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Winter 2008 Newsletter
Talking Book and Braille News
Digital Talking Book Player
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Talking Book and Braille Services
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 378-5389  (800) 452-0292
Fax: (503) 588-7119
 
DIGITAL PLAYERS UPDATE
 
This is a brief article to bring everyone up-to-date on the transition to the digital players.  The latest news we received from the National Library Service (NLS), the federal agency that provides the books and players, is that the new players will begin arriving in May, 2009. 
Remember, we first must provide the players to U.S. military veterans. Veterans should have already received a letter and called in to be placed on the priority distribution list. If you are a veteran and have NOT done so, please call TBABS at 1-800-452-0292 to be placed on the list. If you have already notified us, it is not necessary to call again.   Remember, this is for the U.S. military veterans only.
 
If you are not a military veteran, you will be receiving a letter in early spring inviting you to place your name on the distribution list.  Please do not call until you have received the letter, so watch your mail for letters coming from Talking Book and Braille Services. 
In the meantime, we have begun to make preparations for the new books and players. To get a jumpstart on the new digital books, we have preordered about 3,000 volumes to start our collection!  This collection will consist of the most popular romance, mystery, western, best seller, and non-fiction titles. 
 
We will continue to update you with the latest information about the digital transition in future newsletters.    
 
WELCOME NEW STAFF
 
We would like to introduce you to the newest members of the TBABS team, Cherie Blake and Kristen Svenson.
 
Cherie Blake is our newest Circulation Technician. Among her many duties will be the very important task of preparing materials for daily shipment to all of our patrons. Cherie has had a varied work history, including work at a berry farm, and most recently in the library at George Fox University in Newberg.
 
Cherie enjoys crochet, sewing, cooking, country walks, and reading, favoring children’s books and the Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot mysteries. She is also a fan of anything from the “50’s” era!
 
Kristen Svenson is a student worker. Among her duties are data entry, filing, and maintenance of patron accounts in the fund development area. Kristen has worked at Willamette University as a student sound technician, and also as a tour guide. She has a wide variety of interests including music, writing, dance, and travel. Of course, like all of our TBABS staff, Kristen enjoys reading, with science fiction and classics among her favorite genres. 
 
We are happy to have Cherie and Kristen on our team, and invite you to join us in giving them a warm welcome.
 
OREGON NARRATION
 
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.
 
Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Co-Founder, CBX 1245, by Kenny Moore, is the biography of the legendary track coach and founder of Nike, who had an unparalleled impact on the sport of running. During his tenure as track coach at the University of Oregon from 1949 through 1972, Bill Bowerman won four national team titles, trained dozens of milers to break the 4-minute barrier, and his athletes set 13 world and 22 American records.
 
Single-handedly he helped turn the college town of Eugene into the running capital of the world. Kenny Moore, a world-class marathon runner and one of Bowerman's Oregon men, tells the story of his mentor and hero, drawing on years of taped interviews and the full cooperation of the Bowerman family and Nike, the company that Bowerman helped to found through his invention of the waffle-soled running shoe. (Note: this book contains some strong language). 
 
Call TBABS if you are interested in ordering this title. Like all of our professionally-narrated Oregon books, 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
 
If past years are any indication, coming up in the first Talking Book Topics issue of the new year (January/February 2009) there will be an article about Magazine of the Month. Please be aware that the magazines featured in Magazine of the Month are not available as regular, individual subscriptions. 
 
Magazine of the Month only allows readers to sample these periodicals once. The same holds true for Young Adult Magazine of the Month.
 
ARE YOUR BOOKS OVERDUE ?
 
How can you tell if the materials we send to you are overdue? In the lower left corner of the address card that comes with each book, you’ll find a date. That’s the date we sent the book to you. Now add six weeks to that date for cassette books, and you have the due date.
 
The TBABS loan period for recorded cassettes and Braille materials is set at six weeks. If you have any cassettes or Braille books that are overdue, please return them to TBABS right away. Keep in mind that the books you borrow must be shared with print disabled Oregonians from all over the state—that’s over 5,000 people.
 
TBABS will be implementing a new policy of sending out overdue notices. If you receive one of these letters, please return your materials promptly. Fines for overdue materials will not be imposed.
 
When you keep a book for longer than the accepted loan period, you are preventing other patrons from enjoying the same materials. So please, take a few minutes and look around your house for TBABS books—check your storage, your garage, and even your attic! If you find any overdue materials, get them back to TBABS right away. 
 
Sometimes books get damaged, lost, or even stolen. If this has happened to any of your TBABS materials, give us a call at 1-800-452-0292. We promise not to hold it against you! We just want to remove the items from your account to reflect accurate information.
 
Occasionally books become overdue because you are receiving too many books at one time, or you don’t return the books as you read them. Call us to find out what your maximum book allowance is set for. If it is too high for you to keep up with, we can lower it to a more manageable number. Or, if you feel that you can read more books than you are receiving, let us know that too—we can always send you more books. 
 
OREGON BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
 
Oregon Battle of the Books is here, and TBABS has many of this year's books available in cassette or Braille format. What is Battle of the Books, you ask? The Oregon Battle of the Books is a statewide reading program in which students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints.
 
Lists of books are chosen and questions are written for elementary and middle school students. Students read the books, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of four students to correctly answer questions based on the books in a "quiz show" format.
 
