B. on her way to a great new career? Or is she about to have the worst hair day ever? For grades preschool - 4. SDBA0104
  • SDBA0105 Winnie-the-Pooh's Teatime Cookbook by: A. A. Milne - Discusses the phenomenon of afternoon tea and provides recipes for muffins, pastries, and other appropriate fare, punctuated by quotations from the works of A. A. Milne. SDBA0105
  • SDB00329 Other Bells for Us to Ring by: Robert Cormier - When her father is transferred to an army camp in Massachusetts during the Second World War, Darcy feels isolated in her French-Canadian neighborhood until she meets the vivacious Kathleen Mary O'Hara and learns about Catholicism. For grades 5-9 and older. SDB00329
  • SDB00330 How to Steal a Dog by: Barbara O'Connor - Georgina Hayes is desperate. With her mama juggling two jobs and trying to make enough money to find a place to live, Georgina is stuck looking after her younger brother, Toby. When Georgina spots a missing-dog poster with a reward of five hundred dollars, the solution to all her problems suddenly seems within reach. All she has to do is “borrow” the right dog and its owners are sure to offer a reward. For grades 5-9. SDB00330
  • SDB00331 The Imp That Ate My Homework by: Laurence Yep - Jim teams up with his grandfather, who is known as the meanest man in china town, to defeat a powerful demon. Prairie Pasque 2000-2001. For grades 4-8. SDB00331
  • SDB00332 Georgie Lee by: Sharon Phillips Denslow - Georgie Lee is the sweetest, strangest, smartest, funniest, most inquisitive, and most mysterious black and white cow you will ever meet. J.D. is a boy who loves adventure and hiking and the neighborhood dogs and haunted houses and spending the summer on his grandmother's farm. J.D. does not love Georgie Lee. But there is an entire summer ahead. For grades 3-6. SDB00332
  • SDB00333 Rats! by: Jane Cutler - Fourth-grader Jason and his younger brother Edward shop for school clothes, get ready for Halloween, acquire a couple of pet rats, and deal with not-birthday presents from Aunt Bea. For grades 2-6. SDB00333
  • SDB00334 A is fo Apple, W is for Witch by: Catherine Dexter - Ten-year-old Apple, who can't wait to be a witch like her mother, tries to use a spell to teach pesky Barnaby a lesson and gets into serious trouble. For grades 3-6. SDB00334

New SD Collection Books for our Younger Readers

Books in this collection have been written by a South Dakotan, are about South Dakota, or are books our readers have requested.

