Newsletter of the Pinellas Talking Book Library

Vol. 11, No. 3                                                           Summer 2005

Friends of the Pinellas Talking Book Library

New Treatments for
Macular Degeneration

Dr. Jason M. Handza, Board Certified
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist


Dr. Handza will give a presentation on Macugen, a revolutionary new FDA approved treatment for Macular Degeneration. All information will be discussed in a patient oriented and easily understood manner. The following topics will also be discussed:



September 9, 2005 from 9:30-11:00 am


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


For Your Information


Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. This service is designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment options. Call 1-800-526-7234 (V/TTY) or visit for more information.

Florida Families of Children with Visual Impairments is a group created by Florida parents for Florida parents to focus on the unique needs of families with blind or visually impaired children, including those with other disabilities. This organization was established to help develop opportunities for families with similar challenges and experiences to network and share information and support. Call 386-677-7760 or 813-926-0122, or visit their website at for more information. There will be a statewide meeting for parents at the Broward County Lighthouse for the Blind on October 8 th.

Watson Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired ( Watson Center) has provided services to meet the needs of the blind and visually impaired for almost 50 years. The Watson Center offers comprehensive vision rehabilitation programs for adults and seniors, job placement services for adults, life enrichment programs for adults and seniors, an onsite product store, information and referral services and comprehensive children's rehabilitation programs for children of all ages beginning at birth. Watson Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, 6925 112th Circle North, Suite 103, Largo, FL 33773. Their phone # is 727-544-4433.


The following is a selection of titles that have been chosen for the One Book Program, which was initiated in 1998 by librarian Nancy Pearl of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library. The program was started to stimulate reading, and books can be selected for a community, a city, or even a state.


The recommendations include some of the most popular books from the program: To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, A Lesson before Dying and Tuesdays with Morrie; and some classics, such as Old Yeller and Romeo and Juliet. Also listed are the choices for the city of Indianapolis (The Bondwoman’s Narrative) and the state of Alaska (Walking the Choctaw Road).

To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee. RC036414 (book) / BR012850 (Braille) / DV010111 (Descriptive video)

Pulitzer Prize Winner. Scout Finch is an outspoken, literate six-year-old tomboy when she begins to tell of growing up in a small Alabama town with her brother and her attorney father Atticus. The children's curiosity about a reclusive neighbor is eclipsed by Atticus's attempt to defend a black man against charges of raping a white woman. For high school and older readers.

Fahrenheit 451 . Ray Bradbury. RC034963 (book) / BR015332 (Braille).

Social satire set in the future, when owning or reading books is a crime. Guy Montag, the fireman-hero, becomes a fugitive when he succumbs to temptation. Some strong language.

A Lesson before Dying . Ernest J. Gaines. RC036694 (book). Bayonne, Louisiana, 1948. A young black man has been sentenced to death for the murder of a white man - a crime he did not commit. His attorney argues that he is too stupid to plan a crime. Galled by this defense, Jefferson's godmother turns to the plantation school-teacher to teach Jefferson to die like a man. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.

Tuesdays with Morrie . Mitch Albom. RC044849 (book) / BR012800 (Braille)

Some twenty years after college, Mitch Albom rekindles his relationship with a former professor who is terminally ill. His weekly visits with his dying mentor become a colloquium on the meaning of life, and Albom gains insight into "love, work, community, family, aging, forgiveness, and, finally, death." Bestseller.

The Bondwoman’s Narrative, by Hannah Crafts: A Fugitive Slave Recently Escaped from North Carolina . Hannah Crafts. RC054154 (book) / BR014000 (Braille)

In the 1850s, Hannah Crafts, a North Carolina slave, flees north. She relates factors that caused her to seek freedom and events of her perilous journey. Introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr., who discovered and edited the nineteenth-century manuscript, considered the first work of fiction by an African American woman. 2002.

Old Yeller . Fred Gipson. RC015325 (book) / BR011976 (Braille) / DV010065 (Descriptive Video)

The story of a boy and the big stray dog that he resents at first, but comes to love and depend on. The excitement, hardship, and tragedy of pioneer life in Texas in the 1860s are graphically described. For grades 5-8.

Romeo and Juliet . William Shakespeare. RC044353 (book) / BR010925 (Braille)

A poignant love story of two teenagers who are the children of feuding families. Only when the star-crossed lovers come to a tragic end are the two powerful Verona families reconciled.

Walking the Choctaw Road: Stories from Red People Memory . Tim Tingle. RC059053 (book)

Twelve traditional stories reflecting the history and beliefs of the Choctaw nation spanning almost two centuries of tribal life. "Saltypie" is Tingle's own story of his family's close bond with his blind grandmother. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2003.

Summer Reading Program!

On July 6th, Talking Book Library juvenile patrons visited the West Community Library Branch of the St. Petersburg Library System and the East Lake Community Library for stories, games, and crafts. It was a fun time for all, and we hope to do more children’s programming in the future.

Keep reading, kids!


Special “Thank You”

to Mail Carriers!

Thank you to everyone who responded to our call for mail carrier nominations. We are currently reading over the letters and tallying the numbers. We will announce the winners in the next issue.





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!





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Just a reminder, the library will be closed on September 5 th for Labor Day
and on November 11 th for Veteran’s Day.

Library Staff                                                                                                 


Marilyn Stevenson                  

Harriet Thompkins               
Outreach Librarian

Logan Allen
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