Interchange Newsletter for Nebraska Talking Book & Braille Services

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

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Interchange Newsletter

Winter 2021

Vol. 5, No. 1

Magazine Program Update

Twenty-one of the magazines that you are able to receive from Nebraska Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) are recorded here in our studios in Lincoln, Nebraska. As many of you who receive magazines may be aware, the TBBS studios have been behind in the recording of our magazines. This is due to a combination of factors: staff turnover and the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to challenges in staffing numbers and in distancing requirements, we fell behind in recording and were not able to catch up.

As director, I made the decision to start the new year fresh and we will begin with the current issues of all of our magazines. What this means for you as magazine subscribers is that going forward you will receive the most recent issues of our magazines. This decision will also allow us to eventually start to work on books, which we have not recorded regularly since 2017. Providing you with new and up-to-date content is important to us, and this decision benefits both you, our listeners, and us at Talking Books.

In other news, the national magazine program has added Jack and Jill magazine to its collection. If you would like to start receiving this publication, please contact your Reader’s Advisor or download it from BARD.

Gabe Kramer, Director, Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service

Karen Keninger Announces Retirement

National Library Service’s (NLS) director Karen Keninger has announced that she is retiring effective March of 2021. She has served as director of NLS for the past nine years. Please join us in wishing her a happy retirement.

One Book One Nebraska

All Nebraskans are encouraged to read the latest One Book One Nebraska selection: DBC 01973 Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II by James J. Kimble.

Magazines from Our Studios

For this new year we would like to remind all of our patrons of the magazines that TBBS records in our studios: Angels on Earth, Country, Countryside and Small Stock Journal, Game and Fish Midwest, Grit, Hail Varsity, History Nebraska Newsletter, Living Well, Midwest Living, Mother Earth News, NCompass Newsletter, Nebline Newsletter, Nebraska Farmer, Nebraska History, Nebraska Life, Nebraskaland, Reminisce, Reminisce Extra, Taste of Home, Trail Tales, and the session in review issue of and the session in review issue of Unicameral Update. Please fill out the form included with this newsletter or contact your Reader’s Advisor to subscribe to any or all of these magazines.

Device Testing Opportunity

TBBS is looking for volunteers to test a new BARD only device for NLS. There will be 18 devices available and certain conditions will need to be met for volunteers to qualify. If you are interested and want to see if you qualify, please contact TBBS at 402-471-4038 or 800-742-7691.

Order Form and Mailing Instructions

Mark the books and magazines you wish to order, then put this page into an envelope and mail to:

Nebraska Library Commission Talking Book and Braille Service
The Atrium, 1200 N St, Ste 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-2023

Or call 1-402-471-4038 or 1-800-742-7691. You can also order online by going to