Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Tech Tips: Audio Text Messages Now Available with iOS 14



Contributed by Jerry Price, Assistive Technology Specialist

How many times have you asked Siri (the voice assistant with iOS devices) to send a text message to someone and the text turns out to be flawed?  Now, instead of a written text message, you can ask Siri to send an audio text message.  Siri will record about 90 seconds of speech.  Pausing for two seconds will prompt Siri to ask you if you wish to send the message.  Siri will even play back audio text messages that are sent to you.  If the “Hey Siri” functionality is employed, the process can be done hands free.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Podcast Review: Rusty Quill


Podcast Review

Contributed by Taryn Tranby, Patron Services

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There really is nothing like settling in to do some work and turning on a podcast to keep you company, especially when you’re teleworking during a pandemic. One of the things I miss most about the office is being able to spin around in my swivel chair and crack a truly terrible pun at my coworker behind me. Unfortunately, times have changed considerably and as an at-risk asthmatic, I’m only able to slightly turn at my dining table and test my jokes out on my cats.  Compare some sleepy kitten eyes slowly blinking at me to the raucous laughter of a well-timed joke. Definitely not the same response.

Enter: Rusty Quill Gaming, a podcast where five friends sit around a table and play a Pathfinder campaign. Much like another podcast review of “The Adventure Zone,” it’s a fun excuse for friends to be silly, roleplay various characters, and act out a story together. However, unlike The Adventure Zone, this podcast is clean and kid-friendly! Also unlike the Zone, these folks are English, so you can expect plenty of jokes about Brexit and Tory Britain that might soar over your little ones’ heads, yet can still provide you with some sensible chuckles! 

Join Ben Meredith, Bryn Monroe, Alexander J Newell, Lydia Nicholas, and James Ross for the prologue and first season of Rusty Quill Gaming where they adventure around 19th century London, Paris, and Prague. While I won’t spoil anything, there are certainly more places they’ll visit together!
Ben Meredith plays an aggressive, no-nonsense, trident-wielding Dwarven Cleric that has hinted at the experience with piracy on the high seas. Bryn Monroe plays a reserved and personable Egyptian halfling sorcerer and son of a wealthy banking family based in Cairo. Lydia Nicholas plays a socially awkward human rogue named Sasha Rackett with a pessimistic outlook that can be traced to her rougher upbringing. James Ross plays Sir Bertrand (Bertie) MacGuffingham, a boisterous, pompous, wealthy human fighter that might be struggling under a mountain of magical debt. Alexander Newell is the dungeon master of this particular game, and he has no qualms about causing more problems for the players or killing off characters. 

Rusty Quill Gaming can be found on Itunes, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

Friday, October 9, 2020

Marylandia Collection: Update


Marylandia Collection: Update

Contributed by Jordan Farinelli, Collection Development Librarian

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October brings chilly temperatures and sinister stories. Check out this title and settle in for a cozy mystery that will have you guessing, “What next?”

Mystery and Detective Stories

DBC 05354 – Killing Thyme, by Peter Abresch

Narrated by Barbara Anderson

Senior citizen James P. Dandy and his friend, Dodee Swisher, do not expect their second trip to a Baltimore, Maryland, Elderhostel cooking class to be filled with the murder and mayhem of their previous bonsai class, but they find they are quite wrong when chefs start dying all around them.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Director's Corner: Our New Name!


Director's Corner: Library Update, Our New Name

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To all of our patrons, caregivers, and stakeholders,

Today is the official day that our library becomes the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD).  We have put aside the phrase "physically handicapped" so that we can better reflect the people and communities we serve in a more inclusive way.   Our new name aligns with the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (https://www.loc.gov/nls/) and with the Marrakesh Treaty's language (https://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/marrakesh/summary_marrakesh.html).  Our commitment to excellent and creative customer service continues. 

You will notice that the address of this email is different:  lbpd@sailor.lib.md.us (the old email address will no longer be used)

Also, direct access to our library catalog is now at mdlbpd.klas.com.  If you have our catalog directly bookmarked, please update your bookmarks.  You can also access it from the Library Catalog link on our website.

If you had this page bookmarked, you'll need to update the bookmark.  You can still get to this website by typing the shorter https://lbph.maryland.gov into your browser.  It is the old URL for now and continues to redirect.

Here's a reminder of our other communication tools: