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Fall 2007 Newsletter
T A L K I NG   B O O K   A N D   B R A I L L E   N E W S
                    
Talking Book & Braille Services                                  
Oregon State Library
250 Winter St NE
Salem OR  97301-3950
(503) 378-3849 or (800) 452-0292
Fax: (503) 588-7119
e-mail: tbabs.info@state.or.us
website: www.tbabs.org
        
Volume 4,  Issue 3  ·  Fall  2007  ·  Edited by:  Marion Bryson
                                                                  

 
 
WELCOME, NEW STAFF
 
We are thrilled to introduce you to three new team members: Elke Bruton, Diana Purdie, and Jackie Schumacher. Elke Bruton has been hired as TBABS Librarian (not to be confused with our Regional Librarian, Susan Westin, who is the Administrator of TBABS).
 
Elke has been a student worker with us for over a year, assisting with customer service, circulation activities, and many special projects. She will graduate from the University of Washington with a Master of Library and Information Science degree in June, 2008.
 
In her capacity as our TBABS Librarian, Elke will be in charge of promoting our program through outreach, and also working with the reader’s advisors to establish goals for performing excellent customer service. Her sunny smile and eagerness to help will be a great asset to us all.
 
Elke enjoys volunteering, beach bumming, and performing with the Salem Community Chorus in her spare time. An avid reader, her favorite authors include Maeve Binchy, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Jasper Fforde. Elke wants you to know that the month of June was a particularly busy one for her…in addition to beginning her new job with TBABS, she also got married. Congratulations Elke, and welcome to TBABS!
 
Diana Purdie and Jackie Schumacher are the newest team members of the Circulation Department.
 
A previous volunteer for TBABS, last year Diana was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award. Her most recent work experience was with the Oregon Rehabilitation Association, where she assisted in the property management of 25 group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities. In her spare time Diana enjoys camping, shopping, and going to the movies with her son. Like all TBABS staff, she enjoys reading, counting Victoria Holt, Agatha Christie, and Dean Koontz among her favorite authors.
 
Jackie Schumacher comes to us with 16 years experience working at the Salem Public Library. She and her husband, Doug, have three children, two grandchildren, and two “granddogs!” Jackie enjoys quilting, country drives, playing with her grandkids, and, of course, reading. She likes to try new authors, but particularly enjoys the works of Anne Perry, Maeve Binchy, J. K. Rowling, and Alexander McCall Smith.
 
Both Diana and Jackie will be performing, among other duties, the very important task of preparing materials for shipment to all of our patrons. Please join with us as we welcome these three fantastic ladies to our team!
 
TALKING BOOKS AND MORE
 
Every person who is registered to receive talking books must borrow at least one recorded book or magazine each year in order to retain use of the talking book machine. If you are not interested in talking books, have you considered the free telephone newspaper service, NFB-NEWSLINE, or perhaps the Unabridged downloadable books? These types of service also help to keep your account with us “active,” even if you do not wish to use talking books.
 
Many people do not realize that the very popular large print calendar which we send to patrons annually is only available to those who maintain an active service with us. If you want to continue to receive the calendar, make certain to use TBABS services.
 
If you have not borrowed at least one book or magazine during this past year, or if you have not taken advantage of other services that we offer, we may suspend your account. Don’t let this happen!
 
Please contact TBABS to avoid suspension, and let us encourage you to begin reading once again, or to explore different avenues which may bring you enjoyment.
 
ARE YOUR BOOKS OVERDUE?
 
Talking Books has an established  loan period of six weeks for books sent to individuals. The exception to this rule is for students who need a particular title for school, or for institutional accounts, such as nursing homes and hospitals, where books are shared before being returned. In these situations, loan periods are extended to three months.
 
The loan period for described movies is three weeks. Please enjoy the books and movies we send to you, but also realize that other borrowers may be waiting for you to return a particular title. Observance of this policy will make enjoyment of talking books a reality for everyone.
 
NEW TBABS ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER
 
TBABS welcomes Chris Hannel as the newest member of the TBABS Advisory Council. Ms. Hannel is the Program Manager for Vision Northwest. In this capacity she organizes and coordinates activities, and offers ongoing support to the 45 support groups for low vision people located across the state of Oregon.
 
