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 located at 517 W. Walton Blvd. For more information on the group, please call OTBS at 248-650-7150.
This group will resume meeting in April, 2020. Keep warm and have a great winter!
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.
March 11, 2020 1:30-3pm The Dutch House by Ann Patchett DB96739
At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.
The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.
Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives, they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.
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