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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.

Hispanic Heritage

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Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15th through October 15th. Check out our recommended mix of literature, mysteries, biographies, and more to learn about the rich diversity within Hispanic culture. Some titles are available in Spanish and English, and many more are availalble from our full collection. Enjoy!


The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho


Banned Book Week 2015

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Via NLS: Celebrate your freedom to read during ‪#‎BannedBooksWeek‬ (Sept. 27–Oct. 3)! This year’s theme is young adult books. Here is a list of some of the most frequently challenged young adult titles:
1. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (BRC00585, DB65403)” by Sherman Alexie

New Axis 360 All-in-One App

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Axis 360 app ad showing app on smartphone

Check out the new Axis 360 app from Baker and Taylor! The new app provides Apple, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows Desktop users the ability to discover, download, and read ebooks or listen to digital audiobooks within a single application. Users no longer need to have other apps (Acoustik, Blio, or axisReader) to enjoy their books, as all titles will now open directly in the Axis 360 app. The new app provides users with one-time login and seamless access to their bookshelf of borrowed materials from all their devices.


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