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Winter 2006 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
 
  ¨ TBABS ¨
 
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 3,  Issue 4  ·  Winter  2006  ·  Edited by:  Marion Bryson
                                                                  

 
 
TEAM NEWS
 
TBABS is pleased to introduce our newest team members: Erich Peppler, Elke Bernal, and Marcia Martin.
 
Erich is a student worker with aspirations to become a history teacher. He is currently enrolled at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, with plans to attend Western Oregon University.
Among his duties at TBABS are preparation of cassette machines for mailing, data entry, and maintenance of patron accounts in the fund development area.
 
Erich enjoys boating, music, and snowboarding. While he doesn’t have a favorite author, he does enjoy reading a variety of non-fiction books.
 
Elke Bernal is one of our staff that you may have had contact with if you have ever given us a call, as she assists with customer service, which includes answering telephones and filling patron requests. Also a student worker, Elke comes to us with good experience, having previously worked in the customer service field for 15 years. In addition, she has had 10 years of experience as a certified optometric assistant.
 
Currently an online library school student at the University of Washington, Elke enjoys crochet, movies, and performing with the Salem Community Chorus in her spare time. Her favorite authors include Maeve Binchy, Jane Austen, and George Eliot.
 
Our newest team member is Marcia Martin. Marcia began her job as Fund Development Officer in October. Marcia will be working with staff, the TBABS Advisory Council, and volunteers to market our services, and to maximize opportunities for growth in the fund development area.
 
Since 1997 Marcia has been self employed as an independent public relations practitioner. Her work providing public agencies and nonprofits with a full range of public relations and marketing services including fundraising, grant writing and building strategic partnerships  will serve TBABS in an exceptional manner. In addition, Marcia was instrumental in helping to promote the TBABS program through advertising during our “media blitz” last spring and summer.
 
In her spare time Marcia enjoys horseback riding with her daughter, and all kinds of books and reading, but she is particularly partial to current events and describes herself as a “news junkie,” reading a couple of newspapers almost every day. She believes TBABS is a critical service that deserves high visibility and community-wide support, and is thrilled to be in a position to help promote and encourage sustainability of the program. Marcia would be delighted to get to know TBABS patrons, and to hear about any ideas you may have regarding fund development and outreach. Her direct telephone number is 503-378-5456; or you may call our toll free number, 1-800-452-0292 and key in extension 85456.
 
Please join with us in giving a warm welcome to our newest team members!
 
NEW DESCRIPTIVE VIDEOS
 
Thanks to our many friends who continue to support our efforts, we have purchased 12 new described movies. The movies are as follows: 40-Year-Old Virgin; Brokeback Mountain; Cheaper by the Dozen 2; Chicken Little; Chronicles of Narnia; Eight Below; Fantastic Four; Fever Pitch; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Herbie: Fully Loaded; Jarhead; King Kong (2005 version); and The Producers. If you would like to reserve a movie, or if you would like an updated descriptive video catalog in large print or Braille, give us a call. You may also access the catalog via our website at www.tbabs.org.
 
OREGON COLLECTION
 
The third in a series of five titles professionally recorded at the New Mexico State Library is now available for your reading pleasure.
 
The Devil’s Door, CBX01232, a 1994 publication by Oregon author Sharan Newman, continues the adventures of Catherine LeVendeur.
 
Set in a convent in 12th century France, The Devil’s Door finds the novice detective involved in the case of a wealthy countess found brutally beaten by unknown assailants. Readers who have exhausted the works of author Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael mysteries (Ms. Peters deceased in 1995) should find something to cheer about with the LeVendeur books. Both are set in medieval times, and both involve intrigue which takes place in a religious order. 
 
The Devil’s Door is the second in the LeVendeur series by Newman. The National Library Service (NLS) has recorded books 1, 3, & 4 in the series. They are: Death Comes as Epiphany, RC 39255 (book #1); The Wandering Arm, RC 43642 (book #3); and Strong as Death, RC 44347 (book #4). If interested in any of these books, give TBABS a call.
 
NEWS YOU CAN USE
 
The “news you can use” refers to the innovative NFB-NEWSLINE service which brings you all the news of the day with the simple touch of your fingertip! By calling an 800 number, you have access to hundreds of nationwide newspapers, including the Portland Oregonian and the Salem Statesman Journal. If you aren’t interested in the daily news, there are all those other sections of the newspaper, such as sports, local interest, and the arts.
 
If you are interested in keeping abreast of current affairs and having access to “what’s happening” on a daily basis, we highly recommend you give the service a try. If you have not yet signed up, give us a call and we will immediately send you all the information you need to get started. There is also a tutorial available in large print or on our website at www.tbabs.org which thoroughly explains how NFB-NEWSLINE works. Don’t delay--give us a call at 1-800-452-0292 so you may begin to access the timely world of newsprint media right away!
 
JANUARY IS NATIONAL BRAILLE LITERACY MONTH
 
In honor of Louis Braille’s birthday, January 4, 1809, TBABS would like to encourage those of you who read Braille but perhaps have not read a Braille book in quite some time, to consider reading Braille once again.
 
Reading Braille affords you the opportunity to read books just as your sighted friends do. Some of the books in the NLS collection come in Braille format only, rather than in audio cassette. Of course, you can always listen to audio cassettes, and we would encourage you to do so. However, many people who read Braille actually prefer to “read” rather than to listen to books.
 
If you are interested in learning Braille, there are resources to aid you. One good resource is the Hadley School for the Blind, which offers a free correspondence course in Braille. The Hadley School for the Blind is located at
700 Elm St., Winnetka, Illinois 60093–2554. Their toll-free number is 800-323-4238, or you may send an email to info@hadley.edu.
 
For those of you who already know Braille and want to keep up your reading skills, we recommend the best way to do so is to continue reading as often as you can. Don’t forget that TBABS has access to the world’s largest collection of Braille books. The following 2005 bestsellers are new additions to the Braille collection that may interest you:
 
The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat by Bob Woodward. BR 16159. Journalist who uncovered the 1972 Watergate scandal chronicles his long relationship with the scandal’s secret informant.
 
Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis by Jimmy Carter.
BR 16262. Former president shares his views on terrorism, religious and political fundamentalism, the death penalty, the environment, and much more.
 
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd. BR 15958. When Jesse Sullivan returns to Egret Island to reconnect with her failing mother, she doesn’t expect to be overwhelmed with passion for a Benedictine monk. Contains some descriptions of sex.
 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. BR 16000. Sixth volume in the series by J. K. Rowling finds Harry and his friends returning for their sixth year at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. For grades 4-7 and older interested readers.
 
Cell by Stephen King. BR 16287. Clayton Riddell is in Boston celebrating the sale of his graphic novel when the Pulse, a phenomenon that turns cell-phone users into murderous zombies, strikes people around him. Contains violence and strong language.
 
For those of you who order Braille from us on a more or less regular basis, please know that we will be happy to work with you to get you the type of service that you would prefer. For example, most patrons receive Braille only as they specifically request certain titles, but would rather receive Braille on an automatic turnaround schedule, much like they do their audio cassettes. We want you to know that this method is entirely acceptable. If you would rather supply us with subjects of interest of books to be sent to you randomly as you return Braille, let us know and we will update your account to reflect your preference.
 
Web-Braille is another service that computer users may be interested in trying. Web-Braille provides access via the Internet for Braille materials from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). The site contains the full text of thousands of NLS-produced books and magazines in a grade 2 (contracted) electronic format of
Braille. Files can be viewed online or downloaded for later viewing or embossing.
 
You will need a device with which you can read Braille, such as Braille display, a Braille Lite or other note taker, or an embosser.  If you have one of these components and access to the Internet, then you can sign up for Web-Braille service. Give us a call for your user ID and password which will allow you to access the Web-Braille system.
 
From reading regular Braille books to accessing Web-Braille via the Internet, keeping “in touch” with the art of reading Braille is definitely a positive choice. Why not make a resolution to read more Braille books this year!
 
