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Talking Book Library - Collections

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), The Library of Congress, produces full-length audio books and magazines. The scope of the collection is similar to that of a public library; it contains bestsellers, biographies, classics, mysteries, romances, westerns, poetry, histories and how-to books. There are a limited number of titles in Spanish and other languages for readers whose primary language is not English. Catalogs and bibliographies in a variety of formats are available for book and magazine selection for patrons.

Print/Braille Books

Print/Braille books have the same text in print and Braille on pages facing each other. Print/Braille books enable blind and sighted readers to share the experience of reading a book together. Selected titles are available for pre-school through Grade 6 levels.

Digital Talking Books

Talking books currently produced by NLS are available on digital cartridge. These cartridges, approximately the same size as audiocassettes, hold an entire book. Digital talking books are used with a lightweight, portable, and durable player designed to enhance the reading experience. The players are available in two versions- a standard model with eight controls and an advanced model with five additional controls that permit bookmarking and more precise navigation.

Print/Braille Books

Print/Braille books have the same text in print and Braille on pages facing each other. Print/Braille books enable blind and sighted readers to share the experience of reading a book together. Selected titles are available for pre-school through Grade 6 levels.

Descriptive Videos

The videos, were produced by Descriptive Video Services at WGBH in Boston and Audio Vision of Canada, require only a TV and DVD or VCR player. Contact the library staff for loan policies and movie listings in large print.

BiFolkal® Kits

A "party-in-a-bag", BiFolkal® Kits allow activity directors to present stimulating multimedia programs to nursing home or assisted living facility residents. The library will also loan a slide projector to be used with BiFolkal® kit slides, if necessary.

Pinellas Talking Book Library BiFolkal® Kit Circulation Policy

    BiFolkal® kits "create opportunities and resources for older adults to remember and to share their stories with each other and with younger people, in groups or in families." (BiFolkal Kit Catalog, 1993/1994, p.1). Reflection and expression are encouraged through the use of slides, historical objects, videos, songs, poems and more-all included in each kit. Programmers having no prior experience with audiovisual material can present stimulating, meaningful sessions to a variety of audiences.

    Each kit is organized around a subject or theme such as county fairs or school days. The Pinellas Talking Book Library currently loans seventeen kits. Each kit contains slides. Some titles have a DVD and CD available in lieu of the slides. Contact us for what is currently available.

    • Kits are loaned FREE to registered Pinellas Talking Book Library institutions;
    • You may borrow 1 kit at a time;
    • Kits circulate for 21 days;
    • Kits must be picked up and returned to the Pinellas Talking Book Library, or to save travel time they may be taken to any Public Library in Pinellas County and the courier service will then deliver to the Talking Book Library.

    Please inspect the kits before returning and compare with the inventory found in each kit. Indicate any missing items on the form, or call the Pinellas Talking Book Library to report lost or damaged articles.

    A BiFolkal® Kits brochure can be downloaded and printed by using this link: Brochure.

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A Talking Book Library general information bookmark and a brochure are available to download and print.
Click here for the Bookmark, Click here for the Brochure.