Talking Books

Talking Book Program

If you are not able to enjoy books or magazines because you cannot see well enough to read conventional print or because a physical disability prevents you from handling the printed materials, you may wish to take advantage of a free service from the Library of Congress. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) produces books and magazines of recorded cassettes and in braille, and loans them to eligible readers. The books are sent to you and returned to the lending library by postage free mail. The lending library for Richland County is the Cleveland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The books and magazines are recorded at slower than conventional speeds, so you need special cassette players to use them. NLS (through the local library) loans you the cassette players for as long as you are using the recorded materials.

Richland County residents may request an application from AudioVisual Services at Main Library or any Mansfield Richland County Library branch. A Talking Book cassette player is issued by the Talking Book Program in the AudioVisual Services department at Main Library, when a completed application is returned to the library. A short time later recorded books begin to arrive at your home by mail from the lending library. For more information you may call AudioVisual Services at 419-521-3120.

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