Happy BARD day – July 2016 was a great month for downloading audio and braille. In July, 580 audio readers downloaded 7784 books, 318 magazines and 13 music items. Another 27 braille readers downloaded 150 books and 24 magazines. Another 13 people signed up for BARD. BARD Mobile added 56 new users and 66 new mobile devices. Do you BARD? If not, what’s keeping you. With the BARD Mobile app added to things you now have another great way to read your books and magazines on the iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Amazon Kindle Fire.

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The North Carolina Government and Heritage Library, State Archives of North Carolina and the Friends of the Archives will be presenting a virtual family history fair on Saturday, October 15, 2016. We will be having four presentations that will be 30-45 min featuring such topics as using digital collections for genealogy, an overview of the collections and services of both Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina and much more!

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Halloween Recipes

Perhaps you may find some tasty seasonal appropriate recipes worth trying in these two selections:

Holiday Treats: A collection of easy-to-make recipes for sixteen holidays throughout the year, including Purim, Halloween, Mother's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Fourth of July, and Christmas. For grades 5-8 and older readers.


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Mark Carlson, owner of guide dog Musket, has written a very good memoir about his blindness and about working with Musket. He describes what a guide dog does, how they lead a blind owner, and even how they understand traffic lights. Guide dogs are smart, loyal and well-trained, but each dog has its own personality. Musket is proof of this. In this book, Musket also has his say.

Mark is a blind writer, historian, and docent at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. He and his father and brother are all blind due to Usher's Syndrome, a hereditary eye disease.

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Love Mysteries? Try a book by Martha Grimes. She is an author who mostly resides in the US, but writes a series of detective fiction set in England. Grimes is best known for her series of novels featuring Richard Jury, an inspector with Scotland Yard, and his friend Melrose Plant, a British aristocrat who has given up his titles. Each of the Jury mysteries is named after a pub in England.

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Here are September 2016’s 10 most downloaded BARD audio book titles:

DB084639 – What we find by Robyn Carr
DB084522 – The obsession by Nora Roberts
DB085092 – Bullseye by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
DB084187 – The survivor: a Mitch Rapp novel by Kyle Mills and Vince Flynn
DB085093 – Chase: a BookShot ; a Michael Bennett story by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

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by Jodi Picoult, DB058402

When Kate is diagnosed with a rare leukemia her parents create test-tube baby Anna to save her life. After years of medical procedures Anna, now thirteen, is expected to donate a kidney. She files for medical legal emancipation and throws the family into a fundamental moral crisis. 2004.

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