The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 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.
National Braille Press has announced the publication of The Puzzlemaster Presents 200 Mind-Bending Challenges from NPR, by Will Shortz. Two hundred word puzzles from the popular series that airs weekly on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Sunday" are now available in book form for braille readers to challenge themselves and their friends. Answers are provided in the back of the book. The cost is $12.00 for two braille volumes.
Three books from Mary Pope Osborne's popular Magic Treehouse series are now available in braille. This set of books (in braille only) features simple vocabulary, extra spacing between the lines, and high interest for grades 2-4 to help ease the transition from storybooks to intermediate readers. The books in this new set are: No. 15, Viking Ships at Sunrise; No. 17, Tonight on the Titanic; and No. 23, Twister on Tuesday. The cost of the set of three braille volumes is $15.00. For orders or further information, contact National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115-4302. To charge, call 800-548-7323 toll free or (617) 266-6160, ext. 20. Or e-mail your order to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about these and other books, visit the National Braille Press web site at www.nbp.org.
Listed below are some organizations that produce calendars in braille or print/braille.
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
18440 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
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
8-1/2 x 11-inch large-print/braille sixteen-month APH InSights Art Calendar. Includes holidays and moon phases. Features selected art from the APH juried competition. Accepts orders by mail or telephone. English edition, catalog #5-18971-02, $6.50; Spanish edition, catalog #5-18973-02, $6.50.
2 x 3-1/2-inch (business card size) braille pocket calendar. Allows a braille user to track dates for an entire year. JaJo Braille Pocket Calendar 2002, catalog #1-18990-02, $2.
Braille Institute Press
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-1111, ext. 1513
8-1/2 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.
National Braille Press
Attn: Customer Service
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
8-1/2 x 11-inch print/braille calendar with Winnie the Pooh motif. Accepts prepaid orders by mail or telephone. $10.99.
The following information is reprinted from Talking Book Topics, November-December 2001.
The NLS web site has been redesigned recently for clarity and ease of use. Talking Book Topics and many other NLS publications are available on the web site, including eight annual volumes of Cassette Books published since 1993, four biennial volumes of For Younger Readers, Books in Spanish 1994-2000, reference materials, subject bibliographies, newsletters, and reports on the progress of the NLS Digital Talking Book Program. Readers will also find a simplified online search tool to enable them to search the NLS catalog. Because of the time required for production processes that follow final editorial review, Talking Book Topics is usually posted on the web site several weeks in advance of its availability in print, recorded, or diskette versions.
The following announcement may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 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.
Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities, a publication of the American Red Cross, is available for download or for use online at the American Red Cross web site www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/mobileprogs.html. Audiotape cassette and print versions of the pamphlet are also available for a nominal fee. Contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross for information. Quote reference number A5091 for the print editon, and A5091C for the cassette.
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