Event Notice from TRCIL

Via the Three Rivers Center for Independent Living:

If you live or work in the
Harrisburg or Pittsburgh, PA area


Competence and Confidence, Partners in Policymaking:
Emergency Preparedness (C2P2-E Prep)

C2P2 Emergency Preparedness 2015

HARRISBURG—April 22, 23 and 24

PITTSBURGH—April 25, 26 and 27

Logo for the C2P2-E Prep Event

Each 3-day training brings together people with disabilities and their families with emergency planners to inform and encourage citizens to lead the effort in considering ALL people when creating emergency plans.


DATES: APRIL 22, 23 and 24*
(Wednesday, Thursday and Friday—must attend all sessions)

TIMES: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (registration starts at 8:30 AM)
LOCATION: Temple Harrisburg / 234 Strawberry Street, Harrisburg, PA 17109

All sessions are for people with disabilities and family members.
*Emergency planners attend the training on April 24 only.


DATES: APRIL 25, 26 and 27*
(Saturday, Sunday and Monday—must attend all sessions)

TIMES: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (registration starts at 8:30 AM)
LOCATION: Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (TRCIL)/
900 Rebecca Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221

All sessions are for people with disabilities and family members.
*Emergency planners attend the training on April 27 only.

For information and to apply for either training:


Application Deadline: APRIL 3
All sessions are FREE. Seats are limited.
C2P2 Eprep is a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University.
Funded in part by a grant from the PA Developmental Disabilities Council.

Best of BARD: February 2015

by Tony Mareino,
LBPH Reader Advisor

BARD friends, just when I think I’ve got you all figured out, you throw me for a loop again. Here I am using BARD for all the freshness that is books by favorites like Sandford and Patterson, meanwhile I’m getting schooled and forgetting that every now and again we have to revisit the old glories to remember what made the names we know great. And this list is all about them, hitting us with Margolin and Kellerman back from ’98, and a Hoag stunner way back from 1996. Some things never go out of style, just like using BARD to get us reading for another month. See you next time for the Top Five on the Best of!

by John Sandford
DB 79802 / CL 15527
After a college friend persuades Virgil Flowers to help his rural neighbors with a series of dognappings, Virgil discovers a meth lab in the area. Meanwhile, attempts by the local school board to hide its corruption lead to a reporter’s murder. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2014.The Undertaker's Widow by Margolin

The Undertaker’s Widow
by Philip Margolin
DB 47914
Judge Richard Quinn’s first homicide case proves to be dangerous. State representative Ellen Crease, in the middle of a campaign, shoots and kills a burglar who has just murdered her husband. Soon evidence suggests she hired the guy as a hit man. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1998.

Guilty as Sin
by Tami Hoag
DB 42045
In this sequel to “Night Sins” (RC 40834), Deer Lake, Minnesota, is still in an uproar over a child’s abduction. Although one man has been charged, county attorney Ellen North and the police chief are searching for an accomplice, and North is reluctant to discuss the case with the media. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1996.

Private Vegas
by James PattersonMoon Music by Kellerman
DB 80414 / CL 15653
Jack Morgan spends most of his time in Los Angeles, where his top investigation firm has its headquarters. But a hunt for two criminals leads him to the city of sin–and to a murder ring that is more seductively threatening than anything he’s witnessed before. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

Moon Music
by Faye Kellerman
DB 46771 / CL 6533
Las Vegas homicide detective Poe and his colleagues investigate the strange mutilation and killing of a hooker. Meanwhile Poe worries about his former girlfriend (now married to one of Poe’s men) as she struggles with her compulsive handwashing, running, and other rituals. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1998.

Let’s Talk about Sacks

by Eric Meisberger,
LBPH Reader Advisor

Author Oliver SacksOliver Sacks is prolific writer. He is also a physician, and a professor of neurology. You might know him from the film adaptation of his book Awakenings. This remarkable man has an equally remarkable way of looking at neurology and the different neurological situations that people find themselves in. He is able to tell their stories and discuss their experiences with both scientific depth and academic rigor. He also uses approachable language and accessible ideas to make these cases come to life for the reader. Whether you already know about Oliver Sacks or are new to his work, be sure to check out some of the titles we have in our collection by this renowned author.

On 19 Feb, 2015, Sacks released a statement in The New York Times about learning that he has a terminal cancer condition. Our thoughts go out to him and his family. You can read his words HERE.

DB 33438
Account of people who fell ill during the great sleeping-sickness epidemic just after World War I. These people with encephalitis lethargica (a form of Parkinson’s disease), were frozen in a catatonic state for decades. But with the introduction of L-DOPA in 1969, they began to experience astonishing ‘awakenings’. Sacks provides case histories on twenty patients. Bestseller. 1990.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
DB 23901Cover: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
A doctor explores neurological disorders with a novelist’s skill and appreciation of his patients as human beings. Sacks suggests that therapy for brain-damaged patients be designed to help restore the personal quality of the individual. Bestseller 1986.

DB 65202
Neurologist and author of the bestselling “Awakenings” (RC 33438) investigates the way music affects the human brain by observing the individual experiences of patients, musicians, and ordinary people.  Describes conditions such as musical seizures and hallucinations and musicogenic epilepsy.  Also explores the calming effects of sound.  2007.

DB 75782
Neurologist and author of “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” (DB/RC 23901) examines the phenomenon, history, and treatment of hallucinations. Investigates visual, auditory, and olfactory events. Discusses drug-induced, mind-altering experiences and diseases with hallucinatory symptoms such as Charles Bonnet syndrome, which affects blind individuals. Bestseller. 2012.

