We look forward to welcoming the New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC) as a vendor at our upcoming Ability Fair.  Mary Kearns-Kaplan, TBBC supervising librarian will be available to answer questions and provide information about the library’s 100 percent accessible, home-delivered free library services.

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The Library of Congress program was started in the 1930’s when blinded Veterans returning from World War 1 advocated the Library of Congress for services.  It has expanded over the years to serve those with physical impairments or reading disabilities.


The New Jersey State Library administers the TBBC’s book-lending program for the Library of Congress, at no cost to state residents.  Children and adults who have difficulty reading standard print or holding a book due to a physical impairment, reading disability or vision impairment are eligible to borrow more than 90,000 audio books, 12,000 braille books and 90 audio magazines.  Books and magazines are mailed to participants or are available as downloads.  TBBC also has an app called BARD Mobile that works on android, apple and kindle fire devices. Those that do not have their own device will receive a completely accessible audio book player.


Mary explained, “This service truly has an enormous impact on the quality of life for those that have trouble reading. Many people are eligible for our services as the criteria is broad, and we encourage anyone who is interested to complete an online application.”


For more information or an application visit http://www.njstatelib.org/talking-book-braille-center/  or call 800-792-8322.


Join us at the third annual Ability Fair July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Stockton University Campus Center. Meet more than 60 vendors with products and services designed to help you discover new ways to greater independence. Register for free www.abilityfair.com. For more information and to learn about free transportation call Jamie Hoagland at 609-748-5250.


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