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Indiana Insights


Volume XXXV No. 2

Spring 2012

Maggie Ansty, Editor

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


Dream Big…READ this Summer!

We will once again be holding a summer reading program for patrons from the ages of 5-18. The benefits of participating in a summer reading program go beyond the fun prizes; children who read regularly during the summer are shown to perform better on reading comprehension tests when returning to school than peers who do not read during the more

Indiana Vision Expo

Mark your Calendars for the 2012 Vision Expo

The 2012 Indiana Vision Expo will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Indiana State Library. For over six years the Indiana Vision Expo has provided an opportunity for people with vision loss, their friends, families, and service providers to learn about resources and services that promote independent living. The Expo is also partnering once again with Indy VisionWalk, which will be held on the central canal prior to the Vision Expo...Learn more about the 2012 Vision Expo

New from Indiana Voices

The Indiana Voices program records books and magazines about Indiana or by Indiana authors so that they may be enjoyed by Talking Book Patrons. The narration and proof reading of these books is done entirely by a fantastic group of volunteers. There are over 50 titles currently available in the Indiana Voices collection. We encourage all patrons to sign up for the Indiana Voices program to receive these books. Click here for a listing of the latest titles.

Indiana State Library

Indiana State Library: Open for Exploration

While the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library is part of the Indiana State Library, it is just a small part of what the State Library offers Hoosiers. The State Library has vast collections pertaining to Indiana and its history, historical Indiana newspapers, state and federal government documents, genealogy, and manuscripts. The building itself, built in the 1930's, is something every resident of Indiana should see and enjoy.

The library also offers free reference assistance and hosts free public service programs on a variety of topics...Read more about the Indiana State Library

Spring Into a Good Book

Spring has officially arrived; shake off winter and enjoy the longer, warmer days with a good book on the front porch (or wherever your favorite reading spot may be). Click here for some great reads to keep you busy this season.

Greetings from the Editor

It is my pleasure to be the new editor of Indiana Insights as well as the new Regional Librarian for the Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library, taking over the job previously held by Autumn Gonzalez. While I am new to this particular job, I have been with Talking Books since the summer of 2010. When I started working here, I was primarily taking care of the library’s daily circulation, which is a very important job. On a typical day we can send out as many as 1600 books and receive just as many back from our patrons, so it always kept me busy! I was also always happy to help out in other areas of Talking Books as I was needed.


In October, when Carole Rose retired, I took over a lot of her duties and in February was named the new Regional Librarian. I have had the chance to talk to quite a few patrons on the phone already and look forward to continuing to speak with and meet you all in the upcoming months, especially at the Vision Expo in September.


We are lucky to have such a great, helpful staff here in Talking Books who have made the recent staff changes as smooth as possible!

New Catalog for Large Print Books

For patrons receiving large print books, a new catalog is available. The catalog contains a list of large print books added to our collection in the past year. It includes many mysteries, westerns, romances, and bestsellers. Please call Indiana Talking Books to request a copy of this catalog.


Digital Magazine News

It is our hope that more magazines will begin to circulate on the new digital cartridges over the course of the year. The loan policy on these digital magazines is the same as the policy for the digital books. Patrons may borrow materials for thirty days and may renew their materials once for an additional thirty days.


Also, be sure to check BARD regularly for any new magazines that may become available to download directly from your home computer.

Update from NFB

By Lee Martin, Indianapolis Chapter - National Federation of the Blind


Students, adults, and seniors of Indiana, you have easy, independent access to several Indiana newspapers as well as national publications, anywhere and at any time, with NFB-NEWSLINE®, a FREE service of the National Federation of the Blind


Using your landline or mobile phone, you can access Indiana newspapers such as the Associated Press wire feeds, Evansville Courier Press, Indianapolis Star, Muncie Star Press, and Northwest Indiana Times or national papers such as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as popular more

Indiana Talking Books Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Click here for a complete listing of the State Library's holiday closures, directions, and other destination information.