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About Us - Departments - Talking Book Services - Granite Bits - Volume 97, Number 3

An occasional newsletter of the Bureau of Services to Persons with Disabilities.

Welcome Our New Regional Librarian

Your new Librarian, Marilyn Stevenson, joined the staff of the Talking Book Services on April 1, 2011.

"As the new Regional Librarian for the New Hampshire Talking Book Library, I am very pleased to be here and excited about changes coming our way. With more than 30 years of experience in libraries for the blind and physically handicapped I hope to bring new ideas along with an understanding of the service, its history and future development."

"I worked for the Florida Regional Library for 14 years, during which time I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Masters in Library Science in the summer of 1996. I was then Assistant Director of the Tennessee Regional Library and, for the past 12 years, Manager of the Pinellas Subregional Library in Clearwater, Florida.”

“I look forward to exploring all areas of New Hampshire, getting to know your history, parks, the downtown farmers’ market, and seeing the White Mountains. During this first year, I plan to be at outreach efforts throughout the state, and hope to get to know our library patrons and their families.”

Please join us in welcoming Marilyn to the New Hampshire Talking Book Services.

Digital Players: Have you received a digital player?

If not, please contact us and we will send one out to you right away. All new books in the library will now be on the new digital format. You need to have a digital player from our library to play the new digital books. The new player is easy to use, and you may keep the cassette player to read your magazines and the older books.

BARD: Your new digital machine will play digital books downloaded from the NLS BARD website.

You will need:

• A computer with high-speed Internet connection
• An email address
• Moderate computer knowledge, including how to search the Internet and fill out online forms, how to download, unzip, and save files, and how to transfer files from one place to another.
• A blank NLS cartridge ($12) and the cable that goes with it ($5). Purchase from the American Printing House for the Blind (Louisville) at 1-800-223-1839.
• An NLS digital talking book player, OR NLS-compatible machine

You may apply for the BARD download at:

Institutions can now also register for BARD. Schools, hospitals, nursing and convalescent homes, and other institutions wanting to assist eligible students, clients, and residents to download talking books may apply for this service. Public libraries may apply for a demonstration only account so they may assist eligible patrons who come to their community library. For more information, please call the Talking Book Library at 1-800-491-4200 or 603-271-3429.

80th Anniversary of Talking Book Services
On March 3rd, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) celebrated its 80th year of service. This national network of libraries began when President Herbert Hoover signed the Pratt-Smoot Act into law. The service began with embossed books for citizens who were legally blind. Over the years, the service expanded with the addition of books on vinyl records, reel to reel tapes, then in the 1970’s books were produced on cassette tapes. The program now includes digital cartridges and downloadable books and magazines over the internet. There are more than 100 talking book libraries nationwide that send books to over 850,000 patrons. The program has come a long way, and will continue to grow and expand. Happy Anniversary Talking Books!

NLS Director Retires
This year is also the year in which the long-time NLS Director Frank Kurt Cylke retired after 38 years of service. He was instrumental in the development of many improvements in the NLS service, including the most resent transition of the service from analog to a digital format. We wish him the very best in his retirement!
Interim director, Ruth Scovill, is director of the Technology Policy at the Library of Congress. We welcome her to the NLS network.

Volunteer News
The week of April 10-16 was National Volunteer Week. New Hampshire Talking Book Services provided special treats for the volunteers, and staff throughout the week expressed appreciation for the volunteers and the work they do for the library. We currently have 8 volunteer Telephone Pioneers who come to the library to repair the players you need to read the talking books. We appreciate the time and expertise they give to our library, and their many years of service. The library also has other volunteers who come to the library each week to inspect returned books and get them ready to go back out to waiting patrons. We extend a heartfelt thanks to all Library volunteers and give a great big Thank You! to them for their selfless work.

Memorials and Donations
Donations, Bequests and In Memoriam gifts to the Talking Book
Services are used to help defray costs of operating the library. We use
funds prudently and reserve the money for development of collections not provided by NLS, special equipment needs, and volunteer recognition. Thank you to all the kind people who have shown their appreciation by giving these gifts. All monetary gifts are acknowledged with a thank you letter. Please send and make checks payable to:
NHSL Talking Book Services
117 Pleasant Street – Dolloff Bldg.
Concord, NH 03301

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