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.

Digital Books and Friends' Book Club

The South Carolina State Library’s Talking Book Services is pleased to announce upcoming dates for our Digital Books and Friends’ Book Club - a book club for our audio readers.

Current Selection

Cover of The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
July 30, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Book of Lost Names

by Kristin Harmel

Sixty years after Germany surrendered World War II, librarian Eva Traube Abrams spots a book she hasn’t seen since the war in a news article. In the book, she recorded the names of the Jewish children she helped forge new identities for during the war and she reflects. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Assitive Technology Petting Zoo

The South Carolina Talking Book Services Assistive Technology Petting Zoo

The South Carolina Talking Book Services Assistive Technology Petting Zoo is an outreach initiative to raise awareness for assistive technology and its ability to make public libraries more accessible and inclusive.

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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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NLS Aspiring Leaders Internship Program

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), supported by the National Library for the Blind Endowment, has launched a paid internship that offers legally blind individuals the opportunity to gain work career experience and explore career options working in the areas of collections building, program delivery, and business oversight and management. Application details can be found at www.loc.gov/nls/about/internship-program.

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SC State Library's Talking Book Services Announces New Duplication on Demand Service

The South Carolina State Library's Talking Book Services (TBS) Program is now serving patrons with an innovative new service called Duplication on Demand (DoD). DoD allows patrons to receive almost any book available on BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). When patrons order books or automatic selection orders books for patrons, they are recorded on a cartridge and sent out within a few days. There's no waiting for other patrons to return a copy; all downloadable books are always available.

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2020 TBS Art Gallery

 Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Talking Book Services Art Gallery Competition. This week we honored them with an awards ceremony showcasing their art. The competition ordinarily culminates in the spring before the end of the school year. However, the COVID-19 shutdown forced us to postpone the event. The virtual ceremony included a photo and a description of each piece. SCSL Director Leesa Aiken awarded the State Librarian award to Travis Kitchen for his three-dimensional work entitled "Kracken Attack" (pictured here). Congratulations to all of our award winners.