Indiana Insights

Indiana Vision Expo

As September approaches, start making plans to attend the 2012 Indiana Vision Expo.  This year’s Expo will feature 32 vendors, including both past favorites and first-time exhibitors.  Exhibits will include demonstrations and instructions on using voting machines, BARD, and both Apple and Windows-based computers. A complete list of vendors attending this year’s Expo, as well as links to their websites, can be found at


Also on this year's Expo agenda are programs to be held in the Indiana Author’s Room.  At 11:15 A.M., Dr. Richard Windsor and Dr. Laura Windsor will be discussing the latest advancements in the treatment of degenerative eye disease.  This will be their sixth consecutive year attending and sharing their expertise with the Expo.  At 1:15 P.M., Bosma Enterprises will be giving a presentation on new and current programs and services they are offering.  These programs are always popular, so make sure you arrive on time to reserve your seat!


A new addition to this year’s Expo will be a display celebrating the creative and artistic talents of our patrons.  We are still looking for artists, authors, and people who do needlework or other crafts who would like to share their talents with us.  If you are interested, please contact the library by phone at 317-232-3738 or email


Prior to this year's Expo, Indianapolis Vision Walk will once again be held on the Downtown Canal adjacent to the State Library. Sponsored by the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Vision Walk raises money for sight-saving research.  The Vision Walk will begin and end on Senate Avenue, outside the library, and will take walkers on a two mile route along the downtown canal.  We encourage you to form a team with your family and friends and make a fun-filled day out of the Vision Expo and Vision Walk!  Registration begins at 8:00 A.M and the walk starts at 9:30 A.M.  For more information visit or contact Kristi Snuttjer by phone at 1-847-680-0100 or email


We are very excited about this year’s Indiana Vision Expo.  Please mark your calendars and join us here at the Indiana State Library on Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  Parking is available for $5 in the Senate Avenue parking garage located across from the library. As always, admission to the Expo is free!

Talking Books Thanks Summer Readers

We would like to thank all of the participants of the 2012 Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library’s Summer Reading Program!  Readers this year were encouraged to dream big and use their imaginations to discover new people and places through a good book.  We are busily working to tally all of the books read during our two month program; once completed, prizes will be distributed to all of our readers.


Just because school will be starting soon, doesn’t mean you can’t keep reading.  We are always happy to help you find books you need for school or a book to enjoy reading in your free time, so feel free to give us a call!

BIG Thanks to Talking

Books Volunteers

The Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library greatly appreciates the hard work of our dedicated group of volunteers. Talking Books relies on volunteers to check incoming books to ensure they are complete, in working order, and rewound.  Our Indiana Voices Program also relies on volunteers to narrate and proofread their books.  Their hard work and dedication allows us to best serve the needs of our patrons.


Learn more about Talking Books volunteer opportunities at

Talking Books Around Town

The Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library will be participating in several events in the upcoming months and hope to see some of you there!


- From August 24th-28th we will have a booth at the American Legion National Convention in downtown Indianapolis. 


- On September 6th we will be attending the Blind Workers Convention in Indianapolis.


- During the first 2 weeks of October we will have booths at several Health Fairs at the Crestwood Village apartment communities in Indianapolis.

Volume XXXV No. 3


In this Issue:

  1. Save the Date: Indiana Vision Expo Coming in September
  2. Talking Books Thanks Summer Readers
  3. BIG Thanks to Talking Books Volunteers
  4. Talking Books Around Town
  5. Updates from the NLS Biennial Conference

Talking Books Updates

In May, the National Library Service’s biennial conference was held in Newport, Rhode Island.  Librarians from around the country gathered to hear Karen Kenninger, the new director of the National Library Service, speak about upcoming changes patrons can expect and her vision for the future of the National Library Service.  Among the items discussed were several that will impact Talking Book patrons here in Indiana.


Perhaps the biggest and most eagerly anticipated change patrons can look forward to this year is the conversion of magazines from cassette tape to digital cartridge.  Patrons will receive one cartridge a month (or week depending on your subscriptions) loaded with all of your magazines. Unlike the magazines on cassette, magazines sent to patrons on digital cartridges WILL need to be returned. Failure to return magazines for an extended time period may jeopardize your standing in the magazine program.  Talking Book Topics will be included on a digital cartridge as part of your monthly magazine subscription and will need to be returned as well. 


There are also several planned changes to BARD, a free service that allows patrons to download books and magazines from home.  Planned changes include the addition of web-Braille, which should happen sometime in the late summer.  Current web-Braille users will need to register for a BARD account to continue downloading web-Braille titles.  Other ongoing BARD improvement projects include an improved search feature, an improved interface for supporting low-vision, inclusion of locally produced books and magazines, an increased number of foreign titles and music scores, wish lists, lists of previously downloaded items, and a smart phone application. 


While there is no specific date for these changes going live, we look forward to these improvements in service!

Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library Calendar

Saturday, September 1, 2012 - Library Closed

Monday, September 3, 2012 - Library Closed

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Vision Expo

Monday, October 8, 2012 - Library Closed

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Library Closed

Monday, November 12, 2012 - Library Closed

Thursday,  November 22, 2012 - Library Closed

Friday, November 23, 2012 - Library Closed

Saturday, November 24, 2012 - Library Closed

Saturday, December 22, 2012 - Library Closed

Monday, December 24, 2012 - Library Closed

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - Library Closed


Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library Hours

Monday – Friday    8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday    8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Indiana Insights is a publication of the Talking Book and Braille Library, Indiana State Library.   Indiana Insights is also available online, in Braille, by email, or on a digital cartridge upon request.  Any mention of products and services in the Indiana Insights is for information only and does not imply endorsement.­

Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library


Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library

140 N. Senate Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Maggie Ansty, Indiana Insights Editor


Local Telephone: 317-232-3684

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