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Fall 2014 NewsLion:

New and Expanded: Technology, Culture and Community Fair

We will be hosting a Technology, Culture, and Community Fair for the Blind, Visually Impaired or Disabled on Saturday October 18th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Andrew Heiskell Library. Join us as we turn our library into a hub for representatives from the great cultural institutions, sports programs, technology vendors, and community organizations NYC has to offer. Everyone is welcome, but the focus of the fair will be accessibility for people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise disabled. Hear a career assistance panel address challenges and opportunities for visually impaired job seekers; attend showcase sessions about accessible culture and technology; try out assistive technology for reading, communicating, learning, and surfing the web; meet our team of peer technology coaches and set up a free appointment. Organizations represented include Apex, Touch Graphics, Abisee, major New York museums, NYC Parks and Recreation, SIBL's Job Search Central, and many, many more.

Oral History Project
We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new project called Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience. As part of The NYPL Community Oral History Project, The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library will work to document and bring to light the varieties of personal experiences with disability, both current and historical, in New York City and surrounding areas. Interviewers will be trained to collect oral histories of people who are living with a disability, preserving important and untold stories that are part of a larger history of disability. Interview your neighbor! Tell your story! Join us!

Call for Volunteer Interviewers and Storytellers

We are looking for volunteer interviewers for the launch of our oral history project in Fall 2014. Interested in participating as an interviewer to help in this important project? E-mail or call 212-621-0624 to sign up for one of our training sessions to answer your questions and give you the skills you need. Let us know which of the following you would like to attend: Saturday 10/25 11am-1pm; Monday 10/27 11am-1pm; Mon 10/27 2pm-4pm, or Tuesday 10/28 5pm-7pm. If none of those times work for you, let us know. Materials will be available in braille and large print.

If you are interested in participating as a storyteller and being interviewed for our oral history project, please call or email us. Storytellers are encouraged to participate on site at our library, or you may participate by being interviewed over the phone. Stories will be collected from November through April.

Launch Party and Piano Concert with 4 Hands

Join us as we celebrate the launch of the Oral History Project on Saturday November 22nd from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, listen to highlights from already-recorded stories and meet the interviewers. Then Alexander Wu and Sasha Papernik will perform “All4One from Broadway to Classical”. A tag-team tour de force present an array of American standards and international classics, from duet arrangements of Mozart’s A Little Night Music, Bizet’s Opera Carmen, and the Broadway musical West Side Story, to Russian dances, tangos, and Irving Berlin.

Children and Young Adult Calendar

Children’s Read Aloud Wednesdays
3 p.m. on September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th; October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th; November 5th, 12th, 19th; December 3rd, 10th, 17th. Children (accompanied by a favorite adult) will enjoy songs, fingerplays and books. Storytime will help your child develop key preliteracy skills while interacting with other children their age. Ages 0-4 welcome!

Sensory Science Story Time
Thursdays at 4pm: September 18th, October 16th, November 20th, December 18th. Join this interactive and educational science-themed story time for preschoolers. We’re combining stories, songs, and activities to stimulate all the senses and promote learning.

Li'l Beakers Workshop
Fridays at 4pm: September 12th, October 10th, November 14th, December 12th. Li’l Beakers Workshops will guide children ages 5-12 through cool hands-on experiments. Each week, we’ll cover a different topic and have fun with science while learning.

Family Story Time
Fridays at 11:15am: September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th, December 5th. Children and their parents or caregivers can enjoy stories, rhymes and songs at this story time that is suitable for all ages.

Special Programs!
Mi Manzana Música/Music
Wednesday September 10th at 11:15 a.m.
Children are immersed in the richness of the Spanish language as they participate in lively educational songs and typical rhymes and movements. Two native musicians guide students through using call and response techniques, visual aids and instruments.

Sesame Street Movie Viewing
Wednesday, October 15th at 3 p.m.
For one day Sesame Street is at your library! Join us for a viewing of a Sesame Street film and craft session!

Sesame Street Read Aloud
Wednesday, October 22nd at 3pm
Join us for a Sesame Street themed children's storytime!

Central Park Zoo: Perfectly Penguin
Wednesday, October 8th at 3:00 p.m.
Why would a wild polar bear never eat a penguin? Find out the answer and learn many other facts about penguins and their amazing adaptations in our interactive show "A Penguin State of Mind." Students also learn about the importance of polar conservation.

