Newsletter of the Pinellas Talking Book Library

Vol. 11, No. 2                                                           Winter 2005

Friends of the Pinellas Talking Book Library Present


Dick Fletcher, Chief Meteorologist

of Channel10 News

June 6, 2005 from 9:30-11:00 am

10 NEWS Chief Meteorologist Dick Fletcher has been serving the Tampa Bay Area since 1980. As Chief Meteorologist, he is responsible for the overall operation of the Weather Center and anchoring the weathercasts for 10 NEWS each weekday.

Mr. Fletcher will answer questions about the upcoming hurricane season and other questions you might have about the weather.

Pinellas Public Library Cooperative Headquarters
1330 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, Florida 33755

Executive Director, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative, Mary A. Brown
Head Librarian, Talking Book Library , Marilyn Stevenson
Editor, Harriet Thompkins

A Special Invitation from The Pinellas Chapter
of the National Federation of the Blind:

We cordially invite everyone to attend our regular monthly meeting of the Pinellas chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. Come early to socialize, meet new people, make new friends and renew old friendships. We begin gathering on the third Saturday of each month at Applebee's Restaurant on East Bay Drive in Clearwater between 12:00 to 12:30 P.M. for lunch and socializing. The business meeting begins at 1:30 P.M. Meetings are upbeat and enthusiastic, featuring provocative speakers, lively discussions and helpful information. Activities are normally concluded by 3:00 P.M. Come visit and enjoy yourself!

Who: Pinellas Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind
What: Monthly Chapter meeting
When: Third Saturday of Each Month, 12:00 to 3:00 P.M.
Where: Applebee's Restaurant, 5110 East Bay Drive
Why: Working to improve what it means to be blind

For more details, please contact Grant Downey, Chapter President at (727) 776-7162 or
First Vice President, David Anspach at (727) 533-8515.

Further Contact Information:
Grant Downey
Pinellas Chapter President
500 110th Avenue North, Apt. 403
Saint Petersburg , Florida 33716
Home Phone: 727-217-9124
Cell Phone: 727-776-7162

Se Habla Español?

Many of you have requested a book to help you learn Spanish, and now the Talking Book Library has one to offer! Spanish for Dummies is a five-part guide with twenty chapters on learning Spanish. Conversational dialogues are presented for handling a variety of situations, from basic greetings to emergencies. The book also includes grammatical reference notes, colloquial expressions, cultural facts, a mini-glossary, and other information.

To order, please call (727-441-9958) or email the library ( and ask for RC057058. You can also check it on the enclosed order form to make a request.


For Your Information…

Vision USA : Vision USA, a program of the American Optometric Association, provides eligible children and adults with free eye exams by an optometrist. To qualify, at least one member of the participant’s household must work part-time, the participant cannot have existing health insurance that covers eye exams, and the participant cannot have had an eye exam within the previous two years. For more information, visit or call 1-800-766-4466.

Join Tampa Bay Blind Bowlers : They’re always looking for new folks to join, whether you are blind, visually impaired or sighted. They currently bowl Thursdays, between 2:00-5:00pm, at Sunrise Lanes, located at 6393 MLK Jr. Street N., St. Petersburg, phone # 727-522-2174. For more information about Tampa Bay Blind Bowlers, please contact Warren Davis at 727-871-5251 or



The following is a selection of titles available in both the talking book format and on descriptive video. So, if you’re in the mood to read a book and then watch the movie adaptation of it, this list is a good place to start!

Watch and Read!

A Farewell to Arms. Ernest Hemingway. DV010234 (Descriptive video) / RC049506 (book)

Feature Film. Starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes. This sweeping drama, played out against the brutal backdrop of the First World War, tells the unforgettable story of a handsome American ambulance corpsman who falls in love with a English nurse. When he is wounded she nurses him back to health. Adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's famous novel.

