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

(Summer 2001 Volume 19 Number 1)

Medical Pamphlets

The following Medicare Information pamphlets are available in Braille and recorded cassette format from the Wisconsin Regional Library:
Medicare & You 2001 (Also RC 00987)
2000 Guide To Health Insurance for People with Medicare (Also RC 01155)
Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Care
Medicare Coverage of Kidney Dialysis and Kidney Transplant Services (Also RC 00155)
Medicare and Home Health Care (Also RC 01157)
Medicare Savings for Qualified Beneficiaries (Also RC 00158)
Does Your Doctor or Supplier Accept "Assignment"? (Also RC 01119)
Medicare Hospice Benefits: A Special Way of Caring for People Who Have a Terminal Illness (Also RC 01156)
Choosing a Doctor: A Guide for People With Medicare
Choosing Treatments: A Guide for People With Medicare
Choosing a Hospital: A Guide for People With Medicare
Your Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home (Also RC 01121)


QualityMall.org, an online "shopping mall" showcasing innovations that promote quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities, is open for business on the World Wide Web. The address of the site is <http://www.qualitymall.org/main/ > QualityMall.org was developed by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesotašs Institute on Community Integration (RTC/ICI), the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), and Human Services Research Institute (HSRI), organizations committed to providing support and opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities and their families. The primary purpose of QualityMall.org is to collect and disseminate information related to or useful in promoting a high quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities. It is not a retailer or vendor of products or services, but uses the theme of a shopping mall to help connect visitors to the best products and services available. For more information on QualityMall.org, visit the web site <www.qualitymall.org> or contact John Smith at the University of Minnesotašs Institute on Community Integration. John Smith can be reached at 612-624-0219.


The Michael L. Printz Award is given for literary excellence in young adult literature each year.
Who's Mike Printz? To find out, see the American Library Association's's Printz Web site at <http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz/> to learn about the high school librarian from Topeka, Kansas, champion of young adult literature, sorely missed by his colleagues since his death in 1996.

Inaugural Printz Award Winners 2000

Monster by Walter Dean Myers (BRW00114/RC 00364). Illustrated by Christopher Myers. To develop his portrayal of sixteen-year-old Steve, on trial for involvement in a robbery that led to the store-owner's murder, Myers logged six hundred hours of interviews with prisoners in New York and New Jersey jails. The result is a portrait in "radical change"-style that meshes Steve's anguished handwritten journal entries with his own movie script of the trial proceedings, as well as photos of a scared youth behind bars. Junior & senior high readers.

Honor Books

Skellig, by David Almond (BR 12915/RC 49233). Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel. Grades 6-9.
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson (BRW 00089/RC 49958). A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school. Junior & senior high readers.
Hard Love, by Ellen Wittlinger (BRW00122). After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, 16-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality. Junior & senior high readers.

Printz Award Winners 2001

Kit's Wilderness, by David Almond (BRW 00873/RC 51741). This deftly written and haunting novel set in an English coal mining town is mysterious, scary, and satisfying. Grades 6-9.

Honor Books

Many Stones by Carolyn Coman (BRW 130/RC 52044). After her sister Laura is murdered in South Africa, Berry and her estranged father travel there to participate in the dedication of a memorial in her name. Grades 6-9.
The Body of Christopher Creed, by Carol Plum-Ucci (BRW 00131). Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast. Junior & senior high readers.
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison (BR 12902/RC 25089). Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a 14-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie. Junior & senior high readers.
Stuck in Neutral, by Terry Trueman (BRW00132). 14-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot communicate, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him. Junior & senior high readers.

Wisconsin First Step

Wisconsin First Step Hotline provides statewide information and referrals to families who have a child (birth to age 21) with special needs and to the professionals who serve them. The service is provided by Gunderson Lutheran in LaCrosse, with partial funding by MCH Title V Services block grant , MCHB, HRSA, U.S. DHHS, the Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program and the U.S. Department of Education. Phone: 1-800-642-STEP (services available 24 hours a day)

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
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Milwaukee, WI 53233-1436
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