Indiana Insights - Summer 2018

Indiana Insights Talking Book and Braille Library

Free Newspaper Reading Services

Here are a few free newspaper reading services that may be of interest to Talking Book patrons:

Indiana Reading and Information Services (IRIS) 

Article submitted by Mandy Bishop, IRIS Operations Manager

Indiana Reading and Information Services (IRIS) is a reading service for anyone with a visual, physical, or learning disability. Our service is for people with Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Low Vision, Blindness, Arthritis, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Autism, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Illiteracy, English as a Second Language Learners, and other conditions that affect reading traditional print. We have over 100 volunteers who read from over 150 publications on a monthly basis that include local and national newspapers, online articles, magazines, chapter books, and public service announcements related to food pantry listings, library services, government services, and local events for the disabled. IRIS airs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with new updated programs every week and a LIVE broadcast of the Indy Star Newspaper every morning from 9-11 a.m. IRIS listeners can tune in by listening to a specially-tuned radio we would send them or by streaming us on the web from their cellphone, tablet, or computer. IRIS is a FREE service from WFYI Public Media. Visit to listen to our service, request a radio or volunteer! IRIS is sponsored by Bosma Enterprises.

NFB Newsline

Newsline, is a free service available to Talking Book patrons that offers touch tone telephone access to both local and national newspapers. Newspapers available include the Indianapolis Star, Evansville Courier Press, Muncie Star Press, Northwest Indiana Hammond Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and more. In addition, you can access job listings, TV listings, and weekly ads from Target and Walmart. Newsline is also available online and through your smart phone or selections can be emailed directly to you. To sign up for Newsline, contact the Talking Book library at 1-800-622-4970.

Audio Reading Service, Allen County Public Library

As a department of the Allen County Public Library, the Audio Reading Service reads local news and features from a dozen area newspapers, including daily readings of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette and News Sentinel, and readings of over 40 magazines and other publications. It is broadcast over a fifty-mile radius from Fort Wayne to a special radio loaned to individuals at no cost; it can also be heard over an alternative language setting on PBS 39.4. The Audio Reading Service is available on free Apps for mobile devices through iBlink. They also stream their broadcast well as provide podcasts of their programs. For more information, contact them at 260-421-1376 or at

Creating a title for Indiana Voices

From Lin Coffman of Indiana Voices:

Earlier this year, I posted a blog entry about how books are selected for inclusion into the Indiana Voices audiobook collection. This time around I thought that I might share about the process that goes into taking the selected book from its printed form and turning it into either an audiobook on cartridge or a downloadable version for the Library of Congress National Library Service BARD website.

There are multiple steps needed to complete this process, including the aforementioned title selection. After selecting a title, the next step is pairing the book with the right narrator. Many of our program’s narrators are good at reading just about anything, but there are some that just seem to have the right voice for a particular genre. I like to match them up with the types of books that they seem to best convey.

Read the rest of the blog here

Spring 2018

Volume XLI No. 2

November Book Club selection

The next meeting of the Talking Book and Braille book club will take place on Tuesday, November 13th, at 2:00 PM Eastern/1:00 PM Central. We will be reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles, which is available in audio (DB 86668), braille (BR 21741), and large print (LP 20739). The novel follows an itinerant news reader as he escorts a ten-year-old white girl back to her family after her rescue from a Native American tribe. Participants can join the discussion by calling our toll-free dial in number, 877-422-1931, and entering the conference code, 8762032518. Participants may also request that the library call them at the appointed time. 

To request the book and to let us know you are interested in attending, please contact Laura Williams at 1-800-622-4970 or

Book Recommendations

"How to Walk Away" by Katherine Center (DB 91087, BR 22306)

Margaret Jacobsen is in a plane crash with her boyfriend which leaves her paralyzed. In the aftermath, she reevaluates her relationships, reconnecting with the sister she hasn't seen in years and bonding with Ian, the tough physical therapist who won't let her give in to self-pity. Strong language. 

"Home Fire" by Kamila Shamsie (DB 89016)

After years in London taking care of her siblings, Parvaiz and Aneeka, Isma gets a chance to study in America. While there, she meets Eamonn, son of a powerful London politician. When headstrong Parvaiz runs off to Syria to become a jihadi, Aneeka turns to Eamonn for help. Unrated. 

"Sing, Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward (DB 89552, BR 22096)

Thirteen-year-old Jojo has been raised by his grandparents, as his black mother, Leonie, is a drug addict and his white father, Michael, is in prison. When Michael is released, Leonie packs Jojo and his baby sister in the car for a nightmarish road trip. Violence and strong language. 

"The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid (DB 88665, LP 20564)

Reclusive film legend Evelyn Hugo decides to tell her life story to lowly magazine feature writer Monique Grant, to the consternation of many--including Monique. As Evelyn recounts her life as a sexy starlet in Hollywood, Monique begins to understand herself better. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 


Indiana Talking Book & Braille Calendar

Talking Books will be closed on the following days in 2017 and 2018:

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018
Friday, Nov. 23, 2018
Monday, Dec. 24, 2018
Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018

Indiana Talking Book & Braille Library Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Maggie Ansty, Editor
317-232-3684 or 1-800-622-4970