NewsLion: Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library Newsletter

 

NewsLion Spring 2022

News:

NYSCB information now available as Talking Books!

The New York State Commission for the Blind’s informational brochures as well as their Handbook for Vocational Rehabilitation services are now available in audio on BARD and as Talking Books from the library! Brochures are available for: Individuals DBC16681; Children DBC16682; Older Adults DBC16684; Deaf Blind Individuals DBC16683, and Transition-aged youth DBC16685. The Handbook is DBC16694

Adult Calendar:

 

Community Advisory Council

Tuesday April 26th, 5:30 - 6:45 PM

Run by you, our patrons, this group meets to discuss issues, make suggestions on the library’s direction, hear news first, and meet staff.  All ideas and opinions are welcome. Event will take place over Google Meet. Joining information here:

Meeting ID

meet.google.com/hkv-omto-kzg

Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 929-277-9807‬

PIN: ‪753 573 109#‬

 

Audio Described Film Club!

First Fridays of the month at 2:00 PM (April 8, May 6, June 3)
Film Club returns for the Spring, on the first Friday of the month. Film Club is for anyone who loves movies and likes talking about them equally as much! 


 

April 8th 2:00 PM - Respect (2001)
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin's career from a child singing in her father's church's choir to her international superstardom, 'Respect' is the remarkable true story of the music icon's journey to find her voice.


May 6, 2:00 PM - Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

An enthralling celebration of Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and convention to become one of history's most beloved entertainers. Following Queen's meteoric rise, their revolutionary sound and Freddie's solo career, the film also chronicles the band's reunion, and one of the greatest performances in rock history
 

June 3, 2:00 PM - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)
Based on the novel "These Foolish Things" by Deborah Moggach. Tom Wilkinson stars as one of several British retirees who pool their resources to move to India, only to find that the hotel they're planning to reside at has fallen into disrepair. In time, they attempt to make the best out of a bad situation.

 

Sidney Poitier Film Festival! 

June 11, 18, and 25th, from 1-4 PM

Titles to come, stay tuned!

 

Crossword Club

Are you a crossword puzzle enthusiast? Join staff from the Andrew Heiskell Library for our virtual Crossword Club and help solve a puzzle as a group! Please call or register in advance to receive a meeting link or dial in number. Meets virtually every Wednesday morning at 10am. Google Meet link: meet.google.com/oyb-faxb-xdd

Dial - in: 513-480-5181‬ PIN: ‪792 497 986#‬



 

Book Discussion Group

April 9 and June 11 at 10:30 AM. 

Our book club hosts engaging and thought-provoking discussions about books selected by our members. We meet every other month on the second Saturday. Please call or register in advance to receive a meeting link or dial-in number. Book discussions will be held virtually.
April 9, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, DB 93996

June 11, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, DB 81189

 

Open Book Hour

April 5, 19, May 3, 17, 31, June 14, 28 at 4:00 PM

Reading something amazing you can’t wait to tell people about? Join us for our virtual Open Book Hour, where we talk about the books we’ve been reading and get recommendations from fellow book lovers! Please register in advance on our website under upcoming events to receive a meeting link or dial in number. Or call us if you need help. 

Meets virtually, every other Tuesday at 4 PM
Google Meets Link: meet.google.com/irm-jfpt-uyw
Dial-in: +1 402-534-0283‬ PIN: ‪623 161 972‬#

 

Braille Study Group – Remote or In Person 

Saturdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM on Zoom. (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM in person at the Library)

Tuesdays 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM on Zoom

We welcome learners at all levels! Bring your questions, get support for your learning

goals and find out how to learn Braille for free from home. To register, please email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org or call (212) 206-5400, extension 3. 



 

 Assistive Technology Coaching:

 

One-to-One Coaching

We are here to help you achieve your tech goal! Are you learning the iPhone, improving your

typing, or exploring the web with a screen reader? We will be happy to match you with a tech coach to work on achieving that goal. 

Read Wherever You Are 

Our BARD collection offers instant access to all of our Braille and talking books using a computer, smartphone, tablet or accessible device. Our members also have free access to Bookshare, a library of over a million titles which you can read on the web or your smartphone or tablet using magnification, text-to-speech or Braille. Need the daily paper? NFB-Newsline is also free and brings you access

to local and national publications from your computer, smartphone, tablet or even a land-line phone. To get started, just call or email our tech team. 


Group Technology Workshop Calendar:

Intro to NVDA: a 12-week Workshop 

Tuesdays beginning April 5, 12:00 -  1:30 PM Eastern

There are several Windows screen readers to choose from. Come discover how this free, open-source option compares. If you know how to type, understand Windows basics, can commit to attending twelve sessions, and would like to become more confident and proficient with the NVDA screen reader, this workshop is for you! Please plan to join us each week for a hands-on lesson and discussion. This workshop also includes a group mailing list where you can post your questions and discoveries for other members of your cohort to read and respond, as well as a weekly recap that is optional attend half an hour before the official start of each class. We’ll cover the basics of customizing NVDA settings, getting around in Windows 10, working with text, managing files and folders and exploring the web.

This workshop will be limited to 30 participants, so please apply to participate soon!

This event will take place online.  

Register for Exploring NVDA

 

Exploring Voiceover for Mac- a Twelve-Week Workshop

Tuesdays beginning April 5, 3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern

If you know how to type,  can commit to attending twelve sessions, and would like to become more confident and proficient with the Voiceover screen reader, this workshop is for you! Please plan to join us each week for a hands-on lesson and discussion. This workshop also includes a group mailing list where you can post your questions and discoveries for other members of your cohort to read and respond, as well as a weekly recap that is optional attend half an hour before the  official start of every class. We’ll cover the basics of customizing Voiceover settings, getting around in the Mac OS, working with text, managing files and folders and exploring the web.

This workshop will be limited to 30 participants, so please apply to participate soon!

This event will take place online. 

Register for Exploring Voiceover

 

Exploring JAWS - a Twelve-Week Workshop

Tuesdays beginning April 5, 5:00 - 6:30 PM Eastern

If you know how to type, can commit to attending twelve sessions, and would like to become more confident and proficient with the JAWS screen reader, this workshop is for you! Please plan to join us each week for a hands-on lesson and discussion. This workshop also includes a group mailing list where you can post your questions and discoveries for other members of your cohort to read and respond, as well as a weekly recap that is optional to attend half an hour before the official start of every class. We’ll cover the basics of customizing JAWS settings, getting around in Windows 10, working with text, managing files and folders and exploring the web.

This workshop will be limited to 30 participants, so please apply to participate soon!

This event will take place online. 

Register for Exploring JAWS

 

iPhone Chat for Voiceover Beginners

First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4), 1:00 - 2:15 PM Eastern

If you’re new to using Voiceover on the iPhone or if you’re still working toward confidence, this discussion group is for you. We’ll spend some time going over the theory of how screen readers work, gestures everyone needs to know, and some strategies for getting help. Then, we’ll open it up for questions and networking.

This event will take place online.  

Join the Zoom for Voiceover Beginners

 

iPhone Chat for Voiceover Users: Beyond the Basics

First Saturdays (April 2, May 7, June 4), 2:30 - 4:00 PM Eastern

Talk about customizing gestures and settings, exploring new apps, choosing accessories, dealing with bugs, and whatever else comes to mind. This is a space for any and all Voiceover topics that go beyond the basics of using common gestures and built-in apps. 

This event will take place online.  

Join the Zoom for Voiceover: Beyond the Basics

 

The Zoom about Zoom: What Participants and Hosts Need to know

Friday April 1, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Get ready to manage microphones, cameras, chat messages, raised hands, polls and breakout rooms with confidence. We’ll show you everything you need to know to bring your best self to virtual gatherings, whether you’re attending or hosting. 

This event will take place online.

Register for the Zoom about Zoom

 

Descriptive Origami

Saturday April 9, 1:00 - 2:30 PM Eastern

We’ll use effective verbal communication and teamwork to learn origami models like a lotus, a goldfish and a card holder. 

This hands-on event will take place in person: kindly RSVP to ChanceyFleet@nypl.org to reserve your spot!

Braille Screen Input for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire

Saturday April 16, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

If you know Braille (even if you don’t know contractions), you can type comfortably and quickly with Braille screen input. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to set it up, gestures you need to know, and what you can do if you’re having trouble with this feature.

This event will take place in person and online. Please RSVP to ChanceyFleet@nypl.org to attend in person, or register to participate online. 

