|Winter 2004 Newsletter
TALKING BOOK AND BRAILLE SERVICES
Oregon State Library
Volume 1, Issue 4 250 Winter St NE
Winter 2004 Salem OR 97301-3950
“PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW”
January will herald not only a new year but a new person in the position I have held for four years now. I have resigned my position as Program Manager at TBABS to take a part-time librarian position in Philomath. It is with sadness and gratitude that I say farewell to all of you as 2004 comes to an end.
When I came to work at the State Library four years ago, my knowledge of the service was limited to referrals made as a public librarian and as the daughter of someone who has made extensive use of the same service in Virginia. I leave not only with an in-depth understanding of what such service entails but also having made the acquaintance of many of you in person, over the phone, or via mail and e-mail.
It has been a pleasure to work with the staff here at TBABS. As most of you are aware, this is a very dedicated group who strive every day to deliver the best service possible.
Thank you all for being part of my life the last four years.
I am much richer for it, and I can
only hope that I have added something positive to each of your lives as well.
Carolynn Avery, TBABS Program Manager.
TBABS welcomes our new Fund Development Officer, Matt Senecal. Matt would like to personally share a few words with you, and express his great interest in his new position at TBABS:
“I’ve done fundraising for non-profits for almost twenty years, but I am just beginning the learning curve as I join Talking Book and Braille Services. TBABS, as you know and I am discovering, provides an invaluable service to thousands of Oregonians. Having been in the fund development position for two months now, I am starting to catch on! Certainly TBABS falls into the “best kept secret” category. Before I applied for the position I had no idea of TBABS’ existence. As I have started here, I discovered friends and acquaintances that have long benefited from this wonderful service.
It’s a privilege to be a part of the TBABS team, and to help secure the resources necessary for its future. I look forward to meeting some of you along the way. I hope that you will feel free to contact me with ideas, questions, or concerns about TBABS fundraising and outreach efforts.”
You may contact Matt by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org you may call him at 503-378-4243,
NEW DESCRIPTIVE VIDEOS
Thanks to the generosity of so many of you patrons, we have purchased new descriptive videos for your viewing enjoyment. The movies, along with brief descriptions, are featured below.
Finding Nemo, DVX 354. Animated film of a curious young clownfish who has been taken from his home in Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the office fish tank of a dentist! Rated G, this film features the voices of Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres.
Spy Kids, DVX 355. Carmen and Juni think their parents, former secret agents, are boring. They soon discover otherwise when their parents come out of retirement to investigate the disappearance of old colleagues. Starring Antonio Banderas, this film is rated PG.
Bruce Almighty, DVX 356. Jim Carrey stars as a bored TV news reporter who is given a chance by "God," played by Morgan Freeman, to have his job for one week! Chaos reigns in this hit comedy also starring Jennifer Aniston.
Seabiscuit, DVX 357. Based on the bestseller, Seabiscuit tells the true story of an ungainly racehorse that captured the nation's heart during the Depression. Starring Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges, this movie is rated PG-13.
Daredevil, DVX 358. Ben Affleck stars as a young orphan who is the victim of an accident that leaves him blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. This film is rated PG-13.
Pirates of the Caribbean, DVX 359. Starring Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, this sweeping adventure story is set in an era when villainous pirates scavenged the Caribbean seas. Rated PG-13.
Matrix Reloaded, DVX 360. The second installment of Matrix sees Neo (Keanu Reeves) racing to beat the machines before launching a final battle that pits the last remaining unplugged humans against them. Rated R.
Chicago, DVX 361. Winner of the 2002 Academy Award for Best Picture, Chicago tells the story of a fame-hungry group of characters who live in the "windy city" during the Roaring 20's. Stars Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere. Rated PG-13.
If you are interested in any of these movies, or you want to obtain an updated video catalog in large print or Braille, give us a call.
ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGY AT
EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Eugene Public Library (EPL) now
provides several state-of-the-art tools for people who might otherwise have difficulty accessing some library resources.
The new adaptive technology includes an electronic magnification system that makes it possible to read newspapers, magazines, labels, medicine bottles, checkbooks, printed directions, or any other print that would otherwise be too small. The machine is easy to use, with adjustable contrast and color settings to meet a wide range of visual needs. A Braille embosser is also available to translate onscreen text or graphics into Braille notation on paper, allowing you to type a document in Microsoft Word and print it out in Braille.
Five adaptive technology computer stations include the following:
· A 19" monitor, for a larger screen view; a roller trackball, in addition to a standard mouse. These large, sturdy, easy-to-roll balls offer greater control.
· Keyboards with extra-large letters and numbers; OpenBook software, which uses a scanner to "read" a printed page, then speaks the text aloud through headphones.
· ZoomText, which magnifies the onscreen up to 16 times, and can be set for full-screen, single line, partial-screen, or moving lens. ZoomText also reads onscreen text aloud, and provides a choice of color schemes for more accurate and/or comfortable visibility.