Best of BARD: January 2015

by Tony Mareino,
LBPH Reader Advisor

It’s a new year with new adventures here in the Top Five, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t without some ripping good yarns from the heavy hitters of the industry. Names like Baldacci and Faye Kellerman pepper the top two spots with their latest, and Stu Woods makes a consecutive appearance with a new work (I’m beginning to think his constant presence in the Top Five may warrant a nickname, but we aren’t quite to King Patterson levels just yet). Then, as per usual, we throw a wrench in the whole thing and confuse me with an oldie but goodie from 1995 by Karen Robards, before finally allowing our King, the JPat himself, to hold up the rear so that we have no escape from our excellent list. Let’s keep it going in February and see how it all plays out in the Top Five!

The Escape
by David Baldacci
DB 80178 / CL 15534
U.S. Army special agent John Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. But he is unprepared to hunt the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked–his own brother. Imprisoned for treason and national security crimes, Robert has now inexplicably escaped. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.Murder 101 by Kellerman

Murder 101
by Faye Kellerman
DB 79667
Now with the Greenbury Police Department in upstate New York, former LAPD homicide cop Peter Decker investigates a mausoleum break-in that leads him and his arrogant but unskilled young partner into a world of art forgery and murder. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

Cut and Thrust
by Stuart Woods
DB 79857 / CL 15423
Stone Barrington travels to Los Angeles for the Democratic convention with his friend, first lady Kate Lee, who is running to succeed her husband as president. Amid the ambitious attendees are some with more sinister plans. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

Walking After Midnight
by Karen Robards
DB 41145 / CL 5787
At 2:00 a.m., Summer McAfee, owner of a janitorial service, is on her knees scrubbing the floor of a funeral home. Suddenly thenaked and badly bruised body of a man comes to life, and he takes her hostage. Over the next four days they are on the run, dodging bad cops and a ghost, as the former corpse, a cop working under cover, tries to save himself and Summer. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1995.
Hope to Die by Patterson
Hope to Die
by James Patterson
DB 80039 / CL 15498
Stalked by a psychotic genius who rips away his family, detective Alex Cross is forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this madman what he wants to save the most important people in his life. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2014.


by Eric Meisberger,
LBPH Reader Advisor

James McBride is a noted, award winning American author and musician. McBride’s father was an African American Christian minister, and his mother was a white Jew of Polish heritage. He had 11 siblings and grew up in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York. In addition to his fascinating upbringing, McBride worked as a journalist for such well-established papers as The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. He has written songs for artists such as Grover Washington Jr. and Anita Baker. In addition, McBride has written multiple screenplays and worked with award winning film maker Spike Lee. Check out some books by this multi-faceted artist today!

The Good Lord Bird
DB 77431
Henry “Onion” Shackleford is a ten-year-old slave when abolitionist John Brown rolls into town. Henry’s father is killed in a scuffle and John Brown takes in Henry, believing him to be “Henrietta.” Living as a girl, Henry bears witness to Brown’s reign of terror. Violence and strong language. 2013.

Song Yet Sung
DB 67170
Chesapeake Bay area, Maryland; 1850. Wounded and imprisoned by slave hunter Patty Cannon, runaway slave Liz Spocott dreams of the future of her people. Liz escapes and helps fourteen other slaves to flee but is pursued by waterman Denwood Long.  Violence and strong language. 2008.

Talking Books @ LBPH

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the book club scheduled for today (2/19) has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a future date to be determined.


The next Talking BoCover for Twelve Years a Slave by Northupoks @ LBPH discussion will be on Thursday, February 19 at 1pm. The topic is African American History Month and the book will be Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (DB 77891).

About the book: Original nineteenth-century memoir by free-born African American Solomon Northup. Details his life in New York, kidnapping in 1841, and the time he spent as a slave on southern plantations until his rescue in 1853. Basis for the 2013 movie. Violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 1853.

Don’t miss out! If you enjoy discussing the books you read, you can join this group, by either sending an e-mail to the library using the address below:


Or by calling LBPH:
412-687-2440 / 800-242-0586 (toll free)

Mitzi Friedlander

by Tony Mareino,
LBPH Reader Advisor

A legend in our midst is hanging up the microphone after a long and illustrious career in narration. Mitzi Friedlander, the narrator responsible for more titles in the collection than any other, is retiring  over more than a half century of employment.  Mitzi is a voice you are sure to recognize, but in case you missed it, or want to experience her work again, here’s some of the title’s she has worked on:

Narrator Mitzi Friedlander at work in studioCaleb’s Crossing
by Geraldine Brooks
DB 73473
Bethia Mayfield secretly befriends Caleb, a Martha’s Vineyard Wampanoag Indian. After smallpox kills Caleb’s family, Bethia’s minister father takes him in to be educated. Bethia follows Caleb and her brother Makepeace to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1660 as an indentured servant while the boys prepare to attend Harvard College. Bestseller. 2011.

This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women
by Jay Allison
DB 65527
Eighty first-person essays on beliefs, culled from both the National Public Radio show “This I Believe” and the 1950s radio program of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow. The essayists include average citizens as well as notables such as Helen Keller and Albert Einstein. Bestseller. 2006.

The Peaceable Kingdom: An American Saga
by Jan De Hartog
DB 75043
In 1650s England Margaret Fell marries Quaker preacher George Fox despite persecution and imprisonment. Almost one hundred years later Quakers, slaves, and Indians live uneasily together in 1750s Pennsylvania, before a new “peaceable” community forms in the West. 1971.

A short bio and a sample of Mitzi’s work can also be found here. If you want to share your thoughts with Mitzi, please send them to her care of Roberta Williams, APH 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206 or by email, rwilliams@aph.org.