  • SD004423 Little Audrey by: Ruth White - In 1948, eleven-year-old Audrey lives with her father, mother, and three younger sisters in Jewell Valley, where her mother still mourns the death of a baby, her father goes on drinking binges on paydays, and Audrey tries to recover from the Scarlet Fever that has left her skinny and needing to wear glasses. For grades 4-7. SD004423
  • SD004425 Mountain Born by: Elizabeth Yates - A boy in a family of sheep farmers raises a black lamb to be the leader of the flock. A Newbery Honor roll book. For grades 3-7. SD004425
  • SD004429 Devil Pony by: Matt Christopher - Several unexplainable accidents lead Stu to believe that his horse is in someway related to the Bancroft poltergeist. For grades 3-6. SD004429
  • SD004430 It All Began With Jane Eyre: or, The secret life of Franny Dillman by: Sheila Greenwald - Avid reading and a vivid imagination get Franny Dillman into hot water when she turns from the classics to modern teenage novels. For grades 5-9 and young adults. SD004430
  • SD004439 Vinegar Pancakes and Vanishing Cream by: Bonnie Pryor - Surrounded by siblings who are athletic, smart, or cute, Martin wonders who he is while enduring a wild camping trip, disasters in the kitchen, and other family escapades. For grade 3-7. SD004439
  • SD004440 Viking Adventure by: Clyde Robert Bulla - Sigurd learns lessons from his father so he'll be ready for the adventures to come. The time finally arrives when Sigurd sets out across the sea to Wineland. The voyage is filled with new sights, people, and hardships. For grades 4-8. SD004440
  • SD004445 Ingledove by: Marly Youmans - Several years after Fontana dam flooded the town where they were born, Ingledove and her brother Lang go wandering in the Great Smoky Mountains, where they encounter their mother's peculiar people, the Adantan, and an evil being who charms Lang. For grades 5-9 and young adults. SD004445
  • SD004446 A Mystery for Thoreau by: Kin Platt - Sixteen-year-old Oliver Puckle, news gatherer for the Concord Frestrongan in the summer of 1846, has his work cut out for him when word arrives of a gruesome murder at Walden Pond. It seems the only citizen who is not a suspect is the poet philosopher, Henry David Thoreau. As Oliver leads the charge to unravel the mystery, he has much to learn from his colorful neighbors. For grades 6-9 and young adults. SD004446
  • SD004448 Casebook of a Private (Cat's) Eye by: Mary Stolz - Can feline detective Eileen O'Kelly crack the case that has left the Boston police baffled and wringing their paws? Will she be able to track down the murderer who did away with celebrated chef Madame Jewel? Or will Madame Jewel's sister, the tearful and tart-tongued Miss Clara, have to close the Inn for lack of a decent meal? For grades 6-9. SD004448
  • SD004450 Shoeshine Girl by: Clyde Robert Bulla - When Aunt Claudia says no allowance, Sarah Ida is determined to get even and find a job. The shoeshine stand is the only place that will hire a ten-year-old girl. For grades 4-8. SD004450
  • SD004451 Forever Changes by: Brenda Halpin - Although encouraged to apply to colleges, Brianna Pelletier, a mathematically-gifted high school senior with cystic fibrosis, dwells on her mortality and the unfairness of life. For grades 6-9. SD004451
  • SD004454 Jumping Jenny by: Bonnie Pryor - The year that Jenny starts kindergarten, she has a busy time in the classroom and at home trying to adjust to some grown-up changes. For grades preschool - 3. SD004454
  • SD004455 Horses in the Garage by: Bonnie Pryor - Sixth grader Samantha finds a way to cope with her difficulties in adjusting to a new stepfather, a new home and a new school when she makes friends with the unconventional Jasmine and learns to ride a horse. For grade 3-6. SD004455
  • SD004456 The Lace Dowry by: Andrea Cheng - In Hungary in 1936, twelve-year-old Juli befriends the Halas village family of lace makers--especially their daughter Roza--hired to stitch her dowry, a friendship which changes her perspective of the world and increases her sense of self. For grades 5-8. SD004456
  • SD004457 Deep in the Heart of High School by: Veronica Goldbach - Vanna Reynolds was popular and happy back in Plano, Texas, but now she lives with her mother in a tiny apartment in San Antonio. Fatima Garcia does well in school and helps out with her family's construction business, but is worried about her weight. Olivia Silverstein tries to make life easier for her mother. When will she get to have her own life? Vanna, Fatima, and Olivia are ready to tackle the matters of the heart that await them, deep in the heart of high school. SD004457
  • SD004459 Three Little Words: A Memoir by: Ashley Rhodes-Courter - Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system. SD004459
  • SD004461 The Black Stallion Challenged by: Walter Farley - The Black Stallion is the fastest horse in America and he and his jockey, Alec Ramsay, are training for a big race. Suddenly there comes a new challenger: Flame! The Island Stallion can run like the wind and his jockey, Steve Duncan, knows that Flame will give the Black the race of his life. For grades 5-8. SD004461
  • SD004462 The Rebel by: Hester Burton - Disillusioned by the French Revolution, an idealistic eighteenth-century English student searches for a new cause through which to express his love of freedom. For grades 4-7. SD004462
  • SD004479 Georgie Lee by: Sharon Phillips Denslow - Georgie Lee is a cow. The sweetest, strangest, smartest, funniest, most inquisitive, and most mysterious black and white cow you will ever meet. J.D. is a boy who loves adventure, but does not love Georgie Lee, but there is an entire summer ahead. For grades 3-6 SD004479
  • SD004480 Track Attack by: Betty Hicks - Jazz loves being on the track team! And her dad is her biggest fan -- maybe too big a fan. He argues with the coach, yells at the ref, and screams his head off at every meet. Jazz loves her dad, but can she keep him from having a full blown track attack? For grades 3-6. SD004480

