Indiana Insights

Maggie Ansty, Editor

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Volume XXXIX No.2

Summer 2016


Vision Expo’s 10th Anniversary

Please join us as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Indiana Vision Expo on Saturday, September 24th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Indiana State Library. The Expo will feature our usual wide variety of vendors and non-profit agencies that provide the latest in adaptive technology, independent living aids, and other resources for all ages. In celebration of our anniversary, the first 200 attendees will receive tote bags with the Vision Expo logo. You can also register to win either an iPad or a Victor Reader Stream at the Talking Book booth in the Great Hall. Registration will be limited to one per attendee.

Our program will include a 10:30 presentation on the latest in assistive technology by Bill Powell from Bosma Enterprises, followed by an 11:45 presentation on the latest advancements in the treatment of eye disease by low vision specialists Dr. Richard Windsor and Dr. Laura Windsor of the Low Vision Centers of Indiana.

Parking will be available for $5 in the Senate Avenue Parking Garage.  The entrance is off of New York Street between West Street and Senate Avenue.

For up to date information on the vendors participating in the 2016 Indiana Vision Expo, please visit our website as the event approaches at


New Technology Grant Program a Success

The first full year of the Technology Grant Program from the Indiana State Library Foundation was a success, with all of the allotted money for 2016 awarded to patrons. As a result, we will no longer be accepting applications this year. You can submit applications for a 2017 grant beginning January 1, 2017.

The Indiana State Library Foundation Technology Grants were introduced in December 2015 as a way to help patrons purchase adaptive technology devices. Since then, patrons have been assisted in purchasing items ranging from handheld magnifying glasses to iPads to table top video magnifiers. If you are interested in applying for a grant in 2017, you can find more information at

Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library Wins Award

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, recently honored the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library as the 2015 Network Library of the Year.

NLS presented the award on June 10th at a luncheon ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The library was recognized for a number of accomplishments in 2015, including the introduction of a nightly duplication program of download only books for patrons, the inclusion of Indiana Voices books on BARD for patrons nationwide to download and enjoy, and the grants awarded from the Indiana State Library Foundation for both assistive technology for patrons and a new workspace for the volunteer machine repair group in Fort Wayne.

In 2015, the library served 5,137 individual patrons and 460 institutions and circulated 170,775 digital talking-book cartridges, 3,361 braille books, and 8,281 large-print books. Over 1000 BARD patrons downloaded an additional 55,456 titles.

The Kent District Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled in Wyoming, Michigan received the inaugural Network Advisory and Outreach Center of the Year award.

Summer Reading Note

Summer reading wrapped up on August 15th, with over 650 audio, braille, and large print books read by 43 participants aged five through nineteen over an 11-week period.  Prizes will be mailed out in the next few weeks after final tallies are made.

Indianapolis Vision Walk

The 10th annual Indianapolis Vision Walk will take place on Saturday, October 8th, at 8 a.m. in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. The walk benefits the Foundation Fighting Blindness, which funds research for treatments and cures of blinding retinal diseases such as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, and Usher syndrome. Since 2006 the Vision Walk has raised over $41 million to support its mission. For more information, visit or call Lori Quinn at 847-680-0100.

Gold Medal Reads

Going through Olympics withdrawal? Check out these inspiring books: 

The Three-Year Swim Club by Julie Checkoway (DB 83154)

The story of Soichi Sakamoto and the Japanese American children he trained to be champion swimmers, hoping to have them compete in the 1940 Olympic Games. 2015.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown (DB 77138, LP 19018, BR 21495)

Recounts the accomplishments of nine working-class athletes from the University of Washington who beat elite teams at home and abroad and won the gold medal for rowing at the 1936 Nazi-orchestrated Berlin Olympics. 2013.


Indiana Insights is a publication of the Talking Book and Braille Library, Indiana State Library.   Indiana Insights is also available online, in Braille, or on a digital cartridge upon request.  Any mention of products and services in the Indiana Insights newsletter is for information purposes only and does not imply endorsement.  This project is funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services Technology act. ____________________________________________________________

Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library Calendar:

Monday               September 5, 2016               Library Closed

Saturday             September 24, 2016             Vision Expo

Monday               October 10, 2016                  Library Closed

Tuesday              November 8, 2016                Library Closed   

Friday                  November 11, 2016              Library Closed

Thursday            November 24, 2016              Library Closed

Friday                  November 25, 2016              Library Closed

Friday                  December 23, 2016              Library Closed

Monday               December 26, 2016              Library Closed


Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library Hours:

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


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