Newsletter of the Oregon Talking Book
and Braille Library

250 Winter St NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 378-5389 or (800) 452-0292
Fax: (503) 585-8059
Issue  61  ·  Spring  2015

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Through a generous donation we have been able to more than triple our Descriptive DVD collection, going from 31 titles to 96!  Since it would take a whole other newsletter to list all the new titles, instead we have a catalog you can now request with just the DVD titles in it.  Some of our staff picks include:
·       About Time (DVD 55): Tim learns the men in his family can time-travel.  So he decides to make his world a better getting a girlfriend.
·       Cowboys and Aliens (DVD 52): A stranger leads a group of cowboys, outlaws, and Apache warriors against an alien invasion in the old west.
·       Eat Pray Love (DVD 34): Liz Gilbert embarks on a yearlong journey seeking self-discovery through good food, meditation and the prospect of finding true love.  Based on the bestselling book (DB 61789).
·       Ender’s Game (DVD 77): Earth's International Fleet recruits a brilliant young boy to command its forces and fight for the future of humanity. Based on the worldwide bestseller (DB 22934).
·       How to Train Your Dragon (DVD 49): Hiccup, a young Viking, defies tradition when he befriends a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless.
·       Iron Man 2 (DVD 48): Tony Stark must once again suit up and face his most dangerous enemy yet, but not without a few new allies.
·       Men in Black 3 (DVD 44): Agents J and K go back in time to stop an assassin and save earth from being destroyed.
·       Star Trek: Into Darkness (DVD 40): Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise embark on the greatest manhunt in history.
·       Sunshine (DVD 84): It's the year 2057, the sun is dying and mankind faces extinction. Earth's last hope rests with a courageous crew on a mission to ignite the fading star with a huge nuclear weapon.
·       The Other Guys (DVD 46): Misfit NYPD detectives Gamble and Holtz stumble onto what could be one of the biggest crimes in years.
·       Up! (DVD 95): Carl, a retired balloon salesman, ties thousands of balloons to his house and lifts off to find a long lost paradise.
If you would like to request any of the DVDs from our collection, please contact us at 800-452-0292 or  Descriptive DVDs are loaned for 3 weeks, and you can have one title out at a time.


The National Library Service will implement the Unified English Braille (UEB) code on Jan. 4, 2016 - the 207th birthday of Louis Braille.
“This is the first extensive change to the English Braille code, a major literacy tool, since the 1930s,” said NLS Director Karen Keninger.  “The new code will be especially beneficial to students and other users of technology.  It resolves persistent translation errors that occur when, for example, a student’s work is translated to print for a teacher to read, or when print material is translated to Braille.”
The code, which has been adopted by seven other English-speaking countries, brings the Braille code into the computer age.  Those readers who use computers, smartphones, e-books and texting features will find it very useful.  UEB uses the same six-dot cell pattern as the present code, but drops some contractions, uses different spacing rules and allows for transliterating a wider array of symbols.
Beginning Jan. 4, 2016, all books added to the Braille collection will be produced in UEB.  Existing Braille books will remain in the collection and be available.  The UEB books are not expected to be available from the collection for at least six months.  Users will not need to change their equipment.
The Hadley School for the Blind is offering classes to help Braille readers make the transition to UEB as smooth as possible.  Their course provides a structured approach to learning the differences between EBAE (English Braille American Edition) and UEB.  The abundant examples and exercises help you progress easily and transition to the new code.  The prerequisite for the course is strong contracted reading and writing skills in EBAE or SEB (Standard English Braille).  You can find more information on their website at

3 AND 3

3 good reasons you should have an Estate Plan:
·       Your family
·       Yourself
·       Talking Books – that all may read!
3 good ways to support Talking Books:
·       Establish a Bequest to Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library in a will or living trust.
·       Designate the Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library as a beneficiary of an individual retirement plan or life insurance policy.
·       Donate stocks to the Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library.
Call Robin Speer today for more information – 503-378-5014, or call toll free at 1-800-452-0292 and leave a message for Robin to return your call.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing and incoming Talking Books Advisory Council members for their service.  Elizabeth Della-Santina, Kitt Jordan, and Leone Holden were on the council for a combined 20 years, and provided us with valuable feedback and insights into ways we could improve our library.  Thank you all for volunteering your time and talent!
New to the council are Don McCollum, Mary Lee Turner, and Patty Cuno, representing senior users, adult users, and minor users respectively.  We have already met with them, and they are all great additions to the council.
Our full Advisory Council includes these three new members, as well as our Chair Christie Joachim (seniors), Jane Salisbury (public libraries), Jeanne-Marie Moore (American Council of the Blind), John Brown (National Federation of the Blind), Mike Tobias (reading disabled), Richard Turner (Oregon Commission for the Blind), Scott McCallum (NW Regional Education Service District), and Theresa Powell (Dept. of Human Services).  Each of them has a diverse and necessary perspective that enlivens our meetings and inspires creativity and innovation.  We appreciate the service you all give!


Talking Books will be closed on the following legal holidays:
·       May 25, Memorial Day
·       July 4, Independence Day
Remember that holidays create mail delays for both incoming and outgoing books.  Be sure to get any requests in several days ahead of these dates to have a chance of receiving them.

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