BARD Mobile Android App Now Available

The wait is over! The BARD Mobile Android App for Android devices, version 1.0, is now available at the Google Play store!The BARD Mobile App enables NLS patrons to download audiobooks and audio magazines directly to their Android devices, provided they have BARD accounts and are using devices running Android OS 4.1 or later. The user guide is available from the bookshelf of th...
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April 2015: Bestsellers Available In Braille & Audio Format

Want to know when the latest bestsellers will be available in Braille or audio format? Every month National Library Service (NLS) publishes a list of bestsellers that includes information about their availability in accessible formats. The list covers fiction as well as nonfiction. A "Key to Status" at the bottom of the page explains how to tell when the books will be available...
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Heard Any Good Books Lately?

If you, or someone you know has difficulty reading regular print materials, the Connecticut Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped in Rocky Hill may be able to help. Our collection of 30,000+ digital audio books includes bestsellers, biographies, romance, mysteries, westerns, children's books and much, much more. The Connecticut Library for the Blind & Physicall...
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Currency Readers Announced for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) has developed a new currency reader which will be released nationwide in January 2015. All blind and visually impaired U.S. citizens and legal residents certified by competent authority will be eligible to receive a currency reader at no cost. This currency reader will read only U.S. currency. For more information visit the Bureau of P...
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LBPH Demonstration Equipment for Public Library Display

As every librarian knows, outreach is not only an essential library activity but one of the most difficult to effectively accomplish. We here at the Connecticut Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped have a particularly difficult time in reaching all of our prospective patrons. According to the American Foundation for the Blind, the estimated number of individuals wit...
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Free Bibles in Braille for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

A charitable organization called Bibles for the Blind and Visually Handicapped International is providing the Bible in braille to those blind people around the world who cannot afford it. Their flyer states that all of their braille material is distributed as a gift to the recipient. This offer is being passed along because the opportunity to have a complete Bible in braille at...
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Braille and Talking-Book Program Embraces New Braille Code

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, next year will implement the Unified English Braille (UEB) code on Jan. 4, 2016—the 207th birthday of Louis Braille."This is the first extensive change to the English braille code, a major literacy tool, since the 1930s," said NLS Director Karen Keninger. "The new code ...
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National Federation of the Blind 2015 Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind has announced it's 2015 Scholarship Program with an application deadline of March 31, 2015. The announcement states:Are you a legally blind college student living in the United States or Puerto Rico? This annual program offers 30 scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000 to eligible students, from high school seniors beginning their freshman...
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