Kiddie Records Weekly

Looking for commercially recorded books and music produced in the 1940s and 1950s? Kiddie Records Weekly at Web Link has hundreds of these recordings available for audio stream, free download, and for purchase. Some of the recordings are: The Story of Jesus by Claude Rains with music by Billy May; George Washington Rabbit and his Granny by Martha Blair Fox; Fuzzy Wuzzy / My Choc'late Rabbit by Rosemary Clooney; and, Horton Hatches the Egg by Marvin Miller with music by Del Castillo. You don't have to be nostolgic to listen to these classics.

Winners of South Dakota Children's Book Awards

The Fabulous Bouncing Chowder book cover used with permission from bn.comThe Prairie Bud " Pasque Children's Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association. Prairie Bud winners are determined by South Dakota kindergarten, first and second grade students. Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Students are encouraged to read and vote for their one favorite book of the year from the master lists of titles. The books receiving the most votes from the students win the awards. A committee of educators and librarians select the books nominated for the awards. The Winners for the 2009/2010 Children's Book Awards are:

Prairie Bud — SD004390, TVB00198 The Fabulous Bouncing Chowder by: Peter Brown - When Chowder goes off to the Fabu Pooch boot Camp, as usual he just doesn't fit in. Chowder tries his best but his attempts to make himself more fabulous all falls flat. Everything changes when Chowder finds a trampoline. Will Chowder win the First Animal Fabu Pooch Pageant and a one-year supply of Snarf Snacks?

How to Steal a Dog book cover used with permission from bn.comPrairie Pasque — SD004333, SDB00330 How to Steal a Dog by: Barbara O'Connor - Living in the family car in the small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to hep her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.

Bookbag News for Teachers and Parents

NFB Future Reflections

Future Reflections is a publication that includes topics on blind children from youth into their late teen years. Each issue will provide you with resources, information and a positive philosophy about blindness. Articles will offer answers to many of the common questions asked by parents and provide solutions to common problems. Each issue of Future Reflections is filled with articles about parents, teachers, blind adults, and blind children who have, with the help of the National Federation of the Blind incorporated a new way of thinking about blindness into their daily lives.

To subscribe to Future Reflections by e-mail, visit the following site: Web Link, and follow the instructions. To subscribe to Future Reflections in print, on audio, or on 4-track, send an e-mail to Email Link. Put “Subscribe to FR” in the subject, and include your preferred medium in the body. Please include your address, whether you are a parent of a blind child (and, if so, include your child's name and birth date), a teacher, or other subscriber.

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The website includes resources for K-12 literacy coaches, classroom teachers and school leaders including reading comprehension strategy tools, literacy professional development design tools, and writing workshop advice - study group guides, observation templates, booklists, and more.

Free Child Fingerprinting Kit

Globe Life and Accident Insurance Agency is providing a child safe kit to anyone who requests one via the child safe kit website at Web Link. This kit includes a folded pamphlet form that has a location for a photo of the child as well as information about the child including: date picture was taken, name, address, date of birth, gender, height, weight, eye color, hair color, blood type, medications, important medical information, social security number, mother and father's phone numbers, physical descriptions (identifying features), and fingerprints (ink included). Having a child's information ready immediately when a child is lost or injured may make a difference is saving the child's life. Please be prepared and request a kit.

Questions are welcome

If you have any questions about a textbook order that you would like to place for the 2010/2011 school year, or if you want to ask about books that have already been ordered, please call Karen, the Educational Materials Coordinator at 1-800-423-6665.

The Prairie Trails Newsletter is our means of communication with all patrons of the Braille and Talking Book Program. The Prairie Trails Newsletter is made available on audio and also in braille, in large print, or on a diskette upon request and is posted on our website.

If you have any questions or comments you would like to address, or wish to request this newsletter in an alternative format, please contact the SD Braille and Talking Book Program.

South Dakota Braille & Talking Book Program
800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501

Email: Email Link to BTB

Phone: 1-800-423-6665

The SD Braille & Talking Book Program does not endorse any service or product listed in this newsletter.

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