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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.

Road Trip Stories

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Hit the road with talking books! Our new short list by Karen contains great fiction and non fiction stories of adventures unfolding through travel.

One Plus One

Jojo Moyes


Single mother Jess Thomas is struggling to raise her ten-year-old math-genius daughter, Tanzie, and teenaged stepson, Nicky. To give Tanzie a chance at a prestigious school, they fly to England and take a road trip to Scotland with technology wizard Ed Nicholls. Nothing goes as planned. 2014.

Bestseller, Romance, Commercial Audiobook

Go for the Gold!

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Be a gold medal reader! Get ready for the Summer Games by reading these great books about the Olympics. Our list features a variety of titles for children and adults, including champion biographies, Olympic-themed fiction, and amazing stories of historic events and achievements. Compiled by Karen, ITBOC Clerical Assistant.


My Greek Drama: Life, Love, and One Woman's Olympic Effort to Bring Glory to Her Country

Gianna Angelopoulos


Apply Now for the ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Institute Retreat

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Applications are now open for the next leadership institute development retreat, to be held in early 2017. The application deadline is August 31st, 2016, and eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. The mission is to build a pipeline and network of leaders with disabilities who are deeply engaged in the civic life of the Chicago region  and  advancing  in  their  careers — consistent  with  the promise  of  the Americans  with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Staff Recommendations

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Our latest list features some of our staff's favorite books! Find out what your Reader Advisor likes to read, whether it's childhood classics, suspenseful mysteries, fascinating biographies, award-winning YA, or the latest bestsellers. There's something for everyone to enjoy with these recommendations!

Nancy- Reader Advisor


James A. Michener



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Burr Ridge, IL 60527

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