MOMA Art Program
Wednesday, December 3rd at 3:00 p.m.
Details to be announced. For ages 0-6.

See Tech Section for Youth Tech Workshops:
Science and Math on iOS and Choosing the Right College

Parents Advisory Group
A big thank you to everyone who showed an interest in our first parent advisory group meeting. We’ve received a lot of good ideas and are looking forward to implementing them. If you’d like to attend our next meeting to tell us how we can better serve you, join us Saturday, October 25th at 11:15am

Adult Calendar (in addition to featured events above)

Adult Book Discussion Group
Join us to talk about thought-provoking books! The group meets on the third Saturday of every other month at 10:30 a.m. Upcoming discussions:
● October 11: Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, DB 77581 (Note date change from October 18 to October 11).
● December 20: The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry, DB 15886
If you can’t join us here, you can participate in a book discussion over the phone on the Tuesday following our in-person meeting. Call or email for the code to join in.

Disability Studies Book Group
This book group will discuss books related to the disability experience and explore how each book relates to our own and society's perceptions of disability. Led by Chancey Fleet.


  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, DB56893, BR15215. Fri, Oct 17, 3:45 – 5:00 PM

  • Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller, DB 63900, BR 16939. Fri, Nov 21, 3:45 – 5:00 PM

  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, DB 46844. Fri, Dec 19, 3:45 – 5:00 PM


Stargardts Networking Group
Saturday 11/8, 10:30am – 12pm
Share coping skills, gain new friends, offer emotional support and exchange resources.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Speaker
Saturday November 15, 10am-1pm
“What to Expect When You Visit a Retina Specialist” by John Khadem, M.D., M.P.H. of Retina Specialists, PC

Technology Assistance at the Library

Are you interested in learning to use a computer with screen magnification or screen reading software? Would you like to learn how to use an iPhone or iPad to read books, take notes and manage your calendar? Do you aspire to be more effective at finding information online? The library offers small-group workshops and individualized consultations on a range of technology and information literacy topics. You’ll find a selection of what we offer below, but please call or email to inquire about additional small group trainings that may be organized as patrons request them. Call 212-621-0627 or email to register for all workshops so that we may anticipate the size and needs of each small group. Registration is always free.

Literacy Consultations
Would you like to sign up for our Braille and Audio Reading Download service (BARD), the NFB-Newsline newspaper and magazine program, Bookshare’s digital library, the Learning Ally collection of textbooks, or an NYPL library card? We can help! Please call for a 1-on-1 appointment which will give you the opportunity to learn about and sign up for literacy resources in one convenient location.

Computer Support Clinic
Every Saturday, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Volunteer tutors are available to assist new and experienced computer users. You'll be able to get help with email, blogging, downloading audio books, learning accessible computer games, using the web, using accessibility software, and more. The tutors read with braille and print, use text-to-speech technology, and speak a variety of languages.

Intro to Assistive Technology for Students, Parents and Professionals
Nov 1, 10:00 – 12:30 PM
During this discussion-based workshop, you’ll learn: what types of assistive technology are available at the library; what free and low-cost options are available for use at home; where to go online and in the community to learn more about assistive technology; and how assistive technology at home and in the classroom can prepare students for success in the workplace and independent living.

Intro to Voiceover for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
Oct 2, 5:00 – 6:45 PM ; Nov 13, 9:30 – 11:45 AM; Dec 13, 10:00 – 11:45 AM
Bring your own IOS device or borrow one of ours for the morning. This workshop will introduce you to Voiceover, the screen reader built into every IOS device. You will learn how to: • Activate Voiceover • Use gestures to work with apps and read text • Change the volume and rate of speech • Enter and edit text with Voiceover

Intro to Zoom for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Oct 4, 10:00 – 11:30 AM ; Nov 20, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
This workshop will introduce you to Zoom, the built-in magnification tool for IOS. You will learn how to: • Activate and use Zoom to magnify the screen • Set other preferences to best work with your vision • Use the camera to capture and magnify images

