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Interchange Newsletter

Spring 2021

Vol. 6, No. 1

NLS is Turning 90!

This year the National Library Service (NLS) is celebrating its 90th anniversary with special digital content and events throughout the year. The celebration kicked off on March 3rd with a virtual concert by jazz pianist and NLS patron Matthew Whitaker. If you missed the concert you may find it on the Library of Congress YouTube channel

NLS has also created a 90th anniversary page on the NLS website ( On this page you will find a congratulatory message from Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and a timeline of significant events in NLS history.

The NLS Website and the NLS Facebook page will be featuring special anniversary content all year long, such as: features on the NLS program and its history, interviews with patrons, a mini-bibliography of books by popular authors born in 1931, and historical documents, such as old issues of Talking Book Topics.

Using the Sequential Play and Bookshelf Features

When you receive a cartridge it may contain multiple books. There are two ways to access the books: sequential play or bookshelf mode.

Sequential play means that your machine will play the books in the order that they appear on the cartridge. You just have to insert the cartridge into your machine and start listening. At the end of the book, let the closing announcement play; when the book is completely finished a voice will say, “End of book, press Play/Stop to go to the next book.” All you have to do is press the Play/Stop button and the next book will play. Repeat for all other remaining books.

To use the Bookshelf feature, insert the cartridge into your player. Hold down the Play/Stop button until your player beeps and says, “Bookshelf mode.” Now, use the “fast forward” and “rewind” arrow buttons to the left and right of the Play/Stop button to navigate through the titles on the cartridge. Remember to press and release the fast forward and rewind buttons, instead of holding them down. When your player announces the title of the book that you want to read, press the Play/Stop button to listen to that book.

Please give your Reader Advisor a call if you ever need a refresher, or if you think your player is not working correctly.

Magazines from Our Studios

Mother Earth News For the aspiring homesteader or the hobby gardener, this magazine will teach you how to grow your own vegetables and conserve both the planet’s resources and your financial resources.

Nebraska Farmer With planting season just around the corner, what better time to learn about the latest tips, tricks, and technologies being used on Nebraska farms.

Recently Recorded Books from Our Studios

DBC01974 I Believe in You by Tom Osborne with Jefferson Knapp. Former Nebraska Cornhuskers football coach Tom Osborne offers advice for children on navigating tough moments in life and the importance of hard work. For grades 2-4.

New Book to BARD

DBC01975 Miss Adams, Country Teacher: Memories from a One-Room School by Treva Strait Adams. In 1928 at the age of 18, the author began her adventurous career as a teacher at the Wild Springs Ranch School, on the western Nebraska prairie. During the next fourteen years, she went on to teach at five different country schools, where the number of students ranged from six to thirty-six, spanning grades one through eight.

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