The following materials are available from the library, either onsite or via
mail service, or from other agencies. To borrow Talking Books, Playback
Machines, Large Print Books, Descriptive Videos, and/or Braille Books, you must meet
eligibility requirements, submit an
application and provide proper certification, and be registered with the St.
Clair County Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
- Digital Talking Books:
Digital Playback machines are the newest in Talking Book technology.
There is a basic model and an advanced model. The machine weighs about two
pounds. It is smaller than the cassette player. The Advance Digital Player has
more navigation buttons that includes Bookmarks. The machines play cartridges,
which look like cassettes. The cartridges are beveled and have a USB connection.
- Talking books on cassette: These include magazines and older titles offered through the
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS); titles
recorded at regional libraries of the National Library Service, are
available through interlibrary loan from cooperating libraries.
- Magazine from the Talking Book Program:
Magazines on cassette and Braille are offered through the National Library Service's
- NLS Voyager Catalog:
This is a searchable catalog using simple language to find available Talking
BARD: Patrons can download books for themselves. You must have a digital
player, high speed internet connection, active email account and must be
comfortable with the computer.
Source for purchase of cartridges for digital machines: Blank cartridges
may be purchased for your own downloads if you are using the
NLS BARD website or you may also use a USB or thumb drive for
- Foreign Language Materials:
Although the primary languages in the collection are English and Spanish,
materials in French, German, and other languages are also available.
- Braille books: These titles are offered through NLS and include grade 3
and grade 1 Braille. In addition, patrons who have refreshable Braille displays
or Braille printers may register for
Web-Braille, the National Library Service's
online web Braille service. Interested patrons should contact the library to set
up their Web-Braille subscription.
- Descriptive Videos: These are
commercial videocassettes that have added audio narration of the onscreen
action. They may be played on standard VHS machines. Patrons registered with the
library for talking book and/or Braille service may receive these videos via
- Large Print books and magazines: The
large print collection is available to the Public Library patrons of St. Clair
County as well as registered users of the LBPH service.
- Music Services: Scores and music instruction on cassette,
Braille and large print are available from the National Library Service's Music
- National Federation
of the Blind (NFB) Newsline: Hundreds of newspapers are available in
synthetic speech for eligible readers using a touch-tone telephone. People
receiving Braille or talking books from the library may register for
this service through the library or directly from NFB.