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.
SPRING 2019 LEAP CLASSES
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. All of these libraries are NJ Transit Access Link stops:
- Atlantic City Library
1 N. Tennessee Ave
Atlantic City (between Atlantic Ave & Arctic 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.
- Johnson Public Library
274 Main St
Hackensack (between East Camden St & East Salem St)
- Cherry Hill Public Library
1100 Kings Hwy N.
Cherry Hill (between Paradee Lane & West Tampa Ave)
- Newark Public Library
5 Washington St
Newark (between Broad St and James St)
- South Orange Public Library
65 Scotland Rd
South Orange (between Comstock Place & Taylor Place)
- East Brunswick Public Library
2 Jean Walling Civic Center
East Brunswick (cross street is Ryders Lane)
- Monmouth County Library – Manalapan
125 Symmes Dr.
- Morristown & Morris Township Library
1 Miller Rd.
- Ocean County Library – Toms River
101 Washington St
Toms River (between Allen St & Robbins 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.
NEW STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT
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!
ACCESSING NFB-NEWSLINE THROUGH AMAZON ECHO
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. In addition, the Newsline Coordinator for New Jersey is Jane Degenshein, President of the Senior and Technology Divisions of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey. Her number is 973 736 5785 or email, email@example.com.