· JAWS, short for Job Access With Speech. If you are blind or visually-impaired, this software enables you to access nearly all the functions of the Internet,
e-mail, chat, and instant messaging, without any loss of speed in comparison to sighted users.
EPL is also the only library in Oregon, and one of only a few dozen in the nation, to acquire a collection of more than 200 videos dealing with American sign language. The Library is wheelchair accessible, and is located in downtown Eugene at 10th and Olive St. Call 541-682-5450 for more information.
LOAN POLICY REVIEW
The loan period for books is six weeks. For students needing the title for school, that loan is extended to three months. If you have had books checked out for more than six weeks, we'd appreciate receiving them back so we can loan them to other readers. However, it is not necessary to call to "renew" a book, like you would do at a public library.
The loan period for descriptive videos is three weeks. You can borrow only one video at a time, but you can put as many as you like on your request list. If you are not receiving requested videos, please let us know.
It is against federal postal laws to put written materials such as notes or book orders in the books you return to us. Please call us at
1-800-452-0292 if you have a request or want more books by the same author.
WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE
THIS BOOK PLAY?
Frequently, you'll be playing a book and the tape will stop, or when you turn the tape over, the reader is suddenly talking like a chipmunk. There are steps you can take at home to fix these problems so that you're able to finish the book:
Take the tape out of the player, put it flat in the palm of your hand and rap the flat side sharply on a table. If the tape is crooked inside the cassette, this will cause it to even out, and you can continue to play it. This is also one solution to the tape playing too fast when you turn it over.
Another action you can take to stop the tape from playing too fast is to put the player in front of you on a table, pull the handle out, and use the handle to raise the front of the player about 1 to 1 ½ inches. Then let go of the handle so the player drops to the table. Don't be afraid to try this procedure; even though it sounds damaging, this abrupt action often solves the problem!
If you try to play a tape you've just taken out of the box and find it won't play, please try your Rewind button. If the book has not recently gone through the book inspection process, it might need to be rewound to the beginning.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH
A DAMAGED BOOK?
Over the years the instructions for damaged books have changed. We would like you to return all the tapes to the cassette box with the damaged tape turned upside down. When you turn the card over to return the book to us, please mark the "Defective" box on the return side of the label. If you cannot see the little box, a check mark anywhere in the upper left hand corner will suffice. We will retrieve
the box before it goes out to
another patron, and send it through a repair process.
Please don't tie strings or other objects on the closing tabs of the box. This procedure was recommended for years, but these days it interferes with the equipment used by the Postal Service. (Do not enclose notes in the box). If you need to talk to someone about the problem you're having with a book, we would be delighted to have you call us at 800-452-0292.
If you have the same problem with more than one book, quite frequently the player is at fault. Call us to determine if we need to send you a replacement player; please do not return a cassette machine without notifying us first.
WHY ISN’T THAT BOOK AVAILABLE?
Have you called the library to request a title, only to be told it is not available through any source? While we do a thorough search of the Internet to see if your requested title might be available through interlibrary loan, sometimes the results are disappointing.
Many of you wonder what process is used in the selection of the NLS collection. The Collection Development committee doesn't recommend specific titles, but they do advise on areas of the collection that need strengthening by the addition of material. Each year NLS produces around 1400 titles for the general Network collection. If a title exhibits broad appeal, and is of national interest, it has a
reasonable chance of being selected. If the title is of an academic nature, or is relatively obscure, it will have little chance of being selected. NLS's guideline is that a title have two good journal reviews in order to be selected.
TIPS FOR BETTER SERVICE
· Remember to open only one container at a time to avoid confusion, and put cassettes back in their correct container when completed.
· Rewind all cassettes before returning to the library.
· Do not lend your books to others; books sent to you are your responsibility in regard to care and return.
· Do not put written notes or requests for books inside the book containers.
· Please return each book as soon as you complete it to ensure you receive replacements in a timely fashion.
· If your file is "request only," please remember to keep the library supplied with book number or title requests to avoid running out. There is no limit to how many books you may have on your request file.
ABOUT THE NLS
Some of you have called to inquire whether certain musical scores are available in alternate format, or whether we have music on tape. The answer to the first question is yes, musical scores are available, but no, we do not have music on tape.
To inquire about musical scores in large print or Braille, you may call the Music Section at NLS directly at 1-800-424-8567. Currently, the special music collection is comprised of more than 30,000 Braille and large print music scores and texts. The largest portion of the collection is devoted to Braille titles, while a smaller collection consists of large print. In addition, the recorded collection contains instructional material about music and musicians, and titles covering music theory, lectures, and instruction for voice and various instruments such as guitar and piano.
We are sorry that we do not carry a lending collection of music tapes for your listening pleasure. They are not carried because they can readily be obtained through local public libraries, and purchased commercially.
THOSE WINTER DOLDRUMS
It's December, and that means daylight hours are short, and the weather is often cold and damp. After all of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday, life seems to settle down, and we may find ourselves feeling a bit depressed, or bored, and longing for those days of sunshine that have long since passed away.
