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  • The BARD Mobile apps for Android and iOS devices allow you to enjoy your personal library everywhere you go.

  • Talking Book Service is provided 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 digital cartridge form and mailed to you in a blue plastic case via "free matter for the blind or physically handicapped". The new digital players are portable and easy to use.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and the Illinois State Library's Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) strive to ensure that all may read by providing eligible patrons access to NLS materials regardless of age, economic circumstances, or technical expertise.

James Baldwin

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Celebrate Black History Month and the legacy of James Baldwin by reading his revolutionary plays, poetry, essays, and novels!

Another Country

James Baldwin


A talented black musician, his beautiful sister, and his white friend strike out against the conventions of sex, race, and society. 1962.

American Literature, Download Only

Blues for Mister Charlie

James Baldwin


Reading by Ear: A Book Club for Talking Book Patrons in the Carbondale Area

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We're excited to announce the Carbondale Public Library is hosting a book club for talking book patrons and audio book readers! Reading by Ear will meet the first Tuesday of each month at 1pm. What a wonderful way to read more books and meet new friends!

Books for the first 3 months are "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman, "The Rosie Project" by Graeme C. Simsion, and "The Same Sky" by Amanda Eyre Ward. 

Conferences for Illinois Parents of Children with Vision Loss

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You're invited to participate in the 2017 Conferences for Illinois Parents of Children with Vision Loss! Hosted by the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired, the Southern Conference will be held in Mt. Vernon on March 11th and the Northern Conference will be in Rockford on April 8th. Sessions will cover Social Emotional Issues, Orientation and Mobility, Life Skills, and more! This is a great opportunity for parents to network, discuss shared issues, and discover new resources. 

Flyers and registration forms are available below:

TBBS NewsLink Winter 2017

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The winter edition of TBBS NewsLink has arrived! Be sure to check it out for important information on how to join the Talking Book and Braille Advisory Committee. This issue also contains articles about ordering books, book series, mailing with Free Matter for the Blind, and more!


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