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,
Next book, Please — Talking Book Player update
Most users love the convenience of having several books on a single cartridge, but not everyone is comfortable using the Bookshelf to move from book to book. The National Library Service has released a new software upgrade for talking book players that will make it easier to go to the next book.
This update will be included on the next issue of the Prairie Trails Newsletter and will install itself automatically when inserted into your player. The player will tell you an update is in progress and ask you not to remove the cartridge or turn off your player. It will beep until the update is complete. Your player will then turn off then turn back on automatically.
Once your player is updated and you have gotten to the "End of Book" message you will hear the instructions, "Press Play/Stop to go to the next book." Tap the square, green Play/Stop button and the next book will automatically start playing. If 10 seconds go by with no button press (for example, because you have fallen asleep), the machine will repeat the prompt the next time you press Play/Stop.
You can only move to the next book. You can still use the Bookshelf feature to move back and forth throughout all the books on the cartridge in order to select the one you want to read.
To enter bookshelf mode press and hold the square, green Play/Stop button. After approximately 5 seconds you should expect to hear the machine beep and then announce bookshelf. Once the machine has announced that it's in bookshelf mode you should expect it to announce the name of the first book or magazine on the cartridge or the book or magazine that was most recently played. To move to the next book or magazine tap the Fast-Forward button to hear the next title announced. To begin listening press the Play/Stop button. If there are more than two books or magazines on the cartridge tap the Fast-Forward button until the title of the book or magazine you want to read is announced. To begin listening press the Play/Stop button. Navigation works the same way in reverse by simple tapping the rewind button.
If you don't receive Prairie Trails Newsletter on cartridge (for example you receive via email) go to the BARD website and you will find the latest software upgrade to download or talk to your reader advisor.
We hope this will make it easier for everyone to play multiple books on a cartridge.
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 email@example.com . Applications are also on our website.
SD BTBL staff visit ND Talking Book
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!
Observing North Dakota's reader advisors workflow. From Left to right: Lynda, James Murphy (ND), Lynette, Josh, Marcia, and Mike
Visiting with reader advisors. Left to Right: Lynette, James Murphy (ND), Marcia, Josh, and Elizabeth Janes (ND).
Visiting with cataloger. Left to Right: Amanda Person (ND) and Connie
Seeing the Duplication on Demand process. Left to Right: Marcia, Chris Hagburg (ND), Lynda Lowin, and Lynette.
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 www.fema.gov, 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.
NLS name change
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
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
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
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
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
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"
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
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
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:
- "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
- "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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 nlsbard.loc.gov 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.
Read For the Record!
On November 7, 2019 join thousands of kids around the country reading the same book in libraries and schools across the country! This year the Read for the Record selection is "Thank You Omu" by Oge Mora. It will be in available in audio talking book format from our library DBS004865 .
Visit the Read for the Record website at www.jstart.org for more information.
2019 Winter Reading Program
Schelbie Dehaai, was a winner in the 3rd annual SD Braille and Talking Book Library winter reading program held the month of February 2019. Schelbie was awarded the grand prize of a 12-inch tactile and visual table globe.
"A World of Stories" was the theme of this year's program. At the end of the program, the 36 participants who returned their reading charts were eligible for the globe drawing. The globe is covered with a tactile clear plastic overlay. Among the overlay's features are continent outlines, elevations and latitude and longitude lines.
Thank you to all who participated—you are all winners!
2019 Summer Reading Program
"A Universe of Stories" was the theme of the 2019 South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library Summer Reading Program from June 9 to July 20 and was open to all youth registered with the Braille and Talking Book Library ages birth to 19. Participants followed the 20/24/7 reading initiative by reading a minimum of 20 minutes each day, seven days a week and kept track with the provided reading chart.
23 readers returned their reading charts and were entered into the end of program drawing.
Amazon gift card prizes were provided by the Evening Star Lions Club of Rapid City, and an Android tablet was purchased with donations from current library patrons and memorials given in remembrance of deceased patrons.
The winners of the drawings for the four $50 Amazon Gift Cards were Cierra Waldner, Dael Gutierrez, Kaylee Waldner, and Amanda Heldt. The grand prize winner of the Android tablet was Phoenyx Bartscher. You can see a video of the live drawing on the library's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LibrarySDBTBL .
Children's TVB books added to the collection
Several new books have been added to our Twin Vision Braille collection. TVB have both print and braille with pictures and illustrations of the original books.
The first 3 titles listed are UEB (Unified English Braille) TVB books about safety published by The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management. They developed a series of books aimed at 2nd graders designed to teach kids how to be prepared for different disasters (such as floods, tornadoes, winter storms, etc.) They are narrated by Tommy the Turtle who is always prepared because he brings his shelter with him on his back. They are currently distributed to 2nd graders in 8 states. We now have them available in TVB Braille/large print format.
- "Rising Water Beware and Prepare"
- "Tornado Alert Don't get Hurt be Prepared"
- "Prepare for a Winter Storm in Time and you will be Fine!"
Other TVB books in our collection:
TVB00269 (Read-Along storybook and CD)
- "Where the Wild Things Are"
- "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
- "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss
South Dakota Children's Book Awards for 2019-2020 — Prairie Awards
The Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom, and Prairie Pasque Children's Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association. Prairie Bud winners are determined by South Dakota PreK, kindergarten, and first grade students. Prairie Bloom winners are determined by South Dakota second and third grade students. Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota fourth and fifth grade students. Students are encouraged to read and give a star rating for any book they read from the master lists of titles. The books receiving the highest number of stars from the students win the awards. A committee of educators and librarians select the books nominated for the awards.