A Beautiful Mind . Sylvia Nasar. DV010274 (descriptive video) / RC047595 (book)

The life of a mathematical genius who contributed to game theory, computer architecture, the study of the universe, and the mystery of prime numbers—all before the age of thirty. Then schizophrenia enveloped his mind and he spent thirty more years in and out of mental hospitals before a spontaneous recovery returned him to the world of research. Movie is directed by Ron Howard and stars Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

Bridget Jones’s Diary . Helen Fielding. DV011588 (descriptive video) / RC046267 (book)

Despite a long list of resolutions, British Bridget Jones's year gets off to "an exceptionally bad start" when her parents try to fix up their thirtyish dateless daughter with their friends' unappealing divorced son. But all is not lost--it appears that Bridget's crush on her boss is developing into a two-sided flirtation. Strong language. Bestseller.

Cyrano de Bergerac. Edmond Rostand. DV010235 (descriptive video) / RC023102 (book)

Feature Film. Starring Jose Ferrer. Few men cut as wide a swath through Paris in the 1760's as a poet whose remarkable nose is exceeded only by his reputation as a duelist. The poet is persuaded to help a fellow guardsman woo Roxanne, the beauty he adores but fears to approach. Will Roxanne realize the man whose words touch her heart is really the poet? Edmond Rostand's classic.


Special “Thank You” to Mail Carriers!

Does your mail carrier go above and beyond the call of duty? Do you look forward to a visit from your mail carrier every day? Well, you’re not alone. Many of you out there appreciate receiving your mail because, oftentimes, it includes Talking Books!

The Pinellas Talking Book Library would like to acknowledge the cooperation of the U.S. Postal Service in delivering the materials and equipment to our patrons’ homes. In this manner, the Post Office is an important partner in our service, and we would like to hear from you about your mail carrier.

The Pinellas Talking Book Library will recognize two outstanding mail carriers from Pinellas County with a certificate of appreciation. Please write to us and tell us why your mail carrier deserves this special award! Every mail carrier nominated for the award will receive a letter of appreciation.


The Pinellas Talking Book Library
Celebrates Volunteer Week!

From April 17 th through the 23 rd, The Talking Book Library celebrated National Volunteer Week. Volunteers come in and help our staff with various tasks, including shelving, sorting, and rewinding books. We also have Book Buddies, who assist patrons in selecting books.



Donations, Bequests and In Memoriam gifts to the Pinellas Talking Book Library are used to help defray costs of operating the library. We use funds prudently and reserve the money for development of collections not provided by NLS, special equipment needs, and volunteer recognition. Thank you to all the kind people who have shown their appreciation by giving these gifts. All monetary gifts are acknowledged with a thank you letter.

Please send and make checks payable to: Pinellas Talking Book Library,
1330 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, FL 33755-5103.

We also receive notes and letters on a regular basis that express how important this program is to the people we serve. Our volunteers and staff love these notes, and we use them to support our grant requests. Letters expressing the need to maintain a local talking book library support our continued presence in Pinellas County. Please keep the notes and letters coming!!


Marianne Morawetz Retires

After many years with the Pinellas Talking Book Library, Marianne Morawetz has decided it is time to take life a little easier and has retired. During her 12 years with the library, she combined a strong service ethic with a warm and empathetic personality. We wish Marianne the best, and thank her for sharing her skills and talents with the talking book program.


Happy 4 th of July from your friends at the
Talking Book Library!

Just a reminder, the library will be closed on
May 30 for Memorial Day and on the 4th of July.

Library Staff                                                                                                 

Marilyn Stevenson                  

Harriet Thompkins               
Outreach Librarian

Marianne Morawetz                      Logan Allen
Library Assistant                            Library Assistant                       

Shannon Spencer                      Donna Wiggins
Office Assistant                            Receptionist                                

You may reach us Monday—Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m.
(727) 441-9958
(727) 441-3168 TDD
(727) 441-9068 FAX

Pinellas Talking Book          
1330 Cleveland Street                
Clearwater, FL 33755-5103