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Summer 2008 Newsletter
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TALKING BOOK AND BRAILLE NEWS
*T*B*A*B*S*
Talking Book & Braille Services
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-3950
(503)378-3849 or (800)452-0292
Fax: (503) 588-7119
website: www.tbabs.org
 
Volume 5, Issue 2  *  Summer 2008  *  Editor: Marion Bryson
 
WELCOME NEW STAFF
 
We are pleased to introduce you to a new member of our TBABS team. Amandeep Gulaini has joined the staff as a Circulation Technician. Among her many duties will be the very important task of preparing materials for daily shipment to all of our patrons.
 
Amandeep previously worked as a librarian at Sri Guru Harkrishan College in the state of Punjab (India) for two years. She has a Masters Degree in Library and Information Sciences from Punjabi University, where she was awarded the university medal for first place in her area of discipline.
 
When she has spare time, Amandeep enjoys sports, singing,
 
computers, and visiting new places. Among her favorite reading is poetry and motivational books.
 
Please join with us all as we extend the warmest of welcomes to Amandeep.
 
NEW TALKING BOOK
PLAYERS IN 2009
 
In early 2009, TBABS will begin changing from the use of 4-track cassettes to digital cartridges for your Talking Books. TBABS will receive a limited number of the new digital players on a monthly basis for distribution to our patrons. 
 
Initially, you will have two Talking Book players: a 4-track player for playing books from our current collection, and a digital player for playing new books. Once the digital collection catches up with the 4-track collection of books, you will return the older tape player and use only the digital player.
 
According to Federal mandates, Veterans will have first priority for getting the new players. After Veterans’ player needs are satisfied, TBABS will send players to new patrons and existing patrons on a first come-first served basis.
 
At this time, TBABS has not begun keeping a request list for digital players. When TBABS begins taking digital player requests, patrons will be notified by letter. Please watch your mail for letters coming from Talking Book and Braille Services. 
 
CALLING ALL TBABS PATRONS: BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE!
 
You may have noticed some extra phone calls coming from TBABS this year. Our Reader’s Advisors have been making an extra-large effort to contact each and every one of our patrons during 2008.  These are not customer survey phone calls, but instead a chance for you to tell us about your personal TBABS service. Are you getting the kind of books you like?  Would you like to add some new authors or subjects to your preferences? Our goal is to make sure that your customer service is customized to meet YOUR NEEDS. So the next time your phone rings, it might be TBABS calling!
 
IT’S TIME FOR
SUMMER READING  
 
This summer TBABS is working hard to help your local public library put on the best Summer Reading Program ever! 
 
Who: YOU!
What: “Catch the Reading Bug”
When: Between June and August
Where: Your Local Public Library
How: Go to your local library* and tell them that your books talk to you! Let them know that you can get your reading materials from TBABS, but want to sign up for all of the fun Summer Reading Program activities and prizes going on at your library. Then, call TBABS and start ordering your books. 
 
TBABS has over 14,000 titles available for juvenile and young adult readers in English and Spanish,** so get on the phone and start ordering your books today. 
 
*If your local library is not hosting a Summer Reading Program or you do not live near a public library, TBABS is hosting a Summer Reading Program just for you. Call TBABS at 800-452-0292 for more details.
 
**Many other languages available upon request.
 
AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN’S
BOOKS AVAILABLE AT TBABS
 
TBABS has copies of children’s books that have received notable prizes in 2007.
 
One acclaimed title is the 2007 Newbery Medal winner, “The Higher Power of Lucky,” by Susan Patron. The story takes place in Hard Pan, California, population forty-three. Convinced that her guardian, Brigitte, wants to return to France, ten-year-old Lucky Trimble runs away during a sandstorm with her dog, HMS Beagle. Lucky encounters her five-year-old neighbor Miles, and the three of them have an adventure. This book is geared for children in grades 4-7, and is available in Braille or tape.
 
