Braille Book Review

January-February 2003

In Brief

Collection Development Advisory Group seeks advice

The members of the Collection Development Advisory Group 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 braille or talking-book 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 21-23, 2003.

Representatives from consumer organizations:

American Council of the Blind
Ms. Patricia Shreck
7304 N.E. 14th Court
Vancouver, WA 98665

Blinded Veterans Association
Mr. George Brummell
Blinded Veterans Association
477 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 371-8881, ext. 3318

National Federation of the Blind
Ms. Ever Lee Hairston
113 Greensward Lane
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002-4710

Readers-at-large representatives

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

Mr. Christopher Mulkin
623 South New Street
Springfield, IL 62704

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 Street, 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. Deana Wallace
7 N. Pennington Ave.
Rome, GA 30161

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.
5400 Sheridan Blvd #277
Arvada, CO 80002


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. Oakley Pearson
Talking Book Center
Staunton Public Library
1 Churchville Avenue
Staunton, VA 24401

Ms. Sue Walker
Public Services Librarian
Idaho State Library
325 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702

Children's/Young Adult:
Ms. Nancy Doering
Youth Services Librarian
Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
P.O. Box 387
600 W. Main
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0387
(573) 751-8720; fax: (573) 526-2985

NLS works with BVA to support blinded veterans

The federal legislation that enables the Library of Congress to provide free library service to blind and physically handicapped individuals (Public Law 89-522, July 30, 1966) specifies that preference shall at all times be given to blind and physically handicapped persons who have been honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States. The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) represents a significant segment of the NLS user community, and BVA representatives often serve on NLS advisory committees.

BVA is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization exclusively dedicated to serving our nation's blinded veterans. BVA supports rehabilitation initiatives and has its own national, full-time field service representative program. Field service offices throughout the country provide advice, information, and aid to blinded veterans and their families. BVA field reps, all of whom are blinded veterans themselves, counsel blind veterans in their respective regions. The reps link veterans with service, rehabilitation, training, and other benefits. In addition, BVA helps veterans who receive counseling to find jobs within the community.

The BVA traces its roots back to 1945, when a group of veterans who lost their sight during World War II met at an army hospital in Connecticut and founded the association. BVA has been instrumental in spearheading and helping to sustain programs and services meant to give aid to blinded veterans ever since. BVA supports Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Comprehensive Blind Rehabilitation Services, which helps veterans learn how to live without sight, from the basics--such as crossing the street safely--to the more complex issues of coming to terms with their condition and leading fulfilling and productive lives.

There is no charge for any BVA service and all legally blind veterans are eligible for assistance regardless of whether they lost their vision during service or afterward. BVA works closely with the Congress of the United States and the VA to accomplish its vital mission.

Some of the above was adapted from the Blinded Veterans Association web site For more information, visit the web site or call toll free 1-800-699-7079.


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserved 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.

2003 calendars. Listed below are some organizations that produce calendars in braille or print/braille.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
800-223-1839 Accepts orders by mail or telephone.
8-1/2 x 11-inch large-print/braille APH InSights Art Calendar. Includes holidays and moon phases. Features selected art from the APH juried competition. English edition, catalog #5-18971-03. Spanish edition, catalog #5-18973-03, $7.50. 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 2003, catalog #1-18990-03, $2.

Braille Institute Press
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-1111, ext. 1513
800-272-4553 Accepts orders by telephone or on web site.
8-3/4 x 11-inch large-print/braille (18 point) wall monthly calendar. Includes a large-print/braille edition of the Rose Bowl parade schedule. Free.

John Milton Society for the Blind
475 Riverside Drive, Room 455
New York, NY 10115
(212) 870-3336 for orders
(212) 870-3229 fax Accepts orders by mail or telephone.
12-1/2 x 10-1/2-inch braille calendar. Features a motto on each page. Free.

Lutheran Mission with Blind and Visually Impaired Persons
Library for the Blind
Attn: Lynne Borchelt
1333 South Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
800-433-3954, ext. 1322 Accepts orders by mail or telephone.
8-1/2 x 11-inch braille calendar entitled Words to Live By. Features a monthly verse from the Bible. Also available as a 8-1/2 x 14-inch large-print (21 point) edition. Free.

National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-6160
(617) 437-0456 fax Accepts prepaid orders by mail or telephone.
8-1/2 x 11-inch print/braille calendar with Winnie the Pooh motif. $10.99.

National Federation of the Blind
Materials Center
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314
(410) 685-5653 fax
Accepts orders by e-mail, fax, mail, or telephone.
6 x 6-1/2-inch braille calendar. Features one page per month, a personal day page, and a listing of major holidays. Free.

Society for the Blind, Inc.
Products for Independence Store
2750 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 452-8271, ext. 302
(916) 452-2622 fax Accepts orders by mail or telephone.
5-1/2 x 8-1/2-inch braille desk calendar with two days per page. At the top of each page is the day of the week, date, and month. Base and refill, catalog #20-06-01, $47.95. Refill only, catalog #20-06-02, $39.95.

The following additional information is reprinted from Talking Book Topics, January-February 2003.

Magazine of the Month selections for 2003

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 talking-book library. Although the selections are subject to change, subscribers will receive some of the following magazines during 2003.

Magazine of the Month
- American Craft (artists, techniques, history, and trends of American crafts as well as exhibits and galleries)
- America's Civil War (battles, personalities, book reviews, and current land preservation issues for Civil War enthusiasts)
- Animal Wellness (animals of all sorts and their health issues for general readers)
- Black Enterprise (African American entrepreneurs, economic history, businesses, government initiatives, and opportunities)
- Cooking Light: The Magazine of Food and Fitness (recipes and tips for healthy eating)
- Good Old Days (childhood memories and the American past)
- Hispanic (prominent Hispanic business people, politicians, and celebrities and social issues pertaining to Hispanics)
- Home Business (success stories, home office suggestions, and monetary advice for home-based entrepreneurs)
- Personal Journaling (self-discovery through writing)
- Psychology Today (psychology for general readers)
- The Strand Magazine (book reviews, author interviews, and short stories for mystery enthusiasts)
- Vietnam (veterans' stories about their experiences fighting in Southeast Asia, book reviews, and articles dealing with the war)

Alternates: Archaeology, The Blue and the Gray, Budget Living, Country, Dog World, Emerge, Family History, Latin Trade, Military Heritage, Readymade, Speakeasy, Taste of Home

Young Adult Magazine of the Month
- American Girl (articles of interest to girls with diverse backgrounds; winner of a 2002 Parents' Choice Gold Award)
- Blast (popular musicians, fashions, and movie reviews)
- Cinefantastique: The Magazine with a Sense of Wonder (horror, sci-fi, and fantasy film genres)
- J-14: Just for Teens (music, movie, and television reviews, celebrity news, fashion tips)
- Latina ( fashion, lifestyle, and social issues of interest to Hispanic women; bilingual)
- Martial Arts (different forms of martial arts)
- Mountain Bike (news and developments in mountain biking)
- Powder: The Skier's Magazine (skiing information and articles about the sport)
- Realms of Fantasy (book and movie reviews and short fantasy stories)
- Relix: Music for the Mind (latest musical events, feature article on a band, album reviews)
- Teen Celebrity (news about the latest popular actors and musicians, articles on topics of interest)
- Vibe (rap, hip-hop, and other music interests, fashion, and urban youth lifestyle)

Alternates: Black Belt; Canoe Journal; Elle Girl; GL: Girl's Life; Latin Style; M: Music, Movies & More; Pop Star; SciFi; Skateboarding; Star Trek Communicator; Teen Beat; Zuri

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