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Braille & Talking Book Program | Newsletters | Summer 2015

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Volume 10, Issue 2 | Summer 2015
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Inside this issue:

Notes from the Interim Director, Dorothy Liegl

Read the Book-- Meet the Author

Each year the South Dakota Humanities Council selects a book that they encourage all South Dakotans to read and discuss. The program, One Book South Dakota, encourages many local communities to host discussions about this One Book.

This year the One Book is "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger.

William Kent Krueger is a popular mystery writer from Minnesota. His mysteries include a series that features ex-Chicago cop, Cork O'Connor who has transplanted to Minnesota and has an off-again, on-again career as a sheriff. If you enjoy "Ordinary Grace" you might also enjoy the Cork O'Connor books.

BOOK COVER: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Ordinary Grace
William Kent Krueger

This book is set in Minnesota in the early 1960s. Thirteen-year-old Frank Drum's summer is steeped in death: a neighborhood boy hit by a train, a hobo found dead--and then a member of Frank's family is murdered. Frank is determined to seek vengeance and can't understand why his younger brother isn't. Some violence and some strong language.


BOOK COVER: William Kent Krueger Collection Number 1

"Iron Lake"; "Boundary Waters"; and "Purgatory Ridge" (3 books on one cartridge)
William Kent Krueger

Books one through three, written between 1998 and 2001, featuring ex-Chicago cop and former Aurora sheriff Cork O'Connor. Now living in the Minnesota woods, he continues to solve cases--a murdered judge, a missing country-western singer, and a deadly explosion in a mill. Some violence and some strong language. 2001


BOOK COVER: William Kent Krueger Collection Number 2

"Blood Hollow"; "Mercy Falls"; and "Copper River" (3 books on one cartridge)
William Kent Krueger

Books four through six, written between 2004 and 2006, feature Cork O'Connor--an ex-Chicago cop transplanted to Minnesota with an on-again-off-again career as sheriff. A high-school girl goes missing, an out-of-state businessman is killed, and Cork is hunted by assassins. Some violence and some strong language. 2006


BOOK COVER: William Kent Krueger Collection Number 3

"Thunder Bay"; "Red Knife"; and "Heaven's Keep" (3 books on one cartridge)
William Kent Krueger

Books seven through nine, written between 2007 and 2009, feature ex-cop and ex-sheriff Cork O'Connor, who is now a private investigator. An attempt is made on a medicine man's life, a war threatens to break out between whites and natives, and Cork's wife goes missing. Violence and strong language. 2009


BOOK COVER William Kent Krueger Collection Number 4

"Vermilion Drift"; "Northwest Angle"; and "Trickster's Point" (3 books on one cartridge)
William Kent Krueger

In books ten through twelve, written between 2010 and 2012, PI Cork O'Connor deals with murder victims discovered in a mine, a baby boy found during a violent storm, and being framed for the murder of his Native American friend--Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Jubal Little. Violence and strong language. 2012


BOOK COVER: Tamarack County

Tamarack County
William Kent Krueger

Faced with a series of dark occurrences that are linked to a twenty-year-old murder, private investigator Cork O'Connor must stop a vengeful force before his family and friends pay the ultimate price. Some violence and some strong language. 2013


BOOK COVER: Windigo Island

Windigo Island
William Kent Krueger

Former sheriff Cork O'Connor and his daughter agree to help find a young relative of Cork's old Ojibwe friend Henry Meloux. Fifteen-year-old Mariah went missing a year ago, but the body of the friend she disappeared with just washed ashore on a Lake Superior Island. Violence and strong language. 2014


William Kent Krueger will be visiting libraries across South Dakota to talk about his book and you are invited to attend. To find the schedule for discussions, check the South Dakota Humanities Council website.

You can also hear William Kent Krueger, get his autograph, and speak to him personally at the South Dakota Festival of the Book which will be held in Deadwood September 25-26th.

Check out "Ordinary Grace" and join the discussion at your hometown library.

Update on Magazines

Loan periods for audio magazines have been extended so patrons will now have more time to enjoy their publications. The loan period for weekly magazines is now three weeks (up from one week), while the loan period for monthly magazines is now seven weeks (up from four weeks).

