Does your child have difficulty reading books due to a visual or physical impairment or reading disability?  Consider using the Kansas Talking Books service.

Kansas Talking Books is a free library service from the State Library of Kansas that provides users with digital books and players. The service is available to any Kansas resident, regardless of age, who is unable to read standard printed materials as a result of a temporary or permanent visual or physical limitation. It is also available to people with reading disabilities due to an organic dysfunction. 

There are more than 25,000 Talking Books titles available, including both fiction and non-fiction titles for children of all ages.  The digital books are available on easy-to-handle cartridges and play on specialized digital players. Reading materials and digital players are loaned at no cost to users, and all Talking Books materials and equipment are mailed postage free through the US postal service.

Talking Books are also available to download over the Internet from a special database called BARD.  Using a computer and high speed Internet service, books can be downloaded to a thumb drive and used with the digital talking books player. 

To start using Kansas Talking Books, simply fill out the Kansas Talking Books application.  Talking Books brochures and applications are available from the Johnson County Library at 913-826-4600, ext. 64382 or the Kansas Talking Books website, www.kslib.info/talkingor call Kansas Talking Books Service at 1-800-362-0699.

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