Indiana Insights

Maggie Ansty, Editor

317-232-3684 or 1-800-622-4970








Volume XXXVIII No. 1

Spring 2015


Mark your Calendars for the 2015 Indiana Vision Expo

The 2015 Indiana Vision Expo will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Indiana State Library.  Vision Expo provides an opportunity for people with vision loss, their friends, families, and service providers to learn about the resources available that help promote independent living.  It is also a great opportunity to meet the Talking Book staff as well as fellow Talking Book patrons. Parking and admission are free of charge.


The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Kathy Nimmer, Indiana Teacher of the Year and long time Talking Book Patron.  In addition to teaching English at Harrison High School in West Lafayette, Kathy is a published author whose works include Two Plus Four Equals One: Celebrating the Partnership of People with Disabilities and Their Assistance Dogs (DB74137).   Read more about Kathy being honored as Indiana’s teacher of the year at


Visit the Vision Expo website at for details about this year’s event as they become available.

Summer Reading

The library will be hosting its annual summer reading program from June 1st to August 3rd. This year we will be focusing on super hero themes with “Every Hero has a Story” for ages 4-13 and “Unmask!” for ages 14-18. Any Braille, digital audio, or large print book borrowed from the library within the time frame will count toward a participant’s total. In addition to borrowing physical copies of books, participants can download digital audio books from the BARD website at and play them on their talking book player, or download them directly to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch using the BARD Mobile app, available from the iTunes app store. The app should also be available for Android devices by the beginning of June. Students with refreshable Braille displays can also download Braille books through either the app or the website. To learn more about BARD and BARD Mobile, please visit

Prizes will be awarded based on number of books read.  All books borrowed from the library must be returned before prizes can be awarded.   Anyone between the ages of 4 and 18 who is unable to read standard print due to a visual impairment, physical disability, or organic reading disability is eligible for the summer reading program. Applications will be mailed in May to all active eligible patrons.

Please direct any questions regarding the summer reading program to Laura Williams at or 317-232-0609/1-800-622-4970.

Out of the Office: June 9th-11th

In June, the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library is hosting Talking Book librarians from around the country for our annual conference. As a result, Talking Book staff will be unable to take your phone calls from June 9-11th so that everyone can take advantage of this unique professional development experience.

Your regular Talking Book service should not be impacted during the conference. Please make use of voice mails and emails, which we will check regularly, in order to make specific book requests.

News Tidbits

·        Loan periods for audio magazines have been extended so patrons will now have more time to enjoy their publications. The loan period for weekly magazines is now three weeks (up from one week), while the loan period for monthly magazines is now seven weeks (up from four weeks).

·        Our usual supply of Braille calendars arrived late this year so we were unable to offer them in the December newsletter. However, if you would still like a 2015 Braille calendar we do still have some available. Please call or email us to let us know if you are interested in receiving one of these.

·        NLS has entered the final phase of development for the BARD Mobile app for Android devices. They are hoping to have the final app approved and added to the Android app store within the next couple of months.

·        Patrons still wishing to order a free currency reader from the Bureau of Printing and Engraving must now do so by contacting BEP directly for an application. Patrons can download applications at  or by calling


Indiana Voices Now on BARD

Good news for patrons who download their books from BARD! Locally recorded books from the Indiana Voices recording program are now available to download. While we have been eagerly anticipating the day when we could start adding our locally recorded books to BARD for several years now, we first had to go through a pilot process so that we could fulfill all of the required criteria.

We were invited to participate in the BARD pilot program in November and completed it in January.  Early in February we uploaded Brewster’s Millions, by Indiana author George Barr McCutcheon, to BARD. In its first month on BARD it was downloaded over 200 times by people all over the country!

Over the next few months we will be working on making the necessary formatting changes to more books in the Indiana Voices collection so they too can be added and freely enjoyed by Talking Book patrons nationwide. Upcoming Indiana titles to look for on BARD include biographies of Richard Lugar and Frank O’Bannon as well as the classic Indiana novel Uncle Tom Andy Bill. If you are unable to download books, physical copies of all Indiana Voices titles will always be available to borrow from the library.

Book Recommendations

Hot off the presses! Here are some highlights from our newest batch of arrivals here at the library.

Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words by Maeve Binchy (DB80289, LP019573)

Five decades of selected writings from the Irish Times by the bestselling novelist, self-described as "obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives." Topics include the royal wedding, boring airplane companions, Samuel Beckett, Margaret Thatcher, senior moments, and life as a waitress.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (DB80095)

Seventy-seven-year-old Dorrigo Evans thinks back on his life and relives his time in a Japanese POW camp, where he served as a surgeon, trying to save fellow prisoners from injury and cholera. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Man Booker Prize.

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon (DB80106, BR20614)

In retirement, Father Tim searches for something to occupy his time, while wife Cynthia continues with her career as a children's book author. Turning down a chance to run his former parish, he does take over the local bookstore when the owner is in need.

