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  • Talking Book Service is provided free of charge to anyone who is blind, visually impaired, or has physical disabilities preventing the reading of standard print.

  • If you read braille, ask your reader advisor to sign you up for braille service. You can find titles in the online catalog. If you have a refreshable braille display, consider also signing up for Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) to access the Web-Braille collection.

  • The rechargeable talking book players can be used anywhere you want to listen to a book. They are lighter and easier to use. There is nothing quite like listening to a book on your warm, sunny deck.

  • Talking books are now available in cartridge form and mailed to you in a blue plastic case via "free matter for the blind or physically handicapped". 

Top 10 Reasons

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When to call or email the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center:

10. You have read everything your favorite authors have written and are looking for new books. 

9. There is a problem with a book or machine and you need advice or help...

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Register for BARD

close-up photo of young man wearing headphonesBraille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped offers access to downloadable digital audio books and magazines over the Internet. Find out how to register.

Conferences for Parents of Children with Vision Loss

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You Are Invited! The Southern Illinois Vision Conference in Mt. Vernon on March 8, 2014 is first with the Northern Illinois Vision Conference in Rockford on April 12, 2014 following a month later.

Parents of children ages birth through twenty-one are encouraged to join us for in-depth discussions of useful topics. Learn from experts in the field as well as from fellow parents. 

Honoring Black History

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The Illinois Network of Talking Books and Braille has a large collection of Black History books.  Here's a few suggestions from your Reader Advisors.  Give us a call to order your books!

Waiting 'til the Midnight Hour:  A Narrative History of Black Power in America - By Peniel Josph - DB064301

The Help - By Kathryn Stockett - DB068889

The Autobiography of Malcolm X - By Malcolm X - DB065510

Free State Employment Process Webinar for Persons with Disabilities

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A free webinar on the state employment process for persons with disabilities is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 10 a.m. Information about applying for state jobs and the Successful Disability Opportunities Program will be presented by staff from the Departments of Central Management Services and Department of Human Services. The webinar is sponsored by the Department of Central Management Services and the Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities.


Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center
125 Tower Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

info [at] illinoistalkingbooks [dot] org
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