Newsletter of the Nebraska Library Commission
Talking Book and Braille Service
June 2002

Join the Winner's Circle for Summer Fun

Talking Book and Braille service invites young talking book and braille readers, age 13 and younger, to sign up for our free summer reading program, Join the Winner's Circle @ your library™." We offer great books for you to read during the wonderful days of summer. 

Everyone who enrolls receives a reading packet. Those who complete five or more books between June 1 and August 15 will be sent end-of-summer prizes. 

To sign up, please contact your Readers Advisor. Call 471-4038 or toll-free: 800-742-7691.

Newsline Now Available Nationwide

National Federation of the Blind Newsline, an audio newspaper service, is now available anywhere in the United States and Puerto Rico. Two of Nebraska's newspapers, the Omaha World Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star, are now part of Newsline's offerings, along with such national papers as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal

This toll-free service uses synthesized speech to deliver an audio version of newspaper text through the telephone to anyone who qualifies for talking book service. A $4 million federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services has increased access to over fifty daily newspapers-24 hours a day, seven days a week. To register for Newsline, please contact your Readers Advisor at the Talking Book and Braille Service. 

No special skills or equipment are needed to use the system. All that is needed is a touch-tone phone. Special features include: advance or go back one article or sentence; slow down or speed up the voice; change the voice tone; spell a word or phrase; search for a word, and more. 

Once registered, an individual may access Newsline toll-free: 1-888-882-1629. 

Another source of current information is Nebraska's own Radio Talking Book Network. This statewide free radio reading service also provides access to the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star, as well as other regional papers and programs. To contact Radio Talking Book, call toll-free: 800-729-7826.

Just for Fun . . .

Now that summer has begun, here is a fun question posed to Talking Book and Braille Service staff: What is your favorite memory of a summer vacation? 

When my sister and I were young, we went with my parents to a cabin at a lake. While they were unpacking, we two girls took the rowboat out to the middle of the lake and proceeded to "row"-in circles. The harder we tried to get back, the more we giggled, and the faster we spun. We finally had to be rescued by another boat. But for years we would both burst out laughing if anyone mentioned going out for a ride in a rowboat.-Cherie 

Setting irrigation tubes on the farm with my dad.-Kay 

Taking a long, beautiful drive down the Oregon coast all the way into northern California and then returning through central Oregon. We stopped to visit the Sea Lion Caves, the Redwoods, and Crater Lake. I remember gathering giant pinecones along the roadside in central Oregon.-Dave

Nebraska Cassette Magazines for Summer Reading

If you live in Nebraska, one of America's foremost agricultural states, you live close to the earth one way or another. Nebraska Farmer covers crop reports, articles on farm life, and new agricultural methods and technology. Recorded by the Talking Book and Braille Service, this magazine comes out monthly April through December, and twice a month January through March. 

Nebraska and surrounding states are filled with wonderful destinations. Here are some cassette magazines recorded in our own studios that might be helpful with summer travel plans. Midwest Living, a bimonthly magazine, describes places to visit, recipes, gardens, hobbies and restaurants-all about the Midwest states. Another magazine, Nebraska History, is a quarterly publication of the Nebraska State Historical Society that features articles on the history and people of Nebraska.

Published ten times a year by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraskaland showcases Nebraska's beautiful state parks and other outdoor recreational opportunities. Another magazine, Nebraska Life, published bimonthly, features events, travel and community profiles from different regions of Nebraska. 

Nebraska Sports Magazine, published twelve times a year, covers summer sports events such as golf, softball, and baseball, and follows other top Nebraska sports stories year-round. To request these magazines, please call your Readers Advisor or else use the order form below.

Too Few Books, or Too Many?

Sometimes we set up borrowers so they will have three or so books on hand at any one time. This is done so new borrowers will not feel that they are receiving too many books at once. Once borrowers become accustomed to talking book service, they may wish to increase the number of books sent to them. Our Readers Advisors can easily vary the number of books checked out to you. Just let us know if you would like to have that number increased or decreased. Borrowers who order books by specific author, title or RC number should keep an adequate number of requests on file so they will never be short of books to read.

New Nebraska Cassette Books


RC 827 Daniel and Agnes Freeman, Homesteaders
by Beverly S. Kaplan
2 cassettes

On January 1, 1863, Daniel Freeman filed the first homestead in the United States near Beatrice, Nebraska. His and his wife's story, told by their great granddaughter, brings to life the spirit which carried the early homesteaders through drought, depression, and disease and still allowed them to tell a good story or lend an ailing neighbor a hand. Narrated by Alice Timm.

RC 830 Frontier Nebraska: Stories of Hardship and Triumph From Boone County in the 1870s
compiled by Stephen K. Hutchinson
4 cassettes

Pioneer stories from Boone County, Nebraska, during the 1870s tell of homesteads, early pioneers and settlement, sodbusting, and sod houses, social life, health, sickness and doctors, wells and water, weather, grasshoppers, and threshing wars. Experiences are pulled from a pioneer diary, a homesteader's reminiscences, letters, government records, and newspaper accounts. Narrated by Helena Whitaker.

