Newsletter of the Oregon Talking Book
and Braille Library
250 Winter St NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 378-5389 or (800) 452-0292
Fax: (503) 585-8059
Issue  64  ·  Spring  2016

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We’ve added more new descriptive DVDs to our collection, including:
   -    American Sniper, DVD 107
   -    Big Hero 6, DVD 101
   -    Cinderella, DVD 108
   -    The Drop, DVD 112
   -    The Grand Budapest Hotel, DVD 99
   -    Guardians of the Galaxy, DVD 109
   -    Heaven is for Real, DVD 106
   -    He Named Me Malala, DVD 110
   -    Inside Out, DVD 102
   -    Interstellar, DVD 114
   -    Jurassic World, DVD 104
   -    The Longest Ride, DVD 111
   -    Mom’s Night Out, DVD 105
   -    Spy, DVD 100
   -    Thor, DVD 103
   -    Wild, DVD 113
All of these DVDs have the DVS 2.0 audio option, which you’ll need to access from the DVD’s audio menu. 
If you would like to request any of the DVDs from our collection, please contact us at 800-452-0292 or  Descriptive DVDs are loaned for 2 weeks, and you can have one title at a time.
If you want to know what DVDs you can buy that have the DVS 2.0 audio option, you can find a complete list at


With there being over 50,000 books available for download from BARD, it can be challenging to find what you’re looking for using the browse features.  There is a lot of scrolling involved when you just browse through BARD.  To make finding the right book much quicker, BARD has an easy-to-use Search the collection box on the main page.
You can type any search term you want into BARD’s search box, including a title, book number, author’s name, or keyword.  You do not need to specify the search category; instead, BARD will look for your search term in every category.  For example, if you type in the word “morning,” that word may be found in the title as well as in the description of several books.  BARD will display all the results for both categories.
Here are some tips and tricks that’ll help you when using BARD’s search box:
·       Try to use search terms that are unique.  That can be something like a character’s name, a location, an unusual word in a title, or a specific topic covered in a book.
·       BARD’s search box is not as sophisticated as Google, so if you spell your search term wrong you won’t get the results you’re looking for.  You can, however, use Google to first find the correct spelling of an author’s name or the exact title of a book, then copy that information into BARD’s search box.
·       To hone in on a specific book, search for its book number.  Just type in the 5 digit number, leaving off the DB code.  For the most part you should only get one result, unless the book is part of a series.
·       Depending on what type of search term you use, you can skip to the results in that category by clicking the appropriate link at the top of the results page.  For example, if your search term is an author’s name, then you can click the link for results in the author to more quickly locate the book you want to download.


The next phone-in book group event will be a discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (DB 77672) on May 19th, at 3:00 PM.
Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman.  Pulitzer Prize winner, 1961.
If you would like to participate, please RSVP by calling 800-452-0292 or emailing


That’s what could happen if you contribute to the Talking Book Endowment Fund.
There are many ways you can support Talking Books.  One lasting way is for you to name the Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library in your will as a recipient of part of your estate.  Your contribution will be added to our Endowment Fund, which has a current balance of over $1.9 million.  We are able to use the interest we earn from this fund to support Talking Books.
If you let us know you have made arrangements in your will, then we add your name to the Irene Price Society roster, which is a special way for us to honor and thank you for your support of this wonderful library.
To learn more about the Irene Price Society and how to name Talking Books in your will, visit our website at and click on Planned Giving. You may also contact Susan Westin at 503-378-5435 or
Through your generosity we will be able to have Talking Books forever!


As of March 1st, our old cassette program has officially ended.  We are now exclusively circulating our audio books on cartridge or via downloads from BARD.  Our small remaining stock of RC books in the old green boxes and the yellow cassette players are in the process of being returned to the National Library Service.  Thank you all for your patience throughout this transition that started seven years ago back in 2009!


If you prefer communicating via email, that’s awesome!  You can email us with confidence at  This address is monitored by staff on duty at the front desk, ensuring a timely response.  You can submit book requests, tell us about a change of address, or ask specific questions, and we’ll be happy to help.


Talking Books will be closed on the following legal holidays:
·       May 30, Memorial Day
·       July 4, Independence Day
Remember that holidays create mail delays for both incoming and outgoing books.  Be sure to get any requests in several days ahead of these dates to improve the chance of receiving those books before holidays.
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