TBP Circulation Center Maintenance May Cause Service Delays, Interruptions

Over the next weeks, you may experience slight interruptions in service or materials may take a bit longer than usual to get to you. This is due to scheduled maintenance at our circulation center in Austin that may require that we close the center on some days.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and look forward to returning to optimum service as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.

To contact the Talking Book Program, please email us at tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov or call us at 1-800-252-9605 (512-463-5458 in Austin).

Please note that TBP staff do not have a detailed schedule of closures or delays; these are dependent on the progress of the maintenance.

U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Ibill Money Identifiers

Currency identifiers from the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) are now being mailed to Talking Book Program patrons. Since a large number of patrons have requested these, it will take some time for all of them to be shipped.

After January 2, 2015, TBP patrons will need to fill out an application with the Bureau in order to receive a free money reader. Patrons will not need to have an authority such as a doctor or nurse certify the application.

Patrons have three options to receive a BEP application:

1) Call the Talking Book Program at 800-252-9605 or send an e-mail to tbp.services@tsl.state.tx.us. Reference Center staff will mail you a BEP application.

2) Visit the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing web site at www.moneyfactory.gov/uscurrencyreaderform.html and print an application.

3) Call the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing at 1-844-815-9388 and request an application.


Reading and Radio Resource has Closed

The radio reading service based in Dallas discontinued service on December 9th. Administrators are looking for one or more organizations to house their recorded book library and possibly continue the work of custom recording. They also hope that some entity will revive the radio reading service.

More information about the closure can be found here:

Further details will be posted on this blog when more is known. The Talking Book Program does not have any information about what current subscribers to Reading and Radio Resource should do with the radio receivers they have. Questions about the reorganization of the program should be e-mailed to: info@rrrtoday.org

Reading and Radio Resource was also providing radio service to the city of Austin and surrounding areas. No information is known at this time about the future of programming in Central Texas.

January 2015 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Tuesday, January 27th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce (DB 76196).

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate.  To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 (RSVP preferred by January 13th) or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov.  Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

NLS Annotation:

Six months after retiring, Harold Fry receives a letter from former coworker Queenie Hennessy, who is dying of cancer. Intending to post a reply, Harold instead walks the length of England to personally deliver his note, leaving behind his wife Maureen. Along the way Harold ruminates on his life. Some strong language. 2012.