|Posters Promote Talking Books|
|Free posters from the
Nebraska Library Commission are spreading the word that Reading is
for everyone: free talking books and magazines for individuals with visual
or physical disabilities. These posters help librarians alert the
public to the Commissions Talking Book and Braille Service. In addition
to displaying the posters in libraries, library staff members are encouraged
to distribute them to other community sites, such as senior centers or care
facilities. Librarians can use the blank space on the posters to post the
librarys location, hours, or other customized information.
Since the posters encourage individuals to pick up talking book applications at their library, application forms are available from the Library Commission, upon request or from the Commission Web site, <nlc.nebraska.gov>, search on Talking Book Application Information. Any resident of Nebraska who cannot see regular print or hold a book or turn its pages qualifies for free talking book service. Librarians can certify applications on behalf of visually or physically impaired Nebraskans. Individuals with a reading disability, such as dyslexia, also qualify for free service, although their application must be signed by a medical doctor.
No Nebraskan needs to forego the pleasure of reading because of visual or physical impairment. The Talking Book and Braille Service offers 51,000 book titles and 76 magazines, mostly on cassette. For more information contact Dave Oertli, 402-471-4005, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli.
|Advisory Committee Seeks Nominees|
|The Advisory Committee
to the Nebraska Library Commissions Talking Book and Braille Service
advocates for the needs of customers and makes recommendations concerning
library policies, services, and programs. As a standing committee of the
State Advisory Council on Libraries, its membership consists primarily of
customers, but may also include librarians, educators, health care providers,
and other individuals who understand customer needs. The committee normally
meets twice a year. Most recently, the committee focused on outreach efforts
on behalf of the Talking Book and Braille Service, including radio and television
Public Service Announcements and the development of posters for use in libraries,
senior centers, and care facilities.
There are currently two vacancies on the committee. Contact Dave Oertli, Talking Book and Braille Service, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, 402-471-4005, 800-742-7691, e-mail: Dave Oertli by March 1.
|Commission Plans Toddler Time Videoconference|
|Nebraska public librarians
and school media specialists (or anyone with library youth services responsibilities)
are invited to attend an interactive Childrens Library Services Videoconference,
entitled Toddler Time on January 31, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. cst at
videoconference sites in Ainsworth, Chadron, Columbus, Hastings, Kearney,
Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, ONeill, and Wayne.
Participants will share information about recommended books and library activities for toddlers and will receive three continuing education credits. A registration form is available at <nlc.nebraska.gov/libdev/videoconfregform.html>. For more information or to register contact Mary Jackson, 402-471-4006, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083 or Maria Medrano-Nehls, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, fax: 402-471-2083, e-mail: Maria Medrano-Nehls.