Braille and Talking Books Library can help

If you or someone you know has trouble reading print because of an eye problem, a reading disability, or difficulty holding a book because of arthritis, a stroke, or an accident, the Braille and Talking Books Library can help.

The Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library provides information and reading materials in Braille and recorded audio format to Florida residents who are unable to use standard print as the result of visual, physical, or reading disabilities.

Reading materials are sent to and from customers via postage-free mail and all services are provided free.

To obtain an application, start with their FAQ’s, or pick up an application at the Headquarters library reference desk.

The Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library serves more than 31,647 Florida residents who cannot use standard print reading materials as the result of a visual, physical, or reading disability. It is the largest library of its kind in the U.S., with a collection of more than 2.4 million items in Braille and audio format.  The library lends 2 million items ever year.

Since 1950, the bureau has been designated by the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), as the regional library for Florida. In addition, ten sub-regional libraries provide local services to residents of metropolitan areas.

Posted by LaurieM on April 20, 2012