The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) provides books and magazines in Braille and talking-book formats to half a million US citizens who can’t read standard print because of visual or physical disabilities.
A patron may choose to receive books free through the mail or download them from NLS’s Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site. Human-narrated books may be played on the latest version of the talking-book machine or on smartphones or tablets using the BARD Mobile app. And for those who want to read instead of listen, the NLS provides books in Braille that can be played on refreshable Braille devices.
Braille and talking book titles cover the gamut of subjects from true crime to romance, westerns to world history. And they cover all ages, from six-minute-long tales for kids to full-blown sagas for seniors.
So “That All May Read”, the NLS has launched a public education campaign to spread the word about NLS and its cooperating libraries. The first completed portion of the campaign is a website that directs visitors to additional resources, contact information, eligibility criteria and application forms.
Visit the That All May Read website.
Source: “That All May Read” by Karen Keninger (Library of Congress blog post, April 8, 2015)