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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.

Schneider Family Book Award

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The Schneider Family Book Award honors authors and illustrators whose books portray a disability as part of the human experience. The books feature positive but realistic portrayals of what it's like to live with a mental, physical, or emotional disability and are selected for 3 age groups of young readers. Read more about Dr. Katherine Schneider and why she established the award here:

Conferences for Illinois Parents of Children with Vision Loss

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Parents of children with vision loss are invited to attend the annual conference this spring to learn from experts as well as fellow parents. Sessions include round table discussions, medical information, social emotional issues, and periods of transition. Teachers, service providers, and children 12 and older are also welcome (childcare not provided).

The Southern Conference will be held in Mount Vernon on Saturday, March 12, 2016, and the Northern Conference will be held in Rockford on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

A List about Love

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Celebrate the highs and lows of love with our short list for Valentine's Day. Featuring a few favorites from classic and contemporary authors, we have bestselling stories exploring all kinds of love and heartbreak for everyone.

Modern Romance

Aziz Ansari


Nordic Noir

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Curl up with some Nordic Noir on these cold winter nights! Nordic Noir is a type of crime fiction originating from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. These thrilling books feature tormented detectives, eerie environments, gruesome murders, and political intrigue with a distinctive Nordic sensibility that will have you hooked in no time. Our list contains new and classic international bestsellers (many of them made into highly rated movies and TV shows), representing the best of this dark and chilling genre.


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