Newsletter of the Nebraska Library Commission
Talking Book and Braille S
November 2005                            Vol. 29 No. 6

New Name for Report on Disability Law

Report on Disability Law, recorded in our own studios, has a new name and expanded coverage. Now known as Mental Health Law Reporter, Including Report on Disability Law, this revised publication is the combination of two previously separate publications. The publishers indicate that physical and mental disability issues are often combined in legislative, regulatory, and budgetary actions. This new publication offers breaking news on disability law and policy, with insights on new programs, analysis of court decisions, and updates on funding. To sign up for Mental Health Law Reporter, Including Report on Disability Law, please use the order form below or contact your Readers Advisor. If you have been receiving Report on Disability Law, no action is required.

Help with Braille for Homework Grades 1 through 12

Seedlings "Rose Project" provides free World Book Encyclopedia articles in braille, thanks to a generous grant from country singer Garth Brooks' Teammates for Kids' Foundation. To order an article, contact Seedlings Braille Books toll free: 1-800-777-8552 or by e-mail: seedlink@aol.com. You can also order articles online at http://www.seedlings.org. Click on Special Projects and then on Rose Project. Please include the student's name, address, phone number, grade level, and article needed. The article will be produced in print and in braille and shipped within five working days. 

Adapted from the Wayne County Michigan Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped Newsletter.

Volunteer Profile―Tony Tabatabai

One of our studio volunteers whose voice you haven't heard, Tony Tabatabai serves as a studio producer. That means, he operates the controls and helps narrators to be accurate and fluent in what they read. A pre-med major at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Tony also volunteers in the emergency room at BryanLGH Medical Center. 

Tony says he decided to become a studio volunteer in order to give back to the community. Producing for narrators seemed interesting, and he enjoys meeting new narrators. When he isn't studying or volunteering, Tony likes to run and work out. He also enjoys riding his motorcycle. 

For a summer job, Tony detassels corn. He has worked at Menards for two and half years. His favorite author is Roald Dahl, who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (RC 33498) and other children's classics. The latest book Tony has read is Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, by Eric Schlosser (RC 51561). Tony's favorite movie is Back to the Future (DVS 70390). His favorite food is his dad's Persian food; and his favorite Website is ESPN.com.

Free Cassette Magazines for Armchair Travelers, Seniors

If you like to read about other parts of the United States, you might enjoy Arizona Highways, a monthly guide to that state's greatest attractions. Produced by the Arizona Regional Library, this magazine is filled with useful information about state and national parks, Indian ruins, nature hikes, beautiful drives, and much more.

Southern Living, a monthly magazine recorded by the Florida Regional Library, focuses on the southern style of life, including gardening, history, travel, and recipes. Another magazine, Yankee, recorded monthly by the Massachusetts Regional Library, offers travel destinations, local events, and history of the New England states.

Published by the American Association of Retired Persons and recorded by the Arizona Regional Library, Modern Maturity is another bimonthly that features short articles of interest to persons over 50. Topics include travel, cooking, economics, second careers, and health.

Older Nebraskan's Voice is published quarterly by the Nebraska Health and Human Services System, Aging Services, and recorded in our own studios. This publication offers health news, legislative reviews, and personal profiles.

If you are interested in research in the field of visual impairment, you might like the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness. This journal is published and recorded ten times a year by the American Foundation for the Blind.

If you enjoy do-it-yourself projects, you would enjoy Popular Mechanics, a monthly magazine with articles on auto mechanics, woodworking, photography, and electronics. The cassette edition is produced by Associated Services for the Blind.

To order any of these cassette magazines, please use the order form below or call your Readers Advisor.

New Cassette Books


Sandhills Kid in the City, 1927-1938
RC 971

by Billie Lee Snyder Thornburg

read by Janet Remmenga

1 cassette

When the author was 15, she moved with her family from their ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills near North Platte to the big West Coast city of Salem, Oregon. As she comes of age, she and her family return to North Platte where she teaches dancing and discovers her hometown has come of age as well.

Medicine Creek Journals: Ena and the Plainsmen
RC 972

by D. Jean Smith

read by Judy Hanefeldt

2 cassettes

Southern-belle and sharp-shooter Ena Raymonde knew she had found her new home when she stepped off the train at McPherson Station in southwest Nebraska. Based on journals and letters from the 1870s, this biography presents life of a frontier woman who crossed paths with Buffalo Bill Cody, Texas Jack Omohundro, Doc Carver, and other legends of the Old West.

Your Name Is Hughes Hannibal Shanks: A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's
RC 978

by Lela Knox Shanks

read by Carol Yoakum

2 cassettes

The author spent thirteen years caring for her husband, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Never losing sight of the patient's humanity, the author describes the symptoms and stages of the disease and offers coping and survival strategies for caregivers.

Books for the Holidays

The holiday season is the favorite time of year for many people, including authors. Here are some great books for the season of celebrations.

RC 44446 Journey into Christmas and Other Stories, by Bess Streeter Aldrich

A dozen short stories that embody the traditional warmth and sentimentality of the Christmas season. In addition to the title story, includes "The Drum Goes Dead," "The Man Who Caught the Weather," and recollections of an Iowa childhood in "I Remember."

RC 45103 How to Be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies, Volume 1, edited by Arthur J. Magida

A guide to the beliefs, life-cycle events, and celebrations of major religious denominations within the United States, designed to help visitors feel comfortable and participate in services. Includes Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Baptist, Episcopalian, Jewish, Presbyterian, Quaker, and Mormon practices.

RC 45104 How to be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies, Volume 2, edited by Arthur J. Magida and Stuart M. Matlins

This sequel focuses on smaller denominations within the United States, such as Native American, Amish, Mennonite, and Pentecostal Church of God, answering basic questions on their beliefs and describing what to expect during the service.