Mystery authors to try

Our Interim Director, Dorothy Liegl reads a lot of cozy mysteries. Below are a few of her favorite authors that are found in our Braille and Talking Book collection. You may like these authors, too. Included are the latest books in our collection by them.

Law Enforcement series:

Author, Steven Havill
His main character is a county sheriff. Books by this author include:

Author, Kathy Reichs
She is a forensic murder mystery writer. Her main character is Temperance Brennan. Books by this author include:

Culinary series:

Author, Katherine Hall Page
Her main character is a caterer. Books by this author include:

Home Repair series:

Author, Sarah Graves
A Do-It-Yourself Home Repair Mystery. Books by this author include:

Murder She Wrote series
Author, Donald Bain
Jessica Fletcher is a mystery writer who constantly stumbles over bodies. You may have watched her television series about her, "Murder She Wrote". Books by this author include:

Library/Bookstore series:

Author, Lorna Barrett
She writes the Booktown series. Books by this author include:

Happy Reading!

One BARD Account Per Person

If a move is in your future, or if you change e-mail addresses for any reason, you do not need to create a new BARD Account with that new e-mail address as your user ID. Instead, log into your BARD account and choose the Update Account Settings link that is located about two-thirds of the way down the BARD Main Page. This will take you to a page of options, including a link to Change Your E-Mail Address. Once you change your e-mail address/user ID, you will be required to reset your password to protect the security of your account.

If you have questions please call the library automated phone system at 1-800-423-6665. Choose option 1 for the Braille and Talking Book Program. Then select option 2 to reach Marcia's phone.

News on the Android BARD Mobile App

NLS has entered the final phase of development for the BARD Mobile app for Android devices. They are hoping to have the final app approved and added to the Android app store within the next couple of months.

Looking For a Speaker?

If you know a group or organization that would benefit from learning about the many resources and services of the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Program, please contact us. Our staff can travel across the state to speak to groups that are interested in helping individuals who are blind or print disabled. Braille and Talking Book staff can also exhibit at health fairs and conferences to connect with eligible patrons or those who work with eligible patrons.

Check us out on September 3-4, 2015 at the South Dakota State Fair in the Senior Citizens Building.

Netflix Begins Audio Description for Visually Impaired?

Written by Netflix

At Netflix, we work hard to continually improve the experience for our members when viewing movies and shows on our service, including providing accessibility across devices. Now we're expanding our accessibility options by adding audio description on select titles, beginning today with our new critically acclaimed series, Marvel's Daredevil.

Audio description is a narration track that describes what is happening on-screen, including physical actions, facial expressions, costumes, settings and scene changes. Customers can choose audio narration just like choosing the soundtrack in a different language.

In coming weeks, we'll add more titles, including current and previous seasons of the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning political thriller House of Cards, Emmy award-winning comedy-drama series Orange is the New Black, as well as Tina Fey's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the epic adventure series Marco Polo.

Netflix is actively committed to increasing the number of audio-visual translations for movies and shows in our English-language catalogues. We are also exploring adding audio description into other languages in the future.

Over time, we expect audio description to be available for major Netflix original series, as well as select other shows and movies. We are working with studios and other content owners to increase the amount of audio description across a range of devices including smart TVs, tablets and smartphones.

Stay tuned!

Pioneer Girl

A popular writer of the South Dakota pioneer days - author of the book series "Little House on the Prairie" - has made the news. "Pioneer Girl" can now be put on your request list. Call your Reader Advisor at 1-800-423-6665.

BOOK COVER: Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder; edited by Pamela Smith Hill

Pioneer Girl
Laura Ingalls Wilder; edited by Pamela Smith Hill

Previously unpublished autobiography of Wilder (1867-1957), finished in 1930, and the source of much material in the Little House books, including Little House in the Big Woods (DB050921). Discusses growing up in the Midwest in the late 1800s. The book includes scholarly notations that expand on Wilder's recollections. 1930.


Tips for better service

Do you run out of books? To make your circulation run most effectively you should return a book as soon as you finish listening to it.

Your talking book is checked in the same day we receive it. Checking in a book will prompt the system to assign a new book to be pulled the next day. When you send back more than one book the system will replace the same number of books. Returning a large number of books may cause you to have to wait for your next shipment.

Remember to allow approximately one week for your next book to arrive from the time you put it in the mail. If you run out of books frequently you may consider increasing the number of books you receive. The books are checked out for a six week loan period.

