edited by Cynthia G. Hawkins
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Did You Buy a Cookbook at the ACB Marketplace in Schaumburg?
I would like to apologize to all of those who purchased a cookbook from me on July 6, 2023 at the marketplace. At the end of the day, I found out that two categories of the cookbook were left out: soups and beverages. If you could please send me those books back, I will send you the corrected one. It was the fault of the printer; they are being replaced free of charge. Also I will have the book in audio by August 5. The cost of the audio book is $25. There will really be 120 recipes along with other articles.
Ship the incomplete books to: Wilma Chestnut-House, 8659 Moran Pl., St. Louis, MO 63114.
If you would like to speak to me, my number is (314) 873-9022.
Update to ‘Mexico by Touch’
Twenty years after its initial publication and on the cusp of his 90th birthday, Larry Johnson has updated the original book to include additional harrowing adventures. The book is called “Mexico by Touch: True-Life Experiences of a Blind American Deejay.” It is available on Amazon.
New Books at NBP
Now available from National Braille Press is “iOS Basics for the Beginning User: Using Your iPhone with VoiceOver,” by Atty Svendsen. The book is available in braille, BRF, DAISY and Word. It provides a big-picture overview of the iPhone, and offers information on the features of iOS and VoiceOver, from navigation, setting up and personalizing your phone to entering text and configuring settings.
If you have a child or grandchild in your life, you may want to look at these two new books. One is “12 Amazing Magic Tricks,” available in braille, UEB & BRF. Kids will enjoy amazing their friends and family with these magic tricks that use items found around the house.
Also newly available is “Early One Morning,” by Lawrence Schimel and Elīna Brasliņa. This is a print-and-braille board book for babies through preschoolers that tells the story of the morning adventure of a boy and his cat.
For more information, call toll-free, 1-800-548-7323, or visit www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/publications/index.html.
Vista Center Board Chair Turns over the Reins
ACB member John Glass’ tenure as board chair of the Vista Center in California has come to an end. His successes include shepherding Vista Center through the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in commendations for exemplary client service from county government; and ensuring Vista Center maintained impeccable financial health. He turns over the reins with many innovative accomplishments, and a bright future for continued growth serving the community of people living with vision loss.
Patrice Maginnis is the incoming chair of Vista Center’s board of directors. Patrice is no stranger to Vista Center, initially receiving client services, volunteering as an assistive technology instructor, serving as interim director for Vista Santa Cruz, as well as Board Vice Chair, prior to stepping into this new role. She is also the executive producer of Voices for Vista, bringing musical talent to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center stage to raise funds for client programs. She has had an accomplished career in the realm of opera as a founding member of Opera San Jose.