Braille Book Review

January-February 2001

In Brief

National Advisory Group seeks advice

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

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 group will meet again at NLS on May 23-25, 2001.

Representatives from consumer organizations

American Council of the Blind
Ms. Jill O'Connell
279 Church Lane
Carlotta, CA 95528-9715

Blinded Veterans Association
Dr. Ronald L. Miller
1480 Aptos Drive
Turlock, CA 95382

National Federation of the Blind
Mrs. Barbara Walker
2224 S 35th Street
Lincoln, NE 68506-6011

Reader-at-large representatives

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

Ms. Jane L. Toleno
1815 Hillsboro Ave. N
Golden Valley, MN 55427

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 Richman
15 Yandow Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403
e-mail: (Michael Richman)

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

Ms. Kathy Blackburn
8607 Delaware Court
Austin, TX 78758

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 80226-6067



Ms. Maggie Bacon
Library of Michigan
Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
P.O. Box 30007
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-5353


Ms. Carol Taylor
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
198 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 566-2151
fax: (860) 566-6669


Mr. Randy French
Library and Resource Center
Department for the Visually Handicapped
395 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227
(804) 371-3661


Ms. Sue Sugimura, Librarian
Hawaii State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
402 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 733-8444
fax: (808) 733-8449

Children's/Young Adults

Ms. Emma Schroth
State Library of Louisiana
Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
701 North Fourth Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 342-9563

New braille catalog for children

A new braille catalog, For Younger Readers 1998-1999, is available and has been sent to readers who ordered it. For copies of this catalog, contact your cooperating library.

The three-volume catalog contains childrenžs books produced in braille during the two-year period. Titles are listed by subject category in nonfiction and fiction sections, with suggested grade levels indicated. The catalog also contains lists of PRINT/BRAILLE books, books for very young readers (preschool to grade 2), and a selection of books suitable for older children and young adults.

For Younger Readers 1998-1999 is available on-line through the NLS web site, . The electronic edition also contains juvenile titles recorded on cassette during 1998 and 1999.

ESPN selected for magazine program

ESPN magazine (biweekly) will be offered as the braille sports magazine as of January 2001. Patrons who subscribed to Sport magazine, which was discontinued in August, will automatically receive ESPN. Patrons who wish to begin a subscription should contact their cooperating library.

Correction: The "In Brief" item entitled "Computer and Web Resources for People with Disabilities" in the September-October 2000 edition of Braille Book Review contains two telephone numbers for the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA). To reach ATA, use only the first number, 1-800-455-7970, or the e-mail address,>, both of which are correct in the article.

The following additional information is reprinted from Talking Book Topics, January-February 2001.

Magazine of the Month selections for 2001

Two NLS programs offer readers samplings of magazines not otherwise available through network libraries. Subscribers to Magazine of the Month and Young Adult Magazine of the Month receive a different audio magazine on cassette each month. For a free subscription to either program, contact your local cooperating library. Although the selections are subject to change, subscribers will receive some of the following magazines during the year 2001.

Magazine of the Month

Alternates: Country Living Gardener, Islands, New York, Real Simple, Travel Fifty and Beyond, Upscale

Young Adult Magazine of the Month

Alternates: CosmoGirl, Girls' Life, Sixteen Magazine, Snowboarding, Teen Beat, TM: Teen Movieline, Twist

Harry Potter series in NLS collection

Audiocassettes of J.K. Rowling's popular Harry Potter stories are available through network libraries. The most recent title, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (RC 50228), was shipped to libraries in September. Other titles in the series include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (RC 47260), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (RC 48437), and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azbakan (RC 48772). The books are also available in braille from network libraries and through the NLS Web-Braille system.

Student Financial Assistance

The U.S. Department of Education's Student Financial Assistance Program has updated on compact disc its audio recording of information on financial assistance for visually impaired students. Through a simulated conversation between a counselor and a student, the audio guide provides information on postsecondary student financial assistance from federal, state, and private sources. A free copy of the audio guide may be requested from:

Student Aid Audio Guide
Federal Student Aid Information Center
P.O. Box 84
Washington, DC 20044-0084

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