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

Nominations Sought for Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service is a standing committee of the Nebraska State Advisory Council on Libraries. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to communicate the needs of users and to make recommendations concerning library policies, services, and programs.

Membership on the committee consists primarily of library borrowers but may include librarians, educators, health care providers and other individuals who understand the needs of users. Normally the committee meets twice a year. Members serve for two years and may be eligible for a second two-year term.

Currently there are three vacancies on the committee. To nominate yourself or another individual, please call the library to request a form. All nomination forms should be returned by March 15.

Staff Say "Thank You" to Volunteers

The Talking Book and Braille Service is blessed with dozens of dedicated volunteers. Four of these were recognized during the holiday season.

Jane Knox and Dennis Lorance, two of our studio narrators, received special thanks from staff for completing training as studio monitors and for their work in the studios. Jane and Dennis helped keep production of time-sensitive magazines on schedule while we were short-staffed.

Pat Schreurs, a volunteer in Tape Duplication, was honored for seventeen years of faithful service.

Ken Olson, a Tape Duplication and Outreach volunteer, was recognized for completing fourteen years of dedicated service.

Other volunteers will be recognized in the coming year for their contributions to the Talking Book and Braille Service.

NEWSLINE® Expands to Statewide Access

As of December 20, 1999 visually- and physically-impaired individuals who live anywhere in Nebraska can read The Omaha World Herald through Newsline®, a service that uses phone lines to access newspapers through synthetic speech. Qualifying individuals with touch-tone telephones can call a toll-free number to select various sections of the paper. Other choices include The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today.

In addition to newspapers, Newsline® offers a listing of phone numbers for other Newsline® service centers across the United States to benefit subscribers while they are traveling. In order to use Newsline®, subscribers would need to enter a security code plus personal ID number.

Newsline® offers the capacity to provide a local channel for information of general interest to Nebraska subscribers. Someday this information channel could feature organizational newsletters or information about schedules and events.

Since its inception as a Nebraska service in June 1999, Newsline® has grown to become available statewide and has added Nebraska's largest-circulating newspaper to its offerings. Currently 300 Nebraskans subscribe to this free service, with approximately 10 to 15 being added monthly. Applications for Newsline® are available through the Talking Book and Braille Service or Nebraska Rehabilitation Services for the Visually Impaired. Individuals who qualify for talking book service would also qualify for Newsline®.

Radio Talking Book, Nebraska's radio reading service, is also addressing the information needs of Nebraskans with print disabilities. In addition to providing access to Nebraska newspapers and national magazines, Radio Talking Book offers other services, including audio description of live plays.

For Your Information

Voice of the Diabetic is a free quarterly magazine published by the Diabetes Action Network of the National Federation of the Blind. It is an outreach publication emphasizing good diabetes control, proper diet, independence and positive outlook.

In addition to free distribution to diabetics, the Voice is distributed free to hospitals, physicians' offices, diabetes treatment centers, pharmacies, rehabilitation centers, libraries and radio reading services for the blind.

The Voice is available in standard print or on audiocassette. Contact Voice of the Diabetic, 811 Cherry Street, Suite 309, Columbia, Missouri 65201. Telephone: (573) 875-8911.

Alcoholics Anonymous now has information available in large print and Braille. To receive a catalog or to request additional information, write to the General Services Office, Attention: Special Needs, P.O. Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, New York 10274-0459. Or visit their website at www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.

The Essential GED 1996, the most current edition, is available in three formats. The large print format comes in three volumes for $252. Contact: LRS, 14214 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90061-1034. Telephone: (800) 255-5002.

If you are a member of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, you can borrow an audio version from them. Telephone: (800) 221-4792. Internet address is: www.rfbd.org.

The Braille version consists of 20 volumes and costs $493. It can be ordered from Beach Cities Braille Guild, P.O. Box 712, Huntington Beach, California 92648.

