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Spring 2022 NEWSLETTER


Message from the President

Greetings members of the Friends of the Library,

For my final message as your president, first let me say I wish to commend the membership on all you have done in very difficult times. The last two years have been unlike anything we have ever seen in human history with the pandemic. Now as my second term ends, and my successor is about to be elected we are slowly but surely getting back to somewhat of normalcy. In person meetings are right around the corner and so too are Friends activities. This past March, I participated in a focus group along with state National Federation of the Blind President Linda Melendez and a few others including a former director of the NJ Commission for the Blind. The main topic of this group was outreach and getting the word out to NJ’s blind and print disabled community about library services. It was a very constructive meeting, and I was pleased to be invited. I did think the notice was spam at first but finding open slots I was able to partake. It was a great honor to represent the Friends at this meeting. It was great to be asked for my opinion on library services. I have been a member of The Friends since about 2004 and have fond memories of our Saturday meetings. I am still proud to be a member of The Friends. Looking forward to warmer weather and a new era with the Friends. We hope to welcome in many new members as well as welcoming back current and past members. I am looking forward to presiding over my final meeting as your president at our June 4th meeting and it has been an honor serving under your command. As this is our annual meeting and we will be holding elections, we do hope you plan to join us and support our group.

President Ken Lawrence Friends of the NJ Library for the Blind & Handicapped.

Meeting Information

Our next meeting will be on June 4th, 2022, at 10 AM by conference call. Please dial 605-468-8005. Enter the access code 425 373#. You will be asked to press 1 after the access code is repeated correctly.

Election of Officers

By Mary Jo Partyka, Nominating Committee Chairperson

Election of Officers will be held at the June 4th meeting. The Nominating Committee is comprised of Barbara Finan, Doug Heine, and Mary Jo Partyka. They are proposing the following slate of officers: President – Marie Sawyer; Vice President - Jack Truehaft; Secretary –Bea Oliveti and Treasurer – Joyce Sowa. Other members may be nominated from the floor at the time of elections. We do ask that anyone being nominated from the floor be approached in advance of the meeting and he/she must agree to run for the office in question. Please make every attempt to attend this important meeting.

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.

11th Annual TBBC Golf Classic

The NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center is proud to announce its 11th Annual TBBC Golf Classic. This year we have been given the honor of hosting the charity event at a new venue, Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, NJ. The outing is on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14th, 2022.

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and a Continental Breakfast, followed by a 10:00 a.m. shot gun start. There will be two contests during the day, a putting contest with a chance to win $5,000 if they make a 60ft putt and a Closest to the Pin contest on a par 3 hole.

There will be course hospitality stations on the course throughout the day. As the golfers end their play they will head back to the clubhouse for happy hour and hors d’oeuvres while they wait for golfers to finish up their play. A buffeted lunch will be served, followed by announcing contest winners, 1st and 2nd place teams and a 50/50 winner. During the reception golfers will have the chance to purchase Penny Auctions tickets for a chance to win donated baskets and items. There will also be Silent Auction items for the golfers to view and bid on. The day will conclude with dessert!

Many thanks to The Friends of the NJ Library for the Blind & Handicapped for supporting our event as The Presenting Sponsor. Their support of this event has been ongoing for the past 11 years. Proceeds of the event benefit the Talking Book & Braille Center, New Jersey’s only FREE library for the reading and print disabled (anyone who is blind, visually or physically impaired).

Please help spread the word! If you know anyone interested in golfing, sponsoring, donating an auction item, or have any questions about the outing, please feel free to contact Linda Cerce at 800-792-8322 ext. 835 or email lcerce@njstatelib.org.

By Linda Cerce

Notice of Retirement Luz Sanchez

Luz Sanchez was hired as TBBC’s “Spanish Language Outreach Coordinator” Luz has spent the last 31 years working with our Hispanic patrons to receive audiobooks in their native language. Until recently, NLS Spanish language books needed to be copyrighted in the United States and could not be translated from English for the program. With the passage of the Marrakech Treaty Spanish language books from across the world had finally become available.

Luz also worked on outreach opportunity to the Hispanic communities.

Luz has said “I have enjoyed serving all our patrons and will be sad not to be able to talk to them. I have seen many coworkers come and go and have enjoyed working with them. Now I will be looking forward to hanging out catching some sun by the pool, going to the gym, and walking on the boardwalk.”

Submitted by Adam Szczepaniak

Annual Dues are Due

This is a friendly reminder that our annual dues for FY 2023 are now due. The mailing address is PO Box 434 Woodbridge, NJ 07095and make checks payable 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, 2022, to June 30, 2023.

A Heartfelt Thank You

The Friends would like to thank Barbara Pirie and James Dougherty for their very generous donations to our organization. As we support the library in any way we can, the contributions are most welcome. A very Heartfelt Thank You

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 friendsnjlibraryfortheblind.org


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