The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan Kellerman (DB80073)

Waking up beside a beautiful woman he has no memory of meeting, Detective Jacob Lev investigates a Hollywood Division murder case involving a severed head, an ominous message in Hebrew and the legend of the Golem of Prague. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex.

I’ll Have What She’s Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting by Rebecca Harrington (DB80412)

Harrington describes, undertakes, and evaluates a variety of diets and nutritional plans endorsed by celebrities throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Examines diets touted by Beyoncé, Karl Lagerfeld, Greta Garbo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Victoria Beckham, and Sophia Loren, among others.

The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton (DB80012)

Biographer examines the development of America's military efforts in World War II under the command of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the first two years of engagement in the conflict. Considers Roosevelt's administrative personality, appointments to leadership, and strategic alliances with Stalin and Churchill.

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman (DB79060)

1913. Malka Bialystoker helps her father trick her mother into emigrating to America to flee the Russian pogroms. There, Malka's father abandons them, her mother goes insane, and Malka is critically injured. Taken in by the Dinello family, she grows first to love and then to hate them.

Volunteer Appreciation

As April is National Volunteer Month, it is a great opportunity for us to recognize the important work our volunteers do for the Talking Book program. We have two very dedicated groups of volunteers who lend their time and talents to the Talking Books program: one group that repairs players for us and another that helps the Indiana Voices program record and edit talking books.

The Fort Wayne Elfuns, a group of retired GE employees, is our volunteer machine repair group. They inspect and repair all of the talking book players that are returned to the library with problems. They have done a great job keeping us stocked with a supply of refurbished, running cassette players and an even better job of helping us fix the recent battery issues with the digital players. If you receive a talking book player in the mail, it has probably been worked on by the Fort Wayne Elfuns!

The Indiana Voices program also relies heavily on the dedicated work of volunteers for both the recording and editing of all of the books it produces. Many of our volunteers have been with us for a number of years; some of their voices may be familiar to you from the books they have narrated over the years while some of them work behind the scenes with very little recognition.

Volunteers for the Indiana Voices program perform two main jobs: narrators and reviewers. Our volunteer narrators come in once a week and spend approximately an hour recording. Our virtual volunteer reviewers work from home listening to the roughly edited books in order to catch mistakes. We also have one volunteer who works onsite as a studio monitor, running the recording session of a volunteer narrator.

The volunteers in the Indiana Voices program are essential to the success of the program. Since the Indiana Voices program began, our volunteers have helped us produce over 100 Indiana related books that otherwise would not be available to our patrons. The work of all of our volunteers is invaluable and we want to take the opportunity to recognize and thank them for their work.

Indiana Voices Narrator Profiles:

In an effort to provide some insight into the background of our narrators we have asked them to give a short biography on who they are and why they have chosen to volunteer for the Indiana Voices program. We hope to be able to share a few of these profiles in upcoming issues of Indiana Insights.


Name :  Carl Henn     

Age:  93

Current or Previous Occupations:  Indianapolis Times, 1948 -1965, reporter, feature writer, copy editor ; Eli Lilly & Co., 1966 -1968, media and public relations ; Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 1968 -1988, communications director ; Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, 1948 – 1988, manager , presently executive producer (non-salaried)

Number of years as a narrator: 35 (Indiana Historical Society & Indiana Voices)

Favorite types of books to read / narrate:  Certain types of fiction (i.e. George Ade, Fables in Slang) ; highly informative (The Old Northwest)

Reasons for volunteering with Indiana Voices:  Fulfilling an obvious need, making use of my capability

Name:  Richard Remien     

Age: 76

Current or Previous Occupations:  Vice-president—sales and marketing for a sporting goods manufacturer

Number of years as a narrator:  5

Favorite types of books to read / narrate:  Sports, Biographies, Drama

Reasons for volunteering with Indiana Voices:  Enjoy reading and have time because of retirement.  It’s a worthwhile project.


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:

Saturday             May 2, 2015                           Library Closed

Tuesday              May 5, 2015                           Library Closed

Saturday             May 23, 2015                        Library Closed

Monday               May 25, 2015                        Library Closed

Friday                  July 3, 2015                           Library Closed

Saturday             July 4, 2015                           Library Closed

Saturday             September 5, 2015               Library Closed

Monday               September 7, 2015               Library Closed

Saturday             September 26, 2015             Vision Expo

Monday               October 12, 2015                  Library Closed

Tuesday              November 3, 2015                Library Closed

Wednesday        November 11, 2015              Library Closed

Thursday            November 26, 2015              Library Closed

Friday                  November 27, 2015              Library Closed

Saturday             November 28, 2015              Library Closed

Thursday            December 24, 2015              Library Closed

Friday                  December 25, 2015              Library Closed

Saturday             December 26, 2015              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.