Talking Book and Braille Library

Talking Book and Braille Library

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Did you know? If eligible, you or a loved one can access over 115,000 audio and braille titles from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) through the Library of Congress!

Material resources include cost and postage-free mailed loans of talking books, easy-to-use talking book players, physical braille books and magazines, and a digital app that provides immediate downloads of thousands of audio titles! The app, called BARD – Braille and Audio Reading Download – can be used on computers, smartphones and tablets. The app has no wait lists, no due dates, and unlimited downloads for registered users.

Who is eligible?

Any resident of the United States, or U.S. citizen living abroad who is unable to read or use normal print materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical disability may receive service through NLS. For more information about eligibility visit the NLS website.

Have questions or want more information? Complete the NLS request for information form and an NLS representative in your service area will contact you, or call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) to speak to a librarian in your area. TCPL reference librarians can also help you get started – stop by or call 607-272-4556.

How Can I Apply?

Individuals apply for the service through their home state's library. Applications are available on the New York State Library website.

The forms are PDF fill-in forms, which can be completed mainly on your computer or printed out and completed entirely by hand. Because an original signature is required, however, applications cannot be submitted online.

To confirm eligibility, the application must be signed by a professional person acceptable to the Library and familiar with the applicant's disability. If you have a reading or learning disability, the application must be signed by a Medical Doctor or a Doctor of Osteopathy.

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Book a librarian or volunteer technology tutor for help with digital downloads or basic computer questions.  **Please note - This series of appointments will be with volunteer technology tutor, Gusti, and he is able to cover the following top...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

10:30am - 11:30am
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Book a librarian or volunteer technology tutor for help with digital downloads or basic computer questions.  Please visit the Adult Services reference desk at the time of your appointment.  Appointments will be held in the library's Digital...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Maker Saturdays for Teens

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Makerspace, STEAM, Technology Class
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Let's Make Something! 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Cricut, etc... Teens are invited to the Makerspace for two hours of open-making time. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and use one of our Makerspace machines:  3D Printers...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

10:00am - 11:00am
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Book a librarian or volunteer technology tutor for help with digital downloads or basic computer questions.  Please visit the Adult Services reference desk at the time of your appointment.  Appointments will be held in the library's Digital...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Break for Movies

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Online Chat
About this event::
Join us to talk about movies, TV shows, and other viewing interests! Mondays, 12-1 pm on Facebook.  ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

TCPL MAKER MONDAY FOR TEENS

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: STEAM, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Let's Make Something! 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Cricut, etc.... Teens are invited to the Makerspace for two hours of open-making time. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and use one of our Makerspace machines:  3D Printers (...