Newsletter of the Nebraska Library Commission
Talking Book and Braille S
May 2005                            Vol. 29 No. 3

Advisory Committee Offers Guidance

Two new members were recently appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Talking Book and Braille Service, and two others were reappointed to their second two-year terms. New to the Committee are Bob Deaton, of Lincoln; and Nancy Oltman, of Hastings. Kay Paulsen, of Lincoln; and Susan Roe, of Brady, were reappointed to the Committee.

Other Committee members include Carolyn Bennett, of Beatrice; Roy Hobley and Ryan Osentowski, both of Lincoln; Kathy Tooker, of Omaha; and Avis Wiest, of Ogallala.

Application Forms Now on the Web

Application forms for free talking book service are now just a click away. Individual application forms, facility application forms, and student enrollment forms are available on the Nebraska Library Commission's Web site: nlc.nebraska.gov/tbbs/tbbs10a.html. The forms are in PDF (portable document format). Acrobat Reader version five and higher provides text access to these forms. A user can enter information directly into the form using the computer, then print the form, or print the form and complete it with a pen.

Because applications need to include the original signature of the certifying authority, the forms must continue to be submitted in paper form. FAX or electronic submissions cannot be accepted.

Application forms printed on paper are still available directly from many public library libraries, eye care professionals, other health care providers, and the Talking Book and Braille Service.

Magazines Overdue? Please Return

The Talking Book and Braille Service circulates thirty-eight cassette magazines directly to its readers. You receive these in plastic mailing boxes identical to the ones used for cassette books. Just like books, the magazines that arrive in plastic mailing boxes are returned postage-free by reversing the mailing labels to reveal the library's mailing address.

When cassette magazines are not returned, we may face a shortage of magazine cassettes and mailing boxes. Please read and return cassette magazines to us promptly.

This only pertains to magazines that arrive in plastic mailing boxes. Magazines that arrive in cardboard or paper envelopes are yours to keep.

New Cassette Magazines Now Available

Five new cassette magazines are now available to talking book borrowers, courtesy of the Florida Regional Library.

Martha Stewart Living, published ten times a year, offers recipes, and tips on gardening, crafts, collectibles, homemaking, and home entertaining.

Your Dog, published monthly by Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, provides advice for caring dog owners on canine nutrition and health.

Three magazines, all published monthly, are in Spanish: People en Espanol and National Geographic en Espanol, both published monthly, are similar in content to their English-language counterparts. Buena Vida, Puerto Rico's leading quality of life magazine, covers nutrition, beauty, health, fitness, and family matters.

To sign up for any of these, please use the order form below or call your Readers Advisor.

Free Summer Reading Program for YOUth

Talking Book and Braille Service invites young talking book and braille readers, age 19 and younger, to sign up for our free summer reading program, Dragons, Dreams, and Daring Deeds. 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.

Cassette Magazines Celebrate Nebraska's Good Life

Here are some magazines, all recorded in our own studios, which focus on the good life we enjoy here in our state:

Nebraska Farmer, published monthly, offers crop reports, articles on farm life, and new agricultural methods and technology.

Published ten times a year by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Nebraskaland showcases Nebraska's beautiful state parks and other outdoor recreational opportunities. Also published by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Trail Tales is a quarterly magazine for younger readers who love Nebraska's outdoors and nature.

Another magazine, Nebraska Life, published bimonthly, features events, travel, and community profiles from different regions of Nebraska.

A bimonthly magazine that includes Nebraska, Midwest Living covers places to visit, recipes, gardens, hobbies, restaurants, editorials, and more-all about Midwest states from Michigan to Ohio, North Dakota to Kansas.

Published ten times a year, with an emphasis on Husker football, the Big Red Report attempts to cover the wide range of sports that are part of the University of Nebraska's athletic program.

To request any of these magazines, please print and use the order form below, call, or email your Readers Advisor.

New Cassette Book

Scenes of Visionary Enchantment: Reflections on Lewis and Clark
RC 969
by Dayton Duncan

read by Frances Buell

2 cassettes

In the last twenty years, the author has retraced the Lewis and Clark route from St. Louis to the Pacific and back four times. As he traveled, he wrote a series of essays which introduce his readers to places and events that he experienced along the way. A central theme is to offer insights concerning why the Corps of Discovery still captures our imagination two hundred years later.

Helpful Hint...

Question: I thought all your cassettes were four track. Why do I sometimes receive two-track cassettes?

