27 December 2012
Y-Net website – Culture and Leisure / Books
Literature news: Eshkol Nevo with eyes shut
Eshkol Nevo launches a new story at the Library for the Blind; a special translation into Hebrew for a Syrian author; and a fascinating event for the Tolkein community in Israel.
So what’s been happening this week?
Author, Eshkol Nevo recorded a new short story he has written, entitled “Forty Love”, at the Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped. Library subscribers will be the first people to discover Nevo’s new story, before it is released to the public. “Forty Love” is about love, disappointment, relationships and liaisons around a tennis court. Nevo relates: “They approached me and requested that I read a story for the holiday, for the Library’s subscribers – a request that I was happy to agree to. I thought I would take advantage of the opportunity for something new, to present a text that I had been working on over the last year. It’s an interesting experience to narrate a story that you have written,” he added. “It taught me about my story, and I even made changes because I was able to hear the melody of the story. I think the work of the Library is very important, since it serves people who want to read but who need to find an alternative way to do so. I hope that the Library’s subscribers will enjoy the story and find it interesting.” To read more, click here.
25 December 2012
Mako Culture website
Before being released to the general public, a new story by Eshkol Nevo will first be published for the blind.
A gratifying initiative by The Central Library for the Blind and author Eshkol Nevo: a new short story that he wrote has been recorded by the Library for the Blind before it is available to the general public.
An interesting initiative: author Eshkol Nevo recorded his new short story, “Forty Love” (in Hebrew) at the Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped, so granting blind Library subscribers an opportunity to be the first to hear the new story ... to read more click here.
November 12, 2012
‘Laisha’ magazine – petty cash, news, anecdotes and special offers.
A Café for the Visually Impaired
The Café Greg chain has launched a Braille menu (produced by the Central Library for the Blind) in all of its 87 branches, designed for the visually impaired and disabled. The new Braille menu is in addition to the standard menu, and provides a solution for the visually impaired population.
October 30, 2012
The ‘Calcalist’ – in industry
Café Greg Chain Launches Braille Menu
The Café Greg chain, which has 87 branches throughout Israel, has for the first time launched a Braille menu in all its branches, produced by the Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped. According to Yair Malka, CEO and one of the owners of the Café Greg chain, “the value of accessibility for all is important to the chain, and therefore we are pleased to provide this solution that includes the blind population in Israel.
Launch of the RAY device – a smartphone developed especially for the blind, and that makes the Library content accessible to them.
The device was developed by Qualcomm and Project RAY - Lead Articles.
Channel 22 news, main segment, 22.10.12
Israeli Startup: Smartphones, also for the blind
Smartphones and touchscreens have become part of our daily lives, but the blind, who have to use the sense of touch to use a telephone, are excluded. A new Israeli development offers a solution – a smartphone that is adapted for use by the blind, and which enables them to enjoy the world of applications.
TechNation – The Marker: An Israeli development: smartphone for the blind
The Android telephone was developed in a collaboration between the Qualcomm RAY company and the Central Library for the blind: It will reach the market in about one month, at the initial price of NIS1,500 … for more, click here
Globes 22.10.12 – New: Qualcomm and Project RAY smartphone for the blind.
The telephone can convert text to voice, read colors, act as a navigation tool, scan barcodes and it even has an MP3 player with special large size buttons. In addition it includes all the content of the Central Library for the Blind .. for more, click here
Maariv NRG 22.10.12 – the Israeli project RAY launches the first smartphone for the blind
The device, a collaboration between the Central Library for the Blind and the cellular company, Qualcomm, will be released in two models. It will be partly subsidized by the Welfare Ministry .. for more, click here
July 3, 2012
Yediot Aharonot – money, bubbles
The Café Greg chain, owned by Yair Malka, Gilad Almog and Nir Edry, will assist the Library for the Blind with a fundraising drive among its customers. Donors will be invited to participate in the project of recording the book ‘A Pigeon and a Boy’ by Meir Shalev. The Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped, which has been in existence for 60 years, produces and lends books and magazines in recorded format, Braille and Large Print.
June 12, 2012
The Marker – marketing
The Central Library for the Blind raises funds and voices
In parallel with Israel Book Week, which is just opening, the Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped is launching a national campaign to raise funds and awareness. In the framework of the campaign, which will run until the end of June on TV, the internet, billboards, in the cinema and on the radio, the Library is inviting the public to donate NIS10 by SMS, by sending the number 10 to the number 2747. Donors will receive a link to a website, inviting them to participate in the first community book recording project of its kind by recording a section from the bestseller ‘A Pigeon and a Boy’ by author Meir Shalev, for the blind community. Further details about the project can be found on the Library Facebook page.
To read more click here
June 5, 2012
Channel 22, Savings Program
Tomorrow: Book Week begins
March 8, 2012
Erev Rav Magazine
Not just cheap wine. The next generation, the 8.3.2012 – Dorit Pukach’s weekly recommendation.