To view the 2008-2009 booklist, visit us online at:
 
http://www.tbabs.org/OSL/TBABS/or_bob.shtml
 
For more information on Oregon Battle of the Books, visit the Battle of the Books website at:
 
http://www.oema.net/OBOB.
 
 
ORDERING BOOKS ONLINE
 
If you have a computer and you’re interested in ordering your own books, please visit the TBABS online catalog at http://tbabs.osl.state.or.us/catalog/.
 
Ordering online is easy, and you’re guaranteed to get books you’ll enjoy. 
 
You can search the catalog by Keyword, Author, Title, Subject, or Annotation (book description). The books you choose during your search will go on your request list unless you indicate that they be rushed to you.
 
Our system will allow only 3 rushed books at a time. Many Talking Book patrons manage their own book delivery by placing a number of books on request and, when they’re ready for more books to be delivered, they bring up the request list and ask for rush service on several.
 
Some cautions about ordering online:
 
In order to use the online catalog, you will need your patron User ID and the password we’ve assigned to you. Call us at 1-800-452-0292 for that information.
 
Terminology used by the catalog is a bit misleading. “Not Yet Available” applies both to new books we haven’t received yet (book numbers above 60000) and to books which currently have no circulating copies (generally, book numbers below 50000). If you see “Not Yet Available” in the Availability column, don’t Rush the book. Call TBABS at 1-800-452-0292. We may need to get a copy of the book from another source if it’s available.
 
In order to manage our growing collection, we have limited copies of older books. If you want to order a book that is numbered under RC050000, give us a call.
 
If your search brings more than one page of results, you’ll need to put the books you choose into your book basket at the bottom of each page. Your choices won’t carry over to the next page.
 
You can specify which medium (cassette, Braille, etc.) you wish the computer to show by indicating that in the search parameters below the initial search area.
 
If you don’t receive a book you’ve designated as a “Rush,” call us to find out why. The “Rush” function means you should get the book as soon as a copy is available.
 
If you need the book for a book club or school, we should be able to locate a copy to send to you.
 
THOSE WINTER DOLDRUMS
 
It's December, and that means daylight hours are short, and the weather in Oregon can often be cold and damp. After all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the pace of life may have slowed down, and we might find ourselves feeling a bit blue, and longing for those summer days of sunshine that have long since disappeared.
 
It just might be the time to read that good old classic that you never quite managed to get around to in your youth, or perhaps you are making a new resolution to eat better, and want to spend more time in the kitchen cooking up nutritious meals for your family. Maybe you want to pursue a hobby that you have kept putting aside for a rainy day.
 
If classics are for you, then TBABS is also for you! From pre-20th century works to the more contemporary classics, we have a book on our shelf that you are bound to enjoy. Steinbeck, Hemingway, Edith Wharton and Robert Frost, you name them, we probably have them.
 
For the gourmet or health enthusiast in the house we have cookbooks of every type, in Braille and on cassette, from international cuisine to diet books to tried and true “friends” like Betty Crocker
and Fannie Farmer.
 
Winter may just be the perfect time to engage in your favorite hobby, or start a new one. Whether it be music, gardening, antiques, knitting, woodworking, coin collecting, or any number of interesting pursuits, TBABS has something for you. 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, we are here to assist you.
 
LOUIS BRAILLE COIN
 
The new 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar will go on sale in the spring of 2009, the bicentennial anniversary of Louis Braille’s birth. What is so unique about this coin is that it will be the first such coin ever minted in the history of our country to contain readable Braille characters, according to U. S. Mint Director Ed Moy. Surcharges from the sale of the coin will be paid to the National Federation of the Blind to help fund Braille literacy initiatives.
 
Louis Braille was born near Paris, France, on January 4, 1809. He became blind by an accident when he was three years old, and after much determination and his keen ability to learn, he went on to publish the first-ever Braille book when he was just 20 years old. If you would like to learn more about Louis Braille, or place orders for Braille books, please give us a call.
 
(Information provided courtesy of the Tennessee Library for the Blind).
 
A SEASON OF GIVING THANKS
 
The holidays are once again upon us, and Talking Books gratefully recognizes the generosity of our patrons and friends. There are so many worthy organizations, and we are thankful for the many gifts this past year to support our mission at Talking Books, "That All May Read." 
 
Your tax-deductible contributions enable TBABS to provide services not funded by the State Library budget, or provided by the National Library Service (NLS). Donations  make it possible for TBABS to offer the telephone newspaper service, NFB-NEWSLINE, and the Unabridged downloadable books, along with MP3 players for patrons to use with the downloadable books. TBABS also uses donations to produce professional recordings of Oregon books, such as the Bowerman book that was previously mentioned in this newsletter, as well as the popular large print calendar.
 
In addition, we put donation monies to good use by supporting various outreach activities that spread the word about Talking Books, and to honor our many dedicated volunteers during the year.
 
Simply put, we would not be able to provide this level of service without your continued support, and we thank you for thinking of TBABS when you consider your giving.
From all of us at Talking Books, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.
 
HOLIDAY CLOSURES
 
TBABS will be closed on the following legal holidays:
 
December 25, Christmas Day
January 1, 2009, New Year’s Day
January 19, 2009, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 16, 2009, Presidents’ 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 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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