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 Fall 2013

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” 

― Albert Camus

 Fall Programs at the Library

Olé! Music from Spain to Latin America with Alexander Wu

Saturday, October 5, 2 p.m. – Yamaha Piano Artist, Alexander A. Wu soulfully brings together the rich heritage of Spain's music traditions with the diverse music dance styles of Latin America. Mr. Wu’s impassioned performance, along with narration, immerses the listener deeply into these two connected cultures with elements of classical, jazz, contemporary and popular genres. 

 Solo Violin Concert

Saturday, November 2, 2p.m. – Join concert violinist, David Podles, for a performance at the library. Podles has worked with symphony, chamber, opera and theatre orchestras at the Bolshoi and Kirov theaters in Russia, and at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

Jazz at the Library – The Diana Herold Trio

Saturday, December 7, 2 p.m. – For a nice start to the holiday season, listen to the Jazz and Latin sounds of the Diana Herold Trio. Herold has worked with many notable musicians, including Yo Yo Ma, Kenny Wheeler, Wynton Marsalis, and They Might Be Giants.  She has also worked on several Broadway shows, including The Lion King, Miss Saigon, and The Heights. 

 Low Vision Technology Fair

Saturday, November 23, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Drop by our Fair to see the latest devices and assistive technology that can help with using a computer or doing everyday tasks. Vendors will be demonstrating their latest screen reading and magnification software, digital book players, braille displays and printers, talking watches, calendars, household goods, and much more. Library staff, Computer Clinic volunteers, and representatives from the Baruch College Computer Center for Visually Impaired People will be present to demo the new BARD app for iOS devices and answer questions about using your computer and other electronic devices. Representatives from the New York State Commission for the Blind and VISIONS – Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired will also be present. 

 Art Beyond Sight Series 

Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

  • October 8 - Join Aaron Shragge, trumpetist, shakuhachi player, and composer, to learn about the musical traditions of India and Japan. He has a BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the New School University, a Masters in Music Therapy from NYU, and is a Board Certified Music Therapist. Shragge has performed at Lincoln Center, BAM and The Blue Note.
  • November 12 - Arts and crafts workshop. Using driftwood, shells, and other found materials participants will create a hanging to decorate their home. We will provide supplies, or you may bring items you would like to add to your hanging.
  • December 10 - Join Blessing Offor for a voice and singing workshop. Offor, a songwriter and musician, has performed at the Kennedy Center and opened for The Temptations, Average White Band, Tower of Power, and blues legend Dr. John. In 2011 Mr. Offer was a contestant on Bravo’s Platinum Hit. 

 NEW! Library Knitting Group

Starting November 9, the Library will host a knitting meetup on the second Saturday of every month at 11:00 a.m. Come meet fellow stitchers and socialize as you work on your latest project. All skill levels and ages are welcome. Please note that no materials or direct instruction will be provided, although we encourage participants to share tips and tricks!

Book Discussion Group

Our book discussion group meets on the third Saturday of every other month at 10:00 a.m. Join us to talk about thought-provoking books! Register by phone (212-206-5400), email (, or in person.

This year’s discussion schedule:

  • October 19: The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, DB 73460.
  • December 21: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, DB 74890. 

NLS Digital Book Player and BARD Workshops

Take listening to digital books to the next level by learning how to use the advanced features of both the Standard and Advanced model players. This workshop includes a demonstration of downloading books from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) and a discussion of both library-issued and commercial book players. The workshops are held in the library's second floor computer lab from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, October 23 and November 13. Attendance is limited, so register by phone, e-mail, or in person.

Programs for Kids

All programs are accessible to children with and without disabilities.

Family Story Time 

Wednesdays, October 2, November 6, and December 4 at 10:30 a.m. Children and their parents or caregivers can enjoy stories, rhymes and songs at this story time that is suitable for all ages.

Children’s Read Aloud

Every Wednesday at 3 p.m. Children (accompanied by a favorite adult) will enjoy songs, finger plays and books. Story time will give your child the opportunity to hear a story while interacting with other children their age. Ages 0-4 welcome!

Citizens Advisory Council

Saturday, November 16 at 11 a.m. Do you want to have a say about the activities and services at the Andrew Heiskell Library and meet other users? Is there something you want to share with library administration? If you want to show support for the library, learn about library services and programs, meet members of the staff, and provide feedback, come to the library’s Citizens Advisory Council meetings. All ideas and opinions are welcome! 

Listen to NewsLion Over the Telephone!

The Library is now offering the audio version of this newsletter, NewsLion, through our telephone system. You can call our main number, 212-206-5400, and follow the prompt in our phone tree to listen to the latest issue. 

