Braille Book Review

November-December 2011

In Brief


The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. The items mentioned, how-ever, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Repository of accessible college textbooks

The AccessText Network is a national membership exchange that facilitates the delivery of alternative electronic higher-education textbooks for students diagnosed with print-related mobility, visual, or reading disabilities. Qualified students enrolled at member institutions may receive electronic files in accessible formats in just a few days. The network includes more than five hundred colleges and universities in forty-nine states and provides students with access to more than 360,000 textbook titles. To learn if a school participates in this network, contact its office for students with disabilities. For more information visit

American Museum of Natural History offers sensory science tours

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City invites blind and partially sighted visitors to participate in monthly Science Sense Tours. These events are led by specially trained museum tour guides who will highlight specific themes and exhibition halls, engaging participants with extensive verbal descriptions and touchable objects.

Science Sense Tours are available to individuals or groups. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. A tour in the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites, which includes the largest meteorite on display in any museum in the world, will be held in early December. The tour is free, with a suggested general admission donation of $19.00.

A listing of upcoming tours can be found online by visiting,Link out selecting Accessibility, and then selecting Blind or Partially Sighted"? To register or receive more information, call (212) 313-7565 or e-mail

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