FALL 2018

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Below is an updated list of Board Members. Officer's positions are noted after the Board Member's name:

Board members


Thank you, Friends of Library Access, Inc.!

Where would we be without our Friends? They do so much to support the Braille and Talking Books Library, our volunteers and our patrons. They also underwrite and participate actively in advocacy and outreach activities which publicize the Library's services and educate the public about disability-related issues.

So what, exactly, do the Friends do for the Library? Here are a few examples:



Accessible media


Not to mention all the moral support and friendship. For all this, on behalf of the Library, many, many thanks, Friends!

- Kathy Searle Acevedo,
Braille and Talking Books Library,
Daytona Beach, June 2018


The Friends of Library Access, Inc. receives no government support. We count on individuals, such as you, to become members of Friends of Library Access, Inc. Annual dues and generous donations enable the Friends to assist the Braille and Talking Book Library in providing equal access to educational, self-help and entertainment literature for people who are print impaired. Join us as we seek to increase the availability of accessible media to Florida’s citizens who are blind, visually impaired, physically impaired and/or reading impaired.

In addition to membership in the Friends, we gratefully accept donations, grants, gifts of cash and bequests. Memberships and Donations may be sent to:

Friends of Library Access, Inc.
P.O. Box 10716
Daytona Beach, FL 32120-0716

You may also visit our web site Here

For further information, contact: Patricia A. Lipovsky, Membership and Outreach Chair at: or 386-255-0288.


The Friends is managed by a Board of twelve trustees, which are elected for 3 year terms by the membership. Each November four seats are open for election. The Friends' Board maintains a list of potential Board of Trustees members. Board meetings are open to anyone interested, and are held quarterly on the 2nd Saturday of February, May, August, and November. All meetings are held via telephone conference, except for our November meeting, where those that can, meet in person.

Please consider serving on the Board by submitting your name and a brief letter stating your experience, expertise and goals as it pertains to the Friends. Letters of Interest may be submitted by email, print, or Braille and mailed to the Friends at:

Friends of Library Access, Inc.
P.O. Box 10716
Daytona Beach, FL 32120.

Note: You must be a member of the Friends and have attended at least one meeting before you can apply for a board position. For more information, contact the chair of the Nominating Committee: Doug Hall at 386-255-0377


How would you like TO READ the newspaper with your morning cup of JAVA? Well, now you can!! The NFB of Florida is proud to offer you National Federation of the Blind Newsline®, a program sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind of Florida and a grant from the Florida Division of Blind Services. Many seniors have lost enough vision that reading the daily newspaper is no longer possible. Now, once again, they can enjoy being able to participate actively in community affairs. Newsline®, gives subscribers access to newspapers, emergency weather updates, television listings, job ads, Target store ads, many magazines, and 14 Florida newspapers. Over 40 magazines, ranging from the Arts, Sciences, Health and Fitness, Pop Culture and National and International news are also available. And, there are multiple access methods such as the telephone, computer, NLS Talking Book player, hand-held reader and the iPhone.

NFB-NEWSLINE® has well over 300 publications AND it's still growing. Four Spanish-language newspapers are available to all subscribers. The service handles thousands of phone calls each day for individuals across the country. This also enables those who cannot read conventional print to have access to all content offered on NFB-NEWSLINE® when traveling throughout the United States, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

In Florida, we have several toll-free numbers for you to call to learn more. You may contact: Sherri Brun, NFBF Newsline® chair at 1-800-603-8578. For help in Spanish, please call Paul Martinez at 1-800-558-8261.


by Irene Hewett

Margaret Fedrick is a volunteer narrator at the Braille and Talking Book Library. She grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland during World War II, and spent her early years with her mother and sister. Margaret's father served with the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk, and returned home when she was about eight. She and her father developed a close relationship. Margaret began her working career in administration at the Edinburgh University College of Veterinary Medicine, and then joined the Royal Navy. She was recruited by the United Nations to work for the Food and Agriculture Organization, which is located in Rome. It was there that she met and married Ray, an American serving in the US Air Force. They came to the United States in 1967. They were stationed in California, and Margaret attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. After living and working in several other states, they moved to Ormond Beach, Florida in 2004. Her husband passed away in 2011.

Margaret is involved in several activities. She helped establish and works at the Veterans' Museum and Educational Center, located on Beach Street in Daytona Beach. She is also a lay reader and eucharistic visitor at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Daytona Beach. Margaret enjoys knitting and sends handmade items to the Seamen's Union of New York and New Jersey. She also travels to visit her family in Scotland and attends Royal Naval Association conferences in the UK with her friends from the Royal Navy. Margaret has volunteered at the Library since 2009 and is happy still to be working with the same monitor. She enjoys recording books requiring British or Scottish accents. Margaret reported that she once introduced herself to a blind person who recognized her voice from reading books she has narrated. This is a very special experience for a narrator. Margaret attends our Volunteer Luncheon each year. Thank you, Margaret, for volunteering with us. We wish you good health and continued success with your interests and activities.