In addition, she manages the operation of the very popular low vision resource store in Tigard.
Chris comes to the Council with over 30 years experience working with various populations as a counselor and caseworker, and most recently for the State of Oregon in the area of child welfare. We are delighted to have her as a member of the Council.
 
The purpose of the Advisory Council is to act as an advisory group to the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees, considering requests of policy change and funding, and when appropriate to make recommendations to the National Library Service on practices, policies, and goals of library services to blind and physically disabled individuals.
 
The Council also serves as an advocate for the promotion and further development of library services for all blind and physically disabled individuals. In addition to Chris Hannel, other voting members of the Council are Sharon Baker, Lee Girard, Doris Grolbert, Leone Holden, Annis Holsworth, Kitt Jordan, Marcia Mee, Elizabeth Rousseau-Rooney, Adrienne Steele, and Frank Synoground. Susan Westin, our Regional Librarian, Marcia Martin, our Fund Development Consultant, and Jim Scheppke, our State Librarian, also serve as non-voting Council members.
 
THE EXPLODING WHALE
 
Of all the news stories that Portland journalist Paul Linnman has reported on, none gets more press than the one about the exploding whale.
 
On November 12, 1970, many Oregonians may remember an event which captured national and even world-wide attention. The carcass of a grey whale had been rotting on the beach just south of Florence for several days. At the time, the Oregon Highway Division (now called the Oregon Department of Transportation) had jurisdiction over beaches and decided to dispose of the whale the same way they would clear a large boulder from a highway construction project…by explosion.  
 
TV newsman Paul Linnman and cameraman Doug Brazil were there that fateful day as the whale was blown up. The story captured the imagination of the public, and Linnman went on to write The Exploding Whale and Other Remarkable Stories from the Evening News. The book has many stories to tell, and they are told beautifully in this sometimes hilarious, and sometimes serious work. There is even a web site devoted to this event, which you may access at
http://theexplodingwhale.com.
 
You may order this title from TBABS as CBX 1239.

ATTENTION VOTERS
 
This is a reminder that if you are 18 or older and have not opted out, you will be receiving an Audio Voter’s Guide in October for the upcoming November Statewide Election. This voting aide is produced and distributed by three partners: Secretary of State, Talking Book and Braille Services, and the League of Women Voters of Oregon. Call TBABS at 1-800-452-0292 if either of the following apply to you: You would like to receive the voting guide on CD rather than cassette; or, you would like your name removed from the Audio Voters’ Guide mailing list and have not previously informed us of this. 
 
The guide will include important information on the two statewide measures on the ballot for the November election. It can help you become a more informed voter. The guide does not include local races and measures. However, local information is included in the text and audio versions of the Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet on the Secretary of State website at www.sos.state.or.us/elections/Publications/pub.htm. In addition, some large counties produce their own local voters’ guides that may be available to you in audio format.
 
If you are not registered to vote and would like to find out how to register, please call 1-866-673-8683 Monday through Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM. If you need help in order to register, you can request that assistance when you call.
 
Important Note: The Secretary of State now has LARGE PRINT voter registration cards to help those with visual impairments complete the form. You need to update your voter registration if you have moved, changed your name, your signature, or if you would like to change your political party. If you are unsure about your registration status, please call 1-866-673-8683 to get more information.    
 
GOVERNOR KULONGOSKI APPOINTS CLIFF TROW TO THE STATE LIBRARY BOARD
 
Former State Senator Cliff Trow is the newest member of the State Library Board of Trustees. He fills the seat vacated by Freda Vars of Corvallis.
 
Trow served as a State Senator from 1975 to 2003, where he became a champion for library issues. He is the only legislator to have been twice named Oregon Library Association Legislator of the Year. Trow is retired from the faculty at Oregon State University, where he was a professor of history for 31 years. He also served for six years on the Board of the Corvallis-Benton County Library. We are fortunate to have him as a Board member, and welcome him “aboard!”
 
EVERYBODY READS 2008

 
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, is the book selection for Multnomah County Library’s “Everybody Reads” community wide reading project for 2008. In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a riveting story. At the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.
 
Eventually released by the army and sent to a UNICEF rehabilitation center, he struggled to regain his humanity and to reenter the world of civilians, who viewed him with fear and suspicion. This is, at last, a story of redemption and hope. You may get a copy of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a BoySoldier in cassette from TBABS by ordering RC 63512, or in Braille as BR 17077.
 
