Introducing “Talking Book Voices” Podcast: Celebrating the Talking Book Program

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new podcast that opens doors to a world of literature and storytelling like never before. “Talking Book Voices” is here, and it’s on a mission to celebrate the incredible magic of the Texas Talking Book Program.

Imagine a world where literature knows no bounds, where books come to life through the power of voice, and where everyone, regardless of their physical abilities or reading difficulties, can access the treasures of accessible reading materials. But the program is much more than just a library. It’s a lifeline to stories, knowledge, and imagination for those who may have thought the world of books was beyond their reach. It’s a testament to the power of technology and community coming together to ensure that no one is left behind in the world of reading.

In each episode, we’ll explore the Talking Book Program’s rich history, share inspiring stories of its impact, and dive into its vast collection of accessible materials. From classic literature to the latest bestsellers, this program opens doors to a world of books, magazines, and newspapers.

“Talking Book Voices” will bring you the latest updates from TBP, offer insights from program experts, and feature heartfelt conversations with patrons who have benefited immensely from this essential service.

To join us on this exciting journey, visit the official “Talking Book Voices” website at There, you’ll find more information about the podcast, including details about upcoming episodes, profiles of our inspiring guests, and additional resources related to the Texas Talking Book Program. Episodes will also by published on the TSLAC YouTube channel at

New episodes will be released monthly! So, mark your calendars and prepare to immerse yourself in the world of “Talking Book Voices.” Listen and share with a friend! We look forward to your feedback.

Podcasts on BARD and the NLS Music Section

Many of our patrons ask us if we have music in our collection. Although we don’t have albums by individual musicians or bands in our collection, all Texans eligible for our service also have access to the NLS Music collection.

The NLS music collection, authorized by Congress in 1962, includes braille and large-print musical scores, recorded instructional materials, and recorded materials about music and musicians. We even have some podcasts! All materials are circulated postage free, and some digital audio and ebraille materials are available for download over the Internet.

You can listen to the following podcasts either by downloading them via BARD or by contacting the NLS Music Section. For more information on the NLS Music Section:

The Folkways collection hosted by Cathy Ennis DBM 04111-DBM 04134

The opening program in the series paints a broad canvas, presenting outstanding musical samples that reflect the strength and diversity of the Folkways collection. Included is a sampling of original and archival interviews with the many personalities featured throughout the series, including Pete Seeger, Mickey Hart, and more. This program also introduces the key themes explored over the 24 programs, such as the role of music in social activism.

Journey through braille music. Episodes 1-6 presented by Sandra Gayer DBM 04274

Six episodes of the podcast series “Journey through Braille Music” hosted by Sandra Gayer. Episode 1 : History and background of braille music – Episode 2 : Music for single line instruments – Episode 3 : Vocal music – Episode 4 : Keyboard music – Episode 5 : Advanced topics – Episode 6 : Series summary and available resources.

Sounds to grow on by Michael Asch DBM 04064-DBM 04088

Program host Michael Asch is the only child of Moses and Frances Asch and was a professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton until retirement. However, as he says in this first program, “The show is not about me. It is about my father, and more specifically about the record company my father founded and ran for 38 years.” This episode features music from Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Lead Belly, as well as a sampling of sounds of everyday life and music from around the world. Total of 25 programs.

Tapestry of the times presented by Aaron Henkin DBM 04014-DBM 04049

A sampler of music from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Mary Lou Williams, Elizabeth Cotten, blues from Warner Williams and Robert Jr. Lockwood, gospel music old and new, and international folk songs from Colombia, Cuba, Iran, and Puerto Rico. Total of 36 episodes.

Welcome to Nightvale by Joseph Fink DB 88270

A collection of episodes from the first season of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. Based on Night Vale, a fictional town in the American Southwest where every conspiracy theory is true, and the strange but friendly people who live there. Collected by the authors of Welcome to Night Vale (DB 83488) and of the podcast itself. Also includes behind-the-scenes commentary. 2016.

Talking Book News Bulletin, Summer 2014 in Audio and Text

We hope you enjoy this podcast audio recording of the News Bulletin Summer 2014 (TXT), (PDF), (MP3) [includes Disability News and Automatic Selection Categories].

You can find back issues of the English version of our newsletters here: Back to Newsletters

If you would prefer to read or listen to this newsletter (or past issues) in Spanish click here: Boletín de Noticias Verano de 2014 (RTF) (PDF) (MP3) / Españo Archivo

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Talking Book News Bulletin, Spring 2014

We hope you enjoy this podcast audio recording of the Talking Book News Bulletin, Spring 2014. (TXT), (PDF), (MP3)

You can find back issues of the English version of our newsletters here: Back to Newsletters

If you would prefer to read or listen to this newsletter (or past issues) in Spanish click here: Boletín de Noticias Primavera de 2014 (TXT)  (PDF) (MP3) / Españo Archivo

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Texas Talking Books will be closed for these holidays.

Monday, May 26, 2014 – Memorial Day

Of course, you can leave a voicemail message or send e-mail on a holiday.


Upcoming Book Club Meeting

All you need to participate in Book Club is a telephone.  Please call 1-800-252-9605 or email to RSVP.  Dates are subject to change.  You can find the 2014 Book Club titles listed in one of the inserts of this newsletter.

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Central (RSVP by May 1, 2014) Let The Great World Spin DB 70450 by Colum McCann.  New York City, 1974.  Disparate residents–including Philippe Petit, who performs an illegal high-wire walk between the Twin Towers; the judge who hears Petit’s case; and a grieving mother–encounter death, love, and salvation.  Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex.  National Book Award.  2009.

January Book Club Podcast – No End in Sight

Cover image of No End in Sight with a picture of rachael scdoris in a hate, and the silhouette of a racing dog team and musher inthe background.We had a great book club with author and dog sled musher Rachael Scdoris in January.  She joined us for discussion of her book, No End in Sight: Life as a Blind Iditarod Racer.  

You can read the transcript of the discussion (text format) at the following link or click on the play button below to listen to our discussion with the Rachael.

Moonwalking with Einstein – Book Club Podcast

Cover of Moonwalking With Einstein book showing four levels of a building. First level has a dinosaur exiting a door, second level has a monkey and a nurse, third level has a sumo wrestler, and the fourth level has a woman in a bikini on it.

Listen to the Texas Talking Book Program’s first podcast here! It’s an audio recording of our September 2012 Book Club meeting, where author Joshua Foer joined us to talk about his book, Moonwalking with Einstein.  

Host: Reader’s Advisory Librarian, Shannon




The transcript for the audio file can be found here: