In order to align our name more closely to the services we provide, the Talking Books Plus program has changed its name to the Talking Books Library (TBL). In the next few months our website will be redesigned to make it easier to find information about TBL. Please make note of our new website address at www.olis.ri.gov/tbl and new email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for our re-designed web site after the new year! Please be assured that you will continue to receive the same excellent service that you have come to expect from Talking Books staff.
The Talking Books Library does not lend large print books, but you are able to borrow large print books through your local public library. Most libraries in RI have large print books. If not, they can get books from a library that does. All you need is a free Ocean State Libraries card. If you do not have a way to pick up books from your library, several public libraries have homebound programs that can deliver the large print books to your home or place of residence postage free. If you live in one of the communities with a homebound program, call them to find out more about their services.
The following 11 communities have homebound programs: Barrington, Bristol, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, Glocester, Jamestown, Newport, North Scituate and the Rochambeau Library in Providence.
You may have seen the "all hard copies checked out" or "download only, downloadable talking book" information in the online catalog when searching for a title. When this information is displayed, having a BARD account will allow you to download the title to your computer or digital cartridge in just a few minutes. Once you have the title(s) downloaded, you can keep the book forever. There is no need to mail anything back, and you can create your own library collection. Creating a BARD account is quick and easy. If you need assistance, contact a member of the TBL staff or ask a family member or friend to help you. You will need an email address to establish an account. If you cannot use BARD at this time, call TBL and provide them with the DB number for the selected title. Although there are no hard copies available, titles that have a DB number can be duplicated at your request and mailed to your place of residence. Just ask the TBL staff.