Talking Book Services News

One Book, One Columbia @ Richland County Public Library


The City of Columbia and RCPL have joined forces to launch the first citywide reading adventure, One Book, One Columbia.

All residents of Columbia and Richland County are invited to participate between April 1 and May 15, and then share their experiences with friends and neighbors.

The first selection for this annual event is Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years by Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth.

Retirement of Frank Kurt Cylke, Director of NLS


The following announcement came from Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian of Congress for Library Services concerning the retirement of Frank Kurt Cylke

"I am writing with the news that Frank Kurt Cylke, longtime director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), has retired from federal service effective February 28, 2011.

Federal agencies to increase employment of people with disabilities


WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy today posted an online toolkit comprised of resources to assist federal agencies in recruiting, employing and retaining individuals with disabilities. The kit is available at

NFB 2011 Scholarship Program


Each year at its Convention in August, the NFB of SC gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars.

All applicants for these scholarships must be:

  • Legally blind,
  • Residents of South Carolina or attending a college or university in South Carolina
  • Enrolled in or plan to enroll in a post-secondary course of study.

For more information go to the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina website.

IRS provides assistance for people with disabilities


Hundreds of the most popular federal tax forms and publications are available for download from for sight impaired individuals. These products range from talking tax forms to Braille formats, and are accessible using screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays and voice recognition software. Click on the links below to download these forms and publications:

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to Celebrate Its 80th Anniversary


On March 3, 2011, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)--the Library of Congress' talking-book and Braille program--will celebrate 80 years of helping visually impaired and physically handicapped individuals enjoy reading their favorite books and magazines.

Read the NLS press release for more information.

NFB & Santa Promote Braille Literacy


From the National Federation of the Blind:

Baltimore, Maryland (November 15, 2010): Once again, Santa has enlisted the help of the elves at the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute to get Braille letters out to hundreds of blind boys and girls this Christmas season.

The South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program


Many people with hearing or speech impairments have difficulty using a typical phone. The South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program (SCEDP) provides free, specialized phone equipment. Examples are: a phone that amplifies the signal so the caller can be better heard, or text on a screen that shows what the caller is saying. Other equipment amplifies the user's voice.