Talking Book Services

South Carolina Talking Book Services is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page.

Numbers & Narratives

Numbers

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10 narrators volunteered to complete 16 books in calendar year 2019.
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9 narrators volunteered to complete 19 books in SCSL FY 2018-2019.
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10 narrators volunteered to complete 20 books in NLS FY 2018-2019.
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A total of 104 books have been recorded since 2015 by 17 volunteer narrators for SCSLTBS, a regional library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.

Narratives

Narrator C. Hope Clark

C. Hope Clark"I miss the weeks I can’t step inside that sound-proof booth, sink into a story, and record. It’s more than a habit. It’s therapy. Initially, volunteering as a narrator for the Talking Book Services was more about my being an author and making my own books available via another venue to readers, but once a year of volunteering turned into three, I realized I’d been sucked more into the giving aspect. It is no longer about me. And to be frank, the program is giving back to me more than I ever gave to it."

C. Hope Clark is the author of the book with the most in-house circulations by SCSLTBS patrons in 2019: Palmetto Poison: A Carolina Slade Mystery, Book 3.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers play a vital role in helping us provide quality library services to South Carolina citizens who have difficulty using standard printed materials due to qualifying visual or physical conditions. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Recording & Reviewing
  • Community Outreach
  • Book Collection

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Latest News

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In part 3 of a three-part series, Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses assistive technology with Nancy Irwin. Nancy is from Columbia South Carolina and works for the state’s School for the Deaf and the Blind in their Division of Outreach Services as the Access Technology Specialist. Prior to working for the school, she was the JAWS Instructor for the SC Commission for the Blind. She also has a degree in Theater Technical Design from Winthrop University.

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