Inside this Issue

Notes from the Assistant State Librarian, Steven Buras

Three seasons all wrapped up into one newsletter. It has been a whirlwind of adventure this year. It began with celebrating 50 years of serving our patrons, followed by our annual Winter and Summer reading programs, and winding down 2019 with the addition of two new recording studios in the Vermillion and Rapid City Public Libraries. It has been an exciting year and I am glad to have all of you as patrons of our program.

As I write this on the 18th anniversary of September 11th, it brings me back to where I was when the news broke. I was only 18 and starting my third semester of college back in Louisiana. It was a true shocking moment in time, but also a testament to the strength of humanity to come together. Lest we never forget.

Blessings to all,
Steven Buras

Refer a friend!

Do you know someone who could benefit from the services of the Braille and Talking Book Library? Refer a friend, family member, or neighbor today! Have them contact us by phone 1-800-423-6665 or 1-605-773-3131 option 1 or email . Applications are also on our website.

SD BTBL staff visit ND Talking Book

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North Dakota State Library is a two story building, surrounded with trees on the Capitol grounds with the North Dakota State Capitol building, a 21-stories tower, in background.

South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library staff visited the North Dakota State Library Talking Books Department on August 27th. We enjoyed visiting their library and seeing their new duplication on demand system and getting a tour. Watch for more information in future newsletters about Duplication On Demand. DOD allows multiple books to be put on one cartridge. The best part of the ND visit was connecting and collaborating with colleagues who also serve unique populations with specialized library services as an NLS Network Library. It was a great learning experience for staff of both libraries!

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Observing North Dakota's reader advisors workflow. From Left to right: Lynda, James Murphy (ND), Lynette, Josh, Marcia, and Mike

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Visiting with reader advisors. Left to Right: Lynette, James Murphy (ND), Marcia, Josh, and Elizabeth Janes (ND).

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Visiting with cataloger. Left to Right: Amanda Person (ND) and Connie

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Seeing the Duplication on Demand process. Left to Right: Marcia, Chris Hagburg (ND), Lynda Lowin, and Lynette.

Emergency Preparedness

As the saying goes, the best time to prepare for an emergency is before one happens. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends a four-step process to get prepared for the unexpected: get informed, make a plan, assemble a kit, and, maintain your plan and kit. The pamphlet "Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs" has extensive information about how to complete each of those steps. This pamphlet is available in multiple formats from the FEMA website at, or you can call 1-800-480-2520 to request other options to access this pamphlet. (adapted from Tennessee Library for Accessible Books and Media newsletter) Also, keep reading for twin vision books we added to the collection on safety geared toward kids and their families.

Share what the BTBL means to you

The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library has been celebrating 50 years of talking book library service. The library was dedicated on January 28, 1969 and fully operational on February 1, 1969.

We would like to publish a special pamphlet of the history of our library with memories from our library users that may contain just a few words or longer memories. You can write about something from years ago or more recent — your choice.

Connie Chaney, a patron since 1970, shared some memories during an interview over the phone.

"Then I started the talking books and back then it was the turntable and had flexible disc books. Then they came out with the hard records in the big colored boxes."

If you would like to share any special memories of using the talking book service through the years or share what the library service means to you either in writing or by a short phone interview please contact Josh Easter at 1-800-423-6665 Ext. 1, 4, or direct line 1-605-773-5082 or by email at .

This is your opportunity to share your experiences in recognition of the library and its 50 years of service to South Dakota.

We look forward to hearing from you!

NLS name change

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The National Library Service NLS starts the new federal fiscal year with a new name: the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Previously known as the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled also has a new logo that complements the new graphic identity the Library of Congress implemented in late 2018.

The new name removes outdated language that some found offensive and more clearly communicates the breadth of those we serve.

"We've been considering a change for some time, so we're happy to see this day arrive," NLS Director Karen Keninger said. "We feel that the new name, as with all of NLS's work, puts the emphasis on the people we serve."

The change doesn't affect the acronym by which the program is known—so NLS is still NLS!

Oprah's Book Club 2.0

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In 1996, TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey started a book club to recommend books for her viewers to read. In total the club recommended 70 books during its 15 years through 2010. More recently Oprah launched Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and has recommended a new batch of titles.

