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The Ability to Read for Everyone!

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teacher.” – quote by Charles William Eliot


As a former librarian, one of my favorite programs was the Talking Book Program run by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.    I love the program because it encourages those who have a physical, visual, or reading disability to access an activity most of us take for granted: the ability to read.


Talking Book Machine and electronic book: photo provided by Talking Book Program

Talking Book Machine and electronic book: photo provided by Talking Book Program

This totally free program (via the ND State Library) provides access to talking books, magazines, Braille books, and the accompanying equipment.  The state library staff also gives personalized service with a toll free number where patrons can ask questions, request certain books or certain types of books, or get help using the machines.


Click here for a link to a video on YouTube


Services available through the program include recorded books on digital cartridges, large print books, Braille books; magazines in digital format; digital and players, Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service that allows patrons to download books off a website to a computer or smart device; free mailing through the US Postal Service; and a reader advisory where staff can help choose books or subjects they want to read.


If you are interested in the program, please go to http://www.library.nd.gov/talkingbookservice.html where there is more information and an application or call the ND State Library at  1-800-843-9948 or 701-328-1408.

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