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04/03/2014 - 1:43pm
One Thousand White Women: the Journals of May Dodd

One of my patrons called me to discuss One Thousand White Women: the Journal of May Dodd by Jim Fergus. (RC 47157) This is a fictionalized account of a true incident in which an Indian delegation traveled to Washington, D.C. to negotiate a treaty.

One of the Indians was a Cheyenne leader named Little Wolf. As part of the negotiations, Little Wolf requested that his tribe be supplied with 1,000 white women, in an effort to assist in the assimilation of the Cheyenne peoples with the white man. Predictably, the request was met with derision and horror. 

10/24/2013 - 11:50am
BARD Mobile logo

The NLS (National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped) is creating a series of instructional videos to introduce and discuss using the BARD mobile app. Check this blog post occasionally to see the latest additions. 

10/15/2013 - 5:10pm
BARD mobile screenshot

The BARD Mobile app allows our Talking Book customers to access Braille and talking books directly from NLS (BARD). BARD offers a  collection of nearly 50,000 books, magazines, and musical scores, with new selections added daily.

BARD is up and running again despite the government shutdown. There has also been a mobile app set up for iPhones or iPads. You can obtain the free app from the Apple iTunes store.  

07/10/2013 - 11:19am
Magazine cartridge image

The Talking Books program has changed its magazine format from cassettes to digital cartridges. Now, all National Library Service-produced magazines are circulated on digital cartridges. You will notice a big improvement in the enhanced sound quality and navigation capabilities.

About Talking Books Services @ CRRL

The Assistive Services Department in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters houses the Fredericksburg Area Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The Subregional Library with its Talking Books collection is a component of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), maintained by the Library of Congress.

Anyone in the Subregional Library's service area (City of Fredericksburg, and Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Caroline, Orange, 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 using the address on the form.

Phone: 540-372-1144, ext. 234, email:

You can also read our newsletter, Sightlines, for book recommendations and news of specific interest to our Assistive Services patrons. 

Braille Audio and Reading Download (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.

To obtain a BARD account, you must first be a member of the Subregional Library for the Blind housed in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

New to BARD? Apply now!

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Once you have a digital talking book player and a BARD account, along with a computer and high speed Internet access you may download free books. The zip file of the book can be saved to the computer, unzipped, and the files can be moved to a simple thumb drive which fits into the right side of the digital player.  You can also purchase a blank talking book cartridge. A connector cable is needed to move the unzipped files from the computer to the talking book cartridge. You will then be able to play them on your digital talking book player and keep them as long as you want.

A Talking Book Patron has access to:

  • The Subregional Library local collection of over 10,000 titles
  • The NLS nationwide collection of digital and cassette titles
  • The  NLS nationwide Braille collection
  • Descriptive videos in VHS and DVD format.
  • Braille by request. If you need a document Brailled for school, church, or business use, we are happy to perform this service, but please call Assistive Services to arrange for printing two weeks in advance of your deadline.