A Newsletter of the Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
(Spring 2000, Volume 17, Number 4)

Mailing Matters

If you move, go away on vacation, or leave your Wisconsin address for an extended period of time and want us to continue sending books to you, please phone us and let us change your address. If the Post Office forwards your mail, your magazines and catalogs will be cancelled by the CMLS mailing service, and your borrowing privileges will be suspended until we can verify your address for them--a process that can take 6-8 weeks.

Along the same lines, please don't refuse mail. Again, the mailing service will cancel your catalogs and magazines, and your privileges will be suspended until we can reach you to discover why your mail has been returned to us. They also will cancel you if you return magazines to them after you've read them.

Also, please do not send letters or book requests to CMLS--send them to the Regional Library. CMLS will ignore them.

If you would like to take your cassette book machine with you while you are away temporarily, it can be mailed ahead postage-free. We can send you a pre-printed "free matter" mailing label and a box if you need one. PLEASE, if you are returning a machine for any reason, phone our toll-free number, 1-800-242-8822, first. Then, if you are requesting a replacement machine, we can mail it out at once, without waiting for the old one to arrive. This will lessen your time without a playback machine.

If you move from Wisconsin permanently, and wish to continue to receive Talking Books, ask us to transfer your file to the Talking Book Library serving your new location. We will notify your new regional library about your reading preferences, and the titles you've already read. You may take your cassette book machine with you, or mail it ahead, as described above.


The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities announces three scholarship competitions open to post-secondary students with disabilities for the 2000-2001 academic year. Two competitions are open to candidates with disabilities seeking financial assistance for undergraduate study at a four-year college or university.

To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must be United States citizens. Awards are contingent upon acceptance to, or continuation in, accredited colleges and universities in the United States. More information and application materials may be downloaded from the Internet at two sites: Visit the President's Committee's Web site at www.pcepd.gov and click the "Scholarships" link on the home page. Or, visit FastWeb at www.fastweb.com, establish a student profile and follow the prompts.

The National Church Conference of the Blind (NCCB) will be holding its annual convention at the Kentucky Inn, Lexington, KY during July 23-26, 2000. The conference will feature a Guest Bible Teacher, talent evening, tours of local interest, display room, music, and lots of Christian fellowship. For additional information and registration forms, you may contact the NCCB Secretary, Rheba Finkinbinder, POB 163, Denver, CO 80201 (303) 789-7441 rheba@stimobile.com.

BEYOND 2000, Harlan Ellison's new National Public Radio show starts in April, so it's time to make sure you can get it! Check out http://www.npr.org/members to find your local contact information, then call your NPR station and let them know you want them to broadcast the show. It costs them nothing to get the show, but they won't broadcast it unless they know people want to hear it!

Here is a list of the short stories that are planned for the series:

National Federation of the Blind of Wisconsin

For 60 years, the National Federation of the Blind has demonstrated the importance of having a strong organization of blind people working together to solve common problems, share information, advocate for legislation, and create innovative programs. In Wisconsin, the members of the Federation have been doing just that for 25 years. Among the many good things the Federation has done in Wisconsin is bring about the creation and implementation of Wisconsin Newsline for the Blind. Newsline gives every blind person in Wisconsin access to a variety of national and local papers by using their touch-tone telephones. A downloadable application form is available.

On April 8, 2000, the NFB of Wisconsin is hosting a Blindness Open House in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to discuss Newsline, other programs and issues affecting the blind, and the creation of a new chapter of the Federation with local residents. The NFB welcomes all with an interest in the independence and success of the blind to attend this open house. This open house will be held at the Eau Claire Public Library's Chippewa Room, 400 Eau Claire Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, beginning at noon with a free box lunch meet and greet session.

To get more information about this event call our local contact, Brad Hodges, at (715) 235-1663 or email An RSVP is NOT required but we would appreciate knowing that you are coming so we can plan according (please let us know if you have any special meal requests, e.g. vegetarian).

For more information about the National Federation of the Blind of Wisconsin contact our President, Mark A. Riccobono, at (414) 761-3111 or email You may also write to: NFB of Wisconsin, 2137 West College Avenue, 939, Oak Creek, WI 53154. Information about upcoming events, programs, and other resources is available by visiting www.nfbwis.org. College students should be sure to apply for the NFB of Wisconsin scholarships.


The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is expanding its Legal Services Network nationwide. More and more private attorneys across the United States are reducing fees for AARP members and their spouses. A free initial consultation of up to 30 minutes, a 20% reduction off the attorney's usual rates, low fixed fees for simple wills, and durable financial and health care powers of attorney, are some of the benefits of the AARP LSN. Lists of participating attorneys are available by going online to www.aarp.org/lsn, or by writing to LSN Fulfillment, POB 100084, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Ann Rule Read-alikes

No one writes quite like Ann Rule. The attraction of her books is the way she gets into the psyche and personality quirks (to put it mildly!) of her subjects. But the following is a list of true crime titles and authors that have been very popular. Some have to do with domestic problems, some have strange twists, and the rest just contain an interesting story.

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)
cpirtl@mpl.org or mvalan@mpl.org (E-mail)

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