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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.

2016 Winter Reading Program

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Please join us for the 2016 Statewide Talking Book Center Adult Winter Reading Program! This year the theme is I Cannot Live Without Books: Celebrating the Joy of Reading and the 85th Anniversary of the Talking Book Program!


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Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today by listening to his "I have a Dream" speech here:

Our collection contains a number of MLK books, including:

DB062330 A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

DB025530 Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

NFB 2016 Scholarships and Internships

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Are you a legally blind college student living in the United States or Puerto Rico? This annual program offers 30 scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students. These merit scholarships are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. Applications are accepted through March 31. Visit for complete rules and requirements.

2016 Reading Challenge

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Have you set any personal reading goals for the new year yet? Get creative with our 2016 Reading Challenge if you find yourself in a reading rut! (This challenge should not be confused with the statewide Winter Reading Program, which will launch later this month.)


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