About Talking Books Services @ CRRL
The Library of Congress provides free reading materials to anyone who qualifies so That All May Read. Our Assistive Services Department in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Fredericksburg houses the Talking Book Library. Its books and audio players are supplied by the Library of Congress.
Anyone in the Talking Book Library's service area (City of Fredericksburg and Caroline, Culpeper, Fauquier, King George, Orange, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland counties) who is unable to read or use standard print materials due to temporary or permanent visual impairment, physical disability, or dyslexia may be eligible for the Talking Books service. Individuals and institutions who are eligible may borrow a free player as long as it is needed and receive free talking books.
To apply, simply print off the application above, fill it out, and have a professional fill out the certification section. Then mail it back to the Subregional Library (Access Services) at:
125 Olde Greenwich Dr
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
540-372-1144, ext. 7054
You can also read our newsletters, Sightlines, for book recommendations and news of specific interest to our Assistive Services patrons.
Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)
If you already have a Talking Books account, you can also sign up for BARD. BARD is a program offered by the National Library Service. This free program allows patrons to download talking books from an extensive collection of titles. Learn more here.
Did you keep a diary as a teenager? I did, and I remember it being an absolute roller coaster between exhilaration and despair. And glitter ink. Lots and lots of glitter ink! Luckily, my teenage diary did not survive to the 21st century. Carrie Fisher’s did, though. In 1976, she was just turning 19 and cast as Princess Leia in a low-budget movie called Star Wars. Her notebooks from that time—on and off-set—not only reveal a teenager with a crush on her co-star but an almost anthropological look back at a time long ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Her teenage thoughts are even more poignant after her unexpected death last December.
This review was published in Sightlines, CRRL's Assistive Services newsletter.