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Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Place: Online at
Cost: Free

Did you know that every state has at least one free talking book library to serve the print-disabled? These libraries serve patrons with low vision or blindness, reading disabilities (i.e. dyslexia, ADHD), or who struggle to comfortably hold a book. The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) believes in its mission—“That All May Read”—and wants to partner with public libraries to ensure that reading is essential and accessible to everyone.

The NLS regional libraries have access to a massive library of hardcopy and downloadable, accessible, navigable audio or braille books, digital playback equipment, and other assistive technology to distribute freely on long-term loan. All material is circulated at no cost through the Free Matter for the Blind postal subsidy. In this free webinar, you will learn how to partner with NLS to provide free reading materials in alternate formats to better serve your communities, empowering existing and prospective patrons to benefit as lifelong readers.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled network of libraries around the U.S. and its intersectional mission with public libraries to create and maintain lifelong readers;
  • Empower patrons and stakeholders to apply for and receive free, alternate format, popular reading materials, and long-term loans of assistive technology devices; and
  • Discover the print disability movement and its growing importance, reach, and visibility within the public and library sphere.

Who Should Attend

This webinar is intended for all public library staff and stakeholders.

Register for this webinar at the link above.