Another book to receive a prize was “Rules,” by Cynthia Lord, awarded a Newbery Honor. The story is about twelve-year-old Catherine, who sometimes resents her autistic brother, David, who breaks rules and gets all her parents' attention. She meets Jason, a teenage nonverbal paraplegic, at David's therapy center. As the two become friends, Catherine realizes that accepting differences matters more than any rules. This book is aimed at children in grades 5-8, and is available in Braille or tape. Give us a call if you are interested in receiving these books, or if you would like to read other Newbery Medal winning titles.
 
CALLING ALL MACHINES
 
If you currently have in your possession more than one Library of Congress cassette machine, we would appreciate your returning the extra unit to us as soon as possible, as we are currently experiencing a shortage of machines. One cassette machine is allowed for each registered patron; institutions may have more than one machine depending on the number of qualified individuals who are using the service. If you need mailing labels to return extra equipment to us, we will gladly send them upon request. Thanks for your cooperation.
 
AMERICAN NIGHTINGALE
 
In our continuing partnership with the New Mexico State Library to professionally narrate books for us about Oregon or by Oregon authors, we are happy to promote the latest entry in our collection. AmericanNightingale is a 2004 publication by Bob Welch which tells the story of Frances Slanger, a Jewish fruit-peddler's daughter who survived a chilling childhood in World War I- torn Poland and immigrated to America at age seven.
 
Inspired by memories of her bitter past and a Nazi-threatened future, she defied her parents' wishes by becoming a nurse and joining the military. She splashed ashore with the first nurses to hit the Normandy Beach in June, 1944, and she was the first American nurse to die in Europe after the landings at Normandy.
 
Author Bob Welch is a columnist at the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper. His publication of American Nightingale received widespread media acclaim, and was also featured on ABC's “Good Morning America.” Call TBABS if you are interested in receiving this book in audio cassette.
 
Like all of our professionally-narrated recordings, this title is made possible by the many generous donations from patrons and friends of Talking Books. We want to thank you for your continued support.
 
MAGAZINE CORNER
 
Talking Book and Braille Services offers two types of magazines to our patrons. Direct mail magazines come from the publisher. These publications arrive in a white paper or cardboard envelope and do not need to be returned to TBABS. 
 
Circulating magazines, on the other hand, are available to our patrons because other Talking Book libraries loan us a single copy of each subscription, which is then duplicated for you. We do not send these magazines out until the master magazine is received and duplicated. These publications are shipped to you in the green plastic containers. We need to get the tapes and boxes back so we may re-use them for the next issue of your magazine. Please assist us by listening to and returning your magazines in a timely manner.
 
For our Guideposts subscribers:  the magazine is now being mailed to you in a brown paper envelope. There is no longer any need to return the magazine to TBABS. Previously we needed the magazine returned so that we could reuse the green plastic mailing container for the next issue. 
 
ABOUT YOUR MAIL SERVICE
 
If you DO NOT want to continue receiving the bi-monthly Talking Book Topics catalog, or a particular magazine subscription, it is important that you call the office to notify us, rather than refusing the mail. When you refuse a particular publication, you are automatically suspended on all publication mailing lists.
 
In addition, when you telephone to notify us of a change in your address, it immediately takes effect in regards to your shipment of talking books, but it may take up to three months or more for the change to fully take effect for publications.
 
Your cooperation in notifying us of your address change right away is very important if you want to continue to receive all of your materials without interruption.
 
FEDERAL WEBSITE
 
DisabilityInfo.gov is the federal government's one-stop website for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans and service members, workforce professionals and many others. DisabilityInfo.gov connects people with disabilities to the information and resources they need to actively participate in the workforce and in their communities.
 
Visit any of the nine subject areas listed at the top of the page to find disability-related resources, and then click on the State and Local Resources map to locate programs and information for the state of Oregon.
 
USDOT ESTABLISHES HOTLINE FOR DISABLED TRAVELERS
 
With summer generally being the most popular time of the year
for people to schedule their vacations, we wanted to alert you to a source for information that may give you some travel plan assistance.
 
