Talking Times Fall 2017

Perkins Library Product Sale Program

The Perkins Library, at the Perkins School for the Blind, is now selling several products to assist and support your use of talking books and BARD (Braille & Audio Reading Download). The Amazon Marketplace has several products including 4, 8, and 16 gigabyte digital cartridges, transfer cables and travel cases for your digital book machine that are being made available for sale to individuals, organizations and agencies to support the talking book reading experience. Go to the Perkins Library Products page and select the link below each item to purchase these products online directly from or call Perkins School for the Blind at (617)924-3434 or (800)852-3133, TTY (617)972-7690.

Please Return Newsletter Cartridges

Digital cartridges used for the bi-annual Talking Times Newsletter need to be returned in order to record the next newsletter for distribution to TBL members. By returning these cartridges, we are able to record the next newsletter to be sent out more quickly to our members and you help us save much-needed funds for other services.

Annual Report

During fiscal year (FY) 2017, the Talking Books Library staff have been busy working on your requests for books and supporting you in digitally downloading them as well. Over the past year, we mailed 39,001 digital audio books and members downloaded 11,010 books through BARD. Talking Books had 1,573 active members, including 1,497 individuals and 76 institutional members. We added 182 new members to the program during FY 2017. Currently, our digital audio collection includes 28,500 book titles on digital cartridges and more than 99,000 titles available for download through BARD. TBL connected with Rhode Islanders last fall at the Assistive Technology Conference of New England at the Crowne Plaza and the National Federation of the Blind RI Conference at the Radisson in Warwick. We also promoted TBL programs and resources to RI librarians, focusing on the inclusion of people with visual impairments in library programming. In June, we updated veterans with low vision on TBL services at the VA Medical Center in Providence.

Throughout the year, we promoted library programs such as Reading Across RI to TBL members through our website and our blog; last year's book was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. In addition, we showcased the annual Summer Reading program for children and teens on our website and in our newsletter. Last year we produced two editions of the Talking Times Newsletter (Fall 2016 and Summer 2017) in large print, digital cartridge, and email for a total of 3,241 individual mailings to our members, nonprofit agencies, and interested parties. As always, the newsletter was also posted on our website. 2017 was a good year for TBL, and we will continue supporting your needs and promoting our resources and activities to Rhode Islanders in the next year!

Happy Holidays!

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Talking Books Library staff want to wish you and yours a happy holiday season.

TBL Closings and Holidays

Talking Books Library is closed on:
November 11, 2017 - Veteran's Day
November 23, 2017 - Thanksgiving Day
January 1, 2018 - New Year's Day
January 15, 2018 - Martin Luther King Day

This publication is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services.