Yorktown Library has Texas Talking Book Program
The Yorktown Public Library, 103 W. Main St., has recently become a demonstration site for the Texas Talking Book Program, a free library service for people who cannot read standard print because of visual, physical or reading disabilities, whether permanent or temporary. All equipment and services are free, including return postage. The Yorktown Public Library is able to demonstrate the digital player and cartridge, as well as provide information about the Texas Talking Book Program, including brochures and applications for qualified persons.
Books are available in large print, Braille, digital cartridge and as downloads. The program provides players to use with recordings.
The National Library Service contracts with professional narrators to record books and magazines. The program also produces books to supplement the national collection. Volunteers record about 40 books a year, including some in Spanish. Volunteers in Austin and Midland also record three magazines: Texas Monthly, Texas Highways and Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Readers may select from 80,000 books and 50 magazines. Reader consultants, some of who are bilingual, are available to suggest books and answer questions.
Many books and some magazines are available in Spanish.
The collection has both fiction and non-fiction such as mysteries, westerns, science fiction, romances, history, biography, cookbooks, how-to books and nutrition. The program can refer readers to other organizations that offer textbooks and newspapers.
To get started, call 1-800-252-9605 or visit TexasTalkingBooks.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.