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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Summer Reading Program

Talking Book Services (TBS) patrons have a summer reading program that is created just for them!

This program is divided into four categories, based on age, to encourage everyone to participate.

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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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Celebrate Juneteenth with Talking Books

The South Carolina State Library Talking Book Services (TBS) is proud to share resources related to Juneteenth!  June 19th is recognized as the day that the practices of the transatlantic slave trade in the United States became illegal in 1865.  The below titles, available for all ages, focus on commemorating one of the highest of American ideals, values, and freedom.

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Summer Reading Program

Talking Book Services (TBS) patrons have a summer reading program that is created just for them. This program is divided into four categories, based on age, to encourage everyone to participate. The categories are: Emergent – 0 to 5, Child – 6-11, Youth – 12-17, Adult – 18 and up.

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Assistive Technology with Nancy Irwin - LibraryVoicesSC Podcast Episode 84

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.