Talking Books: An Overlooked Resource

ks Program is a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress.

Talking books have been around for a long time. My dad used them during the late 1960s and early 1970s after multiple sclerosis gave him double vision and made reading difficult. But with the rise in popularity of audiobooks among the general public and available in a variety of formats, I forgot about the free resource Dad enjoyed so much.

The Talking Books Program

The Talking Books Program is a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress. The talking books website says the service is available “through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.”

Talking Books Kids’ Zone

The home page, which isn’t very pretty, has a link to the NLS Kids’ Zone. That page contains these categories (and a few teaser titles) for audio, braille, and print/braille book from the preschool to eighth grad levels:

Award winners

Bibliographies

Selected Series

 

The site also has links for kids’ magazines and state listings for the libraries in the talking books network.

Talking Books Kids’ Catalog

The main page also has links to a searchable kids’ catalog, and information about who’s eligible and how to sign up for the service. None of the links are pretty, but the products are free. So take a look and see if your child qualifies for the service.

If you already use the service, please leave a comment about your experience. Or share tips about how to maximize your child’s enjoyment of talking books. Thanks!

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4 Comments

  1. January 14, 2013    

    Awesome resource. It just went on my pinterest board for differentiated instruction. I’ve heard about these at IEP meetings but it’s good to know more.

  2. January 14, 2013    

    Awesome resource. It just went on my pinterest board for differentiated instruction. I’ve heard about these at IEP meetings but it’s good to know more.

  3. January 15, 2013    

    Thank you, Ruth. It is an excellent resource. Dad used to “read” Newsweek and several other magazines thanks to Talking Books. I was glad to hear they’re still around and have an online component.

    Jolene

  4. January 15, 2013    

    Thank you, Ruth. It is an excellent resource. Dad used to “read” Newsweek and several other magazines thanks to Talking Books. I was glad to hear they’re still around and have an online component.

    Jolene

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Jolene Philo is a published author, speaker, wife, and mother of a son with special needs.

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