The U. S. Department of Transportation has established a toll-free hotline to assist travelers with disabilities. The hotline provides general information about disabled travelers’ rights and helps with time-sensitive disability-related issues. It also takes travelers’ complaints. The hotline can be reached at 800-778-4838 or (TTY) 800-455-9880. You may also access their website at http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov for more information.
 
CALENDARS FOR 2009
 
Large print calendars for 2009 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 many generous donations from patrons and friends of Talking Books. Additionally, calendars are available to interested persons not registered with Talking Books for a fee of $15.
 
One calendar is available free of charge per registered 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 book or magazine per year, or by subscribing to any of our enhancement services, such as NFB-NEWSLINE, Downloadable Audio Books, or Descriptive Videos.
 
Look for the calendar to start appearing in your mailbox in September. 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 will once again receive the 2009 calendar in Braille instead of in large print.
 
CATS AND DOGS “REIGN!”
 
According to the latest national pet owner’s survey compiled by the American Pet Products Manufacturer’s Association, there are approximately 74.8 million owned dogs and 88.3 million owned cats in the United States! Regarding the use of guide dogs, while there are no precise numbers available, it is estimated that there are approximately 10,000 guide dog teams currently working in the United States.
 
What these statistics say is that Americans love animals, and many of us want to have a pet or two to add joy or independence to our lives. If you are a pet owner or animal lover, TBABS has quite a collection of tapes and Braille books that you might enjoy reading including the following:
 
Cesar’s Way: The Natural Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems by Cesar Millan. The popular star of television’s “Dog Whisperer” explains using psychology to train one’s dog. Available as RC 62405 or
BR 16533.
 
The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. The bestselling author of  The Hidden Life of Dogs (RC  37305 or BR 9410)  explains the evolution of cats and discusses their behavior. Available as
RC 41278 or BR 10257.
 
Love in the Lead: The Miracle of the Seeing Eye Dog by Peter Putnam is a history of The Seeing Eye organization, founded in 1929 for the education of blind individuals. Available as RC 60083 or BR 15981.
 
For children, check out these non-fiction titles: Everything Dog: What Kids Really Want to Know about Dogs by Marty Crisp, BR 15833
or The House of a Million Pets by Ann Hodgman, RC 65765.
 
In addition we have many books about wildlife, such as bear and wolves, and books about birds and marine life, as well. Give us a call if you are interested in any of these topics.
 
Thank you patrons and friends of Talking Books for the many generous donations we received from our spring appeal! These donations enable us to continue to provide you with excellent service!
 
SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
HOSTS SUMMER CAMP
 
This year Oregon School for the Blind (OSB) will again be offering an outdoor school summer camp workshop. This is an extra-special workshop for students who want additional opportunities to explore their outdoor environment. Camp location will be Honeyman State Park near Florence on the Oregon Coast, and the date has been set for July 27-August 1, 2008.
Any questions about the program should be referred to Cherisse Loop, OSB's Educational Program Supervisor. Her telephone number is 503-378-6866, and her email address is cherisse.loop@state.or.us
 
SUPPORT GROUP HOSTS SUMMER BARBECUE
 
Support for Independent Living with Visual Impairments (SILVI) is hosting a summer membership barbecue. The event will be held at the Hilyard Center in Eugene on June 20, at 12 o’clock p.m. There will also be a 50/50 drawing, with tickets selling for $1 each; you need not be present to win. For more information about this event, contact SILVI president, Mike Cetto, at 541-870-4333, any day after 7 p.m. You may also write to Mike Cetto at PO Box 139,
Eugene OR 97402.
 
HOLIDAYCLOSURE
 
TBABS will be closed on the
following legal holiday:
July 4, Independence Day
 
Our automated voicemail system will accept your messages 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
so you may be confident to leave a message for us at any time.
 
This newsletter is availaible 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.