OTBS

Oakland Talking Book Service @ RHPL
Rochester Hills Public Library - 500 Olde Towne Rd, Rochester, MI 48307
Call us at (248) 650-7150 or (800) 774-4542

OTBS Book Discussion Groups

Book Friends @ Good Samaritan

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. 

September 9, 2019 1-3 pm My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor  DB76059

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she was nine) and a devoted but overburdened mother, and of the refuge a little girl took from the turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. But it was when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes that the precocious Sonia recognized she must ultimately depend on herself.  She would learn to give herself the insulin shots she needed to survive and soon imagined a path to a different life. With only television characters for her professional role models, and little understanding of what was involved, she determined to become a lawyer, a dream that would sustain her on an unlikely course, from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorney’s office, private practice, and appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of forty. Along the way we see how she was shaped by her invaluable mentors, a failed marriage, and the modern version of extended family she has created from cherished friends and their children. Through her still-astonished eyes, America’s infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this warm and honest book.

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.  To learn more about this group, please contact Alice at 248-650-5681.

September 11, 2019  1:30-3pm The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni DBC00304

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his mother’s devout faith, his father’s practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends.

Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls.

Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design—especially not the tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he’d always known. Running from the pain, eyes closed, served little purpose. Now, as he looks back on his life, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him halfway around the world. This time, his eyes are wide open—bringing into clear view what changed him, defined him, and made him so afraid, until he can finally see what truly matters.

 

RHPL Services

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

Large Print Books by Mail

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.

You are required to have an RHPL card account, since these books will be coming from the RHPL’s collection (and not the OTBS collection). As a member of the OTBS@RHPL, you are eligible for an RHPL card at no charge as long as you remain a resident of Oakland County. If you already have one, call (248) 650-7150 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up the service, then begin requesting Large Print books. Please check our catalog to search for specific books or view all of our large print titles. You can also browse the large print titles specifically for children.

Magnifiers

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.

Other Services

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

NFB Newsline: Anyone who cannot read standard print can subscribe to the National Federation of the Blind Newsline service which provides audio access to over 300 publications, including some in Spanish. By using a touch-tone phone, content of newspapers and magazines can be heard 24-hours a day, 7 days a week via the use of a toll-free phone number. This site will provide you with the appropriate toll-free number based upon your home telephone number.For more information and to apply for NFB Newsline service, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Phone: 410-659-9314.