BOARD DESIGNATES NAOMI CHAPMAN TURNER LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND
Lincoln, Nebraska – Christian Record Services for the Blind has named its library, which offers more than 2,000 titles in Braille, large print and audio formats, for an individual who provided critical support as the organization was expanding titles and adding digital-on-demand access for members. The newly named Naomi Chapman Turner Library for the Blind celebrates Naomi Turner, and also honors her mother, who was a Braille instructor at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind in Ontario, Canada, for many years.
According to Diane Thurber, President of Christian Record Services, “Naomi’s gifts helped us enhance our library distribution and delivery methods and through a transformative gift made possible through her mother’s estate, she has helped the ministry launch PhoneFaith, which connects individuals to live call-in programs that take place throughout each week. With God’s divine timing and Naomi’s generosity, we are able to connect with people who are seeking community, hope, and inspiration.”
Through her mother’s work as an instructor, Turner understood the importance, at a young age, of reading materials for people who are legally blind. After a long and productive career that culminated in her work as a Director of Nursing for a hospital, she has recently experienced some of the same challenges, so her gifts are particularly meaningful. “Someone like me looks normal; I don’t look like I have a problem with my eyesight and people assume I can do things I can’t right now.”
Turner’s commitment to the library at Christian Record Services began nearly 15 years ago. Studio Director Kalvin Follett said, “With our audiobooks now on digital cartridge, members can navigate the audiobooks quickly, picking up where they left off and experiencing the better audio quality with the digitized recording. We also added DAISY downloadable books as well as streaming audiobooks through OverDrive Listen. During this time, we also implemented a new member database and library software that allows us to communicate more efficiently with members, keep them up to date on resources that might be of interest, and offer an online site where members reserve resources, download audiobooks and refreshable Braille and read digital books in English and Spanish.”
With a membership of more than 18,000 located in more than 70 countries, Christian Record Services is grateful for Naomi’s foresight and generosity. Says Turner, “I’m so happy my gift is able to help so many.”
ABOUT CHRISTIAN RECORD SERVICES, INC.
Christian Record Services, Inc. is an international ministry to people who are blind. The nonprofit was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. To learn more, visit www.ChristianRecord.org, call (402) 488-0981, or connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn @CRSBfriends.
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