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PO Box 12927
Austin TX 78711-2927

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Welcome to the TBP Youth Services page for patrons 0-18 and their adults! Here you will be able to sign up for our youth services newsletter, have easy access to BARD, see monthly reading lists, find archived newsletters, and see upcoming events.

Sign up to receive our monthly youth newsletter with activities, events, book lists, and more:

Youth Newsletter Sign Up

Not a patron of the Talking Book Program yet? Start your TBP application.

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Bluebonnet Award Voting

Bluebonnet Nominees 2022-2023

The Texas Library Association offers “a unique program that encourages reading for pleasure for students in grades 3 - 6.” Each year a committee of librarians and teachers nominates several titles for people in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 to read and then vote for their favorite. Read 5, then decide!

Vote using the link below for your favorite Bluebonnet title by February!

Your votes will be tallied on February 9 and submitted to the committee on February 11.

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Book Club

2023 Youth Book Club Schedule

Last Night at the Telegraph Club book coverFebruary 7, 2023 (Tuesday) YA Book Club.


Recommended for 9th grade and older

6:00-6:45 p.m. on Zoom.

DB 104015; BR 24064 Length: 12 hours 36 minutes listening time

1954. McCarthyism and the Red Scare are genuine threats to Lily’s family; her father is already at risk of deportation despite his valid citizenship. Lily, who is Chinese American, could lose everything just for dating anyone white—let alone another girl—but she could lose herself if she isn’t true to her feelings. Includes supplemental material. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021. Unrated.

Why we picked it: This book has won so many awards that the print cover is barely visible! Includes the National Book Award, Stonewall Award, and Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

Register here:

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Monthly Youth Book Lists

January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022

Other Youth Book Lists

TBP Youth:

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BARD Information

Need to get to the BARD website to download books? Go here:

Need to know how to navigate BARD? Learn how to use BARD.

Looking for the BARD mobile app?

    Apple App Store:
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BARD Search Tips

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Need more BARD help? Contact us at or call 1-800-252-9605.

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Other Places to Get Audio Books

To get recorded textbooks for school you can get a Learning Ally account for $12 per month- Check with your school district to see if they have an account you can use for free!

Bookshare offers downloadable audiobooks for a fee, but is FREE for students with print disabilities. Check out more information here

Houston Public Library “My Link” card: All Texas residents are eligible for a free My Link library card which gives you access to all of their digital content including audiobooks and ebooks.
Apply at and get instant access.

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Newsletter Archive

January 2023

December 2022
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Page last modified: January 17, 2023