Large Print Service through the Talking Book Program

Did you know that the Talking Book Program has a growing large print collection? We have 5650 titles available in large print and in the month of July we added 28 large print titles to our collection. We are a free service and the books travel for free through the mail to your home–you don’t have to pay postage to receive or return TBP materials!

Some newish titles I have read recently include the “Eternity Springs” series by Texas writer Emily March, and “Doc” by Mary Doria Russell. We also have the popular title “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America” by Bill O’Reilly.

Our large print collection contains titles for readers of all ages. To qualify for the Talking Book Program (including large print service) one only needs to have difficulty reading standard print, difficulty holding a book or turning pages or an organic reading disability. According to the NLS website the minimum size for large-print materials is 14-point type. Large-print materials are most commonly available in 16- to 18-point type.

A person joining the Talking Book Program has the option to read audiobooks only, Braille books only, large print only, or any combination of the three. Members of the Talking Book Program can also download audiobooks and magazines, as well as Web Braille materials.

We encourage patrons to use all services that are available—so, use your local public, school, or other library, and also take advantage of the Talking Book Program collections to expand your reading choices. Libraries and librarians can help by referring library patrons who have read through many of their local large print or audio titles to the Talking Book Program. Librarians on staff at libraries can also certify TBP applications for applicants with visual or physical disabilities!

Here is a link to bibliographies of titles in our large print collection:

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/bibliographies/bibindex.html

To become a patron of the Talking Book Program, print and complete this application:

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/application/index.html

Continuing the Conversation

Welcome to the Texas Talking Book Program blog!

Do you want to know what staff at the Talking Book Program have read and enjoyed recently? Do you think to yourself, “I really like Louis L’Amour, but I don’t know who to read next”? Do you wonder, “What’s new on the shelf at the Talking Book Program? Is the Public Awareness Coordinator going to be in my neighborhood soon? What sort of information can I get from the Disability Reference Center?” Follow our blog for answers to all of these questions, and more.

Quite a few of our staff will be blogging as we go along, though you’ll see a few names more frequently. We will have a few regular posting topics that will appear weekly or monthly, along with some one-timers.

We look forward to sharing information about the Talking Book Program with you and to hearing back from you either in the comments section below or e-mail us at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. TBP staff are a friendly bunch and ask that comments be kept friendly. For more information about our comments policy, follow this link:

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texastalkingbooks/?page_id=53

Thanks.