Newsletter of the Nebraska Library Commission
Talking Book and Braille Service
April 2000

Library to Celebrate Its Volunteers at April 12 Reception

"Celebrate Volunteers!" is the theme of a reception at the Talking Book and Braille Service, Wednesday, April 12, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Library borrowers and their family members are cordially invited. The event is an opportunity for borrowers to meet the library's excellent volunteers who make the service possible.

Special guest of honor, Carolyn Sung, is Chief of Network Division within the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Dr. Sung will describe the work of the National Library Service, as well as present awards to volunteers who have reached milestones of service.

Refreshments will be served.

The Talking Book and Braille Service is located in The Atrium office building, 1200 N Street, in downtown Lincoln. The reception will take place on the first floor of the Nebraska Library Commission, located at the east end of the building. The closest entrance to the Talking Book and Braille Service is mid-block on the north side of N Street.

Studio Volunteers Receive Citywide Recognition

National Volunteer Week (April 9-15) provides a special opportunity for organizations such as the Talking Book and Braille Service to celebrate its volunteers. Of our many dedicated volunteers, two received special recognition at the Lincoln / Lancaster County United Way Volunteer Center Recognition Event, held at Lincoln's Hillcrest Country Club.

Jane Knox and Dennis Lorance were nominated for Outstanding Individual Volunteer. Jane, a volunteer for more than five years, has narrated dozens of magazines and numerous books that have brought pleasure to thousands of Nebraskans. Dennis, a volunteer since May 1999, averages between 25 and 35 hours each month in providing quality narration.

Nebraska Author Chronicles Golden Age of Semi-Pro Baseball

Take Two and Hit to Right: Golden Days on the Semi-Pro Diamond (NE 780) is Hobe Hays' personal memoir of his years, 1948-54, with the Nebraska Independent League. For most of those golden years, Hays played second base for the McCook Cats, before closing out his career with a summer in North Platte. Looking back from a distance of fifty years, the author writes an affectionate account of his experiences with semi-pro baseball in Nebraska. During those summers, Hays, who was also a University of Nebraska player, enjoyed the camaraderie of unforgettable characters united by their love of baseball.

Hays, now a retired art teacher and Nebraska author, narrated his own book in the studios of the Talking Book and Braille Service. His book was recently awarded Honorable Mention in the First Annual Dave Moore Award, sponsored by Elysian Fields Quarterly. This award is given in recognition of the "most important book that uses baseball as a means to express our sense of who are as a culture, as a society, and as individual human beings."

Replacement Coming for Music City News

A voice of country music, Music City News has ceased publication as of February 2000.

The source of the cassette edition, the Kentucky Talking Book Library, has tentatively selected another magazine, Country Music, as its replacement. For Nebraska borrowers who received Music City News on cassette, the changeover to the replacement magazine will be automatic.

New Nebraska Cassette Books

NE 738 A Marriage in Wartime: The World War II Letters of Howard and Doris
by by Doris Bishop Huddell
3 cassettes

Book contains portions of 700 letters exchanged between husband and wife while separated by World War II. The husband, a minister, enlisted to serve as chaplain in the U.S. Army, temporarily leaving his wife of eight years and four small children. The honest and candid letters reveal the working out of a wartime relationship in which the wife takes on new responsibilities in order to maintain a household on her own.
Narrated by Heather Houghton.

NE 00746The Collected Short Works 1907-1919
by Bess Streeter Aldrich
2 cassettes

In the first half of the twentieth century, Bess Streeter Aldrich became one of America's best loved, most widely read, and highest paid writers. Her portrayal of pioneers, farm people, small town residents won the admiration of the nation. This collection consists of 26 shorter works written for publication early in her career.
Narrated by Marjory Gloe.

NE 747 An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians.
by David J. Wishart
3 cassettes

The author, an historical geographer, tells the story of the Indians' loss of lands and traditional lifestyles over the course of the nineteenth century in what is now Nebraska.
Narrated by Brad Field.

NE 748 Prairie University: A History of the University of Nebraska
by Robert E. Knoll
4 cassettes

Founded in 1869, the University of Nebraska was given the awesome responsibility of educating a new state barely connected by roads and rail lines. Written by a beloved member of the faculty, this history focuses on the men and women who made a difference, for good or ill, in the ongoing development of the university.
Narrated by Jane Knox.

NE 775 Notable Nebraskans
by Jean Sanders
2 cassettes

A noted author, researcher and lecturer highlights the lives of 25 Nebraskans famous for their contributions to the settling and development of the state.
Narrated by Helena Whitaker.

NE 780 Take Two and Hit to Right: Golden Days on the Semi-Pro Diamond.
by Hobe Hays
2 cassettes

Former player relives his baseball days at the University of Nebraska and in the raucous, competitive and hilarious arena of semi-pro action in the Cornhusker State. Captures the golden age of local baseball in Nebraska's cities and larger towns.
Narrated by the author.

Order Form and Mailing Instructions

Please mark the books, then enclose this entire page in an envelope and mail to: Nebraska Library Commission; Talking Book & Braille Service; The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite #120; Lincoln, NE 68508-2023

To order the items described in this issue: email; call, 800-742-7691; or write, Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. Be sure to include your name, address, city, state, zip code, and telephone number in all correspondence.

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