Talking Books

The South Dakota State Library Braille and Talking Book Program has established an audio book depository at Your Library’s Name in Your Town.

The depository is available to anyone who has a visual impairment that prevents them from seeing print, a physical disability that prevents holding materials and/or turning the pages, or a learning disability caused by an organic dysfunction.

In order to receive the service, individuals must register with the State Library Braille and Talking Book Program. Registration materials are available at Your Library’s Name.

Once registered, an individual will receive his or her own audio book player. Books can be mailed directly to a participant’s home, or they can be checked out at Your Library’s Name. Prospective patrons can also borrow a digital machine along with books to try listening to a book. Registered patrons can borrow a machine if their player isn’t operating correctly and books if they run short of their own. There is no charge for this service.

BARD mobile app

BARD MobileDo you or someone you know need braille or talking books?
Check this out – The BARD Mobile application for Android devices, version 1.0, is now available at the Google Play store. Registered patrons of the SD Braille and Talking Book Library can use the BARD Mobile app to download audiobooks and audio magazines directly to their Android devices, provided they have BARD accounts and are using devices running Android OS 4.1 or later.

The user guide is available from the bookshelf of the app and online in HTML format at https://nlsbard.loc.gov/apidocs/android/v1.0/toc.html. Help screens are also available from inside the app and may be accessed by activating the Context menu or the More Options button and selecting Help.

SD Braille and Talking Book Library patrons who have BARD accounts but need assistance with this new app should call 1-800-423-6665 (press 1, press 2) for assistance. If you do not have a BARD account and would like to download audiobooks or magazines, please call the number above and Marcia will help you get started.