Newsletter of the Nebraska Library Commission
Talking Book and Braille Service
October 2003

Audio Yellow Pages

This service of Voice Access Communications provides access to over 10 million U.S. businesses. The system responds to either voice or telephone keypad commands and can be contacted anytime, seven days a week, by calling toll-free: 1-888-654-1236.

After entering your city's zip code or speaking the name of your city and state, you will be asked by the system for the type of business you want.

The pass code number 4544 can be used to try the service. Directions are provided for establishing your own pass code number.

Cassette Magazines for Fall Reading

Many Nebraskans look forward to fall when the heat of summer yields to golden sunny days and cool nights. The harvest season may bring back memories of times with family, and of cooking and baking. Taste of Home, a bimonthly magazine produced by Associated Services for the Blind, offers satisfying, easy-to-prepare recipes that come from the readers themselves. Featured are recipes for main dishes, desserts, and snacks-all made using standard utensils and ingredients you are likely to have on hand.

Another magazine for homemakers, Family Circle, also produced by Associated Services for the Blind, offers recipes for family meals, health and beauty tips, and advice for homemakers and home decorating. This magazine is issued 17 times per year.

Redbook, a monthly magazine produced by the Florida Regional Library, offers short stories, advice on child rearing and family relations, home decorating ideas, and fashion and beauty tips. For a focus a little closer to home, consider Midwest Living. Produced in our own studios, this magazine covers places to visit, recipes, gardens, hobbies, restaurants, editorials and more-all about Midwest states from Michigan to Ohio, North Dakota to Kansas.

If fall weather means home or car maintenance, you might like Popular Mechanics, a magazine produced by Associated Services for the Blind. This publication features articles on auto mechanics, woodworking, electronics, and even photography.

To sign up for these free cassette magazines, please use the order form below or call your Readers Advisor.

Volunteer Profile-Roy Bailey

When a school teacher who is also a minister retires, he wants to keep on using his voice to help others. Reverend Roy Bailey continues to put his speech, theatre arts and ministerial talents to use by narrating such magazines as Country, Life Lines, Midwest Living, Nebraska Sports, and Nebraskaland. He has also narrated Flower Gardening in the Hot Midwest, by Linda Hillegass (RC 922). He is currently narrating a book of personal essays about life in the Midwest.

A World War II veteran, Rev. Bailey provided medical aid for an infantry company on Okinawa. After the war, he taught every grade from kindergarten through senior high.

Rev. Bailey's favorite author is M. Scott Peck, M.D. A recent book he has read for pleasure is Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott (RC 40554), and his favorite book of all time is the Bible. His favorite food is ice cream.

Helpful Hint . . .

Question: I know there are catalogs that show the Nebraska books, magazines and movies with audio description. Is there a way to search these catalogs online?

Answer: Our Web site features the following catalogs from our Nebraska collection:
    Westerns and Pioneer Books
    Books for Young People
    Descriptive Video Collection (home movies)
    Nebraska Magazines on Cassette

To search these catalogs, go to /tbbs/tbbscatalogs.html.

Click on the catalog you would like to search. You can either peruse each catalog, or else search an index. To order books and magazines, click the checkbox beside the description. Fill out the mailing information at the bottom of the page. Click the send order button. Your order will then be sent automatically to the Talking Book and Braille Service.

To order a descriptive video home movie, use the catalog to find out what is available either by perusing the index or the table of contents; then call your Readers Advisor at 800-742-7691 or e-mail.

Book Reviews from Younger Readers

Hey, Readers age thirteen and younger--

Have you just read a book on cassette or in Braille that you really liked? In fifty words or less, tell us what made this book special for you. We would like to publish reviews from younger readers in each issue of Interchange. We will publish your name and age beside your book review. Send your review to:

        Talking Book and Braille Service
        1200 N Street, Suite 120
        Lincoln, NE 68508-2023

Or use e-mail.

One review per reader per issue please.

Telling a Friend About Talking Books

One of the important reasons someone signs up for free talking book service is because they know someone who already receives them. Perhaps you know someone who needs talking books but is reluctant to sign up for this free service. A positive word from you about your experiences with talking books could make the difference between that person signing up for service or continuing to deprive themselves of the pleasures of their favorite books or magazines.

Any friend, neighbor or loved one qualifies for this free service if they cannot see to read regular print, cannot hold a book or turn its pages, or experience a reading disability such as dyslexia. We would be happy to send you several application forms or promotional brochures, so you would have some useful items on hand when you talk to someone about the value of talking books.

Nebraska Cassette Books


RC 588 Policies
by the Nebraska Library Commission and Others
1 cassette

Contains the Loan Policy of the Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service, as well as policies pertaining to Reproduction of Materials, Material Selection, and Collection Maintenance. Also contains the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Collection Building Policy, along with the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read Statement. Narrated by Bonnie Faimon, John Nellessen, and Mike Wight.

RC 910 The Great Platte River Road: The Covered Wagon Mainline Via Fort Kearny to Fort Laramie
by Merrill J. Mattes
6 cassettes

Based on over 700 overland journals, this work looks at border towns, trail routes, river crossings, stage stations, military posts, and natural landmarks such as Chimney Rock and Scott's Bluff. The Great Platte River Road, traversing Nebraska and Wyoming, stretched for more than 300 miles between Fort Kearny and Fort Laramie. Between 1841 and 1866, it served as the grand corridor of America's westward expansion. Narrated by Jane Knox.

RC 928 "They Treat Us Just Like Indians:" The Worlds of Bennett County, South Dakota
by Paula L. Wagoner
2 cassettes

An anthropologist spends two and a half years conducting field work in Bennett County, situated awkwardly between South Dakota's Pine Ridge and Rosebud Sioux Reservations. Within this county, with a sparse population divided by residents into three groups-"whites," "fullbloods," and "mixbloods," tensions lurk amid the quiet harmony of everyday rural life. Narrated by Dick Shasteen.