“Everybody Reads 2008” is the sixth annual community reading project of Multnomah County Library, made possible by The Library Foundation and numerous private and corporate sponsors. The project kicks off in late January with events, book discussions, and other programming taking place throughout the month of February at libraries and other locations in the Portland area.
 
If you would like more information about the “Everybody Reads” project, you may contact Terrilyn Chun at 503-988-5469. You may also visit the web site at www.multcolib.org/reads.
 
YALSA 2007 TEEN READ WEEK
 
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is pleased to announce YALSA’s 2007 Teen Read Week. Registration is free online at www.ala.org/teenread. The event will officially be held October 14-20, and the humor theme of “LOL @ your library,” (laugh out loud at your library) is meant to remind us that teens love to communicate through the Internet, and to encourage teens to read just for the fun of it!
 
The first 100 registrants to sign up for Teen Read Week (TRW) will receive a free unabridged audiobook from a Printz or Alex Award-winning author. One lucky winner, selected randomly, will receive an audiobook library collection of twelve titles by Printz and Alex Award-winning authors.  Details of the titles that will be “required reads” for the program are available at the TRW web site.
 
AS AUTUMN APPROACHES
 
The days will soon be getting shorter, and that means less hours of daylight. The longer nights just might encourage you to read more, or to try that mystery author you have always wanted to read. 
 
To make sure your nights are filled with plenty of reading material, remember to return books as soon as you finish them to ensure a steady turnaround of books. If you want to receive only your own book selections, you must keep plenty of titles in your request file. If you would like to try a new subject area, or a new author, call and ask for a reader's advisor. Our shelves are filled with talking books of all kinds.
 
September marks the beginning of the new school year, and we would like to encourage students to call TBABS for their reading needs. While we do not carry every title or book in certain specialized subject areas, we do have an excellent collection of both fiction and nonfiction reading material in both cassette and Braille. Be sure to check with us when you have to do a book report.
 
Plan now for the upcoming winter holidays, and you won’t be caught without anything to read on the weekends. Don’t forget that we also have several audio described movies appropriate for the Christmas season, including the following: A Christmas Carol, starring George C. Scott; Miracle on 34th Street, with Maureen O’Hara, and a young Natalie Wood; The Santa Clause, with Tim Allen; and the perennial favorites White Christmas, and It’s a Wonderful Life, both with all-star casts. For children we have A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, The Polar Express, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We generally only have one copy of holiday-themed movies, so get your request in early to make sure you get the movie(s) of your choice.
 
TBABS SPRING APPEAL RAISES $29,000 FOR PROGRAM ENHANCEMENTS
 
Thank you, TBABS patrons and friends for supporting our most recent fund raising request! TBABS Fund Development reported receiving more than $29,000 in contributions, primarily from TBABS patrons and their friends and families.
 
“On behalf of TBABS staff, volunteers and patrons, we are very grateful for your continued support,” said Jim Scheppke, State Librarian. “TBABS depends on private donations to enhance the basic services so that we may provide additional enjoyment to approximately 6,000 patrons.”
 
Fund raising is an important activity to TBABS. While cassettes and players are provided by the National Library Service, TBABS relies on private donations for all other services. Donations make it possible for TBABS to offer free subscriptions to NFB-NEWSLINE audio news service and Unabridged audio-books for download from the Internet.
 
In addition, donations are used to print and mail the annuallarge print calendar and to conduct outreach so that other eligible Oregonians may find out about the service.
 
The easiest way to give to TBABS is to send a tax-deductible gift of cash, or go to the website at giveto tbabs.org to donate online. TBABS also accepts bequests, gifts of life insurance, and stocks. For more information about making a gift to TBABS or remembering TBABS in your estate plans, contact Marcia Martin, Fund Development Officer, by phone at (503) 378-5456, or by e-mail at marcia.martin@state.or.us.
 
HOLIDAY CLOSURES
 
TBABS will be closed on the following legal holidays:
 
Veterans’ Day Observed, November 12
Thanksgiving Day, November 22
 
You may call to leave your book orders, machine replacement requests, or other information on our 24-hour voicemail system.
 
This newsletter is available in large print, on audio cassette, in Braille, or on our website at www.tbabs.org. Call TBABS if you would like to change the format you currently receive.
 
Any mention of products and services in Talking Book and Braille News is for information only and does not imply endorsement.