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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.

True Crime

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Check out our new True Crime book list! If you're fascinated by the mysterious, psychological, and sometimes disturbing elements of criminals, their crimes, and the criminal justice system, don't miss out on any of these riveting bestsellers!


Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony

Jeff Ashton


How to use the Bookshelf Feature

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How to Use the Bookshelf Feature on your Digital Player

You may receive some book and magazine cartridges that contain multiple titles, and you can store several titles on a flash drive if you’re downloading books from BARD. Locating specific magazine or book titles is easy if you use the Bookshelf feature on your digital player. It allows you to navigate back and forth through the cartridge to find the magazine or book title you want to read.

Follow these steps to locate the magazine or book you want:

Troubleshooting BARD Mobile

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Troubleshooting BARD Mobile (from NLS BARD Support)

We know that occasionally you may have trouble using the BARD Mobile app. If you do, you may be tempted to uninstall and reinstall it. This is almost never necessary. Uninstalling the app will cause you to lose all your books, your reading position in each one, and any bookmarks you may have set. Instead, try the following steps.

If the problem is with a particular book, delete the book from your device and download it again. For other problems, try:

Football Season

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Are you ready for some football? Soon the leaves will be falling and the season will begin. Our new list by Fay, Reader Advisor, offers some interesting takes on the game, including biographies of players, inside accounts of the industry, historical perspectives, and more!

The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football

Jeff Benedict



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