Braille Book Review

January-February 2002

In Brief

Safe Handling of Mail

In October 2001, as part of a national campaign for heightened awareness of safety and security concerns, the United States Postal Service issued guidelines for safe mail handling. A card was sent to every postal customer in the country containing the information reprinted here.

The side of the card bearing the address also displays a message from Postmaster General John E. Potter: "The U.S. Postal Service places the highest priority on the safety of our customers and employees and on the security of the mail. Please see the other side of this card for information about safety and handling. We want you to know we are doing everything possible to make sure the mail is safe, and we need your help. Your security and peace of mind are paramount to us."

On the reverse, the following mail safety guidelines appear:

What should make me suspect a piece of mail?
- It's unexpected or from someone you don't know.
- It's addressed to someone no longer at your address.
- It's handwritten and has no return address or bears one that you can't confirm is legitimate.
- It's lopsided or lumpy in appearance.
- It's sealed with excessive amounts of tape.
- It's marked with restrictive endorsements such as "Personal" or "Confidential."
- It has excessive postage.

What should I do with a suspicious piece of mail?
- Don't handle a letter or package that you suspect is contaminated.
- Don't shake it, bump it, or sniff it.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Notify local law enforcement authorities.

Collection Development Advisory Group seeks advice

The members of the Collection Development Advisory Group (formerly 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 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 22-24, 2002.

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
Ms. Ever Lee Hairston
113 Greensward Lane
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002-4710

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

Ms. Diana Brash
919 Walnut St., Fourth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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. Blas Yslas Jr.
104 S. Elm St.
South Hutchinson, KS 67505


Ms. Lissa Shanahan
Indiana State Library
Special Services Division
140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-3684

Ms. Renee Snowten
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Free Library of Philadelphia
919 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 683-3218

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

The following additional information is reprinted from Talking Book Topics, January-February 2002.

Magazine of the Month Selections for 2002

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 magazine on audio cassette each month. For a free subscription to either program, contact your cooperating library. Although the selections are subject to change, subscribers will receive some of the following magazines during 2002.

Magazine of the Month

- American Visions: The Magazine of Afro-American Culture (the African American contribution to arts and letters)

- Craft Home and Style (original craft and home decor projects)

- Infinite Energy (energy science and technology)

- Latin Style: The Latin Arts and Entertainment Magazine (issues and individuals of significance in the Latino community)

- Native Peoples (arts and lifestyles of native peoples of the Americas)

- Rosie (movie stars, fashion, beauty, crafts, cooking, and cultural issues, centered on talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell)

- Skeptic (investigations of controversial claims in science and history)

- Utne Reader: The Best of the Alternate Media (writings on politics, culture, and the environment from the independent press)

- Where to Retire (issues related to retirement)

- Wildlife Journal: The Magazine for an Untamed World (study and preservation of animals in the wild)

- Williams Sonoma Taste (recipes, entertainment, and culinary experiences)

- World War II (essays and historical accounts) Alternates: American Scientist, The Circle, E-The Environmental Magazine, Emerge, Home Companion, Hope Magazine, Latina Style, Military History, Oxygen, Skeptical Inquirer, Travel 50 and Beyond, Veggie Life

Young Adult Magazine of the Month

- Calliope: Exploring World History (history for junior and senior high readers)

- Cicada (fiction and poetry by and for teens)

- Elle Girl ((fashion and celebrity interviews for girls)

- Footsteps: African-American History for Kids (articles and poetry)

- Frontera (Latino cultural interests including music, literature, and entertainment)

- Mad (humor and satire)

- Martial Arts Legends (various forms of martial arts)

- Mary-Kate and Ashley Magazine (fashion, lifestyle, celebrity interviews)

- Soccer Jr.: The Soccer Magazine for Kids (for children and teen soccer enthusiasts)

- Teen Voices (alternative to teen gossip and fashion magazines, written by young women)

- YM: Young and Modern (fashion and beauty for teenage girls)

- Zillions: For Kids from Consumer Reports (consumer information on snacks, toys, videos, and cosmetics)

Alternates: Amazing Stories, Marie-Claire, Quill & Scroll, Sassy, 16 Magazine, Snowboarding, Teen, Twist, Worlds of Horror

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