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January 2002Volume 4 Number 1

Mystic Seaport Visits Available Free to Talking-Book Program Patrons

In a cooperative agreement with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, and three of its regional libraries, the Mystic Seaport Library has announced a pilot project to allow registered patrons of the national talking-book program to request a free Mystic Seaport Library Pass to visit the Seaport.

The cooperating libraries include The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Rocky Hill, Connecticut; The Braille and Talking Book Library, Watertown, Massachusetts; Talking Books Plus, Providence Rhode Island; and NLS.

Patrons of these libraries may visit Mystic Seaport at no cost by simply requesting a one-day Mystic Seaport Library Pass from their library. NLS patrons in other states may request their pass from the Office of the Director, NLS. Each pass entitles two adults and their children or grandchildren, eighteen years old and under, to free admission to Mystic Seaport on the day printed on the card. Passes are not valid during July and August.

The pilot project begins January 1, 2002, and will end December 31, 2003.

Over the past seventy years, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has emerged as a leader in library services to blind and physically handicapped individuals. It distributes 23 million books and magazines to a readership of more than 750,000 blind, visually impaired, and physically handicapped individuals. NLS functions as the largest and frequently only source of public library materials and services for a segment of the population who cannot readily use the print materials of local libraries. The NLS International Union Catalog contains 375,000 titles. The average reader borrows 40 recorded books and magazines a year. As an integral part of the Library of Congress, NLS selects, produces, catalogs, and distributes millions of books and magazines embossed in braille, as well as talking books and magazines recorded on cassette tapes. Reading materials are distributed to a cooperating network of 138 regional and subregional libraries where they are circulated to eligible borrowers. Reading materials and playback machines are sent to borrowers and returned to libraries by postage-free mail.

For further information contact:

Robert E. Fistick
Head, Publications and Media Section
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Washington, D. C. 20542
Telephone: (202) 707-9279

[Patrons of the Connecticut Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped may contact the library to request a Mystic Seaport Library Pass by calling 800-842-4516, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3 pm. Anyone wishing information about the library services may wish to visit the library's website]

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