Another possibility is that you may have two or more overdue items. In this case the system will block you from getting any more books. If you have questions, please call your Reader Advisor at 1-800-423-6665.

Volunteer Recognition gathering: May 6, 2015

By Josh Easter, Equipment and Audio Production Manager

Volunteers are an integral part of producing local materials in audio format. The National Library Service (NLS) provides a large variety of titles each year but for those readers who want to listen to stories about South Dakota and the region we need a way to create audio versions locally.

Volunteer narrators and reviewers fill the need by reading books for our South Dakota collection which includes subjects of South Dakota regional interest, including biographies, stories, and histories of the diverse individuals and groups that have shaped South Dakota. We also read Prairie Bud/Prairie Pasque and Young Adult Reading Program nominee books as well as books by South Dakota authors.

To recognize the invaluable contributions of their time, talent, and energy we held a volunteer recognition event at the Pizza Ranch in Sioux Falls on May 6th. Braille & Talking Book Program Interim Director Dorothy Liegl and Equipment and Audio Production Manger Josh Easter (who also coordinates volunteers) said a few words about the importance of having volunteers and a recording studio in Sioux Falls.

We then presented the volunteers with certificates signed by National Library Service (NLS) Director Karen Keninger thanking them for their dedicated and valuable service in the recording studios in support of the national free library program for blind and physically handicapped readers.

Mary Johns, Director of the Siouxland Libraries system, was presented with a certificate thanking the Siouxland Libraries and their helpful staff for providing scheduling coordination and for the space for the recording studio.

Josh played an audio interview he had recorded with one of our talking book patrons who reads books from the South Dakota collection. She gave feedback about what the program means to her and how important the locally recorded books are to someone who is new to South Dakota and wants to learn more about the state. The volunteers were moved hearing the impact that the work they do has for real people. They appreciated hearing the feedback and the thanks from an actual user of what they have worked on.

Everyone enjoyed meeting each other and visiting since most of the volunteers work alone and hadn't met some of their fellow volunteers.

We also have a recording studio at the State Library in Pierre and recording studios in the Federal Prison Camp at Yankton, SD.

Our Pierre Volunteers are: Carol Axtman, Bonnie Bjork, Jean Luidahl, Twila Merkwan, and Lola Schreiber

photo of volunteers and staff

Group Photo - Front Row: (Left to Right) Mike Costanzo, Donna Dreisen, Paula Boehmer.
Back Row: (Left to Right) Tom Roberts, Josh Easter (volunteer coordinator), Donna Dachtler, Tim Goettsch, Mary Johns (Siouxland Libraries Director), Christine Fravel, Sarah Fravel.
Not Pictured: Rogene Brown, Lee Burd, Becky Jansa, Brianna Leesch, Celeste Moore

Library Depositories

Did you know that many of the smaller public, community and school libraries have machines and books to loan out from the Braille & Talking Book Program? Well some of them do!

If your machine isn't working right and you need a replacement contact your area library to see if they have a machine you can borrow! You will need to return the borrowed player to the library once yours is received unless other arrangements have been made with Marcia at the Talking Book Program.

Do you run into cases where the weekend is drawing near and you don't have enough books on hand to keep you occupied until the United States Postal Service (USPS) brings more books next week? The library in your area may be able to help! Give them a call or drop in and borrow some of the talking books they have on hand! The books do not need to be returned to your local library when you are finished with them. Simply return them in the mail like you do your own books! When the Talking Book Program receives them new books will be sent to the library so there will be a fresh supply!

If your local library doesn't have machines and books on hand please encourage them to call Marcia to get set up. It won't cost the local library anything and there will be more happy patrons in their community!

If you have questions please call the library auto-mated system at 1-800-423-6665. Select option 1 for the Braille and Talking Book Program. Then se-lect option 2 to reach Marcia's phone.

Happy Reading!
Marcia Kaup, Reader Advisor

Buddhist Minister Creates Art Show

There were no artists or poets to field questions at a gallery reception that was held on March 19 at the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center, but the collection of work still speaks volumes. "Revealing the Inner Inmate: Expressions of Art and Poetry from Inmates in South Dakota" was on display through April 17 at the ARCC (Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center) Gallery.

