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Summer Newsletter 2006
T A L K I NG   B O O K   A N D   B R A I L L E   N E W S
¨T    B   A      B   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@oslmac.osl.state.or.us
website: www.tbabs.org
Volume 3,  Issue 2  ·  Summer  2006   · 
Edited by Marion Bryson
                                                                  

 
  TBABS MEDIA BLITZ
 
It has long been the goal of TBABS to make our service available to every eligible Oregonian, and we are happy to say that we are addressing that goal.
 
This June we begin a media campaign aimed at radio and television audiences. Ads which highlight the talking book program will be aired on many of the major television stations, and a majority of radio stations throughout Oregon. Monies for this campaign were provided by the many generous donations we receive from patrons and friends of Talking Books.
 
We hope that this effort will attract the attention of those who could
benefit from this program. Stay tuned for these ads in your area, and help us to spread the word by telling your friends and neighbors about talking books!
 
NEW TBABS ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS
 
We are pleased to announce that patrons Marcia Mee and Adrienne Steele have joined the TBABS Advisory Council.
 
Ms. Mee represents the reading disabled community, and would like to tell you a little bit about herself in the paragraph which appears below:
 
“I became an avid user of TBABS about 20 years ago, when I was officially diagnosed with dyslexia. Before this service, I would be stretching the truth to say I had read five books. I have now listened to 185 books and can say that the service has changed my life. I am a resident of Portland and work for CareOregon, Inc., in the Information Technology Department as a Software Developer. I am excited to serve on the TBABS Advisory Council, and give my time to such a worthy cause.”
 
Ms. Steele represents the American Council for the Blind of Oregon. She is a Salem resident, and has been an avid patron of TBABS since 2004. She is delighted to be 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 Marcia Mee and Adrienne Steele, other voting members of the Council are Doris Grolbert, Tina Hansen, Daniel Long, Lucinda Organ, Annis Holsworth, and Frank Synoground. Susan Westin, our Regional Librarian, and Jim Scheppke, our State Librarian, also serve as non-voting Council members.
 
NEW UNABRIDGED DIGITALAUDIO BOOK TITLES
 
As of May 3, 2006, sixty additional titles have been added to the Unabridged collection of downloadable digital audio books. The new items include more suspense novels, romance novels, and juvenile fiction, including numerous titles just published in any format in April and May. An HTML list of the new titles is available at http://www.unabridged.info/Unabridgednewbooks20060503.htm.
 
The Unabridged collection now contains over 1,100 titles of digital audio books and old time radio programs. More titles will be added to the collection in the coming months.
 
Persons signed up for the program may suggest books and authors for inclusion, and offer comments on their favorite books. When requesting a title that is unavailable, a person may place a “hold” on that book. The administrator of the site can use this information to determine whether or not to purchase additional copies of a specific title.  We would encourage all avid readers with a computer and access to the Internet to check out the Unabridged site today!
 
The Unabridged Digital Audio Book website may be accessed at www.unabridged.info/
If you aren’t yet signed up for this terrific service and like what you see, give TBABS a call to get registered.
 
MORE NEW VIDEOS
 
Once again we are pleased to inform you of new additions to our
ever-growing collection of descriptive videos, including golden oldies such as Topper, and
I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, and more recent movies such as Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and Mr. & Mrs.
Smith. Our many generous donors make the purchase of descriptive videos possible. Call us to receive a large print or Braille listing of the new additions, or to receive an updated descriptive video catalog.
 
CALENDARS FOR 2007
 
Large print calendars for 2007 will once again be mailed to all legally blind or visually impaired patrons who have used this service during the past year.  A calendar will automatically be sent to you unless you have previously informed us that you do not wish to receive one. If you have not already let us know that you do not wish to receive the calendar, give us a call and we will note your account accordingly.
 
The calendar is brought to you courtesy of the generous donations from patrons and friends of Talking Books. One calendar is available per person; we send calendars only to individuals registered for the service. For institutional accounts such as nursing homes or hospitals, we can provide a list of  resources where a large print calendar may be obtained for the facility.
 
