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

(Summer 1998, Volume 16 Number 1)

Announcing Newsline for the Blind
A new special service which offers our users the opportunity to read newspapers from any touch-tone telephone, 24-hours daily, is now available from the Regional Library. Newsline for the Blind is a service of the National Federation of the Blind, and is now available at no cost to our users in the Madison and Milwaukee areas, where it can be accessed by a local phone call. An application for this service is being mailed to all Regional Library users in the Madison and Milwaukee metropolitan areas; other interested users may request an application be mailed to them. After filling out this application, which must be returned to the NFB in Baltimore, Maryland, users will be issued an identification number and security code. These will allow them to choose among the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Users can jump from one article to another, or from one newspaper to another, and can increase or reduce the speed of reading to adjust to personal needs. Once registered, users may dial 224-5345 in the Madison area and 286-0600 in the Milwaukee area to use the service.


Congratulations to Wisconsin Regional Library user Marjorie King, whose historical novel, A House Eternal, has just been taped for our collection. This biographical novel about John Bois, a translator of the King James Bible, gives a fascinating picture of Reformation England. Its Talking Book Number is RC 200.

Wilderness Inquiry of Minneapolis is offering two new and exciting adventures this year: a canoe adventure on Utah's Canyonlands National Park's Green River; and a horse packing adventure in the Colorado Rockies. As with all Wilderness Inquiry programs, these trips are open to people of all abilities. For information, contact Wilderness Enquiry's website at http://www.wildernessinquiry.org or phone 1-800-728-0719.

Invisible Sight is a new audio/Braille magazine published for blind and visually impaired African-Americans. This bi-monthly magazine features excerpts from magazines such as Emerge, Heart and Soul, Sister to Sister, Essence and BET Weekend. For more information, or to subscribe, contact publisher/editor Teletha Crawley at 313/382-7191.

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) presented its 12th annual Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Awards to honor excellence in the narration of Talking Books on June 8, 1998. Recipients included: fiction -- Graeme Malcolm; nonfiction -- Mimi Bederman; periodicals -- Jake Williams. Among them, these three individuals have recorded 600 titles.

Amtrak has extended its 15% discount for persons with disabilities to companions of those with mobility impairments as well. In addition, Amtrak is lowering the price of accessible bedrooms, and taking steps to ensure that accommodations are available for passengers who need them. For more information, phone Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL, or online at http://www.amtrak.com.


Here are some cool reads for a hot summer day:


RC 40601, Elizabeth Arthur: Antarctic Navigation
RC 38934, Beryl Bainbridge: The Birthday Boys
RD 11116, Ian Cameron: White Ship
RC 35222, Aaron Elkins: Icy Clutches
RC 27356, Clare Francis: Wolf Winter
RC 40688, David Guterson: Snow Falling on Cedars
RC 31959, Sue Harrison: Mother Earth, Father Sky
RC 32464, Jon Hassler: North of Hope
RC 45574, Sue Henry: Death Takes Passage: an Alex Jenson Alaska Mystery
RC 37499, Peter Hoeg: Smilla's Sense of Snow
RC 15230, Thomas Keneally: Victim of the Aurora
RC 21366, Alistair MacLean: Ice Station Zebra
RC 21586, Farley Mowat: Never Cry Wolf
RC 44343, Philip Pullman: The Golden Compass
RC 38960, Audrey Schulman: The Cage
RC 15831, Martin Cruz Smith: Gorky Park
RC 30960, Martin Cruz Smith: Polar Star
RC 26936, Edward Topol: Red Snow


RC 26119, Leonard F. Guttridge: Icebound: the Jeannette Expedition's Quest for the North Pole
RC 41823, Jon Krakauer: Into the Wild
RC 44525, Jon Krakauer: Into Thin Air: a Personal Account of the Everest Disaster
RC 32403, Joe McGinnis: Going to Extremes
RC 11658, Luree Miller: On Top of the World: 5 Women Explorers in Tibet
RC 17684, Charles Neider: Beyond Cape Horn: Travels in the Antarctic
RC 37370, Gary Paulson: The Cookcamp
RC 43280, Gary Paulson: Winterdance: the Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

The National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped has identified the following websites for diabetes information:

American Diabetes Association
NARIC Knowledgebase

These websites include current information about controlling diabetes, diet, exchange lists, travel and vacation planning, restaurant dining, childhood diabetes, and so forth.

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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