Braille Book Review

January-February 2009

In Brief

The following information is reprinted from an issue of NLS Flash, a newsletter created to bring current information on NLS progress in digital technology to patrons, library staff, and other interested individuals.


The following announcements 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. The items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Braille labeling book available

Label It! Braille and Audio Strategies for Identifying Items at Home and Work by Judith M. Dixon is now available from the National Braille Press. Dixon, who is chair of the Braille Authority of North America, identifies the best labeling ideas and strategies that she and her friends have used through the years. Focusing primarily on labeling with braille, she covers the basics: clothing and accessories, medications, food containers, appliances, and miscellaneous items like postage stamps, chargers, and cables. This title--available in braille, ASCII text, Portabook, and print formats for $10--can be ordered online at, by calling 800-548-7323 ext. 1, or by sending an e-mail to

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, which encourages people with disabilities to learn foreign languages and pursue international travel, recently published a new guide to help blind and low-vision students take advantage of a broad range of foreign-language courses from Arabic to Turkish. The brochure, "Accessing Foreign- Language Materials as a Blind or Low Vision Student," is available online in HTML, Microsoft Word, plain text, audio, and braille formats at

2009 Calendars

Listed below are organizations that produce calendars in braille or print/braille.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 899-2274 fax
Accepts orders by fax, mail, or telephone.
-- Braille DateBook calendar in a two-ring binder. Calendar has tabbed pages of durable plastic. Catalog no. 1-07899-09, $66. Calendar replacement pages, catalog no. 1-07898-09, $16. Filler paper and extra tabs, catalog no. 1-07897-00, $10.
-- Large-print/braille (36 point) 8-1/2 x 11-inch APH InSights Art Calendar. Includes holidays and moon phases. Features selected art from the APH juried competition. Catalog no. 5-18971-09, $7.50.
-- Large-print/braille everyday activities calendar in a three-ring binder with color dividers between each month, two days per page. Calendar can be used year after year. For children ages three to eight. Catalog no. 1-08121-00, $58.
-- Large-print/braille individual calendar kit. Kit contains two brightly colored embossed bold lined grid sheets for making individual month-at-a-glance calendars. Catalog no.1-18971-00, $18.

Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted, M.D,
Center for the Visually Impaired
1170 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209-0398
(716) 882-1025, ext. 4508
(716) 882-5577 fax
Accepts prepaid orders by mail.
-- Braille 5-1/2 x 8-1/2-inch desk calendar with two days per page and dividers for each month. $46.97. Refills, $38.99.

JBI International
110 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-2525
Accepts requests by e-mail, mail, or telephone.
-- Braille 5769/2009 Jewish reference calendar. A sixteen-month listing that includes Shabbats and holidays. Free.

Lutheran Blind Mission
Library for the Blind
Attn: Lynne Borchelt
7550 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63119-4409
Accepts requests by mail or telephone.
-- Braille 8-1/2 x 11-inch Scripture calendar. Features a Bible verse each month. Free.

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
3500 North Elm Road
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 780-5096
(517) 783-5295 fax
Accepts requests by fax or telephone.
-- Large-print/braille 6-1/4 x 3-3/4-inch purse-sized, spiral-bound calendar. Includes a separate listing of major holidays. Free.

National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115-4302
(617) 266-6160 ext. 20
Accepts orders online or by telephone.
-- Large-print/braille 12 x 12-inch wall calendar with a Winnie-the-Pooh motif. Includes a sheet of sixty full-color stickers of Pooh and his friends. $13.99.

National Federation of the Blind
Independence Market
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2216
(410) 685-2340 fax
Accepts requests by e-mail, fax, mail, or telephone.
-- Braille 6 x 6-1/2-inch calendar. Features one page per month, a personal day page, and a listing of major holidays. Catalog no. BBC09-B, free.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Attn: Reference Section
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-9275
Accepts requests by e-mail or telephone.
-- Braille 6 x 6-1/2-inch datefinder and signature guide. Covers a twelve-month period from July of the current year to June of the following year. Measures 5 x 3-1/2 inches. Free.

Sight Connection
9709 Third Avenue NE, #100
Seattle, WA 98115-2027
(206) 525-5556
(206) 525-0422 fax
Accepts prepaid orders by fax, mail, online, or telephone.
-- Braille magnetic board calendar holds the days and months of the year in 1-inch tiles. Tiles are in braille and print with raised tactile numbers and letters. Includes extra tiles. Catalog no. PLU 809, $33.75.

Society for the Blind
Aids to Independence Store
2750 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 452-8271, ext. 302
(916) 452-2622 fax
Accepts orders by e-mail, fax, mail, or telephone.
-- Braille 5-1/2 x 8-1/2-inch desk calendar with clipboard that shows two days per page. At the top of each page are the day of the week, date, and month. Catalog no. SKU 20-06-01, $65.95.

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