February is Library Lover’s Month, and TBP is On the Road to Celebrate

February is Library Lover’s Month, so love your Talking Book Program by telling others who may be eligible for our service but may not have heard about TBP.  Spread the love – and the access to great books and magazines.

TBP Braille Story Time

TBP will be travelling all over Texas visiting public libraries for Braille Story Time – see below for more information – as well as visiting other events to promote our service and answer questions.  Look for us in your community soon!

Would your school or library like a unique story time program free of charge?  The Talking Book Program offers a story time that incorporates Braille as a teaching tool.

The program:

Our Public Awareness Coordinator, Heather Bailey, reads 2 – 3 classic picture books that have Braille and text.  Children of all ages get to feel the Braille alphabet and learn how vision impaired children and adults read the same stories others read.

A fun activity is included: each child will get to decode a Braille message using supplied Braille alphabet cards.  All materials are provided by the Talking Book Program.

Benefits of the program include sensory exposure using touch, compassion and understanding for others, and introduction to the language of Braille.

If your library or school is interested in TBP Story Time contact Heather Bailey at

512-463-5452 or hbailey@tsl.texas.gov

Outreach Dates for February 2015:

02/02 Braille Story Time – Lake Travis Library

02/04-02/05 ARC of Texas – San Marcos, TX

02/06 Special Olympics – Austin, TX

02/09 Braille Story Time  at Salado Public Library and at Boerne Public Library

02/10-02/12 Braille Story Time at Palacios Library, Calhoun Library, Jackson Library, Bay City Library and Victoria Library

02/14 Braille Story Time at Clara Mounce Library – Bryan, TX

02/19-02/20 Texas Transitions Conference – Dallas, TX

02/24 Braille Story Time at Boerne Library

02/28 Parent Resource Fair – Houston, TX

 

TBP Attends Belton Senior Expo “Roaring Twenties” Event

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Belton County Senior Expo brought together over 100 vendors educating seniors on health awareness, Veteran Services, and organizations devoted to enhancing life experience.

The Talking Book Program was proud to attend this event and reach over 300 members of the public as well as vendors who will spread the word about the Talking Book Program.

The event, hosted at the Bell-County Expo Center, included door prizes, talks on planning for the future, and a themed costume contest, “Roaring Twenties”.

If your organization would like Talking Books for Texans to attend a meeting for a presentation, conference or training please contact us at 1-800-252-9605 or through email at TBPInfo@tsl.texas.gov.

Two women looking at Talking Book Program material at the Talking Book booth during the Belton Senior Expo

Attendees check out TBP material at Belton Expo

Woman reading "Talking Books for Texans" newsletter about the TBP program at the Belton Senior Expo.

Belton Senior Expo 2014

September 2014 Outreach Events

Visit Talking Books for Texans at these events:

09/20 Eye on Vision / Low Vision Fair

Location: Bedford Public Library, Bedford TX; 10am-4pm

09/23 Belton’s 2014 Senior Expo

Location: Bell County Expo Center, Belton, Texas; 8:30am-12:30pm

09/26 -09/27 American Council of the Blind of Texas (ACBT) Annual State Conference

Location: Hilton San Antonio Airport, San Antonio, Texas; 9am-5pm each day

09/26 Central Texas Libraries Annual Meeting

Location: Kyle Public Library, Kyle Texas; 10am-11:30

09/26 Silver Link Boomer Fair

Location: Balcones Country Club, Austin, Texas; Noon – 6pm

If your organization would like Talking Books for Texans to attend a meeting for a presentation, conference or training please contact us at 1-800-252-9605 or through email at TBPInfo@tsl.texas.gov.