Monday, October 04, 2004


The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that NEWSLINE is being offered through the Braille and Talking Book Library at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown.

Developed by the National Federation for the Blind, NEWSLINE is an electronic system that allows users to listen to newspapers and magazines through a synthetic voice output via any touch-tone phone. By calling in on a local or toll-free number, users can choose any newspaper in the system and listen to that day's, the previous day's or Sunday edition. Users can also select what section or article they wish to read; and the system allows then to change speed or voice quality, spell out words, or search for a particular subject.

Massachusetts newspapers currently include: Ayer Public Spirit, Berkshire Eagle, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, Groton Landmark, Harvard Hillside, Lowell Sun, North Adams Transcript, Pepperell Free Press, Shirley Oracle, Springfield Republican, and Townsend Times. Major newspapers and some magazines from throughout the US and Canada are also included.

Individuals wishing to sign up for this free services are encouraged to contact the Braille & Talking Book Library by phone at (800) 852-3133 or via email at For more information, go to


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