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Special to The State Journal Published:

The National Federation for the Blind-Newsline allows any individual who is blind or visually impaired, has the inability to use ones hands, a learning disability, or other condition to listen to todays newspapers or magazines over the telephone, for free. The only equipment you will need is a touch-tone telephone.

Subscribers to the free NFB-NEWSLINE can read any newspaper and magazine available on this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Currently, there are 212 national newspapers including several Kentucky-specific newspapers along with a number of notable magazines. Subscribers choose the topics and articles of greatest interest and listen at their own time and place.

For more information, you can contact Janice in the Outreach Department at the library (502-223-1658, option 2). Applications for the service are also available at the Circulation Desk of the library, or you can call Pamela Roark-Glisson, NFB-NEWSLINE Coordinator for Kentucky, at (859) 266-2807.

Older Americans Month

celebrated in May

Older Americans Month originated with a presidential proclamation in May of 1963. Presidents have proclaimed it every year since then. Last year, President Bush stated, Older Americans help others to understand the past, and they teach timeless lessons of courage, endurance, and love. Through their legacy of patriotism, service, and responsibility, Americas seniors also unite families and communities and serve as role models for younger generations.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 36.3 million people in the U.S. were 65 years of age or over as of July 1, 2004. This age group accounts for 12 percent of the total population.

The library makes every effort to accommodate our senior patrons. Special materials that may interest seniors include large-print books, periodicals, books on cassettes and CDs, videos, and DVDs. We also have applications for the Kentucky Talking Books Program and the NFB-Newsline.

In addition, our Outreach Department provides free delivery of library materials to seniors who are unable to come to the library because of illness or physical limitations. Outreach also provides programming and materials delivery to senior facilities throughout Franklin County.

Look on our new nonfiction shelf for these books that may be of special interest to older Americans: 50 Fabulous Places to Retire in America by Arthur and Mary Griffith; You: The Smart Patient, An Insiders Guide to Getting the Best Treatment by Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.; The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy by Leonard Steinhorn; Dr. Ruths Sex After 50: Revving Up the Romance, Passion, & Excitement! by Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Also, Getting Old without Getting Anxious by Peter V. Rabin, M.D.; I Am My Mothers Daughter: Making Peace with Mom Before Its Too Late by Iris Krasnow; Surviving the Loss of a Spouse by Sheryl Garrett; and This Is Not Your Parents Retirement: A Revolutionary Guide to Investment for a Revolutionary Generation by Patrick P. Astre.

Book Sale coming May 18-21

The Friends of Paul Sawyier Public Library will be hosting a giant sale in the basement of the library May 18-21. In addition to books the sale will feature CDs, DVDs, software, videos and magazines.

Literary South

book group to meet

The Literary South: Old and New hosted by Richard Taylor will meet on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in the Leeco Room of the library. The book for discussion will be Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason.

If you have not yet read the book, stop by the Library and check out a copy. There is still time to sign up for the group, please call or email at 223-1658 or

African American authors

discussion group to meet

This month the African American Authors Group will be reading Cookie Cutter by Sterling Anthony. This debut book is a psychological thriller with a legacy of racial violence reenacted by a crazed serial killer.

Lieutenant Bloody Mary, along with others from the Detroit Polices Homicide Squad, investigates a string of murders with a distinctive feature. Certain African Americans are being executed because of their politics, precisely those considered sell-outs. After each murder, the victim holds an Oreo cookie in their hand, black on the outside and white on the inside.

This novel delivers a keen analysis of race relations, social history and psychology which follows throughout to its bloody conclusion. The group will meet May 20 at 10 a.m. in the Directors office at the library. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in this lively discussion. For more information, please contact Stacy at 223-1658.

The Paul Sawyier Library is located at 305 Wapping St. Regular hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. After regular hours the bookdrop is available to return books and videos. For further information about the library or any of its programs, call 223-1658 or visit The Youth Service Department closes five minutes before the main library. Any changes in hours will be posted on the front doors.

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