RC 47086 For Kings and Planets, by Ethan Canin

When Orno Tarcher arrives at Columbia University, New York, from Missouri, the first student he meets is Marshall Emerson. Marshall dazzles Orno with his cosmopolitan ways and photographic memory, but Orno sees his dark side when he spends Thanksgiving Day with the Emerson family. The relationship becomes more complex when Orno falls in love with Marshall's sister, Simone.

RC 53307 Christmas in Plains: Memories, by Jimmy Carter

Carter, who served as the thirty-ninth president of the United States, reminisces about family Christmases over the years, beginning with his childhood on a Georgia farm, through his years in the U.S. Navy, the Georgia governor's mansion, the White House, and then back to Plains.

RC 56463 Alexandra's Scroll: The Story of the First Hanukkah, by Miriam Chaikin

Alexandra is unusual because she can read and write in the Jerusalem of some two thousand years ago. She tells the story of the dangers facing Jews and the events of 165 B.C.E. that are commemorated in the holiday of Hanukkah. For grades 4-7.

RC 57518 Something to Celebrate, by Felicia Mason, Margie Walker, and Monica Jackson

Three stories of holiday romance by African American authors. As the New Year approaches in Monica Jackson's "Truly Everlasting," Trask and Felicia discover they are meant for each other. Others find love in "The First Noel" by Felicia Mason and Margie Walker's "Kwanzaa Kupendi." Some explicit descriptions of sex.

RC 57538 Christmas at The New Yorker: Stories, Poems, Humor, and Art from the Editors of The New Yorker
Anthology of holiday writing featured in The New Yorker magazine from 1925 to 2002. Seasonal poetry and prose highlight themes like the spirit of giving, family, Santa Claus, and Christmas carols. Contributing authors include James Thurber, H. L. Menchen, Alice Munro, E. B. White, and foreword by John Updike.

RC 57552 Turkey Monster Thanksgiving, by Anne Warren Smith

Fourth grader Katie accidentally invites her teacher over for Thanksgiving dinner, even though Katie, her three-year-old brother, and their dad usually only watch football in their pajamas and eat pizza. The motherless household's cooking is a disaster but everyone still has fun. For grades 3-6.

RC 59352 A Foxfire Christmas, edited by Eliot Wigginton and his students

Appalachian high school students of the Foxfire learning tradition assemble holiday memories from the mountains of northeast Georgia. Based on interviews with neighbors and family members. Includes instructions for recreating simple ornaments, gifts and toys, and recipes and menus.

Two New Cassette Magazines

Playboy: Entertainment for Men, is a new magazine on cassette. Produced by the Iowa Regional Library and published monthly, this magazine offers fiction, interviews, and articles with a male perspective.

Seventeen, also a monthly magazine, is produced by the Florida Regional Library. It offers beauty and fashion tips for young women, plus articles on careers, education, family, social relations, and diet. Playboy and Seventeen both come to us through the Library of Congress Quality Assurance Program.

To sign up for either of these new cassette magazines, please use the order form below or contact your Readers Advisor.

More "Golden Oldies' for You to Enjoy

Here are some more great books recorded in our own studios during past years. To order, 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.

  • RC 476 My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon, by Capper's Weekly Readers
    1 cassette     Pioneer stories

  • RC 477 My Folks Claimed the Plains, by Capper's Weekly Readers
    2 cassettes     Pioneer stories

  • RC 478 A Tenderfoot Bride, by Clarice E. Richards
    1 cassette     Pioneer stories

  • RC 479 My Indian Boyhood, by Luther Standing Bear
    1 cassette     Autobiography

  • RC 480  Portrait of a Legislature, by Richard F. Proud
    3 cassettes     Novel

  • RC 481 First Gentleman's Cookbook, by William D. Orr
    2 cassettes     Recipes and anecdotes

  • RC 482 Keep On Keeping On, by Nellie Snyder Yost and Betty Ann Herrick
    2 cassettes     History of the West

  • RC 483 The Cutters, by Bess Streeter Aldrich
    1 cassette     Family story

  • RC 484 Big Red Confidential, by Armen Keteyian
    2 cassettes     Football

  • RC 488 Bloody Mary: Gentle Woman, by Frances Grace Reinehr
    1 cassette     Biography

  • RC 492 The Bullwhacker: Adventures of a Frontier Freighter, by William Frances Hooker
    1 cassette     Autobiography

  • RC 497 Plain Anne Ellis: More About the Life of an Ordinary Woman, by Ann Ellis
    1 cassette     Autobiography

  • RC 498 Sunshine Preferred: Philosophy of an Ordinary Woman, by Ann Ellis
    1 cassette     Autobiography

  • RC 500 The Wild Bunch at Robber's Roost, by Pearl Baker
    2 cassettes      History of the West

  • RC 501 It's Not the End of the World, But You Can See It From Here: Tales of the Great Plains, by Roger Welsch
    1 cassette     Humor

  • RC 502 The Civil War Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce, by Ambrose Bierce
    2 cassettes     Short stories

  • RC 503 A Need to Kill, by Mark Pettit
    1 cassette     True crime story
  • RC 505 The Rise and Fall of Jesse James, by Robertus Love
    3 cassettes     Biography

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.

  • Arizona Highways
  • Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness
  • Mental Health Law Reporter
  • Modern Maturity
  • The Older Nebraskan's Voice
  • Playboy
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Seventeen
  • Southern Living
  • Yankee
  • RC 971
  • RC 972
  • RC 988
  • RC 44446
  • RC 45103
  • RC 45104
  • RC 47086
  • RC 53307
  • RC 56463
  • RC 57518
  • RC 57538
  • RC 57552
  • RC 59352
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 at 471-4038 or 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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