Recorded Periodicals, a division of Associated Services for the Blind, offers magazines on cassette for a subscription fee. They have a list of 24 periodicals. Contact: Recorded Periodicals, Associated Services for the Blind, 919 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107. Telephone: (215) 627-0600, ext. 3208. Internet address: www.libertynet.org/asbinfo/mags.html.

The National Braille Press has a print-and-Braille book club for children, pre-school through third grade, and a book for parents who want to learn some Braille. Contact: National Braille Press, 88 Saint Stephen Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115. Telephone: (800) 548-7323. Internet address: www.nbp.org.

(Adapted from Bright Future, a publication of the Oklahoma Dept. of Rehabilitation Services.)

Staff Profile - Jan Anderson

A Readers Advisor whose voice is well known to many borrowers, Jan Anderson been working at the Nebraska Library Commission since 1988. Born in Lincoln, Jan moved with her family to Iowa at age 4. After graduating from high school in Eagle Grove, Iowa, Jan returned to Lincoln to attend Lincoln School of Commerce.

With fifteen years of experience working in schools in California and Arizona, Jan accepted a position at a Lincoln high school but continued to consider employment for the State of Nebraska. When she first began working at the Nebraska Library Commission, her time was divided between Tech Services and Administration. A year later she began working within the Talking Book and Braille Service.

At break time and lunch, Jan always has a book in her hand. Her favorite authors are Fern Michaels, Sandra Brown, Lavyrle Spencer and Danielle Steele. She and her husband have been married for 41 years. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.

Staff Profile - Sarah LaBrie

While growing up on a farm near Giltner, Nebraska, Sarah LaBrie had lots of company-five brothers and a sister. After graduating from Giltner High School, she attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she received a bachelor's degree in political science. An Office Clerk III, Sarah began her duties at the Talking Book and Braille Service in June 1999.

Sarah has the long-term goal of becoming a missionary to China. Right now she is learning Chinese. She is involved with a religious organization called T-Gan, which ministers to international students. Other interests include camping and collecting smiley faces and penguins.

She loves to read historical fiction and non-fiction, especially about China's Cultural Revolution. She also enjoys books that deal with the cultural and religious backgrounds of other countries. Her favorite authors are John Piper, Bodie Thoene, Corrie ten Boom, and Charlotte Bronte.

Prairie Wind Series Combines Pioneer Stories With Faith and Courage

Nebraska author Stephanie Grace Whitson writes historical fiction to express her awe at the strength of the pioneers and her fascination with Native American cultures. She has penned a "Prairie Winds" series-devotional fiction about interactions between pioneer settlers and the Lakota Sioux.

The first book of the series, Walks the Fire (NE 697) tells of a young woman settler who is captured on the Nebraska prairie by the Lakota Sioux. Even while captive, she finds unexpected peace and learns that the Lakota have a beautiful culture.

The story continues with Soaring Eagle (NE 760). The Battle of the Little Big Horn turns LisBeth King into a young widow. With her world shattered by violence and grief, LisBeth finds little comfort in the faith that had sustained her mother. Will there ever be another man to love her?

In the third title, Red Bird (NE 761), Carrie, a young high school graduate, adores the wildness, freedom and gentleness of a young Lakota Sioux man, Soaring Eagle. She prays that he will see her as an adult woman whom he could love and marry.

While the Talking Book and Braille Service has multiple copies of all three titles, they have proven to be unusually popular with our readers. Please expect your requests will be entered onto a waiting list.

Medicare Publications

Two new publications are now available in special formats. The Medicare and You 2000 Handbook is on cassette, in large print and in Braille.

The 1999 Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare is on cassette. For both titles, cassette versions are offered in English or Spanish. Single copies can be requested by calling the Medicare Hotline: (800) 633-4227.

Reminder . . .

Cassette magazines that arrive in plastic mailing boxes must be returned. Cassette magazines in paper envelopes are yours to keep.

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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