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NewsLion Fall 2016


Fall 2016 NewsLion Audio (mp3)

NewsLion Fall 2016


Fall Fair coming Saturday October 15th, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00PM

The theme for this year’s Community, Culture, and Technology Fair for people who are blind, visually impaired or physically disabled is “Hands On! Exploration, Creation, and Education.” We’re taking over both floors this time, and are proud to be offering a round of creative workshops as well as speakers, and tablers are bringing hands-on elements and activities.

We’re expecting around 15 new community organizations, accessible recreation groups, and cultural institutions to be here for the first time this year, in addition we usually have around 25 fabulous repeat tablers sharing their newest events, activities, services, and tech. Major local museums will talk about their accessible tours, programs, and exhibits, and IDNYC will show you how to get free memberships to many of NYC’s premier cultural institutions. Some of our new presenters include the Whitney Museum, Queens Museum, and American Museum of Natural History, Historic House Trust, Google, TDF, Bob Paradiso (on creating your own accessibility), Accessible Gaming (From Brooklyn Public Library with help from Able Gamers), and Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Come to the workshop and speaker sessions to try out basic electronics building on an Arduino and see if you’d like to learn to code. Draw with our 3D plastic creation pen to build touchable objects, or check out some relaxing, accessible origami. Hear celebrated local author Lloyd Burlingame speak about his newly recorded third book “A Blessing Well Disguised” or try out brand new, accessible, high and low technology, home living aides, and apps from equipment vendors. Meet the Hadley Institute and learn about their suite of online audio courses and webinars, including their entrepreneurship and small business center, family education, and low-vision focus webinars.  

We’ll have free library totebags, snacks, and new surprises while they last. No registration is necessary for this free fair open to the public. Hope to see you there.


Do You Know About All Our Many Library Service Options?

To order books, you can go to our website to access the PAWS catalog and search, browse, and order books for yourself. Call us to get a password the first time you sign in. You can also always call 212-206-5400, or email us at with requests or reference questions. 

You should be getting our catalog of new books every two months either in large print or audio and can use the order forms that come with them to request new titles. If you don’t want to wait for specific titles, we’re happy to set you up with automatic service and continually send you books in your favorite genres or subject areas.

You can also download books directly from the BARD website onto a flashdrive to play in our book player, or use our free app BARD Mobile to download and listen to titles directly on your mobile device or tablet.

Also remember that many magazines  - including The New York Times Book Review, People, Martha Stewart Living, National Baseball League, Poetry, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic -  are available from us in audio or braille and can be found in the back of our catalog, or call us for information.

Lastly, if there’s a title you want that we do not have at the library, check, as we offer free memberships to their library of over 400,000 titles.



Opera Concert Series:

Select Monthly Saturdays, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The New York Opera Forum performs complete concert versions of operas with piano accompaniment. Programs with act-by-act plot summaries will be provided in large print and braille.  

Saturday, October 29 : Lucrezia Borgia. By Donizetti. A melodrama of royalty in 16th century Venice.

Saturday November 19: Don Carlo.  By Verdi. Secret identities, love triangles, and politics. (Will run to 4:30)

Saturday, December 17:  Alcina. By Handel. A heroic knight, rescued damsels, sorcery, and flying horses.


Book Discussion Group:

Select Saturdays at 10:30 AM

Our book discussion meetings are always lively, entertaining, and “a must” for book lovers! If you can’t make it to the meetings, ask about participating by phone or Skype. Saturday, October 22: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, DB56893. Saturday, December 10: “The Martian:  A Novel”  by Andy Weir, DB78389.


Creative Writing Workshop:

Our workshops in partnership with the New York Writers Coalition (NYWC) are ongoing. Transcribers can be requested. Registration is required. For a list of the upcoming class dates and to register please call 212-621-0624 and leave your name and telephone number. Or


Braille Study Group

Saturdays, 10:00 AM- 12:00 Noon

Join staff, peers and volunteers who can help you with your braille study plan and assignments and recommend strategies for taking your braille proficiency to the next level. Braille games and activities will help you put your skills into practice.  This study group welcomes blind and sighted learners alike. If you’re not sure how to begin learning braille, we can help you get started. To register, please call212-621-0627 or email


Citizens’ Advisory Council

Saturday November 5, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

We can’t serve you as best as possible without your feedback! Run by you, our patrons, this group meets quarterly to discuss issues, make suggestions, hear news first, and meet staff.  All ideas are welcome and refreshments will be served.


Stargardt's Neworking Group

Saturday October 1, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Saturday December 3, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Share coping skills, gain new friends, offer emotional support and exchange resources.




Individual Technology Coaching

Want to explore accessible online books and magazines, or use your regular telephone to hear newspapers and magazines read out loud?  Would you like to sign up for our Braille and Audio and Reading Download service (BARD), the NFB-Newsline newspaper and magazine program, Bookshare’s digital library of over 400,000 accessible titles, the Learning Ally collection of textbooks, or an NYPL library card? We can help!   Volunteer tech coaches are available to assist with email, blogging, learning accessible computer games, using the web, using accessibility software, and more. The coaches read with braille and print, use text-to-speech technology, and speak a variety of languages. To make an appointment, call 212-621-0627 or email


Technology Workshops:

We offer group workshops on a range of technology and information literacy topics. Call 212-621-0627 or email to register. Workshops are always free, and you may arrange to participate remotely if you are unable to attend in person. We can also arrange customized workshops on assistive technology, information literacy, and library skills with your school, community group, or organization.


