Talking Book Services News

SC State Library Talking Book Services Presents Let's Celebrate Art! 2012


Talking Book Services invites all visually impaired and blind students in South Carolina to create a work of art to be entered into the Celebrate Art! Exhibition.


  • Grades 1 -- 4
  • Grades 5 -- 8
  • Grades 9 -- 12

Judges will choose a winner in each division. Winners will receive a prize.

Walk In Service


The Talking Book Services Readers Advisors have moved into 1500 Senate Street, however the collection is still at 1430 Senate Street.

For now, we ask anyone who would like in-person service to wait.

Please continue to call, email or fax us with your orders and they can go out by mail as usual.

With the collection in one building and the staff in another, it would be quite difficult to retrieve books while you wait.

Thank you for your patience!

Downloadable Readers Digest & Newsweek


Patrons of the Talking Books Services are eligible to download Reader's Digest and Newsweek in Digital Talking Book (DTB) format.

The American Printing House for the Blind is proud to offer free downloadable editions of Reader's Digest® and Newsweek® to eligible readers who are blind and visually impaired and who are registered members of the Talking Books program.

Magazine and Catalog Delays


Contract issues have delayed the publication of the May--June large-print issues of Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review and the April--June large-print issue of Musical Mainstream. Delivery of these magazines should be complete by the week of July 6, 2012.

A separate contracting issue has delayed the May--June braille issue of Braille Book Review. NLS will notify network libraries when a delivery date for this magazine is available.

These delays do not affect the audio or online editions of these magazines.

Librarians Explore New Technologies and Service Opportunities at National Conference Held in SC


Talking Book and Braille Librarians from 23 states will gather in Columbia, South Carolina at the 2012 KLAS Users' Conference to discuss how to improve patron service and incorporate new technologies while working within budget and staff constraints.

Keninger Appointed Director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped


Librarian of Congress James H. Billington recently announced the appointment of Karen A. Keninger as director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), effective March 26, 2012. Keninger succeeds Frank Kurt Cylke, who retired from federal service on February 28, 2011.

Free Vision Awareness Day in Columbia


March 27, 2012 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Federation Center of the Blind 119 S. Kilbourne Road Columbia, SC 29205

Blindness Awareness
Come learn about technology solutions for the blind: JAWS® screen reading software, Braille displays, scanning and reading - and more!

Door Prize Drawing for a FREE PLEXTALK Pocket DAISY Player/Recorder: Read books, play music, keep memos, record. Small and lightweight.

Fourth Annual Braille Challenge to be Held at State Library


The fourth annual Braille Challenge to be held in South Carolina will take place at the State Library's Talking Book Services Library on February 2, 2012.

Organized by the Braille Institute, the Braille Challenge is an academic competition designed to motivate blind students to emphasize their study of Braille. The competition is open to 1st -12th grade students. Lunch will be provided by Chick-Fil-A and prizes will be awarded.