Lawrence Diggs speaks at the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center

Lawrence Diggs of Roslyn is the Buddhist chaplain for the Sioux Falls prisons. Diggs, along with Lois Beckner, cultural arts program coordinator for ARCC, facilitated the project.

The collection showcased paintings, braille word, poetry, beadwork and sculpture from 35 artists and 13 poets who were or are inmates of the South Dakota State Penitentiary, South Dakota Women's Prison, or Mike Durfee State Prison. There was also one piece from an inmate who is in the federal prison system.

A tactile piece was one of the displays at the show. The braille work comes from Pheasantland Industries which contracts with the South Dakota Department of Corrections to make informational braille pieces that are used for everything from maps to science books. Some of the pieces they make depict anatomical models. In books for sighted people colors depict different areas while with the braille pieces, different textures are used. Diggs highlighted the fact that this project brings two marginalized groups together -- inmates and the blind - making a connection that benefits both parties.

Tactile art is displayed at the Aberdeen Recreation Cultural Center

Note: Pheasantland Industries produces textbooks for students in the Braille and Talking Book Program. This includes the tactile work necessary for subjects such as science, geography, and mathematics. An example is the graphs and charts reproduced for math.

South Dakota Collection

The South Dakota collection contains books that are written by South Dakota authors or about South Dakota. These books are read by volunteers at our recording studios in Sioux Falls, the Federal Prison in Yankton and at the Braille and Talking Book Library in Pierre. If you wish to order any of the following titles please call your Reader Advisor at 1-800-423-6665.

BOOK COVER: Soft Fur and Iron Men

Soft Fur and Iron Men: a History of the Fur Trade in South Dakota and the Upper Missouri
Aaron Robert Woodard

In this fascinating study, Professor Aaron Woodard sheds new light on an old subject - the fur trade in the Upper Missouri. Concentrating particularly on his own state of South Dakota, Woodard weaves a tale of international intrigue, vicious Indian fights and heroic mountain men.


BOOK COVER: Tepee Days. Tales of the Plains

Tepee Days. Tales of the Plains
By Ralph V. Hunkins and Regina Hunkins

The Great Plains region was the last, and probably the most romantic, of our country's several frontiers. It was the home of nomadic Indians such as Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Plenty-Coups, and other Plains Indians who have left their stamp upon this part of American history.


BOOK COVER: Ranching Days in Dakota and Custer's Black Hills Expedition of 1874

"Ranching Days in Dakota and Custer's Black Hills Expedition of 1874
By Lewis F. Crawford

Shrill whoop, a clatter of hoofs, a valley of shots, the cowboy has come to town. He sits straight and firm in his saddle, sombrero swinging in his hand and kerchief flopping in the wind. He stops abruptly before the saloon, dismounts and proceeds to "shoot up" the place.


BOOK COVER: The Buffalo are Back

The Buffalo are Back
By Jean Craighead George

When the first settlers came, seventy-five million buffalo roamed the Great Plains. By 1900, there were almost none. As the buffalo fell, nature lost its balance. The tough green grass did not grow, the larks did not sing, and terrible storms began to blow. The Prairie was in trouble, and the buffalo was the key to it all.


BOOK COVER: Borglum's Unfinished Dream

Borglum's Unfinished Dream
By June Culp Zeitner

Gutzon Borglum loved America and the West. An artist and a genius, he was also concerned with ecology, sports, transportation, and politics. How Gutzon and his son Lincoln changed a lonely spot in South Dakota to a National Shrine, thus reawakening patriotism in this country and changing forever the life of the state is the subject of this book.


BOOK COVER: One Room Country School

One-Room Country School, South Dakota Stories
By Charles L. Woodard

"One Room Country School, South Dakota Stories" delivers precisely what its title promises, that is, a collection of short narratives by former teachers and students who taught and studied in one-room, multi-grade schools in mostly eastern and mid-South Dakota, generally in the 1930s and 1940s. A few of the stories pre- and postdate these two decades, a very few being as recent as the 1990s.


BOOK COVER: On the Homefront

On the Homefront
by Charles L. Woodard

In War, family contributions extend beyond the absent beloved. In this collection of stories contributed by people from across South Dakota, you will explore not only perspectives of those who served on the front line, but you will also share in the experiences of those left to defend another front. The Home front.


