Opening of Two New Newsline Sites

Two new NEWSLINEŽ Local Service Centers have opened in recent weeks, bringing prestigious newspapers into the list of national publications available to blind people through NEWSLINEŽ. The Montgomery County Public Library site officially opened on March 16, 1998. It will serve much of the greater Washington, D.C., metro area.


Image shows Helen Thomas chatting with guests.

Loyal NFB friend and fan of NEWSLINEŽ Helen Thomas, UPI White House Bureau Chief, chats with guests before the Montgomery County ceremony begins.

Image shows James Gashel at the podium in front of shelves of books)
James Gashel, NFB Director of Governmental Affairs, does a sound test at the libraby podium.

Shown are Harriet Henderson, Helen Thomas and Betsy Zaborowski.)
Left to Right:  Harriet Henderson, Director of the Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries; Helen Thonas,UPI White House Bureau Chief; and Betsy Zaborowski, NFB Director of Special Programs.

Douglas Duncan, Montgomery County Executive, and Diane Frankel, Director of the Institute of Museums and Libraries (the federal agency whose funds assisted the Library in establishing NEWSLINEŽ), were also among the dignitaries present. Ted Lutz, Vice President of Circulation for the Washington Post, announced the availability of the Washington Post nationwide on NEWSLINEŽ.

Then, on April 8, the NFB of California in partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library and with the support of Mr. Dwight Baum, a generous contributor to the NFB for many years and an avid reader of NEWSLINEŽ, conducted the official opening of the L.A. NEWSLINEŽ site at the Los Angeles Central Library in downtown Los Angeles. The guests included Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, thirty-third District; Susan Kent, Director of the Los Angeles Public Library; and special guest Jim Murray, Pulitzer-Prize-winning sports writer for the L.A. Times. Also Marilyn Lee, Vice President Public Affairs for the Los Angeles Times, helped us announce the availability of the Los Angeles Times to any NEWSLINEŽ site around the country.

NEWSLINEŽ is an ever-expanding network delivering more and more news to the blind. Now blind people in thirty-eight communities in this country and Toronto, Canada, can read both national and local newspapers using touch-tone phones. [PHOTO/CAPTION: James Gashel, NFB Director of Governmental Affairs, does a sound test at the library podium.] [PHOTO/CAPTION: Left to right Harriet Henderson, Director of the Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries; Helen Thomas, UPI White House Bureau Chief; and Betsy Zaborowski, NFB Director of Special Programs.]