Here's a portion of an email message I received the other day with important information for library services available for blind and physically handicapped patrons:
"National Library Service (NLS) – a program in its 75th year that provides free materials to those whose low vision, blindness, or physical handicap makes reading a standard printed page difficult.
As we approach National Library Week (April 15-21), the NLS is honoring local libraries for keeping blind and physically handicapped readers connected to the written word and the world around them. Known as the talking-book program, NLS mails books and magazines on cassettes and in Braille, as well as audio equipment, directly to the patron's door, at no cost. This link has more info:
The NLS program not only facilitates reading but it also brings people together with talking-book clubs. Talking-book clubs are offered through NLS regional and sub regional libraries, providing patrons with the opportunity to discuss books they have read and connect with others, creating a sense of togetherness and community."
Talking-book clubs can also expose patrons to new reading material with more than 400,000 titles including the latest bestsellers (The Kite Runner, Wicked, Marley and Me, etc), classics, biographies and much more.
[click here for more information]