June 11-August 20, 2018
What could be more fun than listening to a great story and winning a prize for doing so? Interested? Please join the OTBS@RHPL Summer Reading Program this summer. It is very simple to do and you can enter as many times as you like. Just call OTBS staff, give us your name and phone number and tell us about a NLS Talking Book that you have just read. We will complete the entry form and enter you in a grand prize drawing held on August 20. This year we will be awarding cash prizes for Grand Prize, 1st Place and 2nd Place winners!
For more information or to enter, please call 1-800-774-4542 or Michelle at 248-650-5681.
OTBS Book Discussion Groups
Book Friends @ Good Samaritan
August 6, 2018 1-3pm Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate DB88202
Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale. Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge--until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents--but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility's cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty. Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiance, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis,a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption. Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals--in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.
You are invited to join this group of OTBS patrons for a stimulating discussion of some great books. The book discussions are held at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Pontiac from 1-3pm.. The Church is conveniently located at 517 W. Walton Blvd. and is accessible by the SMART bus system. For more information on the group, please call OTBS at 248-650-7150.
Phoney Friends: Virtual Book Group Is Only a Phone Call Away
If you prefer not to travel, we are happy to offer a virtual book group that requires only a phone call. Our group will resume in mid-September. To learn more about this group, please contact Michelle at 248-650-5681.
Computer Club - Marsha Katona will introduce and assist OTBS customers with technology and services available to them through NLS and other organizations. Please call 248-650-5682 to register for the session of your choice.
|Day and Time||Dates||Topic|
|Tuesday, 10:30am-11:30am||July 17||BARD downloads|
|Wednesday, 1:30pm-2:30pm||July 25||BARD downloads|
In addition to the collections to which we provide access, the OTBS@RHPL offers a variety of services. For more information on the services provided by RHPL to all, take a look at the Services page at www.rhpl.org
All OTBS@RHPL customers have the option of selecting titles from the Rochester Hills Public Library’s entire Large Print collection to be mailed to you at home for free. That’s over 10,000 youth, teen, and adult titles for you to choose from!
Large Print books will be sent free through the mail just as other OTBS@RHPL materials, except they will arrive in a zippered mailbag. These zippered bags will have a mailing label on one side. Just like with the cassette and digital books, you simply flip the address label over and slip it back into its sleeve to return your Large Print books.
A variety of handheld and stand magnifiers as well as a closed-circuit television (CCTV) that plugs into your own television are all available for checkout. You can search for the magnifiers in the library catalog by typing low vision aid.
If you qualify for OTBS service, you are also eligible the following free services!
Bibles:Aurora Ministries provides Old & New Testament Bibles on MP3 CD's, Digital Talking Book Cartridges or through their Online Download Library to sight-impaired and print-handicapped persons. For more information, and to apply to receive materials, visit the website or phone: 941-748-3031
Bookshare®: offers approximately 90,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools, and is currently free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S.Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more information and to apply for service, visit the Bookshare website or phone: 650-352-0198.
Braille & Talking Books for Students: For answers to frequently asked questions about Braille, talking books, and other resources for students with disabilities in Michigan, check out Braille & Talking Books for Students: A Primer for Schools & Parents.
Learning Ally (Formerly "Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic®") works with leading publishers and technology innovators to bring accessible materials to individuals with visual and learning disabilities.Available in every grade level and most subjects, Learning Ally's textbook and literature titles are used nationwide. In addition to the classics, Learning Ally's digital library provides current editions of state adopted texts ensuring students learn from the same versions as their classmates." For more information and to apply for service, visit the Learning Allywebsite. Phone: 800-221-4792