The Talking Book Program is a free service for children and adults provided by the National Library Service (NLS). It consists primarily of books and magazines recorded on digital talking book cartridges. However, Braille and large print books are also available for Wyoming patrons from the Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled in Salt Lake. Digital talking book players are available on loan free of charge through vision Outreach Services.
Persons who are eligible include the following:
- Persons who are blind or who have a visual disability as certified by competent authority.
- Persons certified by competent authority as unable to read or unable to use standard printed material as a result of physical limitations.
- Persons having a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction and of sufficient severity to prevent their reading printed material in a normal manner.
In cases of blindness, visual impairment or physical limitation, competent authority is defined to include doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, ophthalmologists, optometrists or therapists, and professional staff of hospitals’ institutions and public or private welfare agencies, (e.g., social workers, case workers, rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation teachers and superintendents. In the absence of any of these, certification may be made by librarians or by any person whose competence under specific circumstances is acceptable to the Library of Congress. In the case of reading disability from organic dysfunction, competent authority is defined as doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy who may consult with colleagues in associated disciplines.
Registering for the National Library Service Program
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BARD – Braille and Audio Reading Download
BARD is a way for persons who wish to use the Talking Book Program to listen to talking books using computers and other assistive technology such as smartphones, tablets and i-devices. You must register to use BARD. To use BARD, you must be a patron of the NLS Talking Books Program.
BARD Express – BARD Express from the National Library Service provides a faster and easier way to use BARD on your desktop or laptop computer. You must first download and install it by going to the library’s web site at www.blindlibrary.utah.gov. Using Bard Express, you can easily download digital talking books onto a thumb drive and play them on your digital talking book player. A series of videos is available on Youtube that will walk you through the process of using Bard Express.
BARD Mobile – BARD Mobile is a free app for Apple and Android devices. It is available in both the app store and the google playstore. It will allow you to enjoy listening to talking books on your i-devices or on some Android devices. If you are already registered to use BARD, you will not need to register again if you wish to use it with your Android or i-device.
Resources (YouTube Videos)
- Bard Express: Tips and Tricks
- Bard Express: Transferring Materials to a Cartridge
- Bard Express: Searching the BARD Collection
- Bard Express: Browsing the BARD Collection
- Bard Express: Browsing the Recently-Added and Most-Popular Lists
- Bard Express: Setting & Changing Preferences
- Bard Express: Using your Wish List