Here are the Oprah's Book Club 2.0 books that we have in our Library:

  • "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed
  • "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis
  • "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd
  • "Ruby" by Cynthia Bond
  • "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
  • "Love Warrior: A Memoir" by Glennon Doyle Melton
  • "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue
  • "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones
  • "The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row" by Anthony Ray Hinton
  • "Becoming" by Michelle Obama

(adapted from the Arizona Talking Book Library, Talking Book News, Summer 2019)

South Dakota Collection

The following books have been added to the South Dakota Collection. Most are written by a South Dakota author or have some connections to South Dakota. Please contact your Reader Advisor to order the following titles.

"The Collision of Grief and Gratitude: A Pursuit of Sacred Light"

by Rosanne Liesveld
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After the unexpected death of her husband, Rosanne Liesveld felt a desperate need to communicate gratitude to those who helped her through the shock that death left in its wake. The day of Curt's funeral, Rosanne wrote a Facebook post expressing how, in the midst of profound grief, she found a space in her heart for gratitude. The next day, she wrote another post; then another.

Rosanne's daily posts throughout her first year of widowhood attracted hundreds to follow along on her journey. Her words inspired those who were not only grieving in some way, but those who wanted to build stronger relationships or live life with more intention and gratitude. It was messy. It was raw. And it was healing. Rosanne's posts have been compiled into this 366-day journey.

"Song of Dewey Beard: Last Survivor of the Little Bighorn"

by Philip Burnham
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The great Native American warriors and their resistance to the U.S. government in the war against the Plains Indians is a well-known chapter in the story of the American West. In the aftermath of the great resistance, as the Indian nations recovered from war, many figures loomed heroic, yet their stories are mostly unknown. This long-overdue biography of Dewey Beard (ca. 1862-1955), a Lakota who witnessed the Battle of Little Bighorn and survived the Wounded Knee Massacre, chronicles a remarkable life that can be traced through major historical events from the late nineteenth into the mid-twentieth century.

Beard was not only a witness to two major battles against the Lakota; he also traveled with William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's Wild West show, worked as a Hollywood Indian, and witnessed the grand transformation of the Black Hills into a tourism mecca. Beard spent most of his later life fighting to reclaim his homeland and acting as "old Dewey Beard," a living relic of the "old West" for the tourists.

With a keen eye for detail and a true storyteller's talent, Philip Burnham presents the man behind the legend of Dewey Beard and shows how the life of the last survivor of Little Bighorn provides a glimpse into the survival of Indigenous America.

"Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog"

by Ann Bausum
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American soldier J. Robert Conroy befriended a stray dog with a stumpy tail while training to fight overseas in WWI. They bonded so closely that Conroy smuggled him to Europe, where Stubby accompanied Conroy's regiment on the Western Front, lending both his superior olfactory senses and amiable temperament to the war effort. Through the story of this scrappy canine soldier, Bausum supplies an appealing entry point into the study of WWI. Almost 100 years later, Stubby's great deeds and brave heart make him an animal hero to fall in love with and treasure all over again.

"Outlaw Dakota: The Murderous Times and Criminal Trials of Frontier Judge Peter C. Shannon"

by Wayne Fanebust
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Rumors of gold in the Black Hills, even before Custer's 1874 expedition, enticed many a fortune seeker to Dakota Territory, where lawlessness ruled the day. To the Dakota frontier in 1873, President Grant sent Peter C. Shannon as the new Chief Justice of the Dakota Territory Supreme Court. A Pennsylvanian, Shannon brought the rule of law, trying murderers, horse thieves, vigilantes, men of fortune, women of the night, and a passel of blacklegs! Among Shannon's most notorious cases were those of Jack McCall, who swung for the assassination of Wild Bill Hickok, the Snake Creek lynching, the murder of Civil War hero Gen. Edwin McCook by Peter Wintermute, the triple lynching at Hangman's Hill in Rapid City, the Independence Day murder at Crow Creek, the doctor-turned-highwayman John Parsons, the Indian Ring run by Dr. Livingston, and gambler George Knowlton's cold-blooded shooting of Black Hills-bound miner David Rauck. Shannon was perhaps too good a judge, for he fell victim to political machinations at the highest levels. Making no pretext of objectivity, newspapers served powerful political factions, attacking judges and politicians alike, and Fanebust makes use of these rich resources to capture the sensationalism that pervaded life in Dakota Territory.

