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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.

2012 in review

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

January: Curl Up With a Good Book!

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Brrrrrr!  2013 blew in with single digit temperatures.  What a good time to sit by the fire with your dog or cat and read a good book!.  Now that Christmas mail should no longer be slowing down delivery, stock up on books to help those blustery, snowy days be more enjoyable.

Happy Holidays!

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The Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center will be closed December 24, December 25,  and December 31, 2012 and January 1, 2013.

Stay warm and enjoy your families, friends, and peace and good will for all.

Christmas Reading

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It’s that time of year that we are preparing for the Christmas holiday and like to watch movies and listen to books about Christmas to keep in tune with the season.

Below are books recommended that have more than one story to listen to.

Debbie Macomber:  DB 73638 – A Gift to Last (2 novels)

DB 71428 – That Holiday Feeling (3 novels)

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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On December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day,  you may want to remember our World War II heroes by reading a biography of their experiences.  Check out one of these titles or call you reader advisor at 1-800-426-0709 for additional books on WW II.

DB 68497 “Battleship Oklahoma, BB-37″  by Jeff Phister

DB 71404 “Helmet for my Pillow: From Paris Island to the Pacific:  a Young Marine’s Stirring Account of Combat in World War II” by Robert Leckie


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