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, November 28, 2014

Author P.D. James Dies

Acclaimed author P.D. James passed away yesterday at the age of 94.  Known as the "Queen of Crime", James penned the Adam Dalgliesh mystery series as well as the bestseller Death Comes to Pemberley, which was made into a mini-series.

If you would like to read more about P.D. James, please visit or

Download or request P.D. James books in Talking Books format:

DB 44163 - Black Tower
DB 45252 - Certain Justice
DB 35885 - Children of Men
DB 74076 - Death Comes to Pemberley
DB 51889 - Death in Holy Orders
DB 35545 - Death of an Expert Witness
DB 31006 - Devices and Desires
DB 15247 - Innocent Blood
DB 60912 - Lighthouse
DB 57154 - Murder Room
DB 39874 - Original Sin
DB 67910 - Private Patient
DB 43141 - Shroud for a Nightingale
DB 48933 - Skull Beneath the Skin
DB 72698 - Talking About Detective Fiction

Monday, November 24, 2014

TBC Closed Thursday, November 27

The Athens Regional Library System will be closed Thursday, November 27, 2014 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open our normal business hours, 9am - 6pm, on Friday, November 28.  BARD will be available during the holiday closure.  Call your Talking Book Library today to stock up on books for the holiday weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Braille "Ladies Home Journal"

Ladies' Home Journal, published in Braille, will now be a quarterly publication rather than monthly.  NLS is trying to set up a publishing schedule for Braille patrons.  If you have any questions, please contact your local Talking Book Library.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Diabetes Education Fair

Eastside Medical Center will hold a Diabetes Education Fair on November 19.  The fair will feature information tables, educational sessions, and healthy snacks.

Diabetes Education Fair

Eastside Medical Center

1700 Medical Way Snellville, GA

Wednesday, November 19

9:00am - 2:00pm

For more information, please contact Eastside Medical Center at 770-979-0200.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Walton County Family Fun Day

This Saturday is the Walton County Family Fun Day.  Held annually for families of children with special needs, this fair is both recreational and informational, with games and resource tables.  The fair will be held at Hammond Park in Monroe from 11am - 2pm.  Come by the Talking Books table and say hi!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Toll-Free Number for TBC

The Talking Book Center has had ongoing issues with our toll-free telephone number, so we have a new one!  You can now reach the Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center at 855-583-2822.  You can also still reach us at our local phone number, 706-613-3655.  Give us a call today and order some books for the cold weekend!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

TBC Closed Today for Staff Development Day

The Athens Regional Library System, including the Talking Book Center, will be closed today for Staff Development Day.  You are welcome to leave us a voicemail at 706-613-3655 or email us at  We will resume regular business hours tomorrow, Wednesday, November 12.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Staff Development Day

The Athens Regional Library System, including the Talking Book Center, will be closed Tuesday November 11 for our annual Staff Development Day.  You are welcome to leave a voicemail for us at 706-613-3655 and we will return your call on Wednesday.  We apologize for the inconvenience!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Cassette Player Shortage

As the Talking Books program transitions to digital materials, working cassette players are becoming scarce.  At this time, the Georgia Talking Books Distribution Center is out of working cassette players.  As players become available, they will be sent to patrons who have ordered them.  If you have an NLS cassette player you are not using, please return it to your Talking Book library.  If you still need a digital player, please contact your Talking Book library.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Senior Wellness Fair Tomorrow

The "Fall into Health" Senior Wellness Fair will be held tomorrow at Bethesda Senior Center in Lawrenceville.  This free event will feature health screenings, guest speakers, door prizes, information tables, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, and opportunities to visit food trucks and Farmer's Market tables.

We hope to see you there!

"Fall into Health" Senior Wellness Fair

Friday, October 24

9:00am - 2:00pm

Bethesda Senior Center 225 Bethesda Church Road Lawrenceville

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Contacting TBC

The Talking Book Center toll-free number is temporarily out of service.  Patrons can contact us at our local number, 706-613-3655, or email us at and request we call you.  We apologize for the inconvenience!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Talking Books Presentations

Don't forget Talking Books staff members are available for presentations!  We can attend your event, group meeting, facility, staff in-service, church, school, or any group of interested people to explain and demonstrate Talking Books services and equipment.  Just give us a call at 706-613-3655 or 1-800-531-2063 to request a visit!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WSGC Senior Expo

WSGC Radio will host a Senior Expo next week.  The expo will feature health screenings, exhibits, and lunch provided by Subway.  Come by the Talking Books table!

WSGC Senior Expo

Thursday, October 16

10:00am - 2:00pm

McWilliams Park

1041 Mobley Hill Rd Elberton GA

For more information, please call (706) 213-1051.

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Fall Into Health" Senior Wellness Fair

The Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Department will host a "Fall Into Health" Senior Wellness Fair later this month.  This annual event is free of charge and will offer vendor booths, health screenings, a guest speaker, door prizes, and live entertainment.  The Talking Book Center will be hosting a booth, so come by and say hi!

"Fall Into Health" Senior Wellness Fair

Friday, October 24

9:00am - 2:00pm

Bethesda Park Senior Center

225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville

For more information, please call 678-277-0179.

Friday, September 26, 2014

iOS 8 Upgrade

Some iPhone and iPad users have had trouble with faulty accessibility features on iOS devices after upgrading to the new iOS 8 release.  These problems include issues with VoiceOver, Braille displays, "stuck" keys, and navigation errors.  Additionally, there have been some issues with BARD Mobile search features after the iOS 8 upgrade as well.  Accessibility users may wish to delay upgrading until patches for these problems are released.

AppleVis has put together a great list of encountered bugs with iOS 8.


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