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A New Look for NLS Website

This blog is a brief change from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you an update!

We are proud to premier our brand new website: www.loc.gov/nls/

You may be saying, “New? But it’s the same web address as before!” That may be true, but the site has been completely re-designed so that it may be more useful to our patrons and to the public.

The navigation on the left-side panel on the home page lists some of our most popular topics, including the currency reader project, braille courses, BARD, and of course music! Also please check out the catalog, where you can search for braille and digital talking books.

If you haven’t already, please do check it out and let us know what you think!

There’s No Song Like an Old Song

I’m always reminding myself how fortunate I am to live in an area that offers not only great classical music, theater and dance performances, but many popular music performers make a stop, especially during the summer. Being a child of the sixties, rock and roll concerts usually meant performances in smoky nightclubs (missed out on […]

Thinking About Learning Braille Music? Part II

Continued from last week While Bettye Krolick’s How to Read Braille Music: An Introduction is suitable for students who already know the basics of music and only need to learn how to decipher braille music symbols, Richard Taesch’s An Introduction to Music for the Blind Student is suitable for students who are just starting their […]

Thinking About Learning Braille Music? Part I

I always get excited when a patron requests a book on reading braille music because it means one more patron might be able to take advantage of our wonderful braille music collection. In my opinion, braille music readers have an edge over non-readers since they are able to explore and interpret the score themselves. In […]

The Soul of the Saxophone

In the space of just two weeks, musicians and music-lovers remember the life and death of two of the most famous saxophonists known to the world: Eric Dolphy, who passed away on June 29th, 1964 and Albert Ayler, who was born on July 13th, 1936. Each of them left an indelible mark on the world, […]