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Pinellas Talking Book Library

The Pinellas Talking Book Library's mission is to encourage and support reading by providing free library services to residents of Pinellas and Sarasota counties for whom conventional print is a barrier.

The Pinellas Talking Book Library is administered locally through the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative.

A free service to residents of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities whether permanent or temporary. The Pinellas Talking Book Library staff provides recorded, Braille and large-print books and magazines as well as a collection of descriptive videos.

The Pinellas Talking Book Library is part of a nationwide network of cooperating libraries serving people who have difficulty using or reading regular print. Books and magazines in audio formats and Braille, plus compatible playback equipment from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, are loaned free of charge. All materials are sent to clients and returned to the library via the United States Postal Service with postage-free mail. The library collection has thousands of recreational reading titles to choose from in fiction and non-fiction, pre-school to adult. Click here to learn more about NLS.

Address:

Pinellas Talking Book Library
1330 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755-5103

Hours:

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed weekends and holidays.

Telephone Numbers:

Phone: (727) 441-9958
Toll-free: (866) 619-9568 (From 941 area code only)

For more information, please contact our staff. We provide reader advisory services, interact with the public to locate and process requests, and will answer questions regarding patron enrollment.

Join Us!

Celebration of the 84th Anniversary of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

You're invited! We are very excited to celebrate the anniversary of the enactment of the Pratt-Smoot Act, which is the act that started the talking books program in 1931. Join us on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, from 10:00am to 3:00pm for:

  • Free health screenings
  • Demonstrations of low-vision aides
  • Author of Silent Cries, Michael Ciafone, will share his experience of living with a traumatic brain injury
  • Pinellas County Justice and Consumer Services will share information on fraud prevention
  • Online Ordering and BARD (download) instructional sessions

We look forward to seeing you and hope to make the community aware of this free library service, so that all may read!

 

TBL Staff

Left to right:

Shirley Shea
Library Assistant
sshea@pplc.us

Abby Sheehan
Reader Advisor
asheehan@pplc.us

Jennifer Davidson
Library Assistant
jdavidson@pplc.us

Juliet Relyea
Reader Advisor
jrelyea@pplc.us