Newsletter of the

Nebraska Library Commission

Talking Book & Braille Service

February 1998

Telephone Pioneers Honor Memory of TBBS Volunteer Lowell Tuxhorn

In a small ceremony marked by words of gratitude, hugs of comfort, and tears of sorrow, the Frank H. Wood Chapter of the Independent Telephone Pioneers presented the Talking Book and Braille Service with a donation in memory of their longtime member and our longtime volunteer Lowell Tuxhorn. Mitzie Tuxhorn, Lowell's widow, Chapter President Suzanne Frasier, and Community Service Chairperson Mary Kneff joined TBBS staff to remember Lowell and his years of dedication to talking book service.

Lowell first joined the Talking Book and Braille Service as an outreach volunteer while still working at Lincoln Telephone. Following his retirement, Lowell added to his volunteer commitment and joined fellow Pioneer Fred McCormick in our Lincoln shop repairing talking book players.

In recognition of Lowell's dedication to our machine repair program, much of the donation was used to purchase repair equipment.

A Flurry of New Releases Added to Nebraska DVS Collection

Now ready for your at home movie enjoyment, twenty-three additional big screen features with audio description: Alien, Apollo 13, Back to the Future, Bambi, Big, Do the Right Thing, E.T., Fried Green Tomatoes, The Jungle Book, Jurassic Park, The Land Before Time, Liar Liar, Mr. Holland's Opus, The Nutty Professor, Phenomenon, The Preacher's Wife, Psycho, Ransom, The Rock, Sneakers, To Kill A Mockingbird, While You Were Sleeping, White Men Can't Jump. For full descriptions of these new additions to the Nebraska DVS Video Collection, use the form further down to order a "DVS Update Flyer."

When ordering DVS videos, remember that titles are sent from stock available at the time of the request. Please have several selections ready when ordering by phone or by mail. The library does not maintain request lists for DVS titles or reserve titles for specific dates.

Spruce Up Your Spring Reading

Spring is on the way and while you're waiting to get out into the yard, give a thought to some spring cleaning of your talking book and magazine selections. Your reading tastes may well have changed since you last updated your requests with us. If so, you are probably receiving magazines you no longer enjoy and books that fail to hold your interest. Now is the time to give us a call. Drop an old magazine subscription, add something new. Give us an update of your subject interests, so we can send you books that will have your rapt attention. Tell us to send more books or maybe not so many. A simple phone call can do all that - 800-742-7691.

Announcing New Additions to the NE Collection

Books of Nebraska...

Amazing Tales of the Old West
NE 715 1 cassette
by Jeff O'Donnell

Twelve stories of 19th-century frontier justice in Nebraska and South Dakota. Narrated by Brad Field.

Diggin' in Piggin' Out; The Truth About Food and Men
NE 690 2 cassettes
by Roger L. Welsch

A richly funny tour of food, the men who eat it, and the women who join them. Narrated by Donalee Heier.

The Joy of Grandparenting; Grandparents Make a Difference
NE 716 2 cassettes
by Clarice Carlson Orr

Insights into the ways grandparents make a difference to grandchildren, near and far. The author suggests grandparents play many roles: kinkeepers, magicians, coaches, troubleshooters, beacons, bridge-builders, and heroes. Narrated by Alice Timm.

Nebraska: An Illustrated History
NE 647 2 cassettes
by Frederick C. Luebke

This work contains fifty-eight short topical chapters on Nebraska history. Together they present a unique history of the state. Narrated by Jim Hewitt

Sports Illustrated Presents: The Tom Osborne Era; 25 Years of Nebraska Football
NE 720 1 cassette
by Sports Illustrated

This special commemorative issue of Sports Illustrated celebrates Tom Osborne's years as head coach of the Nebraska Cornhusker football team. The issue also includes an overview of the Huskers 1997 undefeated season. Narrated by Jane Knox and Mariann Schafer.

Wagon Wheel Kitchens; Food on the Oregon Trail
NE 718 2 cassettes
by Jacqueline Williams

Information from diaries and contemporary newspapers shows how overlanders made meals that provided nourishment, comfort and celebration. Accounts include baking bread over a campfire, searing buffalo meat, and trading for fresh vegetables and fish. Narrated by Jane Knox.

Fiction …

The Heart Listens
NE 717 8 cassettes
by Helen Van Slyke

In Boston in the 1920's, Elizabeth Quigly marries the man she loves only to discover that he is an alcoholic. She struggles to support three young children and to lift herself above her adversities. Narrated by Terry Hayes Sales. Produced by NLS.

Nonfiction …

Historic Haunted America
NE 643 4 cassettes
by Michael Norman and Beth Scott

A compendium of reportedly true ghost stories from across the United States and Canada. The accounts are considered historic because the hauntings may not continue to the present day. Narrated by Heather Houghton.

Western and Pioneer …

The Border Trumpet
NE 722 2 cassettes
by Ernest Haycox

The story of the men of the Third U.S. Cavalry as they are hopelessly outnumbered by a huge force of Apache Indians. Narrated by Charlie Ryle. Produced by NLS.

To order the items described in this issue:
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.

Order Form

Please mark the items you wish to receive and mail this form to the Talking Book & Braille Service, 1200 N Street, Ste #120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023.
New Books in the NE Collection
DVS Update Flyer

Utah Braille Library Seeks Braille Mailers

The braille library in Utah is currently experiencing a shortage of braille containers. Please help by checking your closets, your garage, your storage shed, and even under your bed for large black boxes with straps, and returning any that you find. If you need mailing cards to return found boxes, please call the Utah braille library, 800-453-4293. The staff of the library in Utah works hard to ensure that braille shipments are not delayed because of a lack of braille mailing containers. Please give them a hand if you can.

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