Persons must be individually registered and maintain an “active service” to receive the calendar. An “active service” is defined as borrowing at least one audio book or NLS-produced magazine per year.
 
Look for the calendar to start appearing in your mailbox in October. Remember to notify us of any change of address so that your calendar will not be delayed. Individuals who have previously received a Braille calendar instead of the large print calendar will automatically receive the 2007 calendar in Braille instead of large print.
 
VOLUNTEERS HONORED
 
On April 26 the Oregon State Library hosted its annual volunteer recognition celebration. Our volunteers assist us in maintaining the level of service you have come to expect by helping with tasks such as data entry, filing, cassette machine cleaning and repair, and the daily book inspection, which involves opening every cassette container returned in the mail to check for possible defective tapes, and to make certain all tapes are rewound and ready to play for the next person.
 
This year TBABS volunteer Diana Purdie was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award.
During her work with TBABS Diana assisted staff by entering patron book requests, sorting and preparing new books for inventory, operating the print/Braille labeler to make new labels for repaired cassette books, and matching loose tapes with the appropriate cassette boxes.
 
Her work experience here proved to be an asset, as she recently accepted a position with the Oregon Rehabilitation Association. We are delighted that Diana was able to parlay her volunteer activities at TBABS into a work opportunity. Congratulations, Diana, for a job well done!
 
LEAGUE OF WOMENVOTERS GUIDE
 
Unless you opted out, most of you received the League of Women Voters audio cassette Voters’ Guide prior to the May Primary Election. An updated Guide will automatically be sent to you prior to the November General Election. If you do not wish to receive the Voters’ Guide, please let us know so that we may note your account. Also, if you would prefer to receive the Guide in large print, Braille, or in CD format, we would be happy to accommodate your request.
 
ARE YOU BEING SERVED?
 
During the summer months many of us put our reading aside to focus on vacation and outdoor activities. While this is perfectly acceptable, we would like to remind you that there are a couple of ways you can put your account on “hold” while still maintaining an “active” status.
 
One way is to simply change from automatic book selection to your own request selection. We can adjust your account temporarily so that you only receive specific titles of your choice, which gives you the control of how many books you actually have checked out at any one time. 
 
The other method is to put a temporary “hold” on your account so that nothing will be sent until you call to restart the program. We can accommodate a “hold” for approximately six months. This works well for people who will be away on extended vacation, or for those who are ill and not able to enjoy any reading for that time period.
 
By simply keeping in touch with us and letting us know how you wish to proceed, you are in effect maintaining an “active” status even though you may not be ordering any materials.
 
COOS BAY PUBLIC LIBRARYOFFERS MAGNIFIERS
 
For patrons living in the Coos
Bay area, the Coos Bay Public
Library is offering a special service for those who need to magnify printed materials to read.
 
The Merlin Vision Enhancement Magnifier offers visual independence to readers who  have macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy, or other vision difficulties that make even large print impossible to read. It allows low-vision readers to view photos and to write or fill out forms, as well as to read books and other printed materials. The machine is easy to use: it has 16 different dial magnification settings up to 72 times the original size of the print. The expanded print or images can be displayed in full color, black and white, high-contrast positive or high-contrast negative on a 20-inch monitor.
 
The Coos Bay Public Library is located at 525 Anderson Av in Coos Bay. For more information call 541-269-1101.
 
NETWORK OF CARE WEBSITE
 
Network of Care is a unique, comprehensive Internet-based community resource for the elderly and for people with disabilities, including their caregivers and service providers. The easy-to-use website provides an extensive directory to put people in touch with the right services at the right time. It also offers vital information about assistive devices, care giving, day-to-day challenges, and daily news from around the world concerning aging and disabilities. This unique website may be accessed at www.oregon.networkofcare.org,
or you may call 1-800-282-8096 for more information.
 