BOOK COVER: Frontier Woman

Frontier Woman
by Walker Demarquis Wyman

This book is the edited autobiography of Grace Fairchild, a woman who moved from Wisconsin to South Dakota in 1898 to teach. She married and in 1902 moved with her husband and children to western South Dakota to homestead.


BOOK COVER: South Dakota Days

South Dakota Days
by Frank Lyons

A series of stories about rural Midwest life in the 1930s and 1940s. It is written in the down-to-earth language of the times. Even though life was tough during the never-ending Great Depression, people of South Dakota learned how to live their lives with humor, happiness, and eternal hope for better days ahead. For readers who lived on Midwest farms and ranches in the mid-twentieth century, the stories will stir up memories. For others, it will allow them to "time machine" themselves back to that place and time.


BOOK COVER: Ethnic Oasis

Ethnic Oasis
by Liping Zhu

The discovery of gold in the Black Hills of South Dakota brought thousands of people to the mining town of Deadwood, including many Chinese immigrants. Ethnic Oasis explores how the Chinese met the challenge of living and working in Deadwood.


BOOK COVER: Buffalo Gap

Buffalo Gap
by Baron E. de Mandat-Grancey

A French Nobleman traveling in the Black Hills in the 1880's found an astonishing variety of strange and amusing facts, fodder for his brilliant commentary and wit. The Baron De Grancey provides insights into the American character as perceived by a foreigner. He turns his attention to life in the Black Hills: drama in Deadwood, hijinks in Hermosa, bar fights in Buffalo Gap, Indians and cowboys, dance-hall girls and priests, settlers and large landowners.


BOOK COVER: Dusty Boots My South Dakota Cowboy Dad

Dusty Boots: My South Dakota Cowboy Dad
By Marlene A. Johnson

Take one dad with a lifetime of stories, add a daughter who wrote them down, and you have Dusty Boots: My Dakota Cowboy Dad. Through one man's life journey, Dusty Boots takes you from the Depression to a new century. This book contains happenings of the life of Orman O. Willey.


BOOK COVER: Mama Came from Norway

Mama Came from Norway
By Olaf H. Olsrth

This is a self-published account concerning the trials of a woman, the author's mother, homesteading America's Last Frontier in Harding County, South Dakota.


BOOK COVER: Cowboys: Voices in the Western Wind

Cowboys: Voices in the Western Wind
By David L. Harrison

The life of a cowboy driving a cattle herd was hard. It took a person with grit to drive a thousand head of longhorns along the Chisholm Trail. Cowboys faced badlands, lightning storms, and deadly twisters. But they also found time to swap stories around the campfire. David L. Harrison has created a cast of tough-as-leather cowboys who speak their minds in twenty-two entertaining poems from roundup on a ranch in Texas to the one-thousand-mile trek to market in Abilene, Kansas, where they finally let loose.


BOOK COVER: Astride the White Mule

Astride the White Mule
By David L. Harrison

South Dakota was a dry state from 1917 to 1935 through state law established efore national prohibition went into effect in 1920 and continuing on after it was repealed in 1933.


Kids/ Teen News

Braille and Large Print Textbooks

Braille and Large Print textbooks are available to qualifying students. I am still taking orders for materials for the 2015-2016 school year, but at this time cannot guarantee delivery before the start of the fall semester.

If you have books that were borrowed for the 2014/15 school year they are due back to the State Library by June 15, 2015. Please check that all your books have been returned so that other students may use them. Some students have books that were borrowed from other states and they need to be returned as soon as possible as well. If your student needs to use the books longer, please call so they can be renewed.

If you purchased books from Pheasantland Industries and would like to donate them to the Braille and Large Print Collection for the benefit of other students, please note that they are being donated when you send them to me.

I am in the office Monday through Friday, 8:00-Noon CST.

Lynda Lowin, Educational Materials Coordinator

And the Winners are ...

The Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Children's Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association. Prairie Bud is for kindergarten through second grade students and Prairie Pasque is for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Books nominated for the award are selected by a committee of educators and librarians. The book award committee tallies votes from all participating schools announcing the winner during National Library Week in April. Students are encouraged to read and vote for their favorite book of the year from the master list of twenty titles in each division. The book that receives the most votes from students wins the award. All books in both age divisions are in our collection so that the students registered with the Braille and Talking Book Program may participate. Be watching for the 2015 -- 2016 books to be published in the Fall Edition of the Prairie Trails Newsletter.

