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Spring 2018 NEWSLETTER

 

Message from the President

We remember Lauren Casey with warmth and thoughtfulness. Lauren was very dedicated to the Friends and volunteered twice to serve as our President. She was very passionate about reading and always quick to share a recommendation of a book she enjoyed. We will miss Lauren. Our thoughts are with her family.

Joan Leonard, our current President is recovering from an illness. Joan, one of the original Friends, is unable to write this message at this time. At the Executive Board’s request, we are still seeking volunteers to come forward and be a part of the Board. Without an elected Executive Board, The Friends will not be able to continue operations, and we will be forced to begin the process of dissolving the organization. Please, if you are interested in stepping in to serve on the Executive Board, contact our Nominating Committee chair, Bernie Zuckerman at bernard1750@aol.com.

Please join us at our next meeting on June 23rd. Details below.

Thank you.

The Executive Board of the Friends

Meeting Information

The next meeting of the Friends will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M., followed by lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. The location is the Joseph Kohn Training Center (JKTC) located at 130 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, NJ. Directions to the JKTC will appear at the end of this newsletter. Anyone wishing to stay for lunch will be asked to contribute $5.00 toward the cost of the food. Please call Mary Jo Partyka at 609 888-5459 by June 20th to advise us of your attendance so we can plan for lunch. We hope you will consider joining us for an informative and important meeting.

If you cannot attend the meeting we would like to invite you to dial in to the conference call. Please note that this is not a toll free number. On June 23 at 10:00 AM, please dial 605-468-8005. Enter the access code 425 373#. You will be asked to press 1 after the access code is repeated correctly.

Election of Officers

By Bernie Zuckerman, Nominating Committee Chairperson

As this is our Annual Meeting, we should be holding the election of new officers. However, we do not have a slate to present at this time. If volunteers do come forward, vacancies are for President, Vice President and Secretary. Joyce Sowa is willing to remain as treasurer. Nominees may be nominated from the floor at the time of elections. We do ask that anyone being nominated from the floor be approached in advance of the meeting and he/she must agree to run for the office in question. Please make every attempt to attend this very important meeting.

TBBC’s Seventh Annual Golf Outing

On Monday, June 11, 2018, The NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) is hosting its 7th Annual Golf Classic at Hopewell Valley Golf Club at 114 Pennington Hopewell Road, in Hopewell, New Jersey. The Friends are pleased to be a sponsor again this year. The Library staff is looking forward to enjoying a day of golf with you on one of the best conditioned and respected golf clubs while supporting a deserving New Jersey program that helps tens of thousands of residents each year. Proceeds benefit the NJSL TBBC, NJ’s only free public library for the print disabled (anyone who has a physical impairment, a reading disability or a visual impairment). For more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities visit the Library’s website at http://www.njstatelib.org/talking-book-braille-center/. If you have any questions about the outing, contact Linda Cerce at 800-792-8322 ext. 835.

Options for Reading The Friends’ Newsletter

The newsletter is available in Large Print, E-Mail, on our website http://friendsnjlibraryfortheblind.org/ and for those who do not have computers, by telephone on Newsline. You can access these Newsletters with a Newsline subscription and a touch-tone telephone. If you do not have a Newsline subscription, contact Reader Services at the New Jersey Talking Book and Braille Center at 1-800-792-8322 to get signed up for a Newsline subscription. If you have a Newsline subscription, but do not remember your login information, contact Christian Riehl at the above number extension 821. Once you have secured your login information, dial in to the service by calling 1-888-882-1629, or the local dial up number provided to you for accessing the service. Follow the prompts for logging in and reading the Newsletters. Choose option 2 off the main menu for your state’s information channel, followed by option for the blindness groups, then the option for the Friends Newsletters. Happy reading.

Please check out our website for information on community services as well as present and past copies of our newsletters at http://friendsnjlibraryfortheblind.org/.

Directions to the Next Meeting

Address:
JKTC
130 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2421

Cross Street: Seaman Street

From the North

South on Route 1 to Route 18 heading toward New Brunswick.
Get off Route 18 at the New Street ramp.
Turn slight right onto New Street/ NJ 26.
Take the 2nd left onto Livingston Avenue/NJ 26.
Turn left onto Seaman Street and left into the JKTC parking lot.

From the South

North on Route 1 to Livingston Avenue/NJ 26 toward New Brunswick.
Turn right onto Seaman Street and left into the JKTC parking lot.