Talking Book & Braille Center

Photo of 4 people who represent TBBC membersWelcome to The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC).  Founded in 1967, TBBC is a library that provides no-cost, home-delivered services, on behalf of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress, to children, teens and adults in New Jersey who have difficulty reading standard print or trouble holding a book.  Apply for our library service.  Contact us toll-free at 800-792-8322, Monday through Friday, between 8:30am – 4:15pm.


Children and Teens Summer Reading Program

Have you signed up for our summer reading program?  For four weeks over the summer, your child will receive a package full of incentives, games, activities, and book suggestions.  Braille readers will receive their packages in Braille.  The incentives are provided thanks to the generosity of TBBC’s Friends of the Library!

To enroll, simply email or phone in the following information: your child’s name; age; reading level; preferred method of reading; mailing address; and, if available, email address.  Also, please indicate if you would like us to Braille your summer reading materials.

Please contact Elizabeth Burns, Head of Youth Services, at 1-800-792-8322 ext. 804 or email eburns@njstatelib.org with any questions.

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FALL 2019 LEAP Classes Now Open

TBBC is partnering with the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) on tThis is the logo for the Library Equal Access Programhe LEAP initiative.  The Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) provides free computer and iPad training classes at assistive technology learning centers located in several public libraries across the state.  LEAP is for New Jersey residents 55 and older who have a change in vision.

The iPad and computer classes will be provided by Advancing Opportunities and will be held again this Fall.  Classes will meet once a week for an hour and a half. 

To register or to find out new information call the Talking Book and Braille Center at 800-792-8322 ext. 812. 

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NEWEST LEAP LIBRARY:

The Monmouth County Library has officially launched it’s Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) in Manalapan, New Jersey.  This program serves the previously overlooked Central Jersey area.  The program brings excitement to all of those participating.

 


Verizon Device Accessibility Workshop

The Verizon Accessibility Team will be hosting an in-store workshop to introduce and educate individuals to the accessibility features of their iOS (iPhone) mobile devices to navigate and access the web, and to use helpful accessibility tools to further their digital independence.

Our first in-store workshop will be held at the Verizon retail location in East Brunswick, New Jersey, on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 2pm.  Store address: 323 NJ-18 Unit 9, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, Mid State Mall.

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In the age of ear buds and audiobooks, they want to be the voices in your head

Voice actor and instructor Johnny Heller, left, offers recommendations to voice actor David Sadzin during a recording session at Edge Studio in New York City on Aug. 1st 2019.

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OrCam MyEye 2

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OrCam MyEye 2 magnetically attaches to a pair of reading glasses, tiny, lightweight & portable. No WiFi needed.

The most advanced wearