UNION, NJ – Anyone visiting the Union Public Library who has difficulty reading standard print or holding a book or turning the pages of a book may be eligible for help via a new service offered by the library.

The Union Library and the New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC) have partnered to bring TBBC’s no-cost services to the library.  Once registered for the program with TBBC, residents will be able to select from these services, referred to as the Outspoken Library:

  • Accessible Audiobook player
  • Audiobooks
  • Braille books
  • Downloadable audiobooks, audio magazines and Braille files for Braille readers
  • Access to BARD Mobile for smartphones and tablets
  • News reading services, such as Audiovision and Newsline

As part of this collaboration, the Union Public Library now has full access to the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service and can download books and magazines to use with the free digital audiobook player provided by the TBBC.  BARD is provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a division of the U.S. Library of Congress. 

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“We are delighted to be able to offer services to an underserved population,” said Karen Jason, Adult Services Librarian at the Union Public Library.  “Our partnership with the TBBC, only the third in Union County, will expand the services of the Talking Book and Braille Center.  The BARD downloading process may pose a challenge to some users, so this pilot project allows librarians to provide local assistance with demonstrating the simple and easy to use audiobook player, as well as downloading material for those registered with the TBBC program.”

For more information, call the Union Public Library at 908-851-5450 x 2. The Union Public Library is located at 1980 Morris Avenue.