Sound File Experiment

The current issue of Interchange and our Nebraska Magazines on Cassette catalog will soon be available on our Web site as MP3 sound files. Look for the Interchange link at /tbbs/tbbs1.html. To find Nebraska Magazines on Cassette, click on searchable catalogs. In both cases, the sound file links will be located next to their corresponding text files.

This is an experiment to see if offering these two publications as Internet sound files would be useful to you or your family members. Please let us know what you think.

One Book - One Lincoln

A community reading program co-sponsored by Lincoln City Libraries and the Lincoln Journal-Star encourages all adults in Lincoln and Lancaster County to read and discuss the same book at the same time. The book chosen for this event is Ann Patchett's award-winning novel Bel Canto. Discussion groups will meet at various locations in Lincoln during September, October, and November.

Bel Canto (RC 54190) is available on cassette from the Talking Book and Braille Service. In addition to regular print, it is also offered on cassette and compact disc and in large print from Lincoln City Libraries.

In this novel, the private performance of a lyric soprano entices a Japanese industrialist to attend a party in his honor in South America. While the audience applauds, guerrillas occupy the mansion, taking everyone hostage. As the outer world recedes, relationships between captors and captives come into play. Some strong language.

Good Books from Our Studios

In each issue of Interchange, we announce the newest books to be recorded in our studios. Here are some books from our studios, recorded in the past, that may have escaped your attention:

RC 601 Shifting Winds: Nebraska's Weather Story, by Betty Stevens

Using newspaper clippings, microfilm records and history books, the author tells the stories-often in the very words of those who lived through them-of the disasters wrought by Mother Nature on the Nebraska Prairie.

RC 602 Nebraska Moments, by Donald R. Hickey

The author writes about Nebraska places, events, personalities, and institutions, including the Oregon Trail, Forts Kearny and Robinson, the rise of Omaha, the celebrated architecture of the Capitol Building, the world's largest area of sand dunes and of planted forest, the High Plains Aquifer, and the establishment of Boys Town and Offutt Air Force Base.

RC 604 Seems Like Old Times: The Story of the Midwest's Big Bands, by Loren B. Belker

Territory bands were primarily a phenomenon of the Midwest. This was especially true of Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska, where they traveled the main highways and back roads from approximately 1935 to 1955. Many musicians who made major contributions to "name" bands started in territory bands. Contains explicit descriptions of sex.

RC 614 Something Beautiful, by Linda Light Strasheim with Evelyn Bence

Former Miss Kansas describes how her Christian faith sustains her, consigned to a wheelchair by multiple sclerosis.

RC 621 Stumbling to South Dakota, by John M. Amen

The Police Officers Riding Club was formed by two Lincoln, Nebraska police officers who love motorcycles and the open road. They overcome numerous perils on the way to Sturgis, South Dakota, Rally and Races. Contains some strong language.

RC 624 Once Upon a Pew: More Fun Than Having the Preacher Over!: A Collection of True, Funny Things That Happened in Church, by Ken Alley

Written by a preacher's kid, this whimsical look at Christendom's reverential screw-ups; includes over 1,000 pulpit bloopers, bulletin typos and backfires of biblical proportions.

RC 643 Historic Haunted America, by Michael Norman and Beth Scott

A compendium of reportedly true ghost stories from across the United States and Canada. The accounts are historic in that the hauntings may not continue to the present day.

RC 644 Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble, by Shirley Lueth

Nebraska humorist and syndicated columnist explains through anecdotes how she raised seven kids and lived to tell about it.

RC 645 Watch Out! I'm Peeking in Your Window!, by Shirely Lueth

Nebraska humorist writes about confusion, chaos, and chocolate chips that are part of family life.

RC 650 Nebraska Stories, by Ron Hansen

Eleven short stories are as diverse and expansive as the country they celebrate. The author's unique characters-a distinctive mix of 19th century settlers and 1980s breadwinners, include lost souls stranded in the middle of nowhere. Contains explicit descriptions of sex and violence.

RC 651 Behind Every Champion: 1995 Cornhusker Football Seniors, by Keith A. Zimmer

In 1995, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers won their way to a national football championship. In this volume, 21 of the team's seniors tell their personal stories.

RC 720 Sports Illustrated Presents the Tom Osborne Era: 25 Years of Nebraska Football, plus the 1997 National Championship Huskers

Special commemorative issue of Sports Illustrated celebrates Tom Osborne's years as head football coach, 1973-1998. Includes an overview of the Huskers' 1997 undefeated season.

Volunteer Profile-Bonnie Faimon

Bonnie Faimon decided to become a volunteer narrator because she loves books, libraries, reading, and reading out loud. And, she adds, because her husband and one of her favorite Jesuit priests both happen to be blind. Bonnie's voice can be heard on studio recordings of Capper's, Midwest Living, Nebraska History, Nebraskaland, and Report on Disability Programs. Also, she is in the process of recording a book about a Nebraska radio station.

A retired teacher and secretary, Bonnie has two grandsons, ages 7 and 2, as well as a male miniature Dachshund named Toby and a female Chihuahua named Daisy Blue. Her hobbies include art galleries and museums, reading, Scrabble, bridge, antiques, and crosswords. Also, she is a poet.

She describes her favorite food as other people's cooking, but lists as her top choices, seafood, lamb, beef tenderloin, asparagus, eggplant, fresh vegetables, homemade soups and casseroles, peanut butter and tomato and mayo sandwiches, and anything sweet-especially ice cream.

Her favorite books, after the Bible, are Webster's Dictionary and any poetry anthology which includes an index of authors, titles, and first lines.

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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