Visit by the author featured back in the summer 2018 issue of Prairie Trails Newsletter. We are still working on recording his newest book - "Chasing Frank and Jesse James: The Bungled Northfield Bank Robbery and the Long Manhunt".

"The Life And Adventures Of Calamity Jane by Herself"

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The Life And Adventures Of Calamity Jane by Herself details the sensational life of Martha Jane Cannary better know as Calamity Jane. Orphaned early in life Jane provided for her young siblings by working as a frontier scout at Fort Russell, WY. After building reputation as a rough rider and a gun slinger Jane settled in Deadwood, SD; throwing her lot in with the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and the legendary Buffalo Bill. Eventually appearing in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and in the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. The Life And Adventures Of Calamity Jane by Herself is as wild and outlandish as the author herself, offering a unique perspective into a woman who lived her life outside of the conventions of her time. Famous during her life, Calamity Jane became larger than life after her death in 1903 and her legend lives on.

"Finding Hope in the Psalms"

by Various authors

Check out this 365-page devotional from The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society that includes bible verses and encouraging words and thoughts from many different people. These devotionals share "hope for the future" and belief that "In Christ's Love Everyone is Someone."

"The Rule of Three"

by Eric Walters
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One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley's high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam's are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon-as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends —he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival.

What's new in Descriptive Video Service collection

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We have updated the descriptive video catalogs with new titles.

What are videos with audio description? The videos carefully describe the visual elements of a movie — action, characters, locations, costumes, and sets — without interfering with the video dialogue or sound effects.

Borrowers must be registered and active patrons in good standing with the Braille and Talking Book Library. All borrowers must complete a Descriptive Video Registration Form. To request a registration form and copies of the new catalogs of DVD or Blu-ray titles contact your reader advisor.

We will be adding even more movies in the next few months.

Here are just a few titles we recently added:

DVD titles

  • "Skyscraper" DVD00704
  • "Solo: A Star Wars Story" DVD00705
  • "The Star" DVD00708
  • "Sully" DVD00709
  • "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" DVD00710
  • "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" DVD00711
  • "Tomb Raider" DVD00712
  • "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" DVD00714
  • "A Wrinkle in Time" DVD00715
  • "X-Men: Apocalypse" DVD00716
  • "Coco" (Pixar) DVD00718
  • "Selma" DVD00719
  • "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" DVD00721

Blu-ray titles

  • "Annihilation" DVR00648
  • "Assassin's Creed" DVR00652
  • "Coco" (Pixar) DVR00655
  • "Deadpool 2" DVR00658
  • "Hostiles" DVR00668
  • "John Wick" DVR00673
  • "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" DVR00677
  • "Life of the Party" DVR00680
  • "The Mummy" DVR00683
  • "Pacific Rim: Uprising" DVR00688
  • "Rampage" DVR00695
  • "Spider-Man: Homecoming" DVR00707
  • "Tomb Raider" DVR00713
  • "X-Men: Apocalypse" DVR00717
  • "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" DVR00722

Braille and Audio Reading Download

BARD Password Tip

Did you know you can set a secret question which will enable you to reset your own BARD password? To do so, go to the BARD homepage , scroll down to "Additional Links" and click "Update Account Settings." Once there, scroll down until you get to "Password Instructions." This is where you can create a question and secret answer that will allow you to reset your BARD password.

If you need a new BARD password and have not set a secret question, or cannot access your BARD account for another reason, you are always welcome to contact the library by phone at 1-800-423-6665 or email and we can reset it for you.

BARD, the Braille and Audio Reading Download from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores. All active NLS patrons with an email account are eligible for BARD service.

BARD has well over 110,000 audio and braille fiction and nonfiction book titles available. Issues of more than ninety magazine titles are also available. NLS adds new titles regularly, including specially acquired music scores and music appreciation books. Network libraries routinely contribute local and regional interest titles.

Patrons may contact their reader advisor to sign up or visit and follow the link to "BARD application instructions" to complete an online application.

The BARD Mobile app is also available on iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, and for Android devices (including Amazon Fire tablets). The BARD app allows users to download and listen to talking books and to read braille books using a Bluetooth-connected braille display. BARD Mobile can be downloaded through the App Store, Google Play store, and Amazon Appstore. To download and listen to books and magazines on an iOS or Android device through the BARD Mobile app, users must register for the BARD online service with the library.

