Indiana Insights
Maggie Ansty, Editor
317-232-3684 or 1-800-622-4970

Volume XL No.2
Summer 2017

Join Us at Vision Expo!

Please join us as we celebrate the Indiana Vision Expo on Saturday, September 30th 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. New vendors this year include QR Speak, a producer of talking playing cards, and Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS).

Our program will include a 10:30 presentation on the Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA) by Easterseals Crossroads. The INDATA Project is a federally-funded project designed to increase access and awareness of assistive technology.  Services provided by INDATA include information and referral, funding assistance, public awareness and education, device demonstration, device loan, reutilized computers, and equipment reutilization. 

At 11:45 there will be a 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 $10 in the Senate Avenue Parking Garage.  The entrance is off of New York Street between West Street and Senate Avenue. Snacks and drinks will be on sale for a small fee.

For up to date information on the vendors participating in the 2017 Indiana Vision Expo, please visit our website as the event approaches at

New Public Awareness Coordinator

In May, the Indiana State Library Foundation hired Elizabeth Pearl to be the new public awareness coordinator for the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library. As the public awareness coordinator, Elizabeth provides statewide outreach services to libraries, support groups, nursing homes, and any other organization interested in utilizing and promoting talking books.

Here are some of the events she will be attending in the upcoming months:

September 9, 2017

8:30 AM-12:00 PM—Vision Walk, White River State Park, Indianapolis.

September 14, 2017

9:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.—Senior Information Fair, Allen County Public Library.

October 7, 2017

9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.—Boone County Senior Health and Wellness Expo, Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds.

October 10, 2017

8:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.—LaGrange Co. Senior Expo, Michiana Event Center.

November 15, 2017

8:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.—The ARC of Indiana annual conference, 502 East Event Center, Carmel.

Summer Reading Concludes

This summer 33 readers aged 5 to 18 read 505 braille, audio, and large print books over a nine-week period. Prizes for all participants have been mailed to their homes. Congratulations to our three grand prize winners!

Book Recommendations

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman (DB 83204)

Seven-year-old Elsa is acknowledged as weird. The grandmother she lives with is flat-out crazy, but she shares tales of the fairyland of Miamas. When her grandmother dies, Elsa is entrusted with delivering letters of apology and learns about her place in the world. 2014

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson (DB 84263, BR 21473)

Alice Whitley works for a publisher who sends her to California to help reclusive author Mimi Banning deliver her long-awaited second novel. While Mimi locks herself in her office supposedly writing every day, Alice takes care of Frank, Mimi's ferociously intelligent but eccentric young son. 2016.

The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain (DB 86377)

After a woman is mugged on the streets of Paris, she winds up in a coma. Bookstore owner Laurent finds her handbag abandoned nearby and uses clues from the bag, including a red notebook, to track the woman down. 2015.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (DB 85718, BR21656)

A year after the death of his beloved wife, Miriam, Arthur Pepper is sorting through her possessions and finds a lovely charm bracelet he never saw her wear. His decision to search for the story behind each charm takes him far from his comfort zone. Some strong language. 2016.

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais (DB 84747, BR 21533)

Family tragedy followed by fortune forces the Haji family from Mumbai. They travel to London, and then to a small town in France. Their neighbor, Madame Mallory, first wages war and then mentors son Hassan in the ways of cuisine. Some violence. 2008.

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 4, 2017               Library Closed

Saturday             September 30, 2017             Vision Expo

Monday               October 9, 2017                    Library Closed

Friday                  November 10, 2017              Library Closed

Thursday            November 23, 2017              Library Closed

Friday                  November 24, 2017              Library Closed

Monday               December 25, 2017              Library Closed

Tuesday              December 26, 2017              Library Closed


Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library Hours:

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

Free Matter for

the Blind