RC 864 J. Sterling Morton
by James C. Olson
3 cassettes

One of Nebraska's great pioneers and an American statesman, J. Sterling Morton served as acting governor of the territory and, on the national level, as Secretary of Agriculture. He found Nebraska to be an almost treeless prairie but left it a state of fruit-bearing trees and shaded homes. He is honored throughout the world as the founder of Arbor Day. Narrated by Bonnie Quinn.

RC 902 Ju-Ju Swallowed a Penny
by Betty Dunn
1 cassette

The author's autobiographical glimpse of growing up with her brother, nicknamed Ju-Ju, on a farm east of York in the 1930s. Narrated by David King.


RC 857 Free Money
by Dale Janda
2 cassettes

Russel's mother wins over two million dollars in a lottery. That free money leads to the kidnapping of his sister. In a botched payoff attempt, she and her husband are killed. Russel sets out to avenge her death while trying to attain the love of a woman who is only after his money. Narrated by Mark Janda. Some violence and strong language.

Travel Books for a Summer Escape

Whether you are seeking an armchair adventure or planning a summer vacation, you will enjoy these travel guides and exotic experiences.

RC 10549 Journey Into Silence
by Jack Denton Scott

Describes an arctic journey by plane, bus, coastal steamer, and diesel ketch to a remote lake north of Norway. The trek brings the author into contact with explorers, scientists, sailors, bears, seals, and rare birds.

RC 14496 A Stranger in Spain
by H.V. Morton

Includes descriptions of Spanish scenery and buildings, town and village life, costume, food, and local wines. Not a guidebook, but background for the potential visitor or armchair traveler.

RC 20416 Passport to Anywhere: The Story of Lars-Eric Lindblad
by Lars-Eric Lindblad with John G. Fuller. Introduction by Roger Tory Peterson

The adventures of a gutsy Swedish-American voyager, tour director, and scholar who has opened many virgin spots of the world to tourists. He describes journeys to the Antarctic, the interior of New Guinea, Easter Island, China, and many other remote locations.

RC 23229 Frommer's A Guide for the Disabled Traveler: The United States, Canada and Europe
by Francis Barish

Barish is wheelchair bound, travels extensively, and offers well-researched information for disabled tourists going to fourteen major cities. Help for blind and deaf individuals and people with pacemakers is included. Also serves as a guide to planning trips, special activities, visits to unusual neighborhoods, shopping, and special transportation.

RC 24231 An Egyptian Journal
by William Golding

Amusing journal records the experiences of the author and his wife while cruising on the Nile River in an ancient cabin cruiser. Despite the irritations and wayward amiability of his crew, the journey turns out to be challenging in every respect.

RC 31686 Willa Cather in Europe: Her Own Story of the First Journey
Introduction and incidental notes by George N. Kates

In 1902, Cather, at the age of twenty-eight, made her first trip to England and France. She jotted down her impressions and sent them back to the Nebraska State Journal. The fourteen travel articles collected show how a young woman who grew up in the West was affected by the riches and treasures of European civilizations.

RC 34979 Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need
by Dave Barry

Syndicated humor columnist turns his attention to the art of traveling, both in the United States and abroad. In addition to bizarre highlights for each of the fifty states and various countries, Barry provides nonsensical foreign phrases and tips on surviving such tourist attractions as Disney World.

RC 36592 The Cannibal Queen: An Aerial Odyssey Across America
by Stephen Coonts

In June 1991, Coonts and his son David set out on the first leg of a journey in a 1942 Stearman open-cockpit biplane. The trip will eventually take Coonts into each of the forty-eight continental United States. As he traverses the country, Coonts portrays life in small-town America as well as in big towns, and paints a picture of scorching deserts, dismal swamps, and soaring mountains.

To request these books, please use the order form below or call your Readers Advisor.

Braille Bookstore

The William A. Thomas Braille Bookstore currently offers 1,400 Braille titles for purchase. A catalog is available in print, Braille, or online. Visit the website at: www.brailleintl.org/wat.htm. You can also write or call: Braille International Inc., 3290 SE Slater Street, Stuart, FL 34997; 1-888-336-3142.

Six Easy Ways to Order Books

More Talking Book "Veterans" Needed

In a previous issue of Interchange we announced our interest in interviewing long-standing borrowers of the Talking Book and Braille Service as part of the library's 50th anniversary. Several borrowers have called in already, but there is need for more. If you have decades of experience as a talking book or braille borrower and would like to be interviewed, please call 471-4038 or toll-free: 800-742-7691. We would use the interviews to help promote the Talking Book and Braille Service during this very special year.

Name and Address on All Order Forms

Help us keep you well supplied with great books and magazines for summer reading. Always make sure your name and address is on all order forms sent to us. Otherwise your requests come from "Anonymous", and you are left high and dry with nothing to read.

Order Form and Ordering Instructions

You may place your order by mailing or e-mailing it to the Talking Book and Braille Service, or by calling your Readers Advisor.

For mailing, please mark the magazines and books you wish to order and enclose this page in an envelope. Instead of using a stamp, you may put "Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped" on the corner of your envelope. Send your request to the 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.

For e-mailing, send your order information to the Talking Book and Braille Service. Please include your name, address, city, state, zip code, and telephone number.

You may reach a Readers Advisor toll free by calling 1-800-742-7691. Be prepared to give your name, address, city, state, zip code, and telephone number.

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