Braille Book Review

January-February 2000

In Brief

National Advisory Group seeks your advice

The members of the National Advisory Group on Collection Building Activities wish to thank their fellow patrons and librarians for their input concerning the NLS program. Please be assured that your ideas and suggestions were important and were thoroughly discussed in the committee's deliberations.

The group will meet again at NLS on May 24-26, 2000. Please continue to assist us by contacting committee members or your cooperating library with your suggestions. Input from readers is the key ingredient in the success of our program. The NLS National Advisory Group represents you!

Representatives from consumer organizations

American Council of the Blind
Mr. John Taylor
2012 40th Place
Des Moines, IA 50310

Blinded Veterans Association
Ms. Corrine A. Blank
307 Yoakum Parkway
Alexandria, VA 22304

National Federation of the Blind
Mrs. Barbara Walker
2224 South 35th Street
Lincoln, NE 68506

Reader-at-large representatives

Midlands Region--includes the following: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin

Prof. Gary Adelman
910 W. White Street
Champaign, IL 61821

Northern Region--includes the following: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia

Mr. Michael Rickman
15 Yandow Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403

Southern Region--includes the following: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Virgin Islands

Mr. Michael Duke
4911 Old Canton Road, Apt. 239
Jackson, MS 39211

Western Region--includes the following: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Mr. Michael Jones
180 Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80226-8067

Braille catalogs produced for children and adults

Two new braille catalogs, For Younger Readers 1996-1997 and Braille Books 1997-1998, have been sent to readers who ordered them. For copies of these catalogs, contact your network library.

The three-volume For Younger Readers 1996-1997 contains children's books produced in braille during the two-year period. Titles are listed by subject category in nonfiction and fiction sections. The catalog also contains lists of PRINT/BRAILLE books, books for Very Young Readers (preschool to grade 2), and selected young adult books suitable for older children.

The six-volume braille edition of Braille Books 1997-1998 contains titles produced in braille for adults and young adults arranged by subject category under nonfiction and fiction headings. There is also an index to bestsellers and a separate list of young adult titles.

Both catalogs are also available through the NLS home page, The on-line edition of the children's catalog also contains juvenile titles recorded on cassette during 1996 and 1997.

Magazines in Special Media 1998 now available in braille

A braille edition of the NLS directory to special-format magazines is now available from network libraries and has been sent to readers who ordered it. This publication lists all NLS-produced magazines and other magazines available for purchase, loan, or free subscription from other agencies in a variety of special formats: braille, cassette, computer diskette, disc, electronic access, large print, and Moon type. Magazines are listed alphabetically and also in separate lists by media.

The directory is also available on the NLS web site,

Medicare information available

The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) has produced a two-volume braille edition of The Medicare and You 2000 Handbook, which is now available through network libraries. Patrons may also request single copies from the Medicare Hotline at 1-800-633-4227.

The publication describes types of privately sold health insurance policies that supplement the Medicare plan and includes a complete phone listing of federal and state offices that assist consumers with matters related to health insurance.


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.

Two new books ready at National Braille Press

National Braille Press (NBP) has just produced two books about the Internet. Captured by the Net covers how to use the Internet with speech or braille access. Learn how to comparison shop for service providers, which hardware and software products work best for blind users, which search tools are speech- and braille-friendly, plus much more useful resource information for blind individuals. The book is available in braille or PortaBook (braille files on disk) for $19.99.

Shop Online the Lazy Way describes how to buy everything from boots to poetry, houses to tents, via the Internet. This book was not written specifically for blind users but contains much useful information on shopping without wasting time. It also contains useful web sites. Available in braille and PortaBook (TM) for $13.95.

Contact National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115; telephone 800-548-7323. Or visit their web site at

New publication on adaptive technology

AFB Press is offering subscribers a new resource for obtaining information about adaptive technology and visual impairment. AccessWorld: Technology for Consumers with Visual Impairments is produced six times a year in print, braille, and audiocassette formats. Each issue describes new products, techniques, books, videos, and tips on using adaptive technology. Subscriptions are available from AFB Press; 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300; New York, NY 10001. (212) 502-7651 (tel); (212) 502-7774 (fax); e-mail:; web site: Subscription: $29.95 per year

The following information is reprinted from Talking Book Topics, January-February 2000.

For younger readers

For Younger Readers 1996-1997, cassette edition, has been sent to patrons who ordered it on the most recent patron survey and is available through your local library. The three-cassette catalog contains books that have been recorded on audiocassette. It includes nonfiction and fiction titles written for children and young adults--from preschool through junior high readers.

Medicare publications in special formats

The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), the federal agency that administers the Medicare program, has produced two Medicare-related publications in special formats. The 1999 Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare has been recorded on cassette in English and Spanish. The booklet describes ten types of privately sold health insurance, often referred to as Medigap policies, which supplement Medicare.

Both English and Spanish editions of the Guide are also available online at the web site: The two-cassette English and three-cassette Spanish versions refer listeners to an (800) toll-free number for additional health insurance information. NLS patrons may order the audiocassette version of the Guide from their network libraries. The free booklet is also available directly from HCFA at 1-800-633-4227. These publications are also available online in large print at the web site:

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