If you have any questions contact your reader advisor by email or by phone at 1-800-423-6665 or 1-605-773-3131 , ext 1.

Ten Squared Club

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The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library recognizes the accomplishments of our active readers who have reached age 100 or older. They are sent an invitation to join this elite club and receive a certificate of merit, a letter, and a small gift. We have heard amazing stories from our 10-squared Club members.

This newsletter's 10-squared inductees are: Dolores Keech and Margaret Lewis

Dolores Keech

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Dolores Keech turned 100 on August 15th and was inducted into the 10-Squared Club of the South Dakota BTBL. We asked Dolores to share about her experiences with reading throughout her life.

Dolores' mother read to her as a child. Now Dolores enjoys getting to know more by listening to books from the SD Braille and Talking Book Library. You will find her reading her talking books in her nursing home room. Dolores favorite book is the bible. Some of the activities Dolores says she enjoyed when she was younger are sewing, needlecrafts, and, singing.

Congratulations Dolores!

Margaret Lewis

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Margaret Lewis turned 100 on August 24th and was inducted into the 10-Squared Club of the South Dakota BTBL.

Margaret says one thing about the talking book library that she likes is enjoying listening to the stories. As a child her mother, aunt, and teachers were the people who read to her. These days Margaret mainly reads in her living room. She also keeps busy with other activities such as church, music, and friends.

We asked Margaret what she'd like to say about her experience of living for a century and she replied, "I have enjoyed each part of my life as I have lived it."

Congratulations Margaret!


Gifts and bequests that are donated to the Braille and Talking Book Library are used to enhance the services that we provide. We appreciate the generosity of those that give and we miss those patrons who have been honored with memorials. All donations are considered a charitable donation and therefore are tax-deductible. When making a donation, please include the address of those to be notified for memorials or donations in honor of a special occasion or person.

The donations that you make are used to help us better serve our patrons. Donations have been used to purchase descriptive DVDs, celebrate the work of our volunteers, honor our readers who are 100 years old or older, and support reading programs such as the summer reading program. You can designate a specific purpose for your gift. If you have any questions, call your reader advisor.

Donations can be sent to:

SD Braille and Talking Book Library
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2294

Please make checks payable to the SD Braille and Talking Book Library. Thank you for helping to enhance and improve library services.

Recent Donations

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Memorial Donations:

In memory of Mary Jane Wendt — memorials from family and friends:

  • $1000, Gretchen and Gary Sutherland
  • $500, Charlotte Green
  • $50, Frances Homet with James Homet
  • $20, Mary Louise Barrett

In memory of Meredith (Jeanne) Larson — memorials from family and friends:

  • $50, Joyce Hoefert

General Donations:

  • $50, Deloris Huber
  • $30, Doug Puetz (in honor of the reader advisors)

Reading Program Donations:

  • $250 from SD Foundation for the Visually Impaired for the BTBL Reading Programs

Holiday Closings

The Library will be closed for the following holiday(s). Please plan to order your books accordingly. Keep in mind that the books you return will take longer to reach us. You may want to order extra books at least one week in advance of the following holidays:

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 Native American Day (Columbus Day)
  • Monday, November 11, 2019 Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving Day and November 29, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019 Christmas Day

The state may be closed additional days around these holidays. Also be prepared for interruptions in service due to weather events. You can ask your reader advisor about possibly increasing the number of books you receive.

Phone Tree Options

Here is our phone tree that you will hear when you call our main number. Call us at 1-800-423-6665 (or 605-773-3131), and press 1 for Braille and Talking Book and then:

  • For adult patrons with last names beginning with A though G, press 1 for Lynda
  • For adult patrons with last names beginning with H through Z, press 2 for Lynette
  • For libraries, facilities, or people residing in facilities, press 3 for Marcia
  • For children, young adults, schools, textbooks or educational materials, press 1 for Lynda
  • For anyone interested in becoming a patron, press 3 for Marcia
  • For Talking Book machines, volunteers and other questions, press 4 for Josh

Call us anytime at 1-800-423-6665 (or 605-773-3131), press 1 for Braille and Talking Book then 1 for Lynda, 2 for Lynette, 3 for Marcia, and 4 for Josh. You can also ask us for our emails if you would like to communicate via email.