NEWS FROM THECOMMISSION
 
The Commission for the Blind has submitted the following article about the Coronary  Health Improvement Project:
 
The Coronary Health Improvement Project is a project for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases such as Coronary Heart Disease, Angina, Hypertension, Stroke, Claudication, Impotence, Diabetes, Gout, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Obesity.
 
CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Project) has demonstrated that people with Diabetes, Hypertension, and Heart Disease can normalize and reverse their disease and become drug-free again within weeks by simplifying their customary lethal Western diet. Thousands have benefited by becoming motivated to change their diet and lifestyle and bring balance through education and experience. Join these healthy people and enroll in the next Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB) CHIP class.
   
The OCB has certified CHIP instructors ready to teach you how to eat more and while doing so reverse disease, feel better, and best of all add years to your life.
If you are blind or visually impaired and live in Oregon, we welcome you to embrace good health the CHIP way.
We are scheduled to begin our next eight week class in January, 2007. Currently CHIP is being offered in Portlandat the headquarters office, 535 SE 12th. Each session consists of a DVD lecture by Dr. Hans Diehl, founder of CHIP, interesting guest speakers from the community, new foods to try and much more. All CHIP materials will be provided in print, large print, Braille, MS-Word, or on tape. Please call us at 971-673-1588 for more information. Remember, health isn't everything, but without it everything is nothing.
 
TRI-MET BUS SCHEDULESTO CHANGE
 
For those of you in the Portland metro area who use the Tri-Met bus system, there will be major changes in bus routes beginning January 14, 2007.
 
Construction will begin in February 2007 on the 8.3 mile I-205/Portland Mall MAX light rail project. The project will bring MAX to Clackamas County, improve downtown transit service between Union Station and Portland State University, and help to renovate the Portland Mall and poise the region for future MAX extensions. To accommodate the construction, buses must move off of 5th & 6th Avenues during this time. During the relocation, many bus stops will receive shelters, new signage and other features. Trip planning based on the reroutes will be available in early November, both online and by calling 503-238-RIDE (Mon-Fri from 7:30 am to 5 pm). The Trimet website is www.trimet.org.
The RideWise program helps seniors and people with disabilities travel safely and independently on public transportation. For personal travel-training assistance, please call 503-238-RIDE (7433).
 
NEW TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES QUICK ACCESS TO PRINT MATERIAL
 
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), in partnership with Ray Kurzweil, has created the first portable reading machine for the blind and visually impaired: the Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader. The Reader uses character recognition software combined with text-to-speech conversion technology. Weighing less than one pound, the Reader fits in the palm of your hand. The user holds the Reader over a piece of paper and simply pushes a button to take a picture. The machine takes about thirty seconds to process the image and then begins reading the contents of the page to the user.
 
The Reader can be used to read your mail, a menu, a receipt, a newspaper, or just about any print item. James Gashel, Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives at NFB said, “I use the Reader everyday to read some kind of printed material. It is amazing how many items come before me that I need to read. The Reader has substantially increased my access to printed material and in doing so has given me a greater level of independence.”
 
The portable Reader is the first device to provide rapid and easy access to a variety of printed information. Tasks that previously required a human reader can now be accomplished independently. For more information or to order the Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader at a special introductory discount, call the NFB at 877-708-1724.
 
ADDRESS CHANGE REMINDER
 
This is a reminder that if you change your address, you need to notify TBABS in order to keep receiving your books and other materials. Particularly in the case of catalogs and magazines, it is very important to keep us informed of changes in your mailing address. The CMLS (Comprehensive Mailing List System) that maintains patron accounts will automatically
suspend an account if mail is returned as undeliverable.
 
We urge patrons who move, or particularly at this time of year, those “snowbirds” who move temporarily to another state, to take a few moments to notify us of your new address as soon as possible. This assures that you will continue to receive material in a timely manner.
 
HOLIDAY CLOSURES
 
TBABS will be closed on the
following legal holidays:
 
December 25, Christmas Day
January 1, New Year’s Day
January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 19, Presidents’ Day
 
You may call to leave your book orders, machine replacement requests, or other information on our 24-hour voicemail system. The staff at TBABS would like to take this opportunity to wish you a joyous holiday season, filled with all your favorite books!
 
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.

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