The Staunton Talking Book Center offers free library service by mail to blind, vision impaired and physically challenged individuals through the provision of audio book players and specially designed, pre-recorded audio books.
These digital audiobooks are professionally recorded through a Library of Congress program, and they offer a wide array of subjects, both fiction and non-fiction, including bestsellers, classics, mysteries, westerns, biographies, history, health, science, and children's books. Audio magazines and Spanish language materials are also available.
Further information and printed forms are available by calling the Talking Book Center at 1.800.995.6215 during business hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Readers’ Advisory/Reference Service
Help in choosing or finding books and magazines is a phone call away. Reader advisors are available during hours of operation to help:
- Sign up for service
- Choose books
- Order books through interlibrary loan
- Find books in languages other than English
- Assist with problems or concerns about your service
Please call 1.800.995.6215 or 540.885.6215 for assistance.
All area residents registered with the Talking Books Center are welcome to come to the second floor of the Staunton Public Library in person and check out Talking Books. A phone call beforehand is greatly appreciated to assist the patron promptly. Tours of the Talking Books Center Library and demonstrations of services and equipment are also available to the general public.
National Library Service Catalogs
Two bi-monthly magazines announce newly released titles and provide information on related Library services:
- Talking Book Topics (large print, audio cartridge, braille, and online)
- Braille Book Review (large print, Braille and online)
- You can also access the full NLS Online Catalog
BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)
BARD is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of Audio and Braille books, magazines, and music scores produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. The service also includes a growing collection of titles transcribed locally for cooperating network libraries. The BARD site is password-protected, and all downloaded audio books can be played on a supplied NLS book player, or a iOS or Android device. Downloadable Braille titles require the use of special equipment for access.
A fact sheet on the service can be found at http://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/factsheets/webbraille.html.
To sign up for BARD, please go to the BARD log-in page and click on the link for application instructions.
Magazines from NLS
The link at the bottom of this description gives access to lists of dozens of magazines produced or distributed by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, through its FREE reading program. Individuals who are unable to read or handle conventional print materials because of a visual or a physical impairment are eligible for service. Titles may be available in single or multiple formats, including audio, digital Braille, and digital text. Many of the audio and Braille magazine titles are available through BARD, a free Internet service available to eligible readers. Website: http://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/guides/magprog.html.
Call the TBC office to sign up for Magazines from NLS at 1.800.995.6215.
Music Services from MLS
The Library has books about music, but not musical recordings. The Music Services division of National Library Service provides instructional books, braille and large print scores, and music reference services.
Outreach: Speakers, Displays & Exhibits
TBC staff is interested in sharing information about this program to interested community groups, schools, senior residences, libraries, institutions and organizations. Speakers are available to talk to large or small groups. Also, promotional brochures, and display materials are offered that can be used by organizations to promote the Talking Book Center. Please contact the Talking Book Center to schedule an informative presentation on the Talking Book Program.
Additionally, the staff of the Talking Book Center is available to exhibit the Library’s program and services for agencies conducting resource or health fairs.