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Washington Talking Book and Braille Library ( WTBBL) provides a free public library service which includes easy access to the informational and reading materials needed by individuals in the State of Washington who are unable to read standard print material.
Talking Books - The Library circulates varied collection of books and magazines on audio cassettes. Special cassette players needed to use these materials are provided free of charge. Braille - Braille books are available from the Library collection. A special children's collection includes books combining print and braille so that blind and sighted readers may share their reading enjoyment. Large Print - Large print books for readers who cannot easily read conventional-size print are available for browsing and checking out. Deposit Collections - Deposit collections of large print, braille, and cassette books may be loaned to libraries, schools, senior centers, and long-term care facilities throughout the state. Recording Service - The Library produces cassette books which encompass all subjects. Special attention is paid to patron requests, Northwest topics and authors, and books for special programs. Braille Services - Locally-brailled books emphasize children's books and books about the Northwest and by Northwest authors. The Library collections actively promote braille literacy for both adults and children. Special in-house materials have been designed and produced for this purpose. Radio Reading Service - Information of immediacy, such as newspapers, grocery ads, shopping news, magazines, and special news for those who cannot easily read regular print is provided in Puget Sound and most of Eastern Washington. Special radio receivers are provided free of charge, and programming is also accessible via the Internet. Reference - The Library offers disability focused reference service to patrons and the public. Children's Services - The Orrico children's room has accessible toys and furniture, print-braille infant and toddler books, and video and print parenting resources. Families of infants and toddlers can find information on enriching prebraille literacy skills. Readers 6 to 12 can sign up for the annual by-mail summer reading program. Who Is Eligible? - Those eligible for this service include children and adults who are legally blind, deaf-blind, visually impaired (cannot easily read conventional-size print), physically disabled (cannot comfortably hold books or turn pages), or learning disabled due to organic dysfunction.
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