This is the last issue available on cassette. The Library will no longer distribute NewsLion on cassette beginning with the Winter 2014 issue. Current cassette subscribers will receive an order form with options to change their subscription to e-mail, large print, or braille. Or, cassette subscribers can simply begin listening to the newsletter over the phone.

Job Seeker Action Meeting

October 4, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Library is opening its doors to the VISIONS Workforce Development team. VISIONS Job Seeker Action Meetings are for people who are legally blind and actively looking for employment. Job Seekers meet with peers and discuss tactics for networking and employment. Topics include improving one’s resume, cover letter tips, preparing for the interview, job search strategies, adaptive technology, labor market trends, current events and general discussion. It is also a place to find support and exchange ideas. Participants complete assignments and keep a log of successful job search activities that lead to interviews and employment. The group meets every other Friday. Future meeting locations are to be announced.

New Titles Recorded at the Andrew Heiskell Library

  • Panic Attack by Jason Starr - RC 5651. Dr. Adam Bloom’s perfect life is shattered when an intruder enters his home. 2009.
  • The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat by Steven Lukes - RC 5662. In this fictional quest, Professor Caritat, a philosopher, explores the neighboring countries of Utilitaria, Communitaria and Libertaria, to find the best possible world. 2009.
  • Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran by Gohar Homayounpour - RC 5668. Homayounpour offers our Western gaze a more profound look into the psyches of those in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 2012.
  • The Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer - RC 5664. A writer becomes involved in an elaborate confidence game to scam the publishing world.  Langer lampoons the state of publishing in this thriller. 2010.
  • The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurty - RC 5663. Three teenagers stumble toward adulthood in this humorous coming-of-age novel. 1966.
  • City of Strangers by Ian MacKenzie - RC 5656. MacKenzie examines the pressures of family and love in a violent and uncertain world.  2009.

Do You Use Our Website? A Call for Web Usability Testers

If you love surfing the web but get frustrated when sites aren’t as accessible as they should be, volunteer to be a usability tester for the New York Public Library! The Library’s Web team would love your help making our website,, more accessible to people with visual disabilities, and will be running tests over the next several months to aid in our plan to upgrade the site. Users of screen readers and/or magnification software are especially needed. Testing will occur both on-site at a library branch and at your own computers at home! If you’re interested, please fill out a brief survey at or e-mail to receive more information.

Fall Survey Question 

We'd love to hear from you! This fall’s survey question is about how you use your local public library or neighborhood library branch. And to help you provide us with feedback, we've included a tear-out sheet with just a few questions. You can send in your answers by mail, fax, phone, or email. Do you follow us on Facebook? You can send in your answers there, too. Please give us honest feedback that can help us focus our resources. We’ll share survey results in the following issue. 

I use my local public library for the following reasons (circle all that apply):

  1. To get books and other materials
  2. For computer training or to use the internet
  3. To ask reference questions
  4. To attend events or programs
  5. Other:
  6. I do not use my local library

If you do not use your local public library, why not?

What would make you more likely to use your local public library? 

Summer Survey Results 

Thanks go out to the 56 people who responded to our Summer Survey.

Number of Persons who receive talking books from:

  • The Andrew Heiskell Library – 55
  • Their local public library – 7
  • Learning Ally (formerly Recordings for the Blind) – 5
  • Other organizations (The lighthouse, etc.) – 5
  • Other sources – 4

Our patrons also download talking books from:

  • BARD (Braille & Audio Reading Download) – 16
  • Their local library’s website – 4
  • – 3
  • Barnes & Noble – 1
  • iTunes – 1
  • Other sources - 5 

Tech Talk

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.  

The clinic takes place in the second floor computer lab. To ensure someone will be available to help with a specific question, please make an appointment by calling volunteer Chancey Fleet at 347-632-8383.

Visit the Long Island Assistive Technology Center

The Long Island Assistive Technology Center provides demonstrations of assistive hardware and software for individuals with visual, physical or learning disabilities. The Center is located at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System at 627 North Sunrise Service Road, Bellport, NY 11713. The Center demonstrates a variety of electronic magnifiers (CCTVs), screen reading software, screen enlarging software, braille printer, Duxbury braille translation software, talking books applications and demonstration equipment. Demonstrations are by appointment only. Please contact Valerie Lewis at 631-286-1600, x1354 or for details. 

Holiday Closings

The library will be closed for the following holidays:

  • Monday, October 14 for Columbus Day
  • Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 28 for Thanksgiving Day
  • Wednesday, December 25 for Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day

On days we are closed, you may still leave a phone message or email us and someone will get back to you as soon as possible after the holidays. You can leave us book requests too! 

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