In September 1962, LuEsther T. Mertz founded Choice Magazine Listening (CML) because she believed that visually impaired people and those with disabilities that prevented them from reading standard print should have access to the same magazine writing as sighted people. Through the nonprofit Lucerna Fund, Ms. Mertz tasked a small editorial team to fulfill a mission to make this endeavor “exclusively charitable, literary, and educational.”
Today, nearly 60 years and 338 issues later, the CML archives are open.
We invite librarians, staff, patrons, and eligible friends of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) to hear the digitally remastered and easily downloadable, first-ever issues of our audio magazine anthology originally created on 10-inch, 16 ⅔ rpm records. Each issue provides a fascinating time capsule of the literature and thought of the day.
You and your patrons may call us directly anytime, toll-free, at 1-888-724-6423 with any questions about CML or the archives project. Over the coming years we will release a full year of archived material alongside each issue we publish. Please visit choicemagazinelistening.org and come celebrate 60 “Choice” years with us!
Editor in Chief