The 2014 -2015 Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque winners are:

Prairie Bud Winner

BOOK COVER: A is for Musk Ox

A is for Musk Ox
By Erin Cabatingan and Matthew Myers

Musk Ox, our rambunctious anti-hero, literally chews through the cover of this anarchic alphabet book. Having eaten the apple that A was supposed to be for, he blithely inserts himself, claiming A is for Musk Ox-because musk oxen are Awesome and live in the Arctic, which includes Alaska! Zebra, his nemesis, is less than thrilled. nd so this cantankerous couple lead the reader on a romp through the alphabet with Musk Ox claiming every letter for himself, and Zebra doing his level best to keep him under control.


Prairie Pasque Winner


R. L. Palacio

Just before starting fifth grade, home-schooled ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme abnormalities, is told he will be attending a prep school. Nervous, he tries to convince his classmates that he is an ordinary kid just like them. For grades 5-8 and older readers.


South Dakota Teen Choice Book awards YARP logo

South Dakota Teen Choice List 2014-2015

Congratulations to this year's winners of the South Dakota Teen Choice awards! 1,351 South Dakota teens voted for their favorite book over the last 5 months and have decided their favorite books for 2014-2015 are:

Middle School: First Place

BOOK COVER: The False Prince

The False Prince
Jennifer Nielsen

To unify the discontented kingdom of Carthya, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a plan to find impersonator for the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role of Prince Jaron. Commercial audio book. For grades 5-8.


Middle School: Second Place

BOOK COVER: The Heartbreak Messenger

The Heartbreak Messenger
Alexander Vance

When seventh-grader Quentin agrees to help his best friend Rob's older brother break up with his girlfriend for twenty bucks, he realizes this could be a lucrative business. But when asked to provide his services to a friend of his, things get personal. For grades 5-8. 2013.


High School: First Place

BOOK COVER: Pushing the Limits

Pushing the Limits
Katie McGarry

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined.

Not available in DB.

High School: Second Place

BOOK COVER: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass
Sarah Maas

After serving a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, assassin Celaena Sardothien receives an offer from Crown Prince Dorian. She will be freed--if she acts as his champion in a new royal assassin competition. Violence. For senior high and older readers.


Magazines for Kids


Boys' Life

Format: electronic braille, press braille Monthly publication (plus special issue)

Articles on the Outdoors, sports, and hobbies, with adventure fiction and humor; ages 9--16. Published by the Boy Scouts of America.

MAGAZINE COVER: Cricket: The Realm of Imagination

Cricket: The Realm of Imagination

Format: digital audio, digital download 9 issues a year

Contains stories, poems, and articles by internationally known authors. Also includes songs, jokes, and crafts. For ages nine through fourteen. Packaged with "National Geographic Kids".

MAGAZINE COVER: National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids

Format: digital audio, digital download 9 issues a year

Contains articles for children about people, places, and customs, animals and plant life. For ages nine through fourteen.

Note: Beginning with the April 2015 issue, Carus Publishing merged "Muse" and "Odyssey" magazines into a single publication called "Muse". National Library Service (NLS) patrons who formerly received the audio edition of "Odyssey" will begin receiving the audio edition of "Muse" without interruption. NLS will continue to produce a braille edition of "Muse".



Format: digital audio, digital download, electronic braille, press braille 9 issues a year

Muse is the science and arts magazine for kids that's spot on with the facts, but off-kilter with the jokes. Kids who can't help wondering whether video games really kill their brain cells, or what a gentleman ladybug is called, will find the answers here, in articles written by award-winning authors and accompanied by high-quality illustration and photography. For ages 9--14.

MAGAZINE COVER: Sports Illustrated for Kids

Sports Illustrated for Kids

Format: digital audio, digital download Monthly

Sports news and articles for ages eight through thirteen. Features sports cards, personalities, and events: youths who are excelling in athletics; and a regular column by youths discussing controversial sports-related issues.


Stone Soup: The Magazine by Young Writers and Artists

Format: electronic braille, press braille 5 issues a year

Contains stories, poems, illustrations, and book reviews created by children through age thirteen. Features activities section with suggested related projects.



