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In Touch Spring 2009 In Touch Spring 2009

A Newsletter for Parents and Teachers
Lissa Shanahan, Regional Librarian
Carole Rose, Editor

Summer Reading Program 

“Be Creative @ Your Library” is the theme for the 2009 statewide children’s summer reading program, sponsored by the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library.  From June 1-July 30, children ages 5-13 who are registered with the Talking Book program are invited to have fun reading books and earning some great prizes.   

All participants will receive reading certificates, food coupons from Wendy’s, stickers, and bookmarks.  Young readers can also win kazoos, tambourines, echo microphones, silly putty, book bags, and more.  The outstanding reader in each grade as well as the top braille and large print readers will receive t-shirts and canvas totes.  There will be two grand prize drawings—one for grades K-3 and one for grades 4-7.  Children who select and read one or more titles from our theme-related reading list will earn an extra entry in the drawing. Prizes will be awarded when all books borrowed during the summer have been returned.  

Cover letters and summer reading applications will be sent in late April.  If you do not receive this information by the end of April or early May, please let us know.  You can help make sure that your child is enrolled in the program and receives his/her first shipment of books on or before June 1 by completing and returning the application to the library by the week of May 11.  If you aren’t able to get the application back to us until later in the month, your child will still be able to take part.  Teachers with students who are eligible, but have yet to sign up for the Talking Book program, and would be interested in reading during the summer, may contact the library for an application or download one from our web site.  Visit , click on the Talking Book and Braille Library page and print out the application form.   

For further information about the summer reading program, contact Carole Rose, coordinator of children’s services at (317) 232-0609,(800) 622-4970, or 

Promoting Creativity  

The theme for this year’s summer program suggests ideas for projects that will not only encourage children to be creative, but will also celebrate and recognize their accomplishments.  The Talking Book and Braille Library would like to showcase the talents of our young readers by inviting them to create.

Several years ago, we asked students to submit short stories, poetry, personal narrative, or other items of interest.  We gathered the entries together and produced a book in braille, large print, and on cassette.  The project was very rewarding for everyone involved. 

Once again we are inviting young readers to submit a story, poem, personal experience piece, or other article of interest, for inclusion in another compilation.  Rules for submission include:

Contributors may submit more than one entry.

Entries may be submitted in print, braille, in an audio format, or as an email attachment. 

Emails should be sent to Carole Rose at 

Writing done in the classroom should be submitted by the end of the academic year.  Children may submit entries during the summer. 

Young writers will receive a copy of this collection in an audio format.  The production of braille and large print copies may be limited due to budget constraints.  An alternative may be to offer the book online for downloading by people with computer access.  

We also want to recognize the talents of those students who are not writers.  Many are involved in music or a variety of arts and crafts.  We are interested in submissions in these areas—videos, painting, drawing, tactile art, craft projects, etc.  Projects done in the classroom should be submitted by the end of the academic year.  Projects may be completed at home and submitted during the summer.  We are also interested in receiving writing or arts and crafts items that were completed during the early part of the 2008-2009 academic year.   

All items received will be displayed in exhibit cases here at the library during the summer and during our 2009 Indiana Vision Expo which will be held on Saturday, September 26.  For recognition purposes, please be sure that the student’s name and grade level are included with each item submitted.  

Please help us showcase our talented young patrons by encouraging them to participate in this very special activity.  For further information, contact Carole Rose.  

2009 Indiana Vision Expo  

Parents, teachers, and students who have attended any of our three previous Indiana Vision Expos may be interested to know that the 2009 Indiana Vision Expo will be held at the Indiana State Library on Saturday, September 26, from 9:30 AM until 3:00 PM.   If you’ve never attended one of these events, please mark your calendar and plan to join us.   

This year, a very special guest will be with us to help celebrate the 7575th anniversary of the Talking Book program in Indiana.  Mitzi Friedlander, a long-time NLS Talking Book narrator will be giving two presentations.  For the past forty years, Ms. Friedlander has narrated books in the studios of the American Printing House for the Blind.  She has read more than 1500 titles for adults and children. Children who have read Charlotte's Web, a Henry and Mudge book or books by Beverly Cleary have enjoyed her superb narration.  A question and answer period will follow each presentation, and Ms. Friedlander will spend time meeting patrons.  

The Indiana Vision Expo has its own web site: The site will feature a complete list of exhibitors as well as links to those exhibitors who have web sites.  The site will also be updated as soon as new Expo info becomes available.  Information will also appear in the summer edition of Indiana Insights and in flyers which will be distributed a few weeks prior to the event.  You may also contact Carole Rose, Indiana Vision Expo Coordinator at (317) 232-0609, (800) 622-4970, or


The new digital talking book players and flash memory cartridges will be available for distribution to patrons within the next few months.  The new player will be about half the size of the current cassette machine.  The flash memory cartridge is about the same size as a cassette but somewhat thinner, and an entire book will be contained on a single cartridge. 

We are compiling a list of persons who have let us know they want a digital player as soon as possible.  So far, only four of the patrons on our list are children.  We believe that this new system will be very popular with young readers.  They should be pleased to learn that books from the NLS web site can be downloaded onto an SD card or thumb drive and played on the DTB player.  Books may either be stored on the memory device or deleted to make room for more downloads.  Having your child’s name on a list does not guarantee that he/she will receive a machine within the first month, but it does ensure that patrons in good standing whose names are on the list will receive a player as soon as possible.  Please let us know soon if your child wants his/her name added to the list.