By Barbara Jensen

Executive Director

Senior Center of Finney

County Seniors with visual impairments, physical impairments or reading disabilities can still enjoy reading, thanks to the Talking Books Program. Digital technology makes it easy to access and use audio publications.

The Talking Books Program currently offers free library service via audio cassette players to persons who are unable to read standard print. The Library of Congress administers this federally-funded program through the National Library Service.

New digital players feature crystal-clear sound quality at any volume or speed. The new players also include a "sleep" button that can turn the digital player off at scheduled 15-minute increments. These new players also are about half the size of current players and weigh two pounds.

Another feature is the ability to download books and magazines from the new Braille and Audio Reading Download Web site at https://nlsbard.loc.gov/. Patrons must complete an application to receive a user name and password. Once approved, users can download a book to a flash drive, insert the drive into the USB port on the side of the digital player and enjoy listening within minutes.

Patrons also may receive books through the mail. The Library of Congress Web site provides access to other Talking Books Program online catalogs (http://www.loc.gov/nls/), which lists more than 450,000 titles. About 2,000 titles are produced each year, including best-sellers, mysteries, romances, westerns and how-to books.

To sign up for the Talking Books Program or for more information, call 1-800-432-2796.

This summer I bought myself an ipod. I use the Web site http://skyways.lib.ks.us/KSL/ for books and music. Signing up was easy. It's a great way to enjoy books without sitting down to read.

Scheduled activities

Thursday: TOPS meet at 8:30 a.m. Meals on Wheels committee meets at 9 a.m. The art class meets at 10 a.m. A Domino Tournament starts at 1 p.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. The volunteer receptionists will meet at 1:15 p.m.

Friday: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by STEPS at 10 a.m. St. Catherine Hospital has a nurse available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Friday. Bridge begins at 12:45 p.m. At 6 p.m., the monthly Finney County Senior Citizens Association covered dish dinner begins. The evening's entertainment will be Gale Seibert and House Blend.

Saturday: The pool room is open in the afternoon.

Monday: Exercises are at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Bridge and double pinochle begin at 12:45 p.m. The Upbeats practice at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge is at 7 p.m.

Tuesday: The Craft Shop meeting starts at 10 a.m. Pitch is played at 12:45 p.m. Open pool is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

March 10: Foot Clinic appointments begin at 8 a.m. Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. Pinochle starts at 12:45 p.m. The Moonshiners will be the band at the dance starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $4. Bring finger food for the break.

Two free lunches

Two free lunches are scheduled in March and April. Commerce Bank will provide lunch on March 25. Senior Center volunteers are invited to lunch on April 22.

Reservations are required for both meals. Call 272-3620 to reserve your seat.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, tossed salad, green beans, lemon bread pudding, garlic bread.

Friday: Baked fish or beef brisket, scalloped potatoes, cabbage, corn bread, yellow brick road cake.

Monday: Sausage gravy and biscuits, mashed potatoes, California veggies with cheese sauce, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday: Meatloaf, baked potato, pickled beets, strawberries and pears, wheat roll.

March 10: Pork roast, mashed potatoes, winter mix vegetables with cheese sauce, fruit muffin, applesauce cake.