Wisconsin Speaking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL)

28 jun 2023

Wisconsin Speaking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL)

Applications available on Applications and Eligibility web web page.

Directions for iOS (Apple) and Android os apps for the BARD system available on nationwide Library provider web site.

To find out more: NLS RTAG Charter 2020[MS Word (/ DOCX) 4 pages]

Special Statement

The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) provides audio books and brailled materials to persons, living in Wisconsin, who cannot see regular print or handle print materials as part of a national network cooperating with the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled ( NLS. WTBBL patrons get and get back publications and equipment, postage-free through the U.S. Postal provider. WTBBL presently serves 6,800 patrons that are registered over 544 organizations ( ag e.g. libraries, schools, assisted living facilities, veterans facilities). There have been 1,136 brand new registrations in 2019.

In addition, the WTBBL circulates audio books and brailled materials about Wisconsin or by Wisconsin writers, along with audio-described DVDs.

The NLS speaking Book Program ended up being founded by an Act of Congress in 1931. WTBBL joined up with the NLS system in 1961. The existing digital players and cartridges replaced the cassette players and tapes in ’09. Specially-designed USB flash-drive cartridges hold more than one publications or mags. The electronic players consist of many different user-friendly choices bookmark that is including settings, optional electric batteries for portability, and a sleep timer. Making use of the player’s amount, speed and tone settings, patrons enjoy easier listening. Direct downloading of digitized publications, publications and braille materials from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading install (BARD) site can be acquired. an software introduced in 2013 permits BARD downloads to iOS products. In 2014, NLS started magazines that are distributing electronic cartridges.

These solutions are built available by NLS, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) together with Milwaukee Public Library.

Contact the WTBBL at:

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That is Qualified To Receive Services?

Wisconsin residents, who possess more than one associated with reading that is following, as certified by a qualified authority, qualify 100% free collection services through the Wisconsin speaking Book and Braille Library:

  • Artistic Handicap: incapacity to see standard printing materials without unique helps or products apart from regular eyeglasses.
  • Appropriate Blindness: Appropriate loss of sight is described as having a maximum of 10percent of normal eyesight within the better attention with maximum modification.
  • Real Handicap: incapacity to read through print that is standard due to real restrictions, e.g., paralysis, lacking arms or fingers, numerous sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, etc.
  • Reading impairment: natural disorder of enough extent as to prevent reading in an ordinary way, as certified by a doctor.

Services may also be available to schools, hospitals, nursing facilities as well as other organizations which provide people who have qualifying handicaps.

Exactly Just What Solutions are supplied?

Reading Material: The Wisconsin speaking Book and Braille Library provides publications and mags in 2 formats: Braille and audio books that are recorded. The collection figures about 200,000 products and over 40,000 titles that are different. Bestsellers, romances, mysteries, classics, recreations and travel are only a number of the numerous subject matter to select from. Materials are for sale to grownups, teenagers and kids. The Wisconsin speaking Book and Braille Library additionally lends DVDs that are audio-described.

Gear and Accessories: The library provides playback machines in addition to add-ons for the devices to add:

  • Headphones
  • Pillow Speaker (given simply to visitors confined to bed)
  • USB breathing Switch (given simply to visitors that are struggling to make use of the buttons in the player; contact the WTBBL for a credit card applicatoin)
  • USB Digital speaking Book Cartridge Cable (used in order to connect a blank electronic speaking book cartridge up to a USB port on some type of computer)
  • USB Flash Drive Adapter (enables you to work with a flash that is personal utilizing the player)
  • High-Volume Player and Headphones
    • NLS is rolling out a high-volume form of the electronic book that is talking to be used by clients with profound hearing loss. The gamer was programmed to own a volume that is amplified to 120 dB. The feature that is high-volume works with all the high-volume player BlackCrush and specialized NLS-supplied stereo headphones. This brand new player and headphone combination replaces the amplifier/headset accessory currently being used. Patrons will need certainly to get back their present player that is digital receiving the high-volume player and headset. A return label is supposed to be incorporated with the player that is high-volume is likely to be mailed straight to you against NLS. To apply, contact the WTBBL for a high-volume and headphones application.

Selection: Catalogs and announcements of the latest publications are mailed to visitors in many different platforms (big print, audio and Braille). “chatting Book Topics” and “Braille Book Review” are bimonthly publications that inform clients of new acquisitions and associated library services. Nearly all clients elect to have the library “auto choose” their researching materials, according to a profile they put up.

Trying: clients of this Wisconsin speaking Book and Braille Library get a publication, “The Bulletin Board,” which supplies features, notices, resources and updates. If you want a WTBBL representative to produce a presentation concerning the speaking Books program or even display at a vision that is low adaptive technology or any other relevant fair or show.

What’s the price of the provider?

All publications, gear and solutions, like the mailing of materials, are absolve to individuals who cannot see or manage printed materials. Phone service into the state of Wisconsin can be free, utilizing the Wisconsin speaking Book and Braille Library’s toll-free quantity (800) 242-8822. Reading materials, machines and accessories are sent via usa Postal System free of charge to people into the system.

How do a person subscribe to this provider?

Down load and send the completed application to your Wisconsin speaking Book and Braille Library by mail, e-mail, fax or delivered in individual into the WTBBL.

For more information, contact:

Applications available on Applications and Eligibility web web page.


Ricardo Waknin

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