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Nov 22


Posted on November 22, 2021 at 10:24 AM by Maggie Witte

For many of us, our schedule is getting busier as we head into this holiday season, but mail is slowing down due to the increased volume of holiday mail. If you are tired of waiting on your book cartridges to get to you through the mail, your best option, developed especially for talking books patrons, is BARD. It is a great download service we love that’s available to all our patrons. It enables you to have access anytime to almost all of the books and magazines in our collection. Patrons can download books and/or magazines from the website to a flash drive to use in the player, or directly to a mobile device using the BARD Mobile app. 

With BARD, there…is…no…waiting. That's fantastic! You don’t have to wait on the mail to start your next read. The little waiting you might have is the time it takes for a book to download, which is minimal at best. You have over 125,000 books available at the tips of your fingers. There’s no getting out in cold weather with BARD; you can stay snuggled up in your warm house, with a warm blanket and a cup of your favorite hot beverage. BARD is always accessible (other than for required maintenance), during the day, the middle of the night, or when our office is closed during holidays or inclement weather.

You’re never out of books if you have BARD. Read what you want, when you want. Sign up for BARD today to always be in books! Visit for more information.

A teasing taste of what was added to BARD this week:

E.R. Nurses book cover.DB105256 E.R. nurses: true stories from America’s greatest unsung heroes by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann

Collection of profiles of nurses specializing in emergency medicine. Stories are divided into the day, night, and flight shifts. Nurses share stories of moments that are humorous, saddening, and empathetic. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

The Cottage on Lighthouse Lane book cover.DB105255 The cottage on Lighthouse Lane by T. Davis Bunn

When an on-set accident leaves actor Billy Walker shaken, he needs a rest cure at the getaway cottage on Lighthouse Lane in Miramar Bay. There he meets Mimi, who uses her psychic talents to help others, even as her own tragic past in Ukraine haunts her. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

Walk through Fire book cover.DB105251 Walk through fire by Kristen Ashley

Millie fell hard for High, a recruit with the Chaos motorcycle club, but left when she thought she would not be able to make him happy. Twenty years later, she wants another chance, but High can't trust that she won't break his heart again and only wants revenge. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

The man who died twice book cover.DB105290 The man who died twice: a Thursday Murder Club mystery by Richard Osman

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim, from The Thursday Murder Club (DB 100981), are hoping for peace in their posh retirement village. But an unexpected visitor, an old friend of Elizabeth, arrives, desperate for help. Accused of stealing diamonds, he's on the run. Then a body is found. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

Cloud Cuckoo Land book cover.DB105285 Cloud cuckoo land by Anthony Doerr

Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, different children living in worlds in peril find resilience and hope in a long-lost book from ancient Greece. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2021.

Grandude's green submarine book cover.DB105270 Grandude’s green submarine by Paul McCartney

Grandude whisks the grandkids off on an undersea adventure in his new invention, a green submarine (that can also fly). But they soon find themselves in a pickle, and it's up to Nandude to come to the rescue! Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2021.

2 Sisters Detective Agency book cover.DB105252 2 Sisters Detective Agency by James Patterson and Candice Fox

When attorney Rhonda Bird finds out her estranged father has passed, she returns home and encounters two surprises. Her accountant father had opened a private detective agency, and she has a teenage half sister named Baby. The two sisters must navigate their new lives and maintain the agency. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2021.