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. 

November 4, 2019 1-3 pm News of the World by Paulette Jiles DB86668

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

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.

November 13, 2019  1:30-3pm Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann DB87767

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.

As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

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.