Below are the nominees who have applied for our openings for 2018. We currently have four seats open. They are each 3-year terms. Please look the applicants over carefully and select who you think would be best suited to fill these positions.


Allen first became interested in aiding the blind, due to his wife Helyn, who suffered from Diabetic Retinopathy. Even though Helyn passed on from cancer several years ago, Allen has maintained his dedication to assisting the blind and visually impaired. He has served as past President of the PALS support group for the Center for the Visually Impaired, past President and Treasurer of the CVI board, and has provided tireless hours of service to the National Federation of the Blind where he has also served as Treasurer. He is very instrumental in many fundraising activities. At present, Allen is the Treasurer of the Blinded Veterans, along with serving on the board for the Friends of Library Access where he is Treasurer and Chair of the fundraising and finance committee.


I started working with people in a business capacity when I was thirteen years old at the “dime store”. I graduated from Lanier County High School, Lakeland, Georgia and my family lived in the same place for generations. On a Sunday night when I was 17-1/2 years old I returned home from my Senior Trip and on Monday morning I went to Jacksonville to attend a business school on a scholarship. That same week I got a part-time job in the afternoon doing secretarial work. When I was old enough, I took the Civil Service Test and was chosen to work for a judge. He was a good judge and I got to work with many children and parents in the Juvenile Court and even chose the adoptive parents for one baby found in a trash can. When I grew tired of that after twelve and a half years (12-1/2) it was time to run for re-election, I took my courage in one hand and my foot in the other and ended up at the BRAILLE AND TALKING BOOK Library where I was able learn, teach and recruit new volunteers. I especially liked learning the new programs and new technology. I was the first to learn and teach computer Braille. I didn’t know anything about computers or Braille, but I was willing to learn. One director asked me how I ran the Volunteer Services Section and immediately I told them I used the “STRING” Method. I learned the jobs first myself, then got in front and led as I taught. Now I am retired after nearly forty years at the Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library. One of my greatest accomplishments which I am very proud of was helping to start the FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ACCESS INC. I would like to continue to support the Friends by now serving on this board as a board member. With the knowledge I have gained throughout the years working at the library, I feel I can be an asset to this board, contributing in a manner which will allow me to make the appropriate decisions that will in turn help insure that the blind and visually impaired citizens of Florida who have been receiving services from the Braille and Talking Book Library, will continue to receive these valuable services for many years to come.


I have been actively involved with Friends of Library Access, Inc. since its founding in 1992, serving as a co-founder and member of the Committee that composed and revised its Bylaws. I was liaison between the Braille and Talking Book Library and Friends of Library Access, Inc. from 1993 till 2006, when I left the Library's staff to join the Rehabilitation Center as an instructor and case manager. I joined the Board of the Friends in 2007, being chosen to hold the offices of President and Vice President. I’ve been an active member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends and either volunteer or paid staff of the Library and associated services since the 1970’s. After my retirement in 2013, I devoted my time to community advocacy, including assisting the customers of the Braille and Talking Book Library. I ask for your support in November to be reelected to another term on the Board.


My name is Sheila Young, and I currently serve as the Vice President of Friends of Library Access Inc. I moved to Florida in November 2004, and became a member of Friends of Library Access, Inc. in May, 2005. I have served on the board since 2009 and served four years as President. I have been a patron of the library for over twenty-five years and am a loyal and avid supporter of the Talking Book Library. I feel it is extremely important that accessible print materials be available for everyone who is print disabled. The Friends are instrumental in supporting all of the programs involving the library and its volunteers. I would appreciate your vote in our November elections.


Membership is for the Calendar Year, January 1 to December 31. All dues received after 9/1/2018 will be applied to the remainder of 2018 and the calendar year 2019. Please Click here to complete the form. If you are paying by check, send your check to: Friends of Library Access, Inc. P.O. Box 10716 Daytona Beach, FL 32120-0716.


You must be a Friends member in order to vote. If you are not a current member, please include membership dues with the ballot. Print your name:

PLEASE CHOOSE 4 CANDIDATES for the 4 open seats. Place a check in front of the candidate's name of choice:

______Allen Bornstein
______Betty Boyette
______Doug Hall
______Sheila Young
Write in Candidate (s):

We must receive your ballot by Thursday, November 8, 2018 unless you vote in person. You may MAIL the ballot with your name on it to: Friends of Library Access, Inc. P.O. Box 10716 Daytona Beach, FL 32120-0716 Or email to: Make Your Voice Heard – VOTE!

Newsletter Editor, Patricia A. Lipovsky
Friends of Library Access, Inc.
P.O. Box 10716
Daytona Beach, FL 32120-0716