Eighty years ago this March, Congress established the National Library Service to lend talking books to the blind and physically handicapped free of charge.
Although the program has evolved with technology from longplaying records to digital downloads, it remains built upon a network of public libraries to supply special audio books and magazines to those who aren’t able to read print. As a supporting lender in this unique program, Arlington Public Library makes available thousands of recorded titles and players especially designed for easy, reliable use. Materials can be obtained in person or through the mail.
Next week staff at Central Library will offer a Talking Books “Information Station.” Potential Talking Books users, their families and friends can test the latest digital players, explore a list of titles, ask questions and obtain an application.
The “Information Station” will be available:
- Monday, March 14, from 5- 8 p.m.
- Thursday, March 17, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Talking Books program is just one more way that Arlington Public Library builds connections to information and the joy of reading. For more information on Talking Book, call 703-228-6333.
This wonderful program has made all the difference for my mother since she lost her sight to macular degeneration. Her initial experience with the program in California was very positive. The Arlington library staff has made it even better with their prompt and friendly help. I highly recommend Talking Books to anyone who is eligible.- Margaret Kertess