Braille Book Review

January-February 2012

In Brief

Collection Development Advisory Group will not meet in 2012

Because of budgetary reductions, NLS will not host a meeting of the Collection Development Advisory Group (CDAG) in 2012. The next CDAG meeting is expected to take place in May 2013. Further information will be announced as it becomes available.

Magazine of the Month selections for 2012

Two NLS programs offer readers samples of magazines not otherwise available through network libraries. Subscribers to Magazine of the Month and Young Adult Magazine of the Month receive a different magazine on audiocassette each month. For a free subscription to either program, contact your cooperating talking-book library. Subscribers may expect to receive a few of the following selections:

Magazine of the Month

Fido Friendly
Living Without
Classic Trains
Mystery Scene
Make: Technology on Your Time
My Home, My Style
Eating Well
Martha Stewart Living
Popular Communications
Hobby Farm Home

Alternates: The Absolute Sound, Whole Dog Journal, Delight Gluten Free, Railfan and Railroad, Poets and Writers, Popular Mechanics, Fresh Home, Cook's Country, Vegetarian Times, All You, CQ: Radio Amateurs Journal, Country Living

Young Adult Magazine of the Month

Teen Ink
Dog Fancy
Road & Track
Game Informer
Comics Buyer's Guide
Fantasy and Science Fiction

Alternates: NBA: HOOP, Twist, Cicada, Dog World, Motor Trend, Beckett Massive Online Gamer, PC Gamer, The Source, Cemetery Dance

2012 calendars

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

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
PO Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 899-2284 fax
Accepts orders by fax, mail, or telephone.

Lutheran Blind Mission
7550 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63119-4409
Accepts requests by e-mail, mail, or telephone.

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
3500 North Elm Road
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 780-5096
(517) 780-5548 fax
Accepts requests by e-mail, fax, or telephone.

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.

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.

Olmsted Center for Sight
1170 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209-0398
(716) 882-1025
Accepts orders by mail.

Sight Connection Store
9709 Third Avenue NE, #100
Seattle, WA 98115-2027
(206) 525-5556 voice/TDD
(206) 525-0422 fax
Accepts prepaid orders by fax, mail, online, or telephone.


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 listings do not imply endorsement.

Scholarship opportunity for college students

Blind college students in the United States may now apply for a 2012 scholarship from the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), which offers thirty such grants annually. Applications for 2012 are due by March 31, 2012. Membership in NFB is not required. For more information on eligibility and the application process, visit, e-mail, or call (410) 659-9314, extension 2415.

NASA releases tactile book about the moon

Blind and visually impaired persons interested in astronomy may obtain copies of a new tactile book, Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters, for free from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The seventeen-page publication, released by NASA’s Lunar Science Institute, includes both braille and illustrations designed to teach readers about the surface of the moon. To order the book, send an e-mail to or visit, which provides more information and downloadable audio and text versions.

Sense of Science kits available

Sense of Science kits provide tactile aids and teaching guides to help blind and visually impaired students gain a greater understanding of scientific topics. Available from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), the series includes modules on plants, animals, and—its newest offering—astronomy. The Astronomy module is appropriate for a broad range of ages and grade levels and incorporates vocabulary, math, and science in its activities. Kits can be ordered from the APH website at or by calling 1-800-223-1839, toll-free.

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