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Worldwide paper shortages and supply chain issues have kept NLS from printing the large print edition of Talking Book Topics (TBT). Due to significant and worsening supply-chain issues and worldwide paper shortages, Talking Book Topics will no longer be available in large print format. NLS continues to communicate with the US Government Publishing Office (GPO) that has reiterated these problems are expected to continue through 2022 and are now compounded by related shortages of ink and other printing supplies.
You can access the current issue and all back issues of TBT online in HTML and PDF at www.loc.gov/nls/tbt. TBT in HTML contains direct links to BARD for downloading or adding books to wish lists, and TBT in PDF contains printable order forms for mailing. TBT March-April 2022 and future issues in audio will be available on cartridge and on BARD and BARD Mobile. TBT Abridged will be available through Braille Book Review in hardcopy braille and BRF on www.loc.gov/nls/bbr
Please notify us if you would like us to subscribe you to the Talking Book Topics audio version, send you back issues of the large print edition, or email Talking Book Topics to you. We can also print Talking Book Topics for you and mail it to you.
Kim, our fabulous reader advisor, has taken a promotion to another unit in the library and will no longer be working in TBBL to take your calls. Kim has been an invaluable asset to our library during the past eight years and we will miss her dearly. Congratulations to Kim for a job well done.
The NLS music collection includes braille and large-print musical scores, recorded instructional materials, and recorded materials about music and musicians. It does not include recordings of musical performances one would find on Spotify or on a CD. The current collection numbers about 4,000 titles. These books will not appear on our TBBL online catalog, but you can download them from the BARD collection of Musical Scores and Books or the NLS Voyager online catalog.
Audio examples: 25 of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz shows from National Public Radio; Bill Brown teaches the Chet Atkins guitar playing style for 30 songs; the learn to play Piano by Ear series. Learn Music Theory.
Due to copyright restrictions on music, TBBL is not allowed to send you these titles as part of your regular audio book orders. But they are available to you as downloads from BARD. If you are not a BARD patron, you can still get the books on a cartridge, but only from NLS. Music materials are circulated directly to you from the NLS headquarters in Washington, D.C. To receive music materials from NLS, contact the NLS Music Section via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone at 800-424-8567 ext. 2, fax at 202-707-0712, or postal mail at:
The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542
is a blog for those who want, need, provide, or are generally interested in special format music materials in braille, audio, and large print offered by the NLS Music Section. It aims to highlight the lesser-known materials, activities, and people that are integral to the Music Section and its music patrons. Five core bloggers write weekly blog posts that focus on items from the collection, along with a variety of related music topics and activities. Past blog topics include newly added titles, profiles on braille music transcribers and their work, free braille music giveaways, as well as interviews of patrons and narrators.
Several excellent music periodicals are available to TBBL patrons upon request. For a free subscription, call or email TBBL or the NLS Music Section. See this post in NLS Music Notes Blog about music magazines.
Braille Music Magazine is produced monthly by the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Contains articles from British magazines about classical music and music criticism and reviews new braille music publications. Format: braille.
Contemporary Soundtrack: A Review of Pop, Jazz, Rock, and Country
Is published bimonthly by NLS. A sampler of articles and reviews from national magazines. Format: audio cartridge and BARD.
Musical Mainstream is published quarterly by NLS. Contains selected articles from national magazines about classical music, criticism and music education. Lists recent NLS acquisitions. Formats: braille, audio cartridge, large print, and BARD.
Popular Music Lead Sheets is published quarterly by NLS. Contains melodies, lyrics, and chords to popular songs ranging from golden oldies to recent hits. Format: braille, BARD.
Quarterly Music Magazine is published quarterly by NLS. Features a different specialized magazine each quarter, usually alternating between a classical music magazine and a popular music magazine. Topic range from opera to jazz, country, music teaching, keyboard and guitar music. Format: audio cartridge, BARD.
Sound and Vision is published monthly by TEN: The Enthusiast Network. Reviews new sound equipment and recordings. Format: audio cartridge, BARD.
Dogster offers ideas for interacting with dogs, lifestyle stories, new products, and advice on caring for dogs, including dog health and care, dog food, dog training, dog breeds and puppies. Dogster is available as a press braille print subscription, six issues per year and is also on BARD as ebraille.
Interweave Knits Magazine replaces Knitscene, which is no longer published. Interweave Knits is similar in scope, covering articles and patterns on knitting, including projects and in-depth technique articles. It is a quarterly, available in both press braille and ebraille.
Dell Sunday Crosswords includes 60 themed crossword puzzles. It is an excellent way to hone your solving skills while matching wits with today’s top puzzle constructors. Dell Sunday Crosswords is a quarterly, available as a press braille subscription and as ebraille.
Popular Science is the world's largest science and technology magazine, reporting on products, trends, and the practical applications of science and technology. Popular Science is a quarterly and has been available in braille on BARD for some time, and now it is available in audio as well.
Dogster, Interweave Knits, and Dell Sunday Crosswords can be downloaded in formatted braille. Subscribe and find the latest edition on your Wish List when the next issue becomes available on BARD. Or call or email us and we will start your press braille subscription.
There are several ways to use the library. The best way is to download the books yourself using the BARD system. You then have immediate access to any audio book and many electronic braille titles. If downloading is not feasible for you, we will deliver book orders to you via the US Postal Service.
TBBL patrons can currently receive by mail a total of 3 cartridges containing from 1 to 25 book titles. If you are currently receiving cartridge orders containing 6 books, the number new patrons often begin with, but find that you are not getting enough books to meet your reading needs, please call or email us and we will increase the number for you. Similarly, if you are getting too many books on each cartridge order, let us know and we will reduce your number. It is important that you return your cartridge orders when you are finished with them. Doing that ensures that you receive new titles promptly. A new order will be triggered for shipment when your old order is returned.
If you find that you are not receiving the kinds of books you really like, please contact us and we will work with you to improve your library service. We can recommend new authors, increase your subject categories, or eliminate the kinds of books you are not interested in.
Patrons interested in listening to books on cartridge or flash drive are
loaned a talking book player. Players are sent through the US mail and may take up to two weeks to arrive. Players have a can be left plugged in when not in use. You can learn about your player through built-in audio instructions.
The TBBL book collection includes over 300 drama titles in audio and over 200 in braille, including plays by Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Neil Simon, Oscar Wilde, David Mamet, and many other great playwrights. Search drama on the catalog and on BARD. Or call us for suggestions.
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Reader advisors are available between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fax: (518) 474-7041
Talking Book and Braille Library
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230-0001