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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.


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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.)

World Braille Day 2016

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January 4th is World Braille Day! Did you know Louis Braille invented his tactile code in 1824 when he was only 15 years old?

Unified English Braille (UEB) will also become the official literary code for the United States today. NLS books assigned on or after this date, beginning with BR21266, will be transcribed in UEB. UEB integrates current variations of braille into a single unified code for all English speaking countries. Follow the links below for more info on the NLS transition and braille resources.


Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center
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Burr Ridge, IL 60527

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