Braille Book Review

November-December 1999

In Brief

Web-Braille System Puts Books on Line

Braille readers can now access more than 2,700 grade 2 braille books on the Internet through the NLS Web-Braille system. To use the system, patrons must have Internet access and braille-aware software plus refreshable braille displays.

Because access to these books is limited to people eligible for NLS services, patrons must have an identification number and a password. Interested readers should call their braille-lending library to register for their number and password.

The service is accessed through the NLS home page. Selected books can be downloaded one volume at a time. The Web-Braille site is

The online version of Braille Book Review (BBR) will contain active links to Web-Braille files for books listed in that issue. Patrons will be able to browse through BBR, locate a title and select a volume. After the ID and password are input, the patron will be able to download the volume or read it on line. These BBR files will be added to the Web-Braille files at the rate of about forty titles a month.


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Year 2000 Calendars

Listed below are organizations that produce calendars in braille or print/braille.

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
18440 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 343-2022
6 x 6 1/2-inch braille calendar. Features one page per month, a personal day page, and a listing of major holidays. Accepts orders by mail only. Free.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
8 1/2 x 11-inch large-print/braille sixteen-month InSights calendar. Includes holidays and moon phases. Features selected art from the APH juried competition. Accepts orders by mail or telephone. $6.50. English edition catalog #5-18971-00. Spanish edition catalog #5-18973-00.

The Blind Association of Western New York
1170 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209-0398
(716) 882-1025
(716) 882-5577 fax
5 1/2 x 8 1/2-inch braille desk calendar with two days per page and dividers for each month. Accepts orders by mail, telephone, or prepaid. $33 for base and refills, $27.50 for refills only.

Braille Institute Press
c/o Braille Institute of America
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-1111, ext. 231
8 x 11-inch print/braille calendar. Provided as an insert in the December issue of the Braille Mirror and the holiday issue of Expectations. A limited quantity of extras are available and can be ordered by mail or telephone. Free.

John Milton Society for the Blind
475 Riverside Drive
Room 455
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-3335
(212) 870-3229 fax
e-mail: website:
12 1/2 x 10 1/2-inch braille calendar. Features a motto on each page. Accepts orders by mail or telephone. Free.

Lutheran Mission with Blind and Visually Impaired Persons
1333 South Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 965-9000
Attn: Lynne Borchelt
8 1/2 x 11-inch braille calendar entitled Words to Live By. Features a monthly verse from the Bible. Accepts orders by mail or telephone. Free.

National Braille Press
Attn: Customer Service
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-6160
8 1/2 x 11-inch print/braille calendar in Winnie the Pooh motif. Accepts prepaid orders by mail or telephone. $10.99.

TFB Publications
238 75th Street
North Bergen, NJ 07047
(201) 662-0956
5 1/2 x 8 1/2-inch braille appointment calendar with separate week at the top of each braille page. Accepts prepaid orders by mail only. $5.

From TBT

New Magazine

NLS has resumed production of recordings of the Writer, beginning with the October 1999 issue. The audio cassette version of the Writer is available for subscribers through the NLS magazine recording program.

The magazine Working Woman will no longer be included in the NLS magazine program. Subscribers to Working Woman will be notified of its removal from the NLS magazine program by mail.

New Version of Web-BLND

The revised online NLS Union Catalog, Web-BLND, is available through the Web-BLND link on the NLS home page ( Web-BLND now has new options to limit searches, improved response times, and more frequent updates.

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