Talking Book Program
Contact Talking Book Program
8 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 5 pm
Monday - Friday
Talking Book Program
Texas State Library & Archives Commission
PO Box 12927
Austin TX 78711-2927
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:
We encourage you to choose the email format because of paper shortages, but the newsletter will also be available in large print and Braille as needed. Spanish is also available.
Not a patron of the Talking Book Program yet? Start your TBP application.
Need to get to the BARD website to download books? Go here: https://nlsbard.loc.gov/
Need to know how to navigate BARD? Learn how to use BARD.
Looking for the BARD mobile app?
Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bard-mobile/id705229586
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.loc.nls.dtb
Need more BARD help? Contact us!
Bluebonnet Award Voting
Bluebonnet Nominees 2022-2023
Other Places to Get Audio Books
To get recorded textbooks for school you can get a Learning Ally account for $12 per month-https://learningally.org/. 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 https://www.bookshare.org/cms/.
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 https://houstonlibrary.org/manage-card and get instant access.
Events - coming soon
Monthly Youth Book Lists
Other Youth Book Lists
- Youth Graphic Novels in Digital Audio
- Lonestar List 2022
- Schneider Family Award Winners 2012-2022
- Odyssey Award Winners 2018-2022
- Bluebonnet Nominees 2021-2022
- Newbery Medal Winners 1922-2022
- 2022 Youth Media Award Winners
- Booklist’s Top Audio Books for Young Adults 2021
- Top Audiobooks for Middle Grades
- Spanish Language Titles for Youth