NLS Operations Alerts

No. 14-58

DATE          :  August 6, 2014
TO                :  Network Libraries
FROM         :  Richard Smith, Chief, Network Division
SUBJECT   :  Network-produced books added to NLS collection

NLS is pleased to announce that thirteen network-produced audiobooks have been added to the NLS collection through the Multistate Center East (MSCE) Quality Assurance Program. Following each of the title descriptions listed below is a link to the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website where the title is available for download. The titles may also be requested on cartridge from your multistate center as part of your yearly quota.

Newly Added Network-Produced Audiobooks (by library)

From the Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services, FL1A
Mike Mulligan y Su Màquina Maravillosa (Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel)
DBN 00016
20 minutos
por Virginia Lee Burton
leído por Norma Torres
Contra la amenaza de los nuevos aparatos de gasolina y motores de diesel, un hombre permanece fiel a su máquina de vapor y excava su camino hacia un final sorprendente—y feliz. Paro grados K a 3. (Against the threat of the new gas and diesel-engine contraptions, Mike Mulligan remains loyal to his steam shovel, Mary Anne, and digs his way to a surprising—and happy—ending. For grades K–3.)
Download Mike Mulligan y Su Maìquina Maravillosa<>

From the Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library, MO1A
Dictionary of Missouri Biography DBN 00023
85 hours, 52 minutes
by Kenneth Winn, Gary Kremer, and Lawrence Christensen
read by Mark Ashby
This work contains short biographies of more than seven hundred individuals—many of them native Missourians—who have contributed in some way to the course of state and national history.
Download Dictionary of Missouri Biography<>

From the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, NY1A
The Cement Garden DBN 00018
4 hours, 23 minutes
by Ian McEwan
read by Pete Larkin
First father died, then mother. Now the four children are left alone in a house that looks like a castle stranded among grim high-rises. McEwan excavates the ruins of childhood and uncovers things that most adults have spent a lifetime forgetting—or denying.
Download The Cement Garden<>

By Night in Chile DBN 00019
4 hours, 22 minutes
by Roberto Bolaño
read by A.J. Stetson
A fictional, feverish monologue of a flawed man and failed priest, the sick and aging Father Urrutia, takes place over the course of a single evening, and is written in a single paragraph. His ruminations cover Opus Dei, falconry, and private lessons on Marxism for Pinochet and his generals. Contains descriptions of violence.
Download By Night in Chile<>

Strange Forces DBN 00020
4 hours, 58 minutes
by Leopoldo Lugones
read by Laura Esterman
Twelve short stories by Argentinean fiction writer and poet Leopoldo Lugones, whose baroque style and paranormal fixations link him with kindred spirits such as Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.
Download Strange Forces<>

The Food Wars DBN 00021
5 hours, 11 minutes
by Walden F. Bello
read by Pete Larkin
Examines the food crisis and the imbalance in the most basic of human commodities and argues for the deglobalization of food production.
Download The Food Wars<>

China’s Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution DBN 00022
6 hours, 21 minutes
by Da Chen
read by David Beck
Author recounts his growing up in 1960s China, dropping out of school, joining a gang, and later, after Communist leader Mao’s death, studying day and night to earn a college education. For junior and senior high readers.
Download China's Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution <>

Azorno DBN 00024
3 hours, 50 minutes
by Inger Chistensen and Denise Newman
read by Rhoda Russell
A writer named Sampel recounts the events of his novel—or are they real events from his own life?
Download Azorno<>

Dark Harbor: The War for the New York Waterfront DBN 00025
6 hours, 44 minutes
by Nathan Ward
read by Pete Larkin
Author explores the corruption and violence of the 1940s New York waterfront. Contains descriptions of violence and strong language.
Download Dark Harbor: The War for the New York Waterfront <>

City of Strangers DBN 00026
7 hours, 33 minutes
by Ian Mackenzie
read by David Beck
An act of violence sets in motion a series of events that change the life of Paul, his estranged older brother, and his dying father. Descriptions of violence.
Download City of Strangers<>

From the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, OK1A
When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Folktale from the Choctaw Nation DBN 00014
11 minutes
by Tim Tingle
read by Nancy Cheper
When Rabbit challenges Turtle to a race, he gets his comeuppance—and Turtle gets a little help from his friend, Turkey. In the process we learn why Turtle's shell is cracked and why you never see Rabbit racing Turtle today. For preschool–grade 2.
Download When Turtle Grew Feathers: A Folktale from the Choctaw Nation <>

Fibblestax DBN 00015
11 minutes
by Devin Scillian
read by Nancy Cheper
A young boy with a knack for coming up with fitting names for things competes with the high-handed man who has been assigning absurd names to see who will have the right to decide what things will be called. For preschool–grade 2.
Download Fibblestax<>

Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom DBN 00017
27 minutes
by Tim Tingle
read by Nancy Cheper
Mississippi before the Civil War. Martha, a Choctaw girl, makes friends with Little Mo, a slave boy on a plantation. One night, after Little Mo and his family are threatened, Martha helps them cross the river to freedom. For grades 2–4. 2006.
Download Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom <>

Congratulations to these network libraries.

For more information contact:
Richard Smith
Chief, Network Division
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