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Spring 2017 NEWSLETTER


Message from the President

Hello everybody and happy spring.

Please make note that the meeting will be held on Saturday June 10 which is the second Saturday of the month.
We usually meet on the first Saturday of the month but due to a scheduling conflict we needed to change it.
More details regarding the meeting and the location will be addressed in another article in this newsletter.
We have a variety of topics here in the newsletter and we will enjoy reading.
I hope to see most of you either in person or on the phone in June.

Lauren Casey

Meeting Information

The next meeting of the Friends will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M., followed by lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. The location is the Joseph Kohn Training Center (JKTC) located at 130 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, NJ. Directions to the JKTC will appear at the end of this newsletter. Anyone wishing to stay for lunch will be asked to contribute $5.00 toward the cost of the food. Please call Mary Jo Partyka at 609 888-5459 by June 1 to advise us of your attendance so we can plan for lunch. We hope you will consider joining us for an informative and important meeting. Since this is our annual meeting, membership dues will be collected at the June meeting. Dues are $10.00 for an individual and $25.00 for a family.

If you cannot attend the meeting we would like to invite you to dial in to the conference call. Please note; this is not a toll free number. On June 10th at 10 AM dial 712 432-0180. Enter the access code 425 373#. You will be asked to press 1 after the access code is repeated correctly.

TBBC’s Sixth Annual Golf Outing

On June 12, 2017, The NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) is hosting its 6th Annual Golf Classic at Hopewell Valley Golf Club at 114 Pennington Hopewell Road, in Hopewell, New Jersey. The Friends are pleased to be a sponsor again this year.

The Library staff is looking forward to enjoying a day of golf with you on one of the best conditioned and respected golf clubs while supporting a deserving New Jersey program that helps tens of thousands of residents each year. Proceeds benefit the NJSL TBBC, NJ’s only free public library for the print disabled (anyone who has a physical impairment, a reading disability or a visual impairment). For more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities visit the Library’s website at http://www.njstatelib.org/talking-book-braille-center/. If you have any questions about the outing, contact Linda Cerce at 800-792-8322 ext. 835 or 802

Friends Pilot Tour of the Statehouse
By Mary Jo Partyka

On March 28, 2017, TBBC staff members Adam Szczepaniak, Mary Kerns Kaplan, and Gail stokes accompanied Friends members Barbara Mayo, Marie Lockwood, and Mary Jo Partyka on a tour of the New Jersey State House in Trenton. The tour was developed by David April (Tour Program Coordinator) and Jenny Liebert (Tour Program Educator). We visited the rotunda of the State House where we were able to feel how high the ceilings were and to touch a model of the State House Dome and the State Seal. In addition to taking us to the Governor’s office where we were permitted to stand at the podium where the Governor makes his speeches, we sat in the assembly chambers where the legislators meet and in the senate chambers where we heard part of a meeting and learned how the representatives vote on issues. Prior to our tour, David April and Jenny Liebert consulted with former New Jersey resident and fifth-grade teacher Mark McAllen, who is also visually impaired. Mark stressed the importance of describing how the rooms look and what they contain, and the importance of having physical models available which can be touched. Based on the descriptions provided at the tour, it was very apparent that April and Liebert put much time and effort into creating a tour that would be interesting and memorable for all of us.

The participants were asked to provide feedback after the tour and we all praised it enthusiastically. We promised to recommend the tour to both visually impaired friends and organizational members, and sighted people.

TBBC Book Club Update

On Monday, March 6, 2017, the adult Book Club discussed the books The Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins and The Christmas Train by David Baldacci. There were both members in attendance and others who participated in the conference call. Both books were favorably reviewed and resulted in a great discussion.

The next adult book club meeting will take place on Monday, June 5 at the Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC) at 1:00 PM. Directions for participation in the conference call will be at the bottom of this article. We will be reading the following books.

Orphan train DB76746

Kline, Christina Baker. Reading time: 8 hours, 23 minutes.

Read by Suzanne Toren; Jessica Almasy.


Foster teen Molly is sent to ninety-one-year-old Vivian Daly's house on coastal Maine to perform community service. As Molly cleans the attic, Vivian reminisces about emigrating from Ireland, losing her family, and being sent to Minnesota on an orphan train--and the two connect. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: a novel DB77825

Flagg, Fannie. Reading time: 8 hours, 27 minutes.

Read by Mare Trevathan.

Historical Fiction


2005. Sookie Poole is recovering from marrying off the last of her three daughters when she is entrusted with a registered letter for her formidable mother, Lenore. The letter reveals secrets from Lenore's past during World War II that change Sookie's perception of her mother--and herself. Bestseller. 2013.

Coming to the book club is fun because it gives you an opportunity to discuss what you read with others. However, if you cannot attend, please consider reading these books yourself.

TBBC Conference Call instructions

Dial in at 1:00 PM on conference dial-in number: 605-475-3220. You will be prompted to enter the access code which is 672445#. Follow the prompts. If you entered the correct access code, please press 1. You will then join the conference call.

A Heartfelt Thank You

The Friends would like to thank the following people for their very generous donations: Beverly Dubee, Emily Passet, Seema Patel.

Annual Dues are due

This is a friendly reminder that our annual dues for FY 2018 should be sent in now. Please send your dues and donations to the Friends mailing address and write your check out to the Friends of the Library for the Blind and Handicapped. The Friends appreciate your efforts and your participation in helping the NJSLTBBC meet its goals. A membership form is attached to this newsletter for those who wish to join the Friends or pay dues. Dues are $10.00 for an individual membership and $25.00 for a family membership. These dues cover the 12 month period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Options for Reading The Friends’ Newsletter

The newsletter is available in Large Print, E-Mail, on our website http://friendsnjlibraryfortheblind.org/ and for those who do not have computers, by telephone on Newsline. You can access these Newsletters with a Newsline subscription and a touch-tone telephone. If you do not have a Newsline subscription, contact Reader Services at the New Jersey Talking Book and Braille Center at 1-800-792-8322 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 number extension 821. Once you have secured your login information, dial in to the service by calling 1-888-882-1629, 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 option for the blindness groups, then the option for the Friends Newsletters. Happy reading.

Please check out our website for information on community services as well as present and past copies of our newsletters at http://friendsnjlibraryfortheblind.org/

Directions to the Next Meeting


130 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2421

Cross Street: Seaman Street

From the North

South on Route 1 to Route 18 heading toward New Brunswick.

Get off Route 18 at the New Street ramp.

Turn slight right onto New Street/ NJ 26.

Take the 2nd left onto Livingston Avenue/ NJ 26.

Turn left onto Seaman Street and left into the JKTC parking lot.

From the South

North on Route 1 to Livingston Avenue/NJ 26 toward New Brunswick.

Turn right onto Seaman Street and left into the JKTC parking lot.



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