Braille Book Review

January-February 2004

In Brief

New NLS publication

Two new factsheets have become available.

2004 Calendars lists organizations that produce calendars in braille, print-braille, and large print, together with specifications, prices, and ordering information. The factsheet is available in print on request from the Reference Section and online at

Selected Veterans Organizations lists organizations that assist eligible visually or physically handicapped veterans and provides brief descriptions of the groups, contact information, principal publications, and web sites. The factsheet is available in print on request from the Reference Section and online at

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. Ideas and suggestions from readers are key ingredients in the success of our program and are 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.

The group will meet again at NLS on May 26-28, 2004.

Representatives from consumer organizations:

American Council of the Blind
Ms. Patricia Shreck
Ivy Club Apartments, Apt L-16
8701 N.E 54th Street
Vancouver, WA 98662

Blinded Veterans Association
Mr. Clyde A. Compton
44 Crater Lane
Stafford, VA 22556

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. Sharon Strzalkowski
127 June Street #3
Worcester, MA 01602

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.

Ms. Betsy Mitchell
P.O. Box 298
Volcano, HI 96785


Ms. Dori Middleton
Detroit Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Detroit Public Library
Douglass Branch Library
3666 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 833-5494 or (313) 833-5497; fax: (313) 832-5597

Ms. Bonnie Farrier
Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
New York Public Library
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-5432; fax: (212) 206-5418

Mr. Oakley Pearson
Talking Book Center
Staunton Public Library
1 Churchville Avenue
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 885-6215

Ms. Sue Walker
Public Services Librarian
Idaho State Library
325 West State Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 334-2150 or (208) 334-4016)

Children's/Young Adult Librarian:
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


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.

2004 calendars. Listed below are some organizations that produce calendars in braille or print/braille.

American Printing House for the Blind
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
Accepts orders by mail or telephone.
- 8-1/2 by 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 #5-18971-04, $7.50.

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 by 11-inch large-print/braille (18 point) wall monthly calendar. Includes a large-print/braille edition of the Rose Bowl parade schedule. $5.

Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted Center for the Visually Impaired
1170 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209-0398
(716) 882-1025, ext. 261
(716) 882-5577 fax
Accepts orders by mail or telephone.
- 5-1/2 by 8-1/2-inch braille desk calendar with two days per page and dividers for each month. $35 for base and refills, $29.50 for refills only.

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 requests by mail or telephone. - 8-1/2 by 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 edition. Free.

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
3500 North Elm Road
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 780-5097
(734) 668-1094 fax
Accepts request by fax or telephone.
- 6-1/4 by 3-3/4-inch large-print/braille purse size, spiral bound calendar. Includes a separate listing of major holidays. Free.

National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115-4302
(617) 266-6160, ext 20
Accepts prepaid orders by mail or telephone.
- 8-1/2 by 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 requests by e-mail, fax, mail, or telephone.
- 6 by 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 by 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 2004.

Magazine of the Month selections for 2004

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 2004.

Magazine of the Month

- Animal Fair (pet projects and ways to make a house and yard attractive to pets; celebrities with their pets; animal health and nutrition information; articles about wild life)

- Black Issues Book Review (interviews with African American authors and others in creative fields; travel and history articles; book reviews and bookstores)

- Country Living (antiques and collectibles, entertaining, food and drink, crafts and projects, gardens and nature)

- Economist (world politics, global business, finance, economics, science, technology, and the arts)

- Family Tree Magazine (articles of interest to people tracing their family tree; finding clues to the past, computerization, and preservation)

- Futurist (forecasts, trends, and ideas about the future; the environment, government, society, economics, technology, music, and other issues)

- Military Heritage (decisive battles throughout history; soldiers, weapons, intelligence; book reviews)

- Real Simple (tips on saving time and money decorating, entertaining, and cooking; articles on style, beauty, and the home)

- Redbook (beauty, fashion, diet, health, and fitness; advice on marriage, parenting, and family life; social topics)

- Start Your Own Business: The Magazine of Money Making Ideas (advice on starting and running a small business; success stories, franchise information, book reviews, and money matters)

- Urban Latino (prominent Hispanics in the U.S.; entertainment, lifestyles, cultural issues, and relationships)

- Write & Publish (how and what to write in order to get published; how to self-publish; strategies on promotion and reviewing)

Alternates: Backwoods Home, Black Enterprise, Dog Fancy, Family History, Humanist, Jane, Latin Trade, Military History, Policy Review, Saturday Evening Post, Success, Writing Basics

Young Adult Magazine of the Month

- CosmoGirl! (fashion, makeup and hair, pop psychology, and short stories)

- Country Music Today (popular country musicians and CD reviews)

- Galaxy (short science fiction stories)

- Instyle (celebrity news, lifestyle articles, beauty and fashion tips)

- Kids' Wall Street News (for ages 10-16; business, banking, careers, the environment, stock exchange, and world trade)

- Latin Style (issues and individuals from the Latin community in the arts and entertainment fields; literature, theater, films, politics, and health)

- New Music Monthly (up-and-coming U.S. and British rock and hip-hop musicians and bands; reviews of newly-released CDs)

- Right On! (entertainment, music, beauty, and fashion for young African Americans)

- Snowboard Life (the sport of snowboarding, from technical tips and product reviews to international travel experiences)

- Soccer, Jr.: The Soccer Magazine for Kids (news and information related to soccer and profiles of soccer stars)

- Teen Newsweek (for grades 6-9; international and domestic current events)

- Teen Vogue (current fashion trends, health and beauty tips, books and films)

Alternates: Allure, Black Belt, Black Collegian, bop magazine, Circus, E for Environment, Elle Girl, Latina, Snowboarder, Spin, Star Trek Communicator, Teen Beat

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