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Current Newsletter: January and February 2024

CT LAB News 

CT LAB Book Club

The next CT LAB book club will meet virtually on January 17, 2024, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  The title that we are reading for January is The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. When his most prized possession, a rare volume of poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family, and associates. Then he receives a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.  This title is available as a Talking Book on cartridge and from BARD as DB 78978. 

Please register for the book club by calling Paula McLean at 860-704-2216 or 800-842-4516. Participants will receive the Zoom meeting link or dial in phone number for the book club meeting following registration.

Locally Produced Talking Books

Connecticut Talking Books are recorded by volunteers from the Connecticut Volunteer Services for the Blind and Handicapped (CVSBH).  When books are completed by CVSBH, CT LAB transfers the Talking Books to the NLS’ BARD download service so that these titles are available nationwide for patrons of NLS-network libraries.

CVSBH and CT LAB have been working together to convert Talking Books originally recorded on cassette to digital format.  This allows the newly digitized Talking Books to be made available for download on BARD.  Below is a selection of Connecticut Talking Books recently converted from cassette to digital format and now available on BARD.

Connecticut Talking Books Converted from Cassette and Now Available on BARD  

    • DBC 27991 Dare to dream: Connecticut basketball's remarkable march to the National Championship by Jim Calhoun
      An inside look at the UCONN Huskies and their former coach, Jim Calhoun. Under Calhoun, UConn became one of the best basketball programs in the country. Access the catalog record for DBC 27991.
    • DBC 27999 Sandpiper: the life & letters of Celia Thaxter by Rosamund Thaxter
      This biography of Celia is written by her granddaughter.Raised on White Island lighthouse at the Isles of Shoals, off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Celia Thaxter developed a strong sense of the natural history of the islands. Her marriage at age 16 to intellectual Levi Thaxter, was her introduction to the literary world of Boston. Her poems first appeared in The Atlantic and she became one of America’s favorite authors in the late 19th century. Many writers, artists, and musicians of the day often came to visit her and stay at the Appledore Hotel run by her family. Access the
      catalog record for DBC 27999.
    • DBC 28021 The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
      Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin, two women born centuries apart are tied together by a haunting family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella begins to research her French ancestry. As the story unfolds alternating between Ella and Isabelle, a common thread emerges that pulls the lives of the two women together in a most mysterious way. Access the
      catalog record for DBC 28021.
    • DBC 28024 The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman
      For generations the women of the Sparrow family in Massachusetts have been blessed--or cursed--with clairvoyant powers. When thirteen-year-old Stella has a premonition that lands her father in jail on suspicion of murder, she goes to live in the historic ancestral home where she confronts her haunting legacy. Access the
      catalog record for DBC 28024.

Updates from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) 

Upcoming NLS Programs


Get to Know the Many Faces of BARD

NLS staff members offer tips, answer questions, and demonstrate new features of BARD, the BARD Mobile app, and BARD Express each month during The Many Faces of BARD. This online event is open to all patrons and is held at 7 p.m. eastern time on the second Thursday of every month..

The January 11, 2024, Many Faces of BARD program will be an open forum with the NLS Download technical support team. The team will take questions related to any BARD product.

Get program details, login information, and recordings of previous programs at the Many Faces of BARD web page.

January 2024 Music Notes Program

The next NLS Music Notes Zoom meeting will take place Tuesday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m. EST. Music Section Head Juliette Appold and Music Reader Services Librarian Mary Dell Jenkins will talk about Janis Joplin and related items we have in the NLS Music collection. A Q&A online chat will follow. Send us your questions in advance by writing to japp@loc.gov.

For a preview, read Mary Dell’s blog post on Janis Joplin.

To attend the program, use any of the following options:

  • Join by computer, using the Music Notes Zoom meeting.
  • Join by telephone, by dialing (669) 254-5252 or (646) 828-7666.When prompted, enter the meeting ID: 161 873 8515

Connect with CT LAB

CT LAB Contact Information

Phone: 860-704-2220 or 800-842-4516 (toll free in state only)

Email: csl.AccessibleBooks@ct.gov

Mailing Address: 786 South Main St., Middletown, CT 06457

Upcoming CT LAB Holiday Closings

January 15, 2024 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 12, 2024 – Lincoln’s Birthday
February 19, 2024 – Washington’s Birthday
March 29, 2024 – Good Friday
May 27, 2024 – Memorial Day
June 19, 2024 – Juneteenth Day
July 4, 2024 – Independence Day
September 2, 2024 – Labor Day
October 14, 2024 – Columbus Day
November 11, 2024 – Veterans Day
November 28, 2024 – Thanksgiving Day
December 25, 2024 – Christmas Day
January 1, 2025 – New Year’s Day

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