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.

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! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Reminder! New Phone Number for TBC

If you are having trouble reaching the Talking Book Center, we have a new toll-free phone number.  You can reach us at 855-583-2822.  Please update your records!

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.

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