Connecticut Volunteer Services for the Blind & Handicapped, Inc.

President: Anne Fortunato
Oliver Wolcott Library                                                                                                                                                                     P.O. Box 363, 160 South Street
Litchfield, CT 06759                                                                                                                                                                          Tel: 860.567.8578   Email:

Connecticut Volunteer Services for the Blind and Handicapped, Inc. (CVSBH) is a non-profit 501c3 corporation that works with the Connecticut State Library’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) to record books, pamphlets, and magazines as digital talking books for those who cannot hold or read printed material.

An all-volunteer, statewide program, CVSBH has over 100 participants recording in five studio locations in Hartford, Litchfield, Milford, Ridgefield, and Southbury. Contributing time on a regular basis and a dedication to a long term commitment are required of each volunteer. Patience, normal hearing and vision, a command of the English language (foreign languages are helpful also), and a love of literature are necessary to “translate” the written work to its audible meaning. Comfort using a computer is helpful. Auditions are required for narrators (see Volunteer Opportunities).

An average-sized book of about 250-300 pages takes one full year to record and requires a team of volunteers. Since 1974, CVSBH has recorded over 1,500 titles, using National Library Service (NLS) recording procedures and standards. The books are selected by LBPH to supplement the materials produced by NLS with emphasis placed on titles related to Connecticut and New England by author or subject, and library patron requests.

Titles produced by Connecticut’s volunteer recording program are also submitted to the NLS Union Catalog. This online catalog lists the circulating collection of titles in Braille, cassette, and digital cartridges produced by NLS, and in addition, materials produced by cooperating libraries in the NLS network. The catalog allows access to locally produced works by users throughout the United States, Canada and other countries. LBPH has received requests from Canada and the Netherlands for some of the titles recorded by CVSBH.

New volunteers are welcome for all phases of book production. Training is provided. In addition, tax deductible contributions are welcome. Contact the studio nearest you to make inquiries (see Recording Studios).