Drop Off Your Old Eyeglasses!

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Do you have eyeglasses that you no longer use or need? The Ann Arbor (Host) Lions Club has over 25 Drop-Off Locations through out the county. Lions Club International collects an average of 4.5 millions pairs of glasses per year to send to developing countries. You can also donate prescription or regular sunglasses! Protecting one's eyes from harmful rays can prevent cataracts, which is a major cause of blindness in the world. You can learn about the science of glaucoma & other eye diseases by listening to or viewing this video that was taped here last year.

Watching DVDs Over the Holidays?

How about doing us a big favor, as well as a favor for many of our patrons who benefit from watching films with Descriptive Video Service? Check the language settings at the beginning of the DVD menu to see if there is a described narration track, or see if it says "Described Narration" on the label. Then, add a comment to this blog indicating the name of the DVD & I will add it if it's not already on this list. Described narration can be on both youth & adult DVDs. More and more films are being produced with this feature. Some of these DVDs are now available by mail to our WLBPD patrons, too!

Holiday Meals for Community Members

Hope Clinic, located at 518 Harriet St. in Ypsilanti, will be serving free hot meals from 4-5pm on all of the following days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Faith in Action and Our Savior Lutheran Church are sponsoring a Community Christmas Day Dinner at 1515 S. Main St. (next door to the McDonald's) in Chelsea. Dinner begins at 1pm and is open to anyone who would like to attend. To get on the headcount list, call 734-475-3305. Salads, desserts, and volunteers needed.

Greatest Inventions for the Physically Impaired

This list of Greatest Inventions for Physically Impaired people came to our attention from Best Online Colleges.com. Is there anything you would add or remove? With technology changing so quickly, it would be great to elicit input from you, our patrons! Their website is worth a gander if you are looking for on-line higher education programs, too.

Paralympic Powerlifter Medalist at AADL!

While Mary Stack was born with a rare medical condition called pseudohypoparathyroidism, which limits her mobility, she has competed in a range of adaptive sports since the age of sixteen. As a measure of how far her ability and determination have taken her, Mary recently returned from the ParaPan American Games in Mexico with a bronze medal for lifting 280 pounds! This gave her the first women’s Paralympic powerlifting medal ever for US women at these games. Mary works as a Sports Coordinator at Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and is training for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She will talk about this and other aspects of her life at the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, Dec. 10, 3-4:30 pm.

Text Books & Other Materials for Print Impaired Students

Here's an exciting announcement from Bookshare: They now serve over 150,000 student members & have over 125,000 books in their collection. Of these, 80,000 are educational titles that continue tostream into the library from publishers, as well as hundreds of student textbook requests that are fulfilled every month!

These major milestones have been achieved a year ahead of schedule as part of the 5-year Bookshare for Education (B4E) award from the U.S. Department of Education,Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

To this end, Benetech, the parent nonprofit for Bookshare, has received a new 1-year award from OSEP for a project called Leveraging Impact Through Technology (LIT).

Online Exercise/Nutrion Program

The National Center for Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) offers a free personalized, online physical activity and nutrition program for people of all abilities. NCPAD’s “14 Weeks to a Healthier You” offers individualized exercise and nutrition recommendations based on your preferences and abilities, plus online or telephone support. It’s like having your own personal trainer at home! The NCPAD motto is “Exercise is for Every body." They believe that everyone can benefit from a personalized exercise routine.

A Doctor's Assessment of Alcoholism

Doctor Herbert Malinoff, MD, shares his view of alcoholism as presented in the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous & updated with the neurobiology of addictive illness. Taking place Tuesday, November 15th at the SJMH Education Center from 7:30-9:00 PM. This is part of a free, ongoing Dawn Farm Education Series.

I'll Go If You Go.....

The U of M Comprehensive Cancer Center and The Prostate Net invite you to attend I’ll Go If You Go, an education program for men and women. This will be held Saturday, November 12th from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM at the Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti. All are welcome. Topics will include breast cancer, prostate cancer, nutrition, and intimacy. This event is free and includes brunch. To register: Call 734.998.7071 or 1.888.477.6763 or you can visit this page & complete the registration form.

Digital Talking Book Machine Firmware Update

The National Library Service Materials Development Division modifies the Digital Talking Book Machine (DTBM) software from time to time to correct faults, improve usability, or to add additional features. The latest player firmware update was made on October 24, 2011. This is version 2.1.7.
WLBPD patrons with DTBMs can upgrade players to the latest software in the following manner:

Obtain the latest software from the NLS web site.

Extract (unzip) this file onto a cartridge or USB drive so that the directory "upgrade" appears in the "root" directory of the drive.

Turn on the player.

Insert the cartridge or USB drive containing the software.

The player will announce "Upgrading your player's software."

Wait until the upgrade is complete and the player restarts (about 10 seconds), then remove the cartridge.

The upgrade will only occur if the player's version is older than the version of the software on the cartridge; reinserting the cartridge will not repeat the upgrade.

If you're having trouble, you can find print and audio tutorials for this upgrade on the BARD Talk website.

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