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Logo of The Friends of The New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped: Within a circle is a family with their pets. Around the circle is our organization name, The Friends of the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped THE FRIENDS OF THE NEW JERSEY LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND AND HANDICAPPED, INC.


The mission of the Friends shall be to support and promote the services and programs of the NJ State Library Talking Book and Braille Center.

Message from the President

Hello Friends of the Library Members,

As it is getting close to time for my next to last meeting as your president, we must prepare to elect my successor as well as the rest of the executive board. I have asked Barbara Finan, Doug Heine and Mary Jo Partyka to chair the nominating committee for the 2022 elections. Complete information is included in this newsletter. Please plan to attend our meeting to learn the latest on TBBC as well as our upcoming elections. Please ask your friends and family to attend as well so we can grow our membership and continue to advocate for our library.

The Friends acknowledge the passing of Joyce Christiansen, long time TBBC employee and friend to many of us. The Friends made a donation to TBBC in her memory. Please plan to join me on Saturday, December 4th by conference call. Plus you can help me celebrate my birthday!

Ken Lawrence, President

Meeting Information

Our next meeting will be by phone on December 4th, 2021, at 10 AM dial 605-468-8005. Enter the access code 425 373#. You will be asked to press 1 after the access code is repeated correctly.

The 10th Annual TBBC Golf Classic Update

On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center hosted its 10th Annual TBBC Golf Classic at the Bedens Brook Club in Skillman, NJ. $5,000 was raised in support of TBBC services and helps pay for items that our budget cannot.

A special thank you to our generous Sponsors, The Friends of the New Jersey Library for the Blind & Handicapped, Thomas Edison State University, and Lear & Pannepacker, LLP, the staff at the Bedens Brook Club, the Golf Committee and TBBC volunteers.

If you would like more information about becoming involved with the Golf Committee, please contact Linda Cerce at 800-792-8322 ext. 835 or email lcerce@njstatelib.org.

Thank you from the TBBC

July 5, 2021

Friends of the New Jersey Library for the Blind & Handicapped
P.O. Box 434
Woodbridge, NJ 07095-0434

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the organizing committee of The 10th Annual TBBC Golf Classic, I would like to thank you for your Presenting Sponsorship donation of $1,500. Through your valuable support, the funds we raise allow us to continue to provide FREE public library services for any New Jersey resident whose ability to read is affected permanently or temporarily by low vision, a physical impairment, a reading disability or blindness.

The tournament held on June 15, 2021, at the Bedens Brook Club in Skillman, NJ was a big success, and in no small measure, due to your generosity. The weather was perfect for the players to enjoy a fun filled day of golf, networking, fine dining, awards, prizes and auctions. As our outing continues to grow, please know that partnerships with our golfers, sponsors, and donors are vital to our success. We look forward to working with you again in next year's 11th to Annual TBBC Golf Classic.

Enclosed is a program booklet from the day of the event.


Adam Szczepaniak
Deputy State Librarian & Director New Jersey State Library
Talking Book & Braille Center

TBBC Summer Reading Program

TBBC had a very successful Summer Reading Program for 2021. Because of the ongoing pandemic, we once again held the entire program virtually, sending emails to all TBBC youth patrons with email addresses on file. We included activities for all ages, including things to do together as a family. We also included several different book lists of the nominated books available from TBBC using the NJ Library Association’s Garden State Book Awards nominees. – Jen Apgar

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

Jason Broughton has been appointed as Director, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), where he will be responsible for the oversight and administration of the NLS program of the Library of Congress, including the expansion of online and digital delivery of program services. Prior to joining the Library of Congress, Broughton became the first African American to serve as Vermont State Librarian since 2019, where he engaged in strategic planning for the Department of Libraries and establishing a long-term vision for the State Library.

For over a decade, Broughton held numerous library roles in South Carolina and Georgia, where he used his prior training as an educator to focus on such issues as workforce development and public outreach engagement.

Broughton earned his M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, a M.S. in Public Administration from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida A&M University.

Broughton’s effective start date will be Sept. 12.

Nominating Committee - June 2022 Elections

At our June 2022 meeting, the Friends will be electing the slate of officers who will be holding positions for the next 2 years. The Nominating Committee Chair, appointed by President Ken Lawrence, is Mary Jo Partyka. Also on the committee are Doug Heine and Barbara Finan. If you would like to be considered for an office, please contact the committee at Friendsnjlbh@yahoo.com or call Mary Jo Partyka (609) 888-5459. Here are descriptions of each open position. Please be sure to review carefully.

SECTION 1. The officers shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. These officers shall perform the duties set forth in these By-Laws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Friends. The president must be eligible for services from the (NJSLTBBC).

The President shall preside at all meetings, appoint two (2) Executive Board members-at-Large with Board approval, appoint committees and serve as an ex officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. The President shall be a current member and in good standing of the Friends.

The Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President. The vice-President must be eligible for services from the (NJSLTBBC).

The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings, coordinate correspondence and maintain custody of all non-financial corporate records.

The Treasurer shall keep the financial records, maintain responsibility over all receipts and disbursements and prepare periodic financial reports.

Joyce Christensen Obituary

With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Joyce Christensen of Lower Makefield, Pennsylvania, born in Berwyn, Illinois, who passed away on September 10, 2021, at the age of 78. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 9th, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel (41 W Trenton Ave, Morrisville, PA 19067). A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 9th, 2021, at 11:00 AM at the same location. A reception will be held on Saturday, October 16th, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, in Mrs. Christensen's name, may be sent to New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) at www.njstatelib.org or American Heart Association, P. O. Box 78851, Phoenix, AZ 85062-8851.

Suggested donation: American Heart Association

A Heartfelt Thank You

The Friends would like to thank Barbara Pirie. As we support the library in any way we can, the contributions are most welcome. Thank you!

Annual Dues are due

This is a friendly reminder that our annual dues for FY 2022 annual dues are past due. If you have not sent them in yet, please do so ASAP. 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, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

Options for Reading The Friends’ Newsletter

The newsletter is available in Large Print, E-Mail, on our website 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 friendsnjlibraryfortheblind.org


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