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Message from the President

Welcome to the Fall 2014 Newsletter of the Friends of the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped ( NJLBH). Now that the summer is over, we enter the harvest holiday season of fall with all its excitement and promise. We hope that you will make the Friends of the Library for the Blind and Handicapped a part of this busy season by attending our next meeting which will be held on Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM followed by lunch from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Joseph Kohn Training Center (JKTC) located at 130 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Directions are at the end of this newsletter. Anyone wishing to stay for lunch will be asked to contribute $5.00 towards the cost of the food. Please call (609) 895-1048 and select the Friends’ mailbox before
November 30th to let us know how many to plan for lunch. I hope you will consider joining us for an informative meeting.

In this newsletter, you will find an article about the NJSLTBBC’s golf outing which was held on June 10, 2014. The Friends were one of the primary sponsors of this event. I would also like to let you know that the Friends are in the process of purchasing cartridges and mailers which the library can send to patrons so that there will be a sufficient number of books to sent to patrons. Visit our website at http://friendsnjlibraryfortheblind.org/ to learn more about the Friends.

Mary Jo Partyka, President

TBBC Book Club Update by Lauren Casey

The TBBC Book Club was started by two members of the Friends, Joanie Leonard and Bill Dougherty. Karen Carson is the moderator and her enthusiasm and energy flows during each session. Karen has a wonderful touch and always makes sure to include everyone in the discussion. Ms. Carson has lovingly named our Book Club The Gathering Place. You can join us either by coming to the library and gathering around the table or by phoning in. “Dialing in” instructions are at the end of this article. The Book Club meets on a quarterly basis every March, June, September and December. It is usually the first Monday of the month unless that Monday is a state holiday and then it will be held on the second Monday. The meeting time is from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. The next meeting of the Book Club will be held on Monday, December 1st, and the book is The Tutor DB 71070. Annotation: Scott and Linda Garner hire Julian Sawyer to tutor their troubled son Brandon. Julian wins the family’s trust but begins to undermine them emotionally and financially. Eleven year old Rudy Garner, a Sherlock Holmes aficionado, is the only one to sense the danger.
Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial Audio Books 2002.
Instructions for dialing in to the book club:
Dial in at 1:00 PM to the conference line which is 424-203-8400; when prompted, put in the access code which is 672445 followed by the pound sign.
Anyone interested in becoming a member please contact Karen Carson (800) 792-8322, extension 806.
Happy reading.

2014 Golf Outing Recap

The 3rd Annual TBBC Golf Classic fundraiser was held on June 10, 2014 at Old York Country Club at Chesterfield, NJ and it was a huge success. Credit for this success goes to our sponsors, golfers, staff and volunteers. The Friends of the Library was one of the 12 contributing sponsors for the event which included the lunch, the course hospitality cart and some prizes for the golfers. Some members of the Friends were also individual sponsors for the golf outing. All told, 54 golfers enjoyed a fun filled day of fine golf, fine dining and prizes. There were 23 various donors contributing to the silent auction and prizes for the golfers. At the end of the day the results of the fundraiser netted $3,555.00 for TBBC. The Planning Committee for the 4th Annual TBBC Golf Classic meets at the end of October to begin organizing another successful golf event that will take place in June, 2015. If you would like to participate, please contact TBBC’s Linda Cerce at (800) 792-8322, extension 835.

TBBC has Kept Up with the Times by Ottilie Lucas

I have enjoyed Talking Books since 1966 when the books were recorded on vinyl disks and played on large record players. Then I received flexible disks, cassettes and now get my books by downloading them digitally from BARD, the National Library Service website. The quality of the narrators has been superb and the friendly, efficient assistance from our Reader Services people at TBBC has always been top notch.

On Tuesday, October 7th, approximately 50 patrons and friends visited TBBC to learn about the latest methods of reading and downloading books. TBBC staff taught individuals how to use the NLS player, download books using Windows and MAC. They also demonstrated and taught the use the various apps on the iPhone, iPad and other accessible technologies. No longer are TBBC staff just monitoring and sending out our reading selections. They now are capable to instruct us in the use of modern electronic devices that read our digital books to us.

The New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Vision Impaired had staff that demonstrated low vision equipment in the RTAC Center for those who have some usable vision. Many people who have some useful vision prefer to read the printed books but need magnification. This is another important need that was addressed at this open house.

The day was educational and encouraging. Kudos to the TBBC staff. They are friendly and very willing to serve us in all our reading needs.

Options for Reading The Friends’ Newsletter

Since the NLS cassette players are being returned to TBBC and many patrons no longer have the means to play even standard speed cassettes, The Friends are going to discontinue this format of our newsletter as of the Spring 2015 issue. The newsletter will still be available in Large Print, E-Mail, on our website friendsnjlibraryfortheblind.org and for those who do not have computers, by telephone on Newsline. If you do not have a Newsline subscription, contact Reader Services at TBBC at (800) 792-8322 to get signed up for a Newsline subscription. If you have a Newsline subscription, but do not remember your login information, contact Christian Riehl at the above” 800” number extension 821. Once you have secured your login information, dial in to the service by calling (888) 882-1629, or the local dial up number provided to you for accessing the service. Follow the prompts for logging in and reading the Newsletters. Choose option 2 off the main menu for your state’s information channel, followed by the appropriate option for the New Jersey information channel, and then follow the prompts for the Newsletters. Happy Reading.

A Heartfelt Thank You

The Friends would like to thank the following people for their very generous donations: Eleanor Coyle, Catherine Dize, Robert Gunderman, Betty Jean Grundhal, Barbara Pirie, and the Metuchen Lions.

Shop on Amazon and Make a Donation to the Friends

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The Friends Of The New Jersey Library For The Blind And Handicapped whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Just go to the Friend’s website friendsnjlibraryfortheblind.org. On the home page click on the AmazonSmile button. Sign in to your Amazon account or if new to Amazon, create an account. Type in the box for Selecting the Charity Friends NJ library blind. Then click search. We will be the only one on the list. Click select and you’re done. You can select a different charitable organization any time after signing in. Happy Shopping!

Just a Reminder

Dues were due on July 1st if you have already paid, thank you. If you have not yet paid, please do so now. A membership form is attached.

Campbell Soup Labels

Due to budget and staff reduction at TBBC, we are no longer accepting Campbell’s soup labels. We will notify everyone if the ability to process them returns in the future. Thank you for the support for so many years.

Hope everyone has a safe winter and Happy Holidays.

Directions to the Next Meeting

130 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2421
Cross Street: Seaman Street

From the North

  1. South on Route 1 to Route 18 heading toward New Brunswick.
  2. Get off Route 18 at the New Street ramp.
  3. Turn slight right onto New Street/ NJ 26.
  4. Take the 2nd left onto Livingston Avenue/NJ 26.
  5. Turn left onto Seaman Street and left into the JKTC parking lot.
From the South
  1. North on Route 1 to Livingston Avenue/NJ 26 toward New Brunswick.
  2. Turn right onto Seaman Street and left into the JKTC parking lot.



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