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Our Staff

  • Lisa Eye, Reader Advisor, TBC Supervisor

 Talking Book Center, Inc. Board of Directors

  • Koressa Malcolm, President (Highland County)
  • Margaret Ralston, Vice President (Highland County)
  • Paula Hoal, Secretary (Staunton)
  • Daniel Swift, Treasurer (Staunton Public Library Advisory Board representative)
  • Daniel Martin (Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind)
  • Ruth Arnold (Director of Staunton Public Library)
  • Margaret Bailey (Buena Vista)
  • Helen Presnell (Rockbridge Regional Library)
  • Mike Thelk (Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired)

How We Work

All equipment and services, including the mailing of materials, are free to eligible users, due to support from many public and private sources.

The Talking Book Center at the Staunton Public Library, as a sub-regional library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), receives all of the reading material and machines free of charge, as well as free mailing privileges.

The City of Staunton provides space for the Center’s office and collection on the second floor of the Staunton Public Library. Local governments in the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, and Rockbridge and the cities of Buena Vista, Lexington, and Waynesboro make annual allocations. The United Way of Rockbridge and the United Way of Greater Augusta are also long-time supporters.  

Other support comes from Friends of the Library groups, Lions' Clubs and other local service agencies, as well as individual donors.  Patrons who can afford to contribute are also generous supporters.

Eligibility Requirements

To receive the services of the TBC, you must be:

  • Certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability due to an organic dysfunction
  • Provide a completed application (below) that has been certified by a qualified professional identifying the eligibility of the person applying.
  • A resident of one of the following localities: Augusta County, Bath County, Highland County, Rockbridge County, Buena Vista, Lexington, Staunton, or Waynesboro and be unable to read standard print due to one of the following reasons:
    • Legally blind or with low vision
    • Unable to see well enough or focus long enough to read standard print, even with corrected vision
    • Unable to handle print books or turn pages because of a physical disability, even if temporary

Applications

To receive materials through the Talking Book Service, complete the appropriate application and registration below:

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