Siri and Dictation for IOS
Oct 7, 9:30 – 11:30 AM; Nov 4, 5:00 – 6:45 PM; Dec 9, 5:00 – 6:45 PM
You can use your voice to compose emails, search the web, set reminders, and do much more. During this workshop, you will learn how to: Dictate text effectively; Ask Siri the “right” questions; Set reminders and alarms; Make calculations and check dates; Search for information on the web

Intro to NVDA Screen Reader
Oct 21, 9:30 - 12 PM; Dec 6, 10:00 – 12:30 PM
NVDA is a free and powerful screen reader that can provide users with low or no vision with complete access to a Windows computer. This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to install NVDA on your laptop or try it on one of ours. You’ll also learn how to: Set NVDAvoice and keyboard settings; Hear what’s under the mouse; Read and edit text; Navigate the Windows desktop and menus; move among programs; and work with popular applications

Learning to Learn: Troubleshooting, Community Support and Self-Advocacy Online
Dec 16, 5:00 – 6:45 PM
Choosing, maintaining and learning about technology can be a challenge. Fortunately, there’s a world of online content that can help. In this discussion-based workshop, we’ll cover: Best practices for using an online search to solve problems; Online communities of technology users with vision loss; Free online classes and materials about assistive technology; Self-advocacy online: communicating with technology developers about accessibility

IOS Apps for Independence
Dec 18, 5:00 – 6:45 PM
This discussion-based workshop will explore free and low-cost apps that make life easier or just more fun for people with vision loss. We encourage you to bring your IOS device and prepare to talk for a minute or two about your favorite app. We’ll cover apps that magnify images, describe what’s in front of the camera, read text and labels, identify currency, and more!
Off the Map: Transit and Urban Information for Patrons with Vision Loss

Nov 8, 10 AM – 12:00 PM
This workshop will introduce you to online tools to help you select a destination, get where you’re going and be in the know once you arrive. We’ll cover: HopStop transit directions; Google Business Search; Finding menus and retail information online; Contacting businesses to arrange assistance; Finding out about accessible cultural happenings

Getting More from Google
Oct 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM; Nov 25, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
This workshop will introduce patrons to techniques for conducting successful web searches. You’ll learn how to search for items with and without particular words or phrases; items between certain dates or within a particular price range; content on a given website or domain; content with a particular file type; and more.

Let’s Talk about Chat
Nov 10, 10:00 – 12 PM (IOS users);
Nov 18, 5:00 – 6:45 (Mac and PC users)
This workshop will cover free and accessible services for sharing text, audio and video, including Facebook Messenger; Google Hangouts; and Skype.

NYPL Database Research
Oct 16, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – historical newspaper archives
Oct 23, 5:00 – 6:45 PM – Jstor and Academic OneFile
Nov 19, 10:00 – 12:30 PM – Career Vault and Career Cruising
These workshops will give you an opportunity to check out what some of our most popular NYPL databases have to offer. You’ll learn the layout of each one, along with tips and tricks for getting the most from them.

Choosing the Right College
Oct 3, 2:30 PM – 4:45 PM; Nov 11, 4;00 – 6:45 PM
This interactive workshop will introduce you to online resources for planning your higher education, from programs of study to campus life to financial aid. We’ll also discuss how to find out what resources each college has for students with disabilities, and how to learn about your rights and responsibilities as a college student with a disability.

Science and Math on IOS: a Workshop for Students and Parents. Oct 9, 4:00 – 5:45 PM
Learn about how an iPhone, iPod Touch or Ipad with Voiceover and Zoom can become a valuable tool for doing math and science. We’ll explore calculations and conversions; accessible math games and flash card sets; and the new, free astronomy iBook Reach for the Stars.

Holiday Closings
The library will be closed for the following holidays:
● Monday, October 13 for Columbus Day
● Tuesday, November 11 for Veteran’s Day
● Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving
● Thursday, December 25 for Christmas
On days we are closed, you may still leave a telephone message or email us and someone will get back to you as soon as possible after the holidays.

Fall Survey Questions:
This Fall’s survey question is about technology workshop topics that interest you. Please reply to let us know which of the below topics interest you:
1. Working with a refreshable Braille display
2. Comparing handheld audio players (Stream, BookSense, Bookport)
3. Using magnification and speech on an Android tablet or phone
4. Creating resumes and cover letters on MS Word
5. Other ______



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