Join the Zoom for Braille Screen Input for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire

 

Emojication: Know your Emoji

Wednesday April 6, 6:00 - 7:30 PM Eastern

Join us for a lively discussion about emoji: what they mean, how they evolve over time, and how blind and low-vision people can understand and use them with confidence. 

This event will take place online.

Join the Zoom for Emojication: Know your Emoji

 

Using Dictation with Braille Displays on iOS

Wednesday April 13, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern 

Many of us use built-in dictation as well as various transcription apps. We may do it to save time, transcribe long recordings, work with translation, or make communication more effective when someone has a speech or hearing impairment. In this workshop, we’ll explore the best practices for getting dictation to work well with Braille displays, and highlight the performance of Braille on various dictation and transcription apps. 

This event will take place online.

Register for Using Dictation with Braille Displays on iOS

 

Tactile Graphics Open House

Saturday April 23, 1:30 - 3 PM Eastern

Whether you’re new to the concept of images you can explore by touch or a seasoned tactile graphics creator, the Dimensions Lab is here to support you. Come explore our range of graphics embossers, 3D printers, a swell-form machine, a refreshable graphics tablet, and analog tools for tech-free, stress-free accessible drawing. 

This hands-on event will take place in person: kindly rsvp to ChanceyFleet@nypl.org to reserve your spot!

 

What Does it Meme?: Understanding and Sharing Visual Culture

Monday May 2, 6:00 - 7:30 PM Eastern

Memes are a rich part of Internet culture but, usually, they’re not accessible to blind and low-vision people. Join us as we dive into the meaning and evolution of memes, and explore how concise, evocative description can create equity of access in digital spaces.

This event will take place online.

Join the Zoom for What Does it Meme?

 

Intro to Facebook with Accessibility in Mind

Thursday May 5, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern

We’ll go over the basics of navigating Facebook with confidence on mobile and the web. Learn how to create posts including links and photos, navigate the News Feed, access important settings, handle messages and more.

This hybrid event will take place online and in person. Please RSVP to chanceyfleet@nypl.org to attend in person, or register for the Zoom:

Register for Intro to Facebook with Accessibility in Mind

 

Where in the World: Accessible Wayfinding and Mapping for iOS

Wednesday May 18, 3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern

We’ll explore accessible mainstream apps like Apple and Google Maps, which can give you walking or transit directions and help you discover points of interest in your city. Plus, we’ll explore Microsoft Soundscape and Goodmaps, two apps built to give you precise, accessible guidance. 

This event will take place in person and online. To attend in person, please RSVP to ChanceyFleet@nypl.org or register via Zoom to join online.

Register for the Zoom: Mapping and Wayfinding for iOS

Using iOS Shortcuts

Thursday June 9, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern

Shortcuts can be used to automate tasks and save time. Join us to explore examples of effective shortcuts and learn to create your own.

This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org to RSVP in person, or register to participate online.

Register for the Zoom for Using iOS Shortcuts

Tactile Drawing from Still Life

Saturday June 11, 1:30 - 3 PM Eastern

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore still life scenes of 3D objects and then create accessible tactile drawings. A variety of tactile media will be offered.

This hands-on event will take place in person. Please email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org to RSVP.

 

Intro to Google Translate

Wednesday June 15, 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern

Take a deep dive into this powerful cross-platform tool for translation. We’ll explore how to translate from speech, text, handwriting and the camera; how to build a list of phrases you use often; and what you need to know about conversational and continuous translation. 

This event will take place in person and online. Email ChanceyFleet@nypl.org to attend in person, or register to participate online.

Join the Zoom for Intro to Google Translate




 

Youth Calendar:

Storytimes:

Storytimes for ages 0 -5 happen onsite in person on Mondays at 2:30 and 3:00 PM, Wednesdays at 10:30 and 11:00AM, and Fridays at 11:00 and 11:30 AM. Space is limited and registration is required. 

 

News From the Recording Studio:

The Andrew Heiskell Library audiobook studio has restarted recording books and uploading them to the BARD system after operations were disrupted during the pandemic. New digital talking books from the studio include:

 

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by Ron Hansen, DBC 16651 (Adult, Fiction) This poetic and literary 1983 historical novel by American writer Ron Hansen explores the life and times of Jesse James and his gang, and his death at the hands of Robert Ford.
  • Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah, DBC 16667 (Adult, Non-fiction) Interweaving history, original reportage and personal narrative, “Pandemic” explores the origins of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera—one of history’s most disruptive and deadly pathogens—and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and coronaviruses to drug-resistant superbugs.