SLATE PALS FOR KIDS
 
The National Federation of the Blind’s “Slate Pals” program enables children who are blind to correspond with one another in Braille. It also finds blind pen pals for sighted children who are interested in learning the Braille code. “Slate Pals” come from all fifty states and most of the Canadian provinces, and other regions around the world. In matching “Slate Pals,” primary considerations are age, gender, and interests.
 
For more information, or to receive an application form, contact the NFB representative listed below:
 
Debbie Kent Stein
5817 N Nina Av
Chicago IL  60631
Telephone: 773-631-1093
Fax: 773-792-8245
Email: dkent5817@att.net
 
You may also download the application from the NFB website at www.nfb.org/fr/fr19/fr05si19.htm
 
(This article courtesy of the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, New York, N Y).
 
A SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
 
The Jewish Guild for the Blind offers an annual scholarship program for college-bound high school students who are legally blind. Requirements include documentation of academic achievement and three letters of recommendation. Applications will be accepted from students at the start of their senior year, with recipients selected and scholarships awarded later in that academic year. The Program will award 12 to 15 scholarships of up to $15,000 each.
 
The application process is online, and must be submitted electronically by September 15. 
 
To apply for the scholarship, log on to www.jgb.org/guildscholar.asp,
or send an email for more information about the scholarship program to guildscholar@jbg.org.
 
The Jewish Guild for the Blind is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian agency that has been serving persons of all ages who are visually impaired, blind and multidisabled, and has a non-discrimination policy.
 
RECORDINGS FOR RECOVERY
 
Recordings for Recovery (R4R) is a music library with music for everyone. With over 1200 titles in 26 different categories of music, there is a choice of music for you. Specialty tapes include sound effects, ethnic music, religious, exercise, and slow down music. (Slow down has been known to be helpful in holding the attention of Alzheimer’s patients). Patrons select tapes and receive them through the mail. The tapes may be kept for up to 60 days, and are then mailed back postage free.
 
Individual memberships are $10 per year, but service will not be denied to those who cannot afford the cost. Contact R4R at 1-800-798-1192 to receive a summer information packet which includes a large print catalog of titles, a recorded catalog, and membership information.
 
ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO EAT YOUR VEGGIES
 
From the Fighting Blindness newsletter, In Focus, Spring,
2006 issue, comes news of
a study conducted by investigators from the Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, about people who consumed food rich in antioxidants. Those who consumed antioxidant rich foods had a 35% reduced risk of early and late-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
 
A report on the study, published in the December 28, 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association states, “a high dietary intake of beta carotene, vitamins C and E, and zinc was associated with a substantially reduced risk of AMD in elderly persons.”  Vegetable oils, nuts, and green leafy vegetables are good sources of vitamin E. In addition, most ready-to-eat breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamin E. High protein foods such as meat, peanut butter and legumes are good sources for zinc.
 
Your best bets for vitamin C and beta carotene are fresh fruits and veggies, particularly those with the most vivid colors of the rainbow, such as dark green, leafy vegetables like spinach, red and yellow peppers, orange squashes and cantaloupes, and purple berries and grapes. Citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes and strawberries all rank high on the vitamin C list as well.
 
With summer here we now have access to the most vitamin-rich locally-grown produce that you will find anywhere. Enjoy your summer, enjoy the summer harvest, and give the healthy recipe below a try.
 
A Berry Good Fruit Smoothie:
 
1 cup unsweetened, frozen raspberries (using frozen fruit helps to thicken the mixture); 3/4 cup 100% orange juice; 1/2 cup fruit-flavored, low-fat yogurt.Blend all
ingredients well in a blender and enjoy! Note: You can substitute different berries of your choice, and you can sub plain yogurt, simply sweetened with honey to taste.
 
HOLIDAY CLOSURES
 
TBABS will be closed on the following legal holidays:
 
Independence Day, July 4
Labor Day, September 4
 
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 http://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.
 
OREGON STATE LIBRARY                                                                                             
TALKING BOOK AND BRAILLE SERVICES                                                                      
250 WINTER ST NE                                                        
SALEM OREGON 97301-3950
 
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