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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Below is a press release from NFB-NEWSLINE.  If you are a registered Talking Book patron and would like to subscribe to NFB-NEWSLINE, please contact your Talking Book Library.

NFB-NEWSLINE is a free service available to anyone who is blind, visually impaired or print-disabled.  It offers 400 publications to choose from, including 9 National Newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, 14 Breaking News sources such as CNN, BBC and ESPN Online, 14 International papers including Financial Times and Vancouver Sun,  as well as 43 magazines like Family Circle, Time, Smithsonian, Reader’s Digest and more.  NFB-NEWSLINE® also offers at least two newspapers for every state, and some states carry many more.  A complete list of publications offered on NFB-NEWSLINE® can be found on our website: . Another feature of NFB-NEWSLINE® is the localized weather alerts.  A blind person can hear the emergency tones but will be unable to read the messages scrolling across a TV screen.  With NFB-NEWSLINE’s emergency weather alerts, when a subscriber hears the tones, he or she can sign into NFB-NEWSLINE and the weather report will be read on the spot.  Any available weather alerts will be provided as soon as the subscriber signs into NFB-NEWSLINE.   NFB-NEWSLINE also has TV listings, job listings and retail ads.  NFB-NEWSLINE’s wide array of publications and announcements can be accessed anytime, on the subscriber’s schedule, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There are a variety of ways to access.   Subscribers can use a touch-tone telephone, or they can access the service via the website, On Demand emails, using portable players, such as the NLS Digital Player, or even via their iPhone, iPad or iPod!  And it’s always free.

Friday, January 16, 2015

OPAC Maintenance

The Talking Book catalog located at will undergo routine maintenance on Monday, January 19 from 6am - 8am.  The website will be unavailable during this time.  We apologize for any inconvenience!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MLK Day Closure

The Athens Regional Library System, including the Northeast Georgia Talking Book Center, will be closed on Monday, January 19th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr Day.  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 20.  Please order your books now for the long weekend!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

PINES Software Upgrade

If you use a PINES library as well as a Talking Book Library, please be aware that all PINES libraries will undergo a software upgrade later this week.  The PINES software will be down Thursday, January 15 - Tuesday, January 20.  During this time, you will be unable to access the online PINES catalog, register for a new PINES library card, pay fines, renew items, or place a hold on items.

If you would like to see what improvements will be made to the software during the upgrade, please watch this short video:

The PINES outage will not affect Talking Book operations.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Yoga Classes for Visually Impaired

A Dallas yoga instructor has started a class for students with visual impairment.  Teaching how to position the body through description alone might be new for Susan Austin, but she and her students are learning together.

To read Austin's story, please visit

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Michigan Appoints Blind Judge to Supreme Court

Richard Bernstein is Michigan's newest Supreme Court judge, and he is already making headlines.  Blind since birth, the judge has been preparing for weeks by having his assistant read cases to him so that he can memorize and familiarize himself with the material.  Avid preparation is nothing new for Bernstein, however - in addition to being a lawyer, he has also participated in many marathons over the years.

Read more about Judge Bernstein here:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

The Talking Book Center will be closed Thursday, January 1, 2015.  We will be open on Friday, January 2. 

Give someone the gift of reading in 2015 and share Talking Books!  Staff members are available to give presentations or send out information packets - just give us a call at 1-855-583-2822!

Monday, December 29, 2014

BARD Mobile for iOS

Did you get an iPhone, iPad, or iPod for Christmas?  Downloadable Talking Books are available for these devices through BARD Mobile!  Follow these instructions to access BARD books on the go:

(1) If you have not already set up a BARD account, apply at

(2) Search for books through the BARD website, and click "Add to My Wish List" for selected titles.

(3) Download the BARD Mobile app from the iTunes store onto your device:

(4) Log into BARD through your device.

(5) Click "Get Books", then "Wish List".

(6) Download book(s) to your device.

For more detailed instructions, please consult the BARD Mobile User Guide at

BARD Mobile for Android is not currently available, but is expected in 2015.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays!

The Talking Book Center will be closed Wednesday, December 24 - Friday, December 26.  We will also be closed Thursday, January 1, 2015.

You are welcome to leave your book requests on our voicemail at 1-855-583-2822 or

The Talking Book Center staff wishes you and yours a very happy holiday season!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday-Themed Books

Here are some suggested holiday reads, available from BARD.

DB 66499 - A Deadly Vineyard Holiday, Philip R. Craig (Cozy Mystery)
DB 40321 - A Holiday of Love, Judith McNaught (Short Story, Romance)
DB 69899 - A Simple Christmas, Mike Huckabee (Inspirational)
DB 16059 - Callooh! Callay! Holiday Poems for Young Readers, Myra Cohn Livingston (Poetry, Grades 4-7)
DB 55831 - Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays, Robert J. Myers (Holiday)
DB 63535 - Chocolate Holidays, Alice Medrich (Cookbook)
DB 62028 - Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season, National Public Radio (Short Stories)
DB 23630 - Angelina's Christmas, Katharine Holabird (Animals, Grades K-2)
DB 52929 - Skipping Christmas, John Grisham (Bestseller)
DB 43548 - The Christmas Tree, Julie Salamon (Bestseller)

There are many more books available on BARD!  If you need help with setting up an account or downloading books, please contact your Talking Book Library.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Currency Readers

Having completed the pilot phase, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) will begin offering free currency readers to all citizens and legal residents of the United States who have low or no vision.

In order to apply for a currency reader, visit and print out an application.  If you are not a Talking Books patron, you will need to have the form certified.  If you are already enrolled in the Talking Books program, simply note that on the application.

If you have any questions about the currency reader, please visit or call the Bureau of Engraving and Printing at 1-844-815-9388.  The Talking Book Center also has a currency reader on display if you would like to come by and see it!

Friday, December 12, 2014

TBC Holiday Closings

The Athens Regional Library System and the Talking Book Center will be closed the following dates:

Wednesday, December 24
Thursday, December 25
Friday, December 26
Thursday, January 1

Please order books now to stock up for the holidays! 

And remember that BARD is always available for downloading books.  If you need help setting up a BARD account or using the service, please contact the Talking Book Center at 855-583-2822.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Updating BARD User ID

If you use BARD to download Talking Books, your email address is your User ID.  If you change your email address, please follow these steps to update your information:

1.  Log into BARD using your existing (old) email address/User ID.

2.  On the main page, scroll down to the "Additional Links" section, and click on "Update Account Settings".

3.  Choose the second option, "Click this link to change your email address".

4.  Enter your new email address twice, then click "Submit".

Once you update your email address, you need to reset your password.  This is an essential security measure. 

5.  An email will be sent to both your old and new email address verifying the change.

6.  Check your new email account for a temporary password.

7.  Log in with your new User ID and the temporary password provided by email.

8.  Change your password.

If you have any questions, please contact your Talking Book Library.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Braille Letters from Santa

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has partnered with Santa this year to send Braille letters to lots of boys and girls on his Nice List.  Parents can request a letter at  Letters must be requested by December 19.  For more information, please visit

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Web OPAC Maintenance

If you use Georgia's Web OPAC ( to search for Talking Books, please be advised there will be maintenance performed on the website this weekend.  You will be unable to access the site on Sunday, December 7 at 5:00pm.  The site is expected to be down for about an hour.  We apologize for the inconvenience! 

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