Wisconsin Talking Books available

Many times we hear from people that the library provides a wide selection of items and formats for their reading and entertainment needs. When we purchase books, the library will purchase multiple formats such as a paper version in regular print or large print, audiobooks and with e-books on overdrive.

In recent years, large print books have become more popular and easily accessible. Our collection has grown and so has the collection in Infosoup.

But what happens when and senior or someone with a handicap can no longer read due to a visual or physical impairment? Do they just stop doing something that they have enjoyed for many years? No, we send them to Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library. As part of a national network cooperating with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) provides audio books and brailled materials to persons, living in Wisconsin, who cannot see regular print or handle print materials. WTTBL patrons receive and return books and equipment, postage-free through the U.S. Postal Service. Go to www.dpi.wi.gov/talkingbooks for an online application.

Talking Book Program provides a digital played with specially designed USB drives to hold one or more books or magazines. The digital player is user friendly. The collection numbers about 200,000 items and over 40,000 different titles. Bestsellers, romances, mysteries, classics, sports and travel are just a few of the many subject areas to choose from. Materials are available for adults, young adults and children. The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library also lends audio-described DVDs and videos. Materials are also available to children and young adults with reading disabilities.

Schools, hospitals, nursing homes and individuals can apply. Come in and talk to us about how to get started or just go to www.dpi.wi.gov/talkingbooks