A Newsletter of the Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

(Autumn 1998, Volume 16, Number 2)

Read to Your Baby
Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson has initiated a project to give a Golden Book to every new baby born in the state, to encourage parents of newborns to read to them as soon as they are born. The books of nursery rhymes will be distributed at hospitals. This effort acknowledges research indicating language stimulation is extremely important for new babies, affecting their later language and reading skills.

Each book of nursery rhymes will be accompanied with a list of recommended additional books for the parents and their babies. In cooperation with Volunteer Services for the Visually Handicapped, the Regional Library is adding brailled and taped copies of these books to our collection, so that Regional Library users may benefit from this program as well. The following titles may be requested by E-mail, telephone, or letter:

Moo Baa La La La, by Cecile Bertrand (BRW 21)
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown (RC 24603/KIT 5)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle (RC 24609/BR 6130)
Freight Train, by Donald Crews (BRW 22)
Tomie DePaola's Mother Goose, by Tomie DePaola (BRW 24)
ABC, by Anne Geddes (BRW 26)
123, by Anne Geddes (BRW 25)
Spot's First Christmas, by Eric Hill (BRW 27)
Spot's First Walk, by Eric Hill (BRW 28)
Pippo Gets Lost, by Helen Oxenbury (BRW 29)
Tom and Pippo Go for a Walk, by Helen Oxenbury (BRW 30)
Tom and Pippo's Day, by Helen Oxenbury (BRW 31)
Max and Ruby's Midas, by Rosemary Wells (BR 10041)

Howdy Do, Me and You, by Linda Allison (RC 186)
Joyful Play with Toddlers, by Sandi Dexter (RC 187)
What to Expect the First Year, by Arlene Eisenberg (RC 31632/FD 31632)
Games Babies Play, by Vicki Lansky (RC 188)
Baby Games, by Elaine Martin (RC 189)
Peekaboo, and Other Games to Play with Your Baby, by Shari Steelsmith (RC 190)

The Regional Library has other resources available for new parents, including two bibliographies we prepared in 1991 for our Reading Readiness workshops: "Picture Books Recommended in Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook" and "Parent Information."

Whether you're an accomplished athlete or a couch potato longing for change, Ski for Light 1999 could be the perfect week for you. To be held in Anchorage, Alaska, February 21-28, 1999, the 24th annual Ski for Light will invite more than 100 blind and visually impaired people to enjoy a week filled with cross-country skiing, interesting apres-ski activities, good food, and good fellowship. Ski for Light matches each visually impaired skier with a sighted ski guide. With the aid of pre-set tracks and verbal instruction, blind skiers are able to enjoy the exhilaration of cross-country skiing and the quiet beauty of winter. For an application, contact Larry Showalter, 15002 N. East Place, Bellevue, WA 98007, phone 425-644-5663, or e-mail larry@sfl.org; or download the application from the Ski for Light website at http://www.sfl.org.

BadgerLink is a project of the Division for Libraries and Community Learning of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Its goal is to provide, via the Web, increased access to information resources for Wisconsin residents in cooperation with the state's public, school, academic, and special libraries. The full text databases provided, including the EBSCO and UMI periodical and newspaper databases, WISCAT, and other value added Web sites, are now available via the DPI/DLCL Web Page: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/badgerlink/

The Spina Bifida Association of America [SBAA] asks your help in notifying Vietnam veterans who have a child born with spina bifida of the passage of the Agent Orange Benefits Act, which established within the Department of Veterans Affairs the legal authority to provide a monetary allowance, lifetime medical benefits, and vocational rehabilitation to the spina bifida afflicted children of Vietnam veterans. If you have any questions, please phone the SBAA at 202-944-3285 or check their website at http://www.sbaa.org.

Since it sometimes appears that all the good ghost stories are for children, the Regional Library staff would like to recommend the following titles to our adult readers:

"Ghostly Mysteries for Halloween"
Murther and Walking Spirits, by Robertson Davies (RC 34949)
The Uninvited, by Dorothy MacArdle (RD 10730)
Be Buried in the Rain, by Barbara Michaels (RD 24101)
The Crying Child, by Barbara Michaels (RC 44073)
Here I Stay, by Barbara Michaels (RC 21665)
House of Many Shadows, by Barbara Michaels (RC 14281)
Patriot's Dream, by Barbara Michaels (RC 11092)
Prince of Darkness, by Barbara Michaels (RC 30070)
Someone in the House, by Barbara Michaels (RD 17580)
< Wait for What Will Come, by Barbara Michaels (RC 12948/FD 12948)
Walker in Shadows, by Barbara Michaels (RD 14115)
Witch, by Barbara Michaels (RD 07043)
Wizard's Daughter, by Barbara Michaels (RC 16656)
Nella Waits, by Marlys Millhiser (RD 13196)
Bone Game, by Louis Owens (RC 40380)
The Sharpest Sight, by Louis Owens (RC 35279)
Tryst, by Elswyth Thane (RD 10190)

RESOURCES The Regional Library would like to remind our patrons that our Braille Reading Room is open from 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday. In addition to Braille and large-print magazines, playback equipment with headphones, a Perkins Brailler, and enlarging equipment, the BRR offers both Apple and IBM-compatible computers with synthesized speech and output capability, an Arkenstone scanning system, and an encyclopedia on cd-rom.

Autofold has introduced the LifeLong folding white canes. Featuring both unique internal elastics that will last 10 years, and a wear-resistant, diamond-like ToughTip, the canes are warranted, and a broken cord will be replaced free, with no cost for shipping or handling. For full details, check Autofold's webpage at http://www.autofold.com, E-mail them at info@autofold.com, or phone 978-632-0667 between 8am and 3:30pm Eastern Standard Time.

Timely and comprehensive information about careers and the world of work has long been of great interest to youths and adults who are planning their entrance into the workforce or contemplating a career change. Because of the sheer volume of material and the rapidity with which it changes, this type of information has been among the most difficult to provide in an alternative format. The four sites listed below can provide a wealth of career-related information to both young people and adults in a wide variety of life situations.

1996-97 Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, this twenty-second edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook describes more than 300 occupations that, together, account for 91 percent of all jobs in the nation.
Office of Personnel Management
The U.S. government's official site for jobs and employment information is provided by the United States Office of Personnel Management. This site includes current job openings, general information, information for veterans, online applications, and much more.
WINGS: Web Interactive Network of Government Services
[no longer online, October 2002]
Maintained by the U.S. Postal Service, WINGS is an online provider of a variety of federal, state, and local government services including employment information.
Planning Your Future
This U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration site includes information about career transition, federal and nonfederal employment, retirement, buyouts, reduction in force (RIF), benefits, return to school, and other transitional tools such as starting a business. Sections include: starting a new career, your federal retirement, and what everyone needs to know about RIFs.

BULLETIN BOARD is published four times a year by the Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. It is available in large print, Braille, and audio-cassette editions. The Wisconsin Regional Library makes no recommendations or endorsements concerning any products or services which may appear in this publication.

Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
813 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1436
1-414-286-3045 (in Milwaukee)
1-800-242-8822 (in Wisconsin)
1-414-286-3548 (TDD)
1-414-286-3102 (FAX)
1-414-286-0600 or 1-608-224-5345 (Newsline information)
cpirtl@mpl.org or mvalan@mpl.org (e-mail)
Library Web Site. http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlcl/rll/lbphinfo.html

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