 

We’ve had requests for Urban Fiction and following up on that, NLS has obtained a number of commercial audiobook titles from writers Ashley & JaQuavis which the Andrew Heiskell Library studio has converted into NLS DTBs for patrons nationwide to enjoy. There will be more coming so watch this space!

 

  • The Trophy Wife, by Ashley & JaQuavis, DBC 16692 (Adult, Fiction) A tale of Love, lies, adultery, and death centered on London, a beautiful immigrant from Trinidad, who was given to her husband by her father in order to settle a debt. Unrated. Commercial Audiobook. 2017
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, by Ashley & JaQuavis, DBC 16691 (Adult, Fiction) When a set-up goes wrong and Six finds herself sleeping with the enemy, who will she choose: the man she loves or the man she's supposed to hate? You can bet there won't be a happily ever after for anyone involved. Unrated. Commercial Audiobook. 2016
  • The Circle The Beginning, by Ashley & JaQuavis DBC 16690 (Adult, Fiction) This fast-paced, sexy short introduces listeners to a legendary series. Unrated. Commercial Audiobook. 2016
  • Moving Weight, by Ashley & JaQuavis, DBC 16689 (Adult, Fiction) Moving Weight introduces listeners to Dysha and lets them ride shotgun for 24 hours in the fast life. A sexy, suspenseful tale with an unpredictable ending. Unrated. Commercial Audiobook. 2015
  • Murderville: The First of a Trilogy, by Ashley & JaQuavis, DBC 16686 (Adult, Fiction) Two children from Sierra Leone are brought together by chance, only to be forced apart by tragic fate, from an arranged marriage, through Mexico’s drug cartel, child brothels, and hustling in Detroit, to escaping the high-powered heads of LA’s underworld. A story of love and redemption. Unrated. Commercial Audiobook. 2011
  • Murderville 2: The Epidemic, by Ashley & JaQuavis DBC 16687 (Adult, Fiction) The second installment in the Murderville series. Love, murder, loyalty, and money fill this international street saga. Unrated. Commercial Audiobook. 2012
  • Murderville 3: The Black Dahlia, by Ashley & JaQuavis DBC 16688 (Adult, Fiction) The third and final installment in the Murderville trilogy, an international street chronicle. Lives and money are on the line, and tough choices will have to be made between love and loyalty. The characters will have to learn that, in this game of power, sometimes you have to give up the glory to survive. Unrated. Commercial Audiobook. 2013
  • Murder Mamas, by Ashley & JaQuavis, DBC 16693 (Adult, Fiction) Robyn and Aries are “The Murder Mamas,” contract killers from Los Angeles who link up with a drug kingpin, who hires them to take out a snitch and a judge. But the plans backfire, and they only complete half the job. Robyn is caught and put on death row, and Aries goes on the run and tries to forget who she once was. But unfinished business has a way of coming back to haunt you; and when it’s the killing kind, there’s a huge price to pay. Unrated. Commercial Audiobook. 2017
  • Diary of a Street Diva, by Ashley & JaQuavis, DBC 16677 (Adult, Fiction) Remy Morgan, a young girl born and raised in the heart of the ghetto, gets caught up in the life when she meets a drug lord who offers her the world. Young and naive, she is trapped in a game of lies, deception, and greed and learns the hard way that everything that glitters is not gold. After her love is slain, Remy is forced back into the life that she desperately tried to forget. Remy has kept a diary of her life for the past two years. What she writes inside is a tale of love, passion, money, and secrecy - and ultimately a witness to her tragic end. Unrated. Commercial Audiobook.
  • Dirty Money, by Ashley & JaQuavis, DBC 16680 (Adult, Fiction) Driven by revenge and a thirst for the finer things in life, Anari and her best friend Tanya quickly rise to the top of New Jersey's dope game, using everyone in their path and stopping at nothing--even murder--to get what they want. Unrated. Commercial Audiobook.

 

Holidays and Closings:

 

  • Saturday May 28th and Monday May 30th: Memorial Day Weekend
  • Monday June 20th: Juneteenth observed