It just might be the time to read a good mystery, or spend some time in the kitchen cooking up a heartwarming stew for your family, or pursue a favorite hobby. We have all types of mysteries on our shelves, from the classic "whodunnits" of yesteryear to the thrillers typical of today. From Perry Mason to G. K. Chesterton, from John Grisham to Sue Grafton, we have something in this category for everyone. Why not try one on a cold, rainy evening this winter.
If your activity level has slowed down a bit for the year, and you are looking to spend some extra time in the kitchen, we have cookbooks of every type, in Braille and on cassette, from international cuisine to down home country cooking. Any one of our reader's advisors will be happy to search the collection for something that would interest you; just give us a call.
Winter may just be the perfect time to engage in your favorite hobby, or learn a new one. A good title for children to read is RC 54517, The Kid's Winter Handbook by Jane Drake. This book describes both outdoor and indoor activities to celebrate winter, and is geared for grades 3-6. A book for parents to share with children is RC 51107, Disney's Family Fun Crafts by Deanna Cook. This book is a collection of 500 creative activities, from making finger puppets to ideas for holiday gifts.
CELEBRATING THE 200TH
ANNIVERSARY OF LEWIS
The year 2004 marks the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the explorers' quest of a northwest route to the Pacific in the years 1804-1806. The Oregon Historical Society commemorates the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial with ongoing exhibits through 2006. The Society is located at 200 SW Park Av in Portland, and their telephone number is 503-222-1741. You may also visit their website at email@example.com for more information about coming events. Following is a partial numerical listing of some of the books in our collection that deal with the Expedition.
RC 16492 - Lewis and Clark: the Great Adventure by Donald Chidsey. Lively account of the expedition based on excerpts from the explorers' diaries and journals.
RC 24399 - Bold Journey: West with Lewis and Clark by Charles Bohner. Fictionalized account of an eighteen-year-old boy's experiences with the Lewis and Clark expedition. For grades 5-8.
RC 29633 - The Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark by Rhoda Blumberg. This book celebrates the discoveries made by the explorers as they opened the way to the West. For grades 5-8.
RC 29680 - The Way to the Western Sea: Lewis and Clark across the Continent by David Lavender. Explains the politics and logistics of the expedition, and profiles the participants and some of the Indians they met.
RC 31118 - The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Meriwether Lewis. Selections from the author's journals tell of the discoveries the explorers made as they crossed North America.
RC 31313 - Trail: the Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Louis Charbonneau-Lassay. Fictional chronicle based upon the papers and journals of party members of the expedition.
RC 43291 - Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose. The best-selling author spent 20 years studying the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and puts his focus on Meriwether Lewis during and after the expedition.
RC 53051 - Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo. Best-selling fictional biography of Sacajawea, the Shoshone Indian girl who served as guide and interpreter for Lewis and Clark.
RC 55428 - Eclipse by Richard Wheeler. The fictional voices of Lewis and Clark alternate in the telling of events after their return from the Northwest in 1806.
RC 55487 - Corps of Discovery: a Novel Based on the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806 by Jeffrey W. Tenney. A dramatic retelling of the adventures of the enlisted men, hunters, and Native Americans who explored the far reaches of the Louisiana Purchase.
RC 56639 - Adventuring along the Lewis and Clark Trail by Elizabeth Grossman. A travel guide to the route taken by the explorers.
RC 56803 - Sign-Talker: the Adventure of George Drouillaird on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Fictitious reconstruction of the experiences of half-Shawnee, half-Frenchman George Pierre Drouillaird, a hired hunter and interpreter for the expedition.
BR 4606 - Those Tremendous Mountains: the Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by David Hawke. Lewis and Clark tell much of their story in their own words in this account, while the author assesses the significance of the trip then and later. (Braille only).
BR 14695 - Exploring Lewis and Clark: Reflections on Men and Wilderness by Thomas Slaughter. A historian evaluates nineteenth-century explorers Lewis and Clark as human beings by analyzing their journals and the "cultural imperative behind them."
BR 14835 - Lewis and Clark: From Ocean to Ocean by Harold Faber. Introduces the explorers who led the first United States expedition to the Pacific coast, and discusses their adventures crossing the continent. For grades 5-8.
We also have available upon request a tactile map of the Expedition, reproduced by permission of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation. This map is very thorough, and contains an extensive Legend. If you are interested in receiving this map, call and ask for BRX 542.
Newsletter Availability: Large Print, Cassette, Braille, or Online at www.osl.state.or.us/home/tbabs/ Call toll-free at 1-800-452-0292 to order the newsletter in the media of your choice, or send us your request via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
TBABS will be closed on the following legal holidays:
Christmas Day (Observed)
Friday, December 24
New Year's Day (Observed)
Friday, December 31
Our voice mail will accept your messages anytime; we are happy to hear from you.
From all of us at Talking Book and Braille Services, best wishes for a wonderful holiday season, and a new year filled with your favorite books.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day,
Monday, January 17
Monday, February 21
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Oregon State Library
Talking Book and Braille Services
250 Winter ST NE
Salem, Oregon 97301-3950