September 6, 2017

Helen Keller Minibibliography

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has produced a new minibibliography listing the books in our collection that are about Helen Keller and those materials authored by Helen Keller.

The following link will take you to the NLS site:
https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/lists-nls-produced-books-topic-genre/listings-on-narrow-topics-minibibliographies/helen-keller/

Throughout her life Helen Keller wrote books, essays, and speeches while advocating for numerous causes, such as workers’ rights and women’s suffrage. She worked for the American Foundation for the Blind for more than 40 years and traveled around the world to promote the needs of blind people. This minibibliography brings together Helen Keller’s writings along with biographies and studies of her career.

August 18, 2017

SOLAR ECLIPSE

Audio description to allow the blind and visually impaired to "see" the total eclipse

The Audio Description Project, an initiative of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), along with the Mid-Tennessee Council of the Blind, the Tennessee School for the Blind, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, announces an opportunity for the blind and people with visual impairments world-wide to experience the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 via described video. 
Visit http://acb.org/eclipse for more information.


August 16, 2017

SOLAR ECLIPSE

We have just added a new book to the collection that talks about the history of solar eclipses. An astronomer explains the planetary mechanics and physics behind eclipses, as well as examines the ways humans have reacted to this phenomenon. Call the library and check it out!  DB 87308
SUN MOON EARTH: THE HISTORY OF SOLAR ECLIPSES FROM OMENS OF DOOM TO EINSTEIN AND EXOPLANETS  by TYLER NORDGREN.

July 13, 2017

NLS Web site updated

A new front door on the Web
The NLS website at www.loc.gov/nls opened its new front door on Sunday, July 9, when our long-awaited revamping of it went live. Most major URLs important to longstanding users within the website have not changed, or have been made painless by internal redirects. New, more explicit, navigation will lead first-time visitors to what they need to find quickly.
Three reasons make this the right moment for a new NLS website. First, we are undertaking several major pilots during 2017 and 2018 whose results, we hope, will help us widen our audiences and improve our services to cooperating network libraries, and, through them, to our end-user patrons. Second, we want to address a vast audience that has been, in the past, somewhat neglected by our website: visitors who do not use screen readers, but for whom features like monitor contrast tools and font-size adjustments are helpful. Third, a new generation of patrons makes a fresh website crucial. A website in 2017 must be meaningful to longstanding patrons—but also to younger users and others who reach us on mobile devices, to a new generation of veterans and those with physical disabilities who don’t yet see themselves as seniors, and to new organizations who want to help us share the message of our services with their staff and patrons.
And if those three reasons weren’t enough, the NLS offices in Washington, D.C., have been undergoing a major renovation this year—so it’s good timing to have a virtual renovation on the web in parallel with our architectural renovation. Websites in 2017 are never truly “done,” and ours is no different. We’ll be iterating on improvements over the next few weeks, so please make your voices heard if there are problems you encounter, fixes that are necessary, or suggestions you would like to make. You’ll find a link right on the homepage asking for your feedback. Make use of it—that’s what it’s for!  
Again, the address for the NLS website is:  https://www.loc.gov/nls/


March 24, 2017

Nat'l Library Legislative Day May 2, 2017

Each year librarians from across the country gather in Washington, DC and meet with their representatives to inform them about the value of libraries.
This year we would like the public library delegation to take letters from Talking Book Library patrons to the New Hampshire congressional representatives, telling them what the library means to our patrons.
Please consider writing a letter to our representatives telling them about your library service and the value you have gotten from this service.
You may send the letter to the Talking Book Library and we will forward it on to the public library delegation.

Talking Book Library
117 Pleasant St
Concord, NH 03301

Please get the letter to us before April 25th so it will have time to get to the delegation.
We appreciate your efforts to support your library and look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you,
New Hampshire Talking Book Library