Help Idaho libraries fulfill Braille’s vision

Print Article

More people should take advantage of the Talking Book Service, a free Braille and audio book library the Idaho Commission for Libraries maintains for residents unable to read standard print due to physical disabilities. Disabilities can be permanent or temporary, and people who are legally blind, visually impaired, or unable to hold a book or turn pages are eligible.

The Commission maintains a collection of 82,000 Braille and audio book titles and adds 2,000 annually. Similar to collections you’d find in any public library, TBS offers nonfiction works on everything from astronomy to zoology and fiction genres ranging from mysteries and romance to westerns, sci-fi, and children’s books.

We also offer over 300 national magazines, including a half-dozen from Idaho, plus around 50 newspapers.

Materials are available in many languages besides English, and 15 percent of the collection is in Spanish.

Statewide users can phone 800-458-3271 toll-free to talk with knowledgeable staff who can help find the perfect reading materials. All materials — including a digital player — are mailed directly to your home with return postage included. You can download many of the materials from an online database, too.

You must be certified as eligible to use the Talking Book Service, but staff at your local library can easily handle that.

Idaho libraries are celebrating the 209th anniversary of Louis Braille’s birth Jan. 4. Please help them realize his important vision by referring those in your life who may benefit from this program to libraries.idaho.gov/tbs or to their local library.

ANN JOSLIN

Boise

Idaho state librarian

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

Scotchman Peaks is a true community gem

April 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee Bonner County voters will be asked if they favor the Scotchman Peaks on the May 15 primary ballot. Although a non-binding, advisory vote, our County Commissioners and Senator Jim Risch have said th...

Comments

Read More

Ellen Weissman is the Democrat of choice

April 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee Two registered Democrats are running for Idaho State Representative Seat A. Bonner County Democrats have guiding principles that they believe in and work for. These include, but are not limited to, t...

Comments

Read More

Weissman is the true Democrat candidate

April 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee Ellen Weissman is the Democrat of choice running in the primary election for District 1 state representative, Seat A. Bonner County Democrats have guiding principles that include the belief that Id...

Comments

Read More

Heather Scott is an outstanding legislator

April 22, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee Heather Scott is by far the best candidate as our tepresentative for Legislative District 1A. For four years she has lived the mantra that “actions speak louder than words,” and prizes honesty and lo...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2018 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X