Answer: Many years ago, the Library of Congress produced nearly 900 titles on two track instead of four. Some of these titles are still in circulation. They start with RC 6010 and continue through RC 9430. In addition, some titles in our own Nebraska collection are two-track. Our Nebraska collection is numbered RC 1000 and lower. Some titles in our single copy collection, with the prefix NSC, are two-track as well.

Most of our two-track books are identified by a special label taped on the inside of their mailing box. Some of these play on 1 and 7/8 inches per second instead of 15/16.

Two-track books can also be identified by the way they are numbered. A two-track book is numbered 1, 3, 5, 7, and so on; while a four-track book is numbered 1, 5, 9, 13. Library of Congress cassette players can handle either two-track and four-track books, at a play speed of either 15/16 or 1 and 7/8.

(Adapted from What's Line, published by the Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.)

Celebrate Spring with a Good Book

Spring is a time for celebration. Leaving the cold weather behind, we enjoy green fields, leafy trees, and flowers abloom. Here are some cassette books that deal with that magical time of year called spring:

RC 922 Flower Gardening in the Hot Midwest: USDA Zone 5 and Lower Zone 4, by Linda Hillegass

This handbook for flower gardening covers the basics for growing flowers in the Midwest where temperature extremes involve bitterly cold winters as well as hot summers. A veteran gardener shares strategies for gardening success in a region that extends from South Dakota and Nebraska east to Indiana. Advice includes choosing plants, preparing the soil, watering, pruning, and combating pests.

RC 26690 Spring Came on Forever, by Bess Streeter Aldrich.

This novel, by a prominent Nebraska author, depicts the lives of two German-American pioneer families who come to Nebraska in covered wagons.

RC 37750 Highway 50: Ain't that America, by Jim Lilliefors

During the 1950s, U.S. Route 50 was touted as "America's Central Pleasure Route." For years, Lilliefors had driven under the sign in Ocean City, Maryland, that announced: Sacramento, California-3,073 miles. And one warm spring morning he took to that road, rather than the one to work. He describes travels, people, and adventures as he followed the road originally mapped by George Washington and the westbound pioneers. Some strong language.

RC 41249 Charles Kuralt's America, by Charles Kuralt

Following his retirement from CBS in 1994, Kuralt set out to spend a month each at favorite places during their best seasons. In his easygoing style, Kuralt describes the places he went and the people he met from Alaska to Key West and Louisiana to Maine. He comments on Charleston in the spring; Ketchikan, Alaska, in June; the lakes of Minnesota in July; and New York City at Christmas. Bestseller.

RC 42040 Spring Collection, by Judith Krantz

Ex-model Justine Loring now has her own modeling agency, and three of her models have just been chosen to star in the first showing of clothes by new designer Marco Lombardi. Lombardi is backed by Jacques Necker, the father Justine has never met. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller.

RC 42485 Snow in April, by Rosamunde Pilcher

Caroline Cliburn is supposed to be married in a few days. But first she and her brother are determined to find their vanished brother Angus, who is working in Scotland. They only expect to be gone for a few days, but when a spring snowstorm hits and they have a car accident, they end up at the home of Oliver Cairney, a charming bachelor.

RC 48889 The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It, compiled by Lawrence S. Ritter

The history of baseball in the early 1900s as recorded in first-person accounts by twenty-six major league players. Contains the complete text of the 1966 edition plus four later interviews.

RC 48991 The Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich

1840s. In Omakayas's seventh spring, she helps her Ojibwa family build a summer home on an island in Lake Superior. That winter during a smallpox outbreak, Omakayas shows her devotion to her family and learns about her heritage. For grades 4-7.

RC 49405 The Nearsighted Naturalist, by Ann Haymond Zwinger

A nature writer depicts the flora and fauna of the wild in twenty-one essays spanning two decades of exploration. She describes Robinson Crusoe's island off the coast of Chile, the Snake River Canyon, the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, and other natural wonders.

RC 54750 The Ultimate Container Gardener: All You Need to Know to Create Plantings for Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, by Stephanie Donaldson

Describes how to display flowers, herbs, and other plants in baskets, window boxes, or hanging containers for both inside and outside the home. Advice with instructions for year-round cultivation and selection of items for color, fragrance, and location.

"Golden Oldies' for Great Reading

Here are more books recorded in our own studios during past years that are still great to read. Please check the box next to the RC number and mail this page to the Talking Book and Braille Service; or contact your Readers Advisor.

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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