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 "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Family Storytime

11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early literacy skills online at Family Storytime with Kelly here.  Check back each Tuesday for a new addition and watch anytime!&...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Reserve a 30 minute virtual appointment with Librarian Assistant Josh for a tutorial on one of the following software programs: Inkscape (Free and open-source vector graphics editor that can be used for preparing designs for laser cut...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Reserve a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with Librarian Tom to learn how to navigate eBook or employment resources available through the library. During this 30 minute ZOOM session, the goal be to cover some of the following topics: Setting up t...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Break for Books

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Online Chat
About this event::
Join us on Wednesdays from noon to 1 on Facebook for a lively discussion about what we're all reading! Following our book chat, we'll update the Patron Picks list so everyone can have a handy list of the recommendations for that week. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Offsite
About this event::
Facilitated by psychotherapist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Anna Salamone, RN, LCSW, these sessions will encourage participants to shift out of "automatic pilot" mode and observe the workings of the mind, body, a...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
About this event::
Kids ages 8 - 12 are invited to join STEAM Book Club. This month we are reading Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher. Register online and we will contact you when your book is ready for pick-up at the Library. ...