Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center

Talking Books are a free public library service for the visually, physically, and reading disabled. The Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center is part of the Athens-Clarke County Library and the Georgia Library for Accessible Services. For more information about our service, please visit our website.

The purpose of this blog is to provide information and useful links to our patrons. The Talking Book Center does not endorse any product mentioned on this blog.

Friday, May 22, 2015

TBC Closed for Memorial Day

The Talking Book Center will be closed Monday, May 25 in observation of Memorial Day. We will reopen at 9:00am Tuesday, May 26.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NLS Magazines

If you are a Talking Books patron who subscribes to the audio version of either Muse or Odyssey magazine, please be aware the publisher has merged these two publications. The magazine will be called Muse. Any patrons who subscribed to Odyssey will automatically begin receiving Muse without interruption.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

GLASS Consolidation

On July 1, 2015, the Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center will merge its services with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), based in Atlanta. Patrons of NEGATBC will receive welcome letters from GLASS in May.

This consolidation will not change the services available to patrons. Reader's Advisory services will be available from the GLASS office six days a week to help patrons select and order books, and all online services such as BARD, BARD Mobile, and the OPAC book catalog site will remain.

Libraries are constantly evolving to better serve their communities, and we here at NEGATBC feel confident our patrons will consider this change a positive one. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us until June 30 at 1-855-583-2822. Beginning July 1, patrons can reach GLASS at 1-800-248-6701.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Updating Your BARD Account

If a move is in your future, or if you change e-mail addresses for any reason, you do not need to create a new BARD account with that new e-mail address as your user ID. Instead, log into your BARD account and choose the Update Account Settings link that is located about two-thirds of the way down the BARD Main Page. This will take you to a page of options, including a link to Change Your E-Mail Address. Once you change your e-mail address/user ID, you will be required to reset your password to protect the security of your account.

If you need assistance changing your BARD User ID, please contact your Talking Book Library.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

International Guide Dog Day

Today is International Guide Dog Day. For the last few months, the Today Show has teamed up with Guiding Eyes for the Blind to raise a future guide dog on air and bring some awareness to service animals. The puppy, Wrangler, is learning lots of skills in the studio in addition to those taught by his handler, Saxon Eastman.

Learn more about Wrangler, Guiding Eyes, and service animals in the following links from Today:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BARD Mobile on iOS8.3

If you have upgraded your iOS device to the 8.3 operating system, you may have noticed some issues when using BARD Mobile. Although it is actually still there and operating, the slider that controls tone, speed, and percentage of book read sometimes disappears from the visual display. VoiceOver still recognizes the control and you should be able to manipulate the slider by touching the screen where it typically appears.

If you have any questions about the BARD Mobile app, please contact your Talking Book Library.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Netflix Begins Audio Description

According to a press release from Netflix, the online movie and television rental service will begin adding audio descriptive narration to its original programming. Audio description allows visually impaired viewers to follow on-screen actions such as scene changes, costumes, and facial expressions.

The first show to be equipped with audio description is Marvel's Daredevil. Popular series such as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will also be available described.

To read the press release from Netflix, please visit

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NLS Director Blog

Karen Keninger, the director the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, has written a blog on the Library of Congress website. Please visit to read her take on the Talking Books program.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"Medicare & You"

The Medicare website has an informative booklet titled Medicare & You available in several formats, including large print PDF, audio, and Braille. You can also have a paper copy mailed to you by contacting 1-800-MEDICARE.

For more information, please visit

Monday, April 13, 2015

Braille Trail Walk

Did you miss the dedication ceremony for the new Whispering Woods Braille Trail? Here's a second chance to enjoy it!

Join us for a Braille / Sensory Nature Walk for Kids!  
Hug a Huge Tree - Listen to Chirping Birds - Touch Soft Moss
Come enjoy a beautiful morning outdoors on a Braille trail specially designed for sensory experiences. 
Please join us on Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m. for a special nature walk for kids with visual impairment or other disabilities on the Whispering Woods Braille Trail. The walk is free, and families are welcome. 
Located at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, this Braille nature trail is located along a circular unpaved path through the woods, with a guide rope all the way around, and 18 sign stations at intervals along the way in English print and Braille. The signs give information about the different types of trees along the path, including facts about their bark, leaves, flowers, other natural features, and usage by native Americans, as well as encouraging sensory experiences such as feeling tree roots and bark, comparing the shapes of leaves, listening to the sounds of the forest, and more. We will have student volunteers available to guide kids along the trail, and everyone can go at their own pace.
The walk will be held at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford, GA 30519. Transportation is available if needed. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Walk begins at 10:00 a.m.  
Please R.S.V.P. to Evan Barnard at

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Senior Expo & Health Fair

The Athens Senior Resources Network and YMCA will host a Spring Senior Expo and Health Fair next week. The event will feature free admission, health screenings, Medicaid information and help, information about local resources, and a canned food drive. Please bring a non-perishable food product and enjoy a great event!

Spring Senior Expo and Health Fair

Wednesday, April 15

9:00am - 12:00pm

Athens YMCA

915 Hawthorne Dr. Athens GA

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

iBrailler App

A new app promises to make Braille writers both affordable and attainable, according to an article published in Smithsonian magazine. iBrailler Notes, an app compatible with iPad, turns the screen into a Braille writer and allows typed documents to be shared via email or programs such as Dropbox. There is a free trial version to try it out, and the complete program costs $39.99. Compared to traditional Braille writers, which can run thousands of dollars, this app makes Braille writers more accessible.

To read more about this app, please visit

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

That All May Read Website

"That All May Read" has been the motto of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for many years, and now it is the official public education campaign slogan as well. This campaign is designed to spread the word about Talking Book services for the visually, physically, or reading disabled so that readers who would benefit from them have the opportunity to learn about Talking Books.

You can help! Direct anyone you know who might be interested to for videos, eligibility requirements, and enrollment instructions. New information will be added frequently, so keep checking back! You can also contact your local Talking Book Center for more information.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Free Eye Exams for Service Animals

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) and Stokes RX will offer free eye exams for service animals in May. Qualified service animals include those who provdie "guide, hearing assistance, drug detection, police/military, search and rescue, therapy, and those assisting people with disabilities other than blindness".

The exam will be a basic wellness exam to check for visual diseases or abnormalities. Once your service animal is registered, a list of participating providers will be sent to you.

To register your service animal, check qualifications, or read more about this service, please visit

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Visual Enhancements Presentation

The Athens Council of the Blind will host a presentation by Visual Enhancements, an Athens-based provider of low vision aids and products. Please see the invitation below.

The Athens Council of the Blind cordially invites you to attend a presentation by Mike Martinson from Visual Enhancements on Saturday, March 28, at 10:30 AM. The location of the meeting will be at Multiple Choices, 145 Barrington Drive, Athens.
Visual Enhancements, always carries the latest in low vision technology including hand held magnifiers, desktop video magnifiers, computer integration of video magnifiers and the newest HD/OCR CCTV’s.
         Please come out and join us!
For further information contact Jerrie Toney at 706.461.1013 or email

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