Pioneer and Frontier Stories, a bibliography listing selected books dealing with the lives of the people who blazed trails westward and settled the land, will be available in braille in December. The braille edition lists only braille books.
Readers who ordered the braille edition of this bibliography on their annual order forms will automatically receive it in the mail. Others may request the bibliography from their local cooperating libraries. It is also available through the Internet by accessing LC MARVEL.
Listed below are organizations that offer free braille calendars. For more sources of braille calendars, contact the NLS Reference Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20542.
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
18440 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
6 x 6-1/2-inch calendar featuring one page per month and a listing of major holidays. Accepts orders by mail only.
Braille Institute Press
c/o Braille Institute of America
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(213) 663-1111, ext. 231
8-3/4 x 11-inch calendar. It is provided as an insert in the December issue of the Braille Mirror and the holiday issue of Expectations. A limited quantity of extras are available and can be ordered by mail or telephone.
John Milton Society for the Blind
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115
12-1/2 x 10-1/2-inch calendar featuring a motto on each page. Accepts orders by mail or telephone.
Lutheran Mission with Blind and Visually Impaired
1333 South Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
attn: Lynne Borchelt
8-1/2 x 11-inch calendar featuring a monthly verse from the Bible. Accepts orders by mail or telephone.
Services for the Blind
P.O. Box 1059
Independence, MO 64051
(816) 833-1000, ext. 1460
4 x 4-inch calendar that includes a listing of major holidays. Accepts orders by mail or telephone.
A classic book about the achievements of blind people, which had been out of print, was recently reissued in a commemorative regular-print edition by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and the Friends of Libraries for Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals in North America. The book is being produced in recorded and braille formats for the NLS collection and is expected to be available to patrons in early 1997.
Biography of the Blind by James Wilson was first published in four separate editions from 1821 to 1838. It contains biographical sketches of blind men and women of varying age, ability, and status in life, from the well-known writers Homer and Milton to an obscure miser, Adam Mond. The book also includes an extensive autobiography of the author, who was born in Richmond, Virginia, and grew up in Belfast, Ireland. While his family was traveling to England when Wilson was four years old, both parents died at sea and Wilson himself was blinded by smallpox. He became a self-educated man with an interest in documenting the achievements of blind persons.
The reissue edition combines under one cover all of the biographies Wilson presented in his four editions and includes notes by research librarian Kenneth Stuckey of the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. In addition to providing a look at past lives, the book offers a glimpse of the road that European and American society has traveled in disabilities awareness up to the twentieth century.
Print copies of the book can be purchased for $16.95 for the paperback edition and $22.95 for hardcover. Contact Friends of Libraries for Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals in North America, Inc., 1555 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 462-9600.
NLS has produced two new four-track cassettes containing a reference circular and factsheets. One cassette contains Blindness and Visual Impairments: Information and Advocacy Organizations, a reference circular that lists state-level, national, and international organizations providing a variety of services to blind and visually impaired persons.
Another cassette contains Facts: Sources for Purchase of Cassette Players and Player-Recorders Compatible with Recorded Materials Produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and Facts: Playback Machines and Accessories Provided on Free Loan to Eligible Individuals and Institutions. These factsheets provide information about special equipment used to listen to NLS recorded books and magazines.
Both cassettes are available for patrons to keep for their reference use. To obtain either or both cassettes, write to Reference Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Washington, DC 20542. These publications are also available through the Internet by accessing LC MARVEL.
The following announcement may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.
New Seedlings Catalog and Address. Seedlings Braille Books for Children announces its 1997 catalog and also a new box number and ZIP code. For a free catalog or more information, contact Seedlings, P.O. Box 51924 (new number), Livonia, MI 48151-5924 (new ZIP code), telephone 800-777-8552.
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