News & Events

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Tune into the Many Faces of BARD!

This month the program from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled is BARD: Advanced Search Tips from an Expert.

2023 Talking Book Services Art Gallery Ceremony

2023 Talking Book Services Art Gallery

The 2023 Talking Book Services Art Gallery was a resounding success, with 57 entries from dozens of counties all across South Carolina. Competition was fierce, with many wonderful artworks in a wide variety of media. In addition to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each of three age categories, we also have a special State Librarian award for overall excellence, which was won this year by Sarah O’Reilly, age 6. All of the beautiful artwork will hang in the State Library lobby through the end of May—be sure to stop by and take a look!

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In Memoriam, TBS Team Member Todd Ferguson

The South Carolina State Library Talking Book Services lost a beloved team member on March 16th with the passing of Todd Ferguson.

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2023 National Library Service Patron Survey

Talking Book Services patrons may receive a letter inviting them to participate in the 2023 National Library Service Patron Survey online or by phone.

Read a Latte

Get Ready to Read a Latte!

Our winter reading program is back. “Read a Latte” kicks off on January 1, 2023. Talking Book Services patrons can cozy up with their favorite large print, audio, or braille books and keep track of their reading to become eligible for winter-themed TBS goodies.

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Save the Date!

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Read-In on April 20, 2023. Register now.

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Banned Books Week, September 18th - 24th

Many people are surprised to learn that books are still being banned in our country today, but In April 2022, nonprofit organization PEN America found that 1,586 book bans targeting 1,145 unique books had occurred in the past nine months.

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New Version of the BARD iOS App

NLS is releasing version 2.0 of the BARD Mobile iOS app, available for download beginning Friday, September 23.

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New Version of the BARD Android App

NLS is releasing version 1.4.5 of the BARD Mobile Android app. This release brings major improvements, bug fixes, and increased stability since the March 2022 release.

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Other Resources for You - SCATP

As a library, we are happy to provide our patrons with our players to listen to books, but we often get questions about “anything else” we may have. While we do not have other forms of assistive technology available to the public to rent or buy, the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP) does!

Connect the Dots

Winter 2022

The Winter 2022 issue of Connect the Dots is here, and it’s full of great winter reading recommendations, national and community library updates, and our fun “Ten Questions with TBS” series. Listen now to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at South Carolina Talking Book Services!