Insights: Newsletter of the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center

Insights is the newsletter of the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC). Read our current newsletter. Questions?  Call TBBC at 800-792-8322.


I want to wish everyone a “Happy New Year” and hope this year will be a remarkable one for each of you. The Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) is entering this New Year with NEW news.

We are announcing the NEW sessions for the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) computer and iPad training at eleven public libraries. We have added a NEW library in Monmouth County at Manalapan.

We have a NEW outreach librarian, Stephen Felle, who will be working on the LEAP Project as well as with local libraries.

We have a NEW and exciting way to listen to NEWSLINE. It is now available with the Amazon Echo and Dot using voice commands. It solves the problem of not having your phone available when listening.

And we have a NEW golf course for our June outing. It will be at the Bedens Brook Club, located in Skillman, NJ. Please help us to spread the word to family and friends.

There are other NEW items for you about services. Please take a few minutes to read about the NEW YEAR at TBBC.

Thank you,

Mary L. Chute
New Jersey State Librarian


We are pleased to announce that the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) is sponsoring iPad and computer training classes for the spring of 2019. These free classes are offered through the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) to New Jersey residents 55 and older who have a change in vision.

The computer and iPad classes will be provided by Advancing Opportunities and will be held from March through June. Classes meet once a week for 1.5 hours. Here is a list of the classes offered:

  • iPad Basics (6 weeks)
  • iPad Intermediate (4 weeks)
  • Introduction to Computers & Accessibility (4 weeks)

Classes will be held at these public libraries in New Jersey:

Atlantic County:

  • Atlantic City Library, 1 N Tennessee Ave. (Introduction to Computers & Accessibility class)
  • Atlantic City Library – Richmond Ave. branch, 4115 Ventnor Ave. (iPad Basics and Intermediate classes)
  • Atlantic County Library– Mays Landing branch, 40 Farragut Ave.

Bergen County:

  • Johnson Public Library, 274 Main St., Hackensack

Camden County:

  • Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Hwy N 

Essex County:

  • Newark Public Library, 5 Washington St.
  • South Orange Public Library, 65 Scotland Rd.

Middlesex County:

  • East Brunswick Public Library, 2 Jean Walling Civic Center

Monmouth County:

  • Monmouth County Library – Manalapan, 125 Symmes Dr.

Morris County:

  • Morristown & Morris Township Library, 1 Miller Rd., Morristown

Ocean County: 

  • Ocean County Library – Toms River, 101 Washington St.

All of these libraries are NJ Transit Access Link stops. To register and find the schedule of the spring 2019 LEAP classes, please call TBBC at 1-800-792-8322, extension 812. 


Stephen Felle, TBBC’s Outreach Librarian, joined the Reader Services team back in August 2018 and may have already spoken to you! Stephen was born and raised in Freehold, New Jersey. He attended The College of New Jersey for his Bachelor’s Degree, before moving onto Rutgers University where he earned his Master’s. Before working at the library he worked numerous jobs in retail. Besides reading, Stephen also likes to spend his free time playing video games, listening to music, and hiking outside in sunny weather. He looks forward to serving the library community of New Jersey for years to come!


Subscribers to National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) NEWSLINE can now access it hands-free on any Amazon Alexa product. This includes the Echo and the Echo Dot. Just say, “Alexa open National Federation” and after providing login information, every feature of the program is available by voice commands.

You can ask Alexa to read any of the five New Jersey newspapers available as well as the New Jersey Grocery Ads. Or any of the thirteen national newspapers, like the Wall Street Journal; thirty-two news services including CNN and ESPN; and over sixty magazines and newspapers from every state. You can also ask for news and information about TBBC, TBBC’s Friends group, the New Jersey Chapter of the NFB and the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI).

NEWSLINE is sponsored in New Jersey by CBVI and is available to TBBC patrons. Call TBBC for more details or call NFB at 866-504-7300.


Come out and Tee up for Talking Books on Tuesday, June 11 for the Eighth Annual TBBC Golf Classic at the Bedens Brook Club in Skillman, NJ. Help spread the word. If you know anyone interested in golfing, sponsoring, volunteering or becoming part of the golf committee, contact Linda Cerce in the Development Office at 800-792-8322 extension 835.


TBBC’s Readers Services team is here to answer your phone calls Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30. During busy periods, Readers Services may not be able to answer your call right away. When this happens, please leave a message stating your name, the spelling of your last name, and your phone number. This will help us return your call! If you’re looking for a particular book, please leave the name and title, and, if you know it, the DB number. If TBBC has the book, we can take care of your request without returning the phone call so you can get the book as soon as possible.

Readers Services is also available by email. You can email us your questions, concerns, and book requests at Please remember to include your full name so we know who you are.


If you’ve forgotten your BARD password you can always call or email us at TBBC to reset it. But, there is another way! You can set a “security question” in BARD so you don’t have to contact us to reset your password. On the BARD Main Page, scroll down to “Additional Links” to “Update account settings.” Then, scroll down to “Password instructions.” Once there, you can set your question and your answer. The answer is case sensitive. Then, click “update.”


The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) circulates the magazine cartridge and order form in the same cardboard package. The magazine cartridges and order forms need to be returned separately, with the cartridge going back to the producer in its red container and the order form mailed back to your local library. A mailing form is not included with the red container because the return address is already on it! No need to flip a card. If you return the red cartridge to TBBC, we will forward it to where it belongs, but it may delay your magazine being sent out to you.


Our Recognition Wall continues to grow! Many supporters expressed their dedication to TBBC and memorialized a valued patron with a book-shaped plaque in their honor. For more information about purchasing a plaque, contact Linda Cerce at 800-792-8322 extension 835. You can now purchase your book-shaped plaque by participating in a monthly payment plan at no additional charge. For your convenience, you can order your plaque and pay online at


Books but no cases? Cases but no books? Sometimes, you find a book but can’t find the case. If you have an audiobook or Braille book you need to return to us, please call us at 800-792-8322 and we can send you mailing labels. Or, you may have the case but no book! We want both the cases and the books, so please return the case to us. If you need a return mailing card, call us and we’ll send one out right away.

Also important is matching returned books. Any audiobook cartridge sent in a gray or blue case should be matched to the case it is sent in. When a mismatched book is returned, it delays the book being checked into your account; and it delays the book being sent out to a person who is waiting for it. We appreciate your effort in making sure that the DB number and title of the book matches the number and title on the container.


TBBC will be closed for the following upcoming holidays in 2019:

  • President’s Day, Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Good Friday, April 19, 2019
  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019
  • Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2019
  • Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019
  • Columbus Day, Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2019


The Friends of the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes financial assistance and acts as an advocacy group to the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center. The Friends support and promote the services and programs of TBBC. They meet twice a year on the first Saturday in June and December at the Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick, NJ.

For additional information and a membership application, visit the Friends’ website  or call 609-888-5459. The Friends’ email address is and their mailing address is:

The Friends of the NJLBH
P.O. Box 434
Woodbridge, NJ 07095-0434


P.O. Box 501
Trenton, NJ 08625-0501

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