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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 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 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.

Closed 11/26/15

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Please note that we will be closed Thursday the 26th for the holiday. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for all your support!

Disability Etiquette Tips

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  • Relax. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re unsure what to do.

  • When meeting a person who is visually impaired, always identify yourself and others who may be with you.

  • If offering assistance, wait for a response and listen to their instructions.

  • Remember to show your face to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and speak clearly if they can read lips.

  • Speak directly to the person with the disability, not the person they are with or their interpreter.

    Thanksgiving Book List

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    Get in the holiday spirit with our Thanksgiving book list, featuring Thanksgiving stories, mysteries, romance, and history!

    The Ghost at the Table

    Suzanne Berne


    San Francisco freelance writer Cynthia reluctantly spends Thanksgiving in New England with her married sister Frances and their long-estranged father, Robert. Cynthia believes Robert was responsible for their mother's death twenty-five years ago, but Frances has a different take. The reunion deteriorates as they all confront their shared past. 2006.


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