Web Searching for Screen Reader Users

Tuesday October 11, 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Learn how to use Google, Bing, or other search engines to find information online. This workshop will focus on how to craft an effective search and navigate the results with your screen reader. We’ll also talk about specialized searches for recipes, news and videos.


What’s New in Windows 10

Tuesday October 25, 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Find out about the new look, feel and features in Windows 10. We’ll cover compatibility with popular assistive technology as well as using the Cortana voice assistant, working with Microsoft Edge and understanding changes to menus and file management.


Academic Research Tools at NYPL

Tuesday November 1, 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Our accessible databases can help you find, read and cite the sources you need, from historical documents to peer-reviewed journals and contemporary publications. Join us and find out how you can access a world of knowledge.


Voiceover and IOS for Beginners Short Course with Ed Plumacher

Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:45 PM. Call for dates.

Please sign up for the entire series, which will orient you to your IOS device, from unboxing to getting online, communicating, and organizing your schedule and notes. When registering please let us know if you’ll be bringing your own device or borrowing one of ours.


NVDA: a Free Screen Reader for Windows

Saturday November 5, 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM

Are you curious about how you could use a Windows computer with low or no vision? Do you wish your computer would read long articles and books out loud for you? Learn about a program, created by a team of blind programmers and freely available to anyone in the world, that will make any Windows PC talk. We’ll cover installation, set-up, basic commands for reading, getting online, and getting help.


On the Move: Apps and Strategies for Getting Around and Getting Involved

Thursday November 10, 5:00-6:45 PM

Learn how to use your mobile device or computer to get directions, discover local businesses along with their products and menus, find out which museums and other cultural attractions have accessible programs, and more. See how your mobile phone or tablet can help you figure out which direction you’re traveling in, what intersections and streets are near you, and what’s printed on signs and information in your environment. Make the most of your city!


Introduction to Programming with Arduino

Saturday November 12, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Learn nonvisual techniques for programming a small, affordable computer to do things in the physical world. Arduino can be used for robotics, controlling home appliances, taking environmental measurements, and much more.


What’s New in iOS 10?

Tuesday November 15, 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Learn about the fall release of the operating system that runs iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. We’ll cover mainstream features as well as changes and improvements to accessibility features such as Voiceover, Siri and Zoom.


What’s New in Mac OS Sierra

Tuesday November 22, 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Learn about the fall release of the operating system that runs Mac. We’ll cover mainstream features as well as changes and improvements to accessibility features such as Voiceover, Siri and Zoom.


iOS and Anroid Apps for Independence

Tuesday November 29, 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Learn about apps on your smartphone or tablet that can help you read text, identify objects, organize paper money, find out what businesses and streets are nearby, and more.


Online Shopping with Accessibility in Mind

Thursday December 1, 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Online shopping can be a challenge when you use assistive technology, but it can also be accessible and convenient. Learn about shopping sites and apps that work well with screen readers, including options for household products, accessible tools and gifts, and grocery delivery.


Get to Know Vinux

Saturday December 3, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Have you heard of Linux, but never had the chance to check it out for yourself? Come join us as we take a look at Vinux, a Linux distribution that includes the Orca screen reader and is designed with accessibility in mind. We’ll go over the advantages of working with Vinux, how to install it and use its basic commands.


The AT Crowd: a Place to Talk About and Test New Ideas in Accessible Technology

Saturday December 17, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This quarterly gathering is a chance for designers, developers and students of accessible technology to network with assistive technology users. Come try out accessible apps and services, share your ideas and help shape the future of inclusive technology.




Sensory Storytime

Wednesdays October 12November 9December 14, at 3:00 PM. On the second Wednesday of every month join us for a Sensory Storytime! This program uses multiple elements including music, tactile play, fidgets, and relaxed rules. Limited to 12 per session. Call the first of the month to register for that month.


Storytimes with Anthony

Fridays, 11:15 AM.  For ages 0-5.

Join us for real aloud storybooks promoting early literacy skills, while having fun and meeting other families.



Looking for a good book? Here are some that we liked:

Possession by A.S. Byatt. DB 31987 While doing research in London for his dissertation on a Victorian poet, Roland Michell discovers letters that hint at a secret connection with another. He and another scholar explore the mysterious link, and their own burgeoning connection. (Booker Prize winner)

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. DB 78403. Humorous 28-year-old PI Izzy Spellman has worked for her parents' PI firm for sixteen years. Fed up with her eccentric family's prying ways, Izzy agrees to work one last job--an unsolved missing-person case.

An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales by Oliver Sacks. DB 40439. Case histories of people with neurological disorders who reconstruct the world according to their needs. Comfortable with his forty-five years of blindness, one man is confused by the sudden restoration of his sight. An autistic zoology professor is at ease with animals but cannot bear human contact.  

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson. DB 83946. Historian profiles the little-known older sister of President John F. Kennedy, whose intellectual disabilities were kept secret.

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker. DB  83531. Former cop Harry D’Amour faces off with the demonic Pinhead (famous from the Hellraiser films), after he kidnaps Harry’s friend Norma.

Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Enigma. DB 84632. Russian general Boris Karpov has betrayed his sovereign to warn Bourne of a crippling disaster about to be visited on the world.



The library will be closed for the following holidays:

·        Columbus Day, Monday October 10

·        Veterans Day, Friday November 11

·        Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 24

·        Christmas Eve,  Saturday December 24

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.


This season we’d like to thank you for using our service and being so lovely to talk to. You make us happy by reading.

Please tell us your general level of satisfaction with our phone and email assistance, reference, and book ordering service, any problems you encounter, and how we can make it better. Please email, write, or call to answer.