Talking Book News
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for the Blind &
(Voyager and BARD)
& Referral Center
Library services for blind and physically
Providing free library service to Texans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or reading disabilities-whether permanent or temporary.
Our books are available on digital cartridge, Braille, large print, and cassette, and we loan playback equipment to be used with TBP materials. Our materials can also be downloaded from the Web via BARD by registered readers. And best of all, books are delivered right to your door. All of the items are sent and returned through the mail free of charge. The program offers more than 80,000 titles in fiction and nonfiction, plus 80 national magazines for adults and children.
Hours: 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm Monday-Friday
1-800-252-9605 Toll-free in Texas,
512-463-5458 or in Austin
TBP Blog: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texastalkingbooks/
To access the toll-free information line: 1-866-388-6397
Texas Talking Books will be closed on the following holidays:
Of course, you can always leave a message if you call after hours or on a holiday or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The long awaited BARD Mobile app for Android is finally here! BARD Mobile is now available in the Google Play store. BARD Mobile enables NLS patrons to download and listen to audiobooks and magazines directly from their Android devices. Registered Texas Talking Book patrons will need a BARD account and a device running Android OS 4.1 or later in order to use the new app.
Talking Book Program Book Club!
The Talking Book Program will host a “phone in” book club on
Tuesday, November 19th
7:00-8:00 p.m. Central
to discuss The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Sussex, England. A man returns to his childhood home for a funeral. While there, he is drawn to the farm where his friend Lettie lived with her mother and grandmother. After he enters the property, he remembers the terrifying experiences he and Lettie shared. Some violence. Bestseller. 2013.
Please contact a Reader's Advisory Librarian at 1-800-252-9605 or by email at email@example.com by October 29th to RSVP for the discussion.
See TSLAC agency-wide news page Here
DTBM software revision 2.1.7 is being added to digital-book cartridges by book producers. It is anticipated that network libraries will begin to see this software included on titles shipped in early December 2011.
When a book with the new software is inserted into a player that has not yet been upgraded it will announce, “Updating your player’s software; please do not power off your player or remove the cartridge from the player.” There will be a series of beeps while the machine is updating. The upgrade takes only about a minute or less. When the update is complete, the machine announces, "Software upgrade completed; stand by while your player is restarted.”
Please do not remove the cartridge while it is updating the player’s software.
You can also download the upgrade from NLS at
Updates on Application Process and Veterans
The Talking Book Program application now includes an Applicant Agreement. This agreement must be signed, or application processing will be delayed.
Also, by law, the Talking Book Program gives priority service to veterans of the United States armed forces who have received honorable discharges from military service. Documentation that verifies a veteran's status, such as a copy of the DD-214 form, must be submitted with the application.
Link to request a copy of DD214
Getting Started with the Talking Book Program
- General Information about the Talking Book Program
- Application Forms in English & Spanish
Use this form to apply for TBP services. The form must be signed by a professional, such as a teacher, doctor, nurse, librarian, or social worker.
- Getting Started with TBP
A guide for new and prospective patrons on how to use the Talking Book Program.
- Loan Policy
Guidelines for borrowing books, magazines, and equipment from the Talking Book Program.
Other Materials Available through the Talking Book Program
The Talking Book Program provides magazines for adults and children via digital download, on digital cartridge, and in Braille.
- Spotlight on Texas Books
Text of quarterly audio magazine that lists Texas fiction and nonfiction titles recently recorded by the Volunteer Recording Program of the Talking Book Program.
List of sources, plays, and bibliographic information on interests on authors, subjects and titles.
National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (NLS)
- National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
Information from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.
- Search the NLS online catalog using Voyager
Online Catalog of Talking Books from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. (Includes listings from organizations that charge subscription fees.)
Information about BARD: Braille and Audio Reading Download.
- BARD Log-in
BARD users who have a user name and password can log on to download BARD books and magazines.
Information for Librarians/Educators
- Teachers Guide to Talking Book Program
A guide for teachers and librarians using TBP materials in the classroom for students with visual, physical, or learning disabilities.
- Just for Librarians
Guide to the Talking Book Program for public librarians.
Disability Information & Referral Center (DIRC)
- Disability Information & Referral Center
Provides information about disabilities.
- Volunteer Recording Studio
Information about volunteer opportunities in Austin to narrate and produce audio books and magazines with a Texas connection.
- Want to become a Demonstration Site?
Policy, Application and Tip Sheet on how to promote the Talking Book Program by becoming a demonstration site.
Talking Book Program
Texas State Library & Archives Commission
PO Box 12927
Austin TX 78711-2927
Hours: 8am-5pm Monday-Friday
Toll free in Texas 1-800-252-9605
In Austin 512-463-5458
To give your comments and input please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.