Format: electronic braille, press braille 10 issues a year

Contains tips on beauty and fashion for young women. Articles on careers, education, family, social relations, and diet.

Young Adult Magazine of the Month

Format: digital audio, digital download Monthly

Special NLS program designed to provide a limited substitute for newsstand browsing for young adults. Readers are sent a different magazine each month.

Celebrating July 4th

Do you want to know more about the history of our nation's birthday? The following books detail some of what took place and the people that helped shape our nation.

BOOK COVER: Our Declaration of Independence

Our Declaration of Independence
Jay Schleifer

July 4, 1776, the thirteen American colonies issue the Declaration of Independence announcing the birth of a new, free nation. The author details events leading up to this document, the key players in its drafting, and the actual writing and adoption of the nation's "birth certificate." For grades 2-4 and older readers.


BOOK COVER: The Notorious Benedict Arnold

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: a True Story of Adventure, Heroism and Treachery
Steve Sheinkin

Biography of Benedict Arnold (1741-1801) discusses his birth in colonial Connecticut, heroism in George Washington's revolutionary army, marriage to a prominent Philadelphian, switch in allegiance to the British army, and death in disgrace and exile. Cites primary sources. For grades 6-9. YALSA Award for Nonfiction. 2010.


BOOK COVER: Under Siege

Under Siege: Three Children at the Civil War Battle at Vicksburg
Andrea Warren

This book follows the 1863 siege on Confederate Vicksburg--the key to Mississippi River traffic--by the Union army. Ten-year-old Lucy McRae and eleven-year-old Willie Lord, both Vicksburg residents who survived in dugout caves, and twelve-year-old Frederick, the son of invading general Grant, provide eyewitness accounts of the conflict. For grades 5-8. 2009.


Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Chart

Registrations are still being accepted for the summer reading program that runs for 6 weeks from June 8 through July 17, 2015. It is open to ages 0 to 21. The program encourages the participant to read twenty minutes per day, seven days a week. Participants record their reading times on a weekly chart. The six weekly charts are returned to the library at the conclusion of the program to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. The grand prize for the 4 age divisions is a $50 gift certificate. For more information on the program or to register call Mary Sjerven at 1-800-423-6665. Select option 1 for Braille & Talking Books and then option 1 again to reach Mary's phone.

Recent Donations

From time to time, patrons, and family and friends of patrons, of the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Program choose to make a memorial or general contribution. Monetary contributions are placed in a special fund and are used to enhance services for our South Dakota readers and are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. Most recently, gift funds were used to purchase additional audio descriptive DVD's. Gift funds have also purchased special equipment needed for the recording of books of regional interest (our South Dakota collection) and helped fund the summer reading program.

The Braille and Talking Book Program would like to thank the following donors for gifts received in 2015:

  • For Phyllis Mae Zvonek - Jonnie Zvonek
  • For Wanda Mae Smith - Betty MacNeil and Dale Smith
  • For Harriet Diaz - Gregory K. and Stephen M. Diaz
  • Evening Star Lions Club - Rapid City, South Dakota

Acknowledgements are sent to donors and honorees, so please include the person's name for whom a memorial is made and the name and address of those to be notified of a contribution. You can designate a specific purpose for the gift or allow the Library to choose based on immediate needs.

Holiday Closings

This year's Summer Reading Theme

The Braille and Talking Book Program is offering a summer reading program to all youth ages 0 -21 beginning June 8 and concluding July 17, 2015.

The reader is to document every twenty minutes they read each day. After one week the record sheet will be returned. At the end of the program there will be a drawing in each age division for a grand prize. The number of reading records returned will give you a better chance of winning the grand prize. If you have returned a reading record each week your name will be in the drawing six times.

If you are interested in participating please fill out the registration form registration form in pdf format or call at 1-800-423-6665, option 1 and the number 1 again. We can take the application information over the phone.

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 on cartridge, and also in braille, in large print, 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.

Fall 2018 Prairie Trails Newsletter
Volume 13, Issue 4 | Fall 2018

Articles include "Tips for better service", "NLS updates", "Descriptive videos for the holidays", "Winter reading program", "Holiday closing" and more!

Also available in MP3 download

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Braille & Talking Book EMAIL
1-800-423-6665 (in SD Only) Option 1
605-773-3131, Option 1

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