Passa, at the Horace Richter Gallery, is an exhibition that is accessible to the blind and visually impaired. The exhibition aims to offer sensory experiences beyond the visual, through touch and sound, to allow visitors to ‘see’ with their hands and not just with their eyes. 10% of the income will be donated to the Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped. Exhibitors: Menashe Kadishman, Michael Lazar and Mark Lewis, Nobuya Yamaguchi, Adi Hecht, Jack Jano, Varda Yatom, Avi Winograd, Yasmin Winograd, Anat Nitzan, Veronica Elran, Ruth Elran, Hanna Dilian Mussa Gordon, Guy Logshi, Ruth Agmon, Gil Bachar, Alma Moriah-Winik, Racheli Rotman, Rachel Kadmor, Uri Shapira, Dikla Rozen, Mika Barr and Moshe Amar. The exhibition is the fruit of the joint work of Veronica Elran and Kinneret Avivi Bloch, in cooperation with The Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped.
For the magazine, click here
December 23, 2011
Channel 22, Morning Program hosted by Dan Shilon and Tali Moreno
Chef, Omer Miller and Member of the Board, Sisi Ben Simon, were hosted on the Morning Program where they explained the project, ‘Chefs Record for Hanukkah’.
For Hannukah, top chefs and culinary experts came to the recording studios of the Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped to record a CD of a selection holiday recipes.
Among the chefs who contributed their voices and recipes were chefs Meir Adoni, Omer Miller, Nir Zuk, Eyal Lavi, Segev Moshe, Shaul Ben Aderet, Ayelet Latovitch, Oren Giron, Mickey Shemu, Aviv Moshe and Avi Biton, MasterChef judge, Michal Ansky and health-food expert, Phyllis Glazer. The CD was sent as a gift to the Library’s blind and visually impaired subscribers.
Channel 10, Good Evening with Guy Pines – Food News
Chefs narrate recipes for Hannukah
In the spirit of Hannukah, prominent chefs volunteered to read selected recipes for the blind …
November 11, 2011
A place for our age +
Vision problems: no reason to stop reading
The Central Library for the Blind in Israel serves thousands of visually impaired readers. Here you will find recordings, Braille books and Large Print books, so that everyone can enjoy the reading experience. Many blind and visually impaired people think that because of their disability they are condemned to live without the pleasure of reading. This is especially the case with the elderly whose vision fails later in life, and who accept the fact that they cannot read a book or newspaper. In practice, this is not the case, as the Central Library for the Blind in Israel was established specifically to fill this need for accessible reading material. The Library is a non-profit organization that produces and lends books and magazines in Braille, recorded format and large print, with the goal of realizing the right of subscribers to know.
For the full article press here
November 2, 2011
Radio Interview Transcription – Gabi Gazit interviews the Minister of Education, MK Gideon Sa’ar
Minister of Education, Gideon Sa’ar – Adi Kushnir who in the past received equipment that was not in order from the Ministry.
Gabi Gazit: Good morning to the Minister of Education, Gideon Sa’ar
Gideon Sa’ar: Good morning, Gabi
Gabi Gazit: What do you think of this tune. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?
Gideon Sa’ar: I only heard the end, but it is quite beautiful, yes.
Gabi Gazit: Yes, it’s the ticking clock that has already been ticking for you for about two months and two days for the case of Adi Kushnir, and I want to tell you and the listeners …
Press here to listen to segment
October 31, 2011
LaIsha woman's magazine - Right Now
12 Wonderful Composers is a book in Braille that presents the stories of 12 classical music composers alongside segments of their compositions, which can be heard by pressing a key. The book was written by Yaacov Mishori, lead horn player of the Philharmonic Orchestra, who, together with the other members of the orchestra, gave permission for the use of all the segments, which were conducted by Zubin Mehta. The book offers blind and visually impaired children a taste of the music, and will be given to all the children who are subscribed to The Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped, that serves some 10,000 subscribers. The printing of the book was made possible thanks to a donation by Yoram Petrushka. Any further donations will enable us to increase the number of titles that are published. For details: Tel: 972-9-8617874, www.clfb.org.il
July 10, 2011
Maariv Business – the City
Maestro Zubin Mehta and Yaacov Mishori, lead horn player of the Philharmonic Orchestra, last Thursday launched the Braille edition of 12 Wonderful Composers, written by Mishori. This is an interactive book for visually impaired children who love music. On the occasion of the launch, which was initiated by The Central Library for the Blind at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, businessman Yoram Petrushka contributed 300 books. Honored guests were Bruno Landsberg, Brigadier General (reserves) Uzi Eliam, Attorney Yehezkel Beinish and Mrs Reuma Weizman.
June 21, 2011
103 FM Zahavi Atzbani
Blind people also want to read – Adi from the Library from the Blind asks you to donate towards making books accessible.
In honor of Book Week we have an opportunity to do a good deed – help the Library for the Blind to make books accessible to the visually impaired population, so that they too will be able to enjoy reading and even read books to their young children! To donate send an SMS with the number 10 to 9555
Click here to listen
June 15, 2011
The Marker – Shivuk
A new campaign at the Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, and Israel Book Week which begins in June, The Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped is launching a campaign to raise funds and awareness nationwide. Within the framework of the campaign, that will run from today,
15 June to 15 July, on TV, internet, billboards, cinema and radio, the Library is inviting the public to donate 10 shekels by SMS, by sending the number 10 to 9555. The campaign will be accompanied by activities offering an ‘experience’ in a number of shopping malls in the country. Completely darkened tents will be erected, and visitors will walk around in the dark while listening to recorded segments from familiar books ... for more click here.