We try to provide as many of the titles in accessible format so that students can participate along with their peers to read and vote for their favorite.
Call the Braille and Talking Book Library to request these titles so you can participate in this program. If it has a number we are currently working on recording and adding these titles or they are already in the collection.
South Dakota Children's Book Awards: List of nominees for 2019/2020
Prairie Bud (PreK and K - 1st Grade)
- "Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished" by Camille Andros
- "I Am a Cat" by Galia Bernstein
- "Wordplay" by Ivan Brunetti
- "This House, Once" by Deborah Freedman
- "Little Fox in the Forest" by Stephanie Graegin
- "Alfie: The Turtle that Disappeared" by Thyra Heder
- "Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List" by Kate Klise
- "Margaret and the Moon" by Dean Robbins
- "Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat" by Judy Sierra
- "I Want That Nut!" by Madeline Valentine
Prairie Bloom (2nd -3rd Grade)
- "Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Picture" by Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess, and Deanna Nikaido
- "A Boy Called Bat" by Elana K. Arnold
- "Wolfie and Fly" by Cary Fagan
- "7 Ate 9: The Untold Story" by Tara Lazar
- "Barkus" by Patricia Maclachlan
- "Flowers for Sarajevo" by John Mccutcheon
- "Niko Draws a Feeling" by Bob Raczka
- "The Big Bad Fox" by Benjamin Renner
- "When We Were Alone" by David Alexander Robertson
- "The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid" by Jeanette Winter
Prairie Pasque (4th -5th Grade)
- "Sidetracked" by Diana Harmon Asher
- "A Time To Act: John F. Kennedy's Big Speech" by Shana Corey
- "Sandwiches!: More Than You've Ever Wanted To Know About Making and Eating America's Favorite Food" by Alison Deering
- "Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat's Foster Mom" by Suzi Eszterhas
- "Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question" by Martha Freeman
- "One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance " by Nikki Grimes
- "Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales" by Emily Jenkins
- "Bats: Learning to Fly" by Falynn Koch
- "Pablo and Birdy" by Alison McGhee
- "Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow" by Jessica Townsend DB089407
SD Teen Choice Book Awards 2019-2020 — YARP Nominees
Each year the Young Adult Reading Program (YARP) Committee of the South Dakota Library Association publishes a list to promote quality literature and to help South Dakota teachers and librarians in selecting and promoting books for adolescents. The books are selected from among the many young adult and adult books that have received positive reviews by national reviewing periodicals.
Teenagers may vote online for as many books as they would like on a scale basis.
One winner will be selected from the Middle School list and another winner from the High School list. Call the Braille and Talking Book Library to request these titles so you can participate in this program. If it has a number they are in our collection.
Middle School List
- "Auma's Long Run" by Eucabeth Odhiambo
- "Braced" by Alyson Gerber
- "Cells at Work" by Akane Shimizu
- "Chasing Helicity" by Ginger Zee
- "City of Ghosts" by Victoria Schwab
- "Ghost Boys" by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- "LifeL1k3" by Jay Kristoff
- "Not if I Save You First" by Ally Carter
- "Prince and the Dressmaker" by Jen Wang
- "Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team" by Steve Sheinkin
- "Wild Bird" by Wendelin Van Draanen
- "Witch Boy" by Molly Ostertag
High School List
- "Chasing King's Killer" by James Swanson
- "Check, Please! #Hockey" by Ngozi Ukazu
- "Dear Martin" by Nic Stone
- "Devils Within" by S.F. Henson
- "Dry" by Neal Shusterman
- "Hazel Wood" by Melissa Albert
- "Here Lies Daniel Tate" by Cristin Terrill
- "Hooper" by Geoff Herbach
- "I Am Still Alive" by Kate Marshall
- "Long Way Down" by Jason Reynolds
- "This Heart of Mine" by C.C. Hunter
- "What If It's Us" by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Almost Made the List but not eligible for voting for
- "Monday's Not Coming" by Tiffany Jackson
- "Children of Blood and Bone" by Tomi Adeyemi
- "Names They Gave Us" by Emery Lord
- "Zero Repeat Forever" by G.S. Prendergast
- "Anger is a Gift" by Mark Oshiro
- "Sadie" by Courtney Summers
- "Truly Devious" by Maureen Johnson
- "Save the Date" by Morgan Matson
- "Deep Water" by Watt Key
- "Night Diary" by Veera Hiranandani
- "Hey, Kiddo" by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Ten Squared Club
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 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.
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."
GIFTS AND DONATIONS
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.
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, 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
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.
The Prairie Trails Newsletter is our means of communication with all patrons of the Braille and Talking Book Library. The Prairie Trails Newsletter is made available in digital audio, in large print, or via email, and is posted on our website.
If you have any questions or comments, or wish to request this newsletter in an alternative format, please contact the SD Braille and Talking Book Library.
South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2235
1-800-423-6665 (in SD Only)
The SD BTBL does not endorse any service or product listed in this newsletter.
Masthead photo of prairie grasses and pasque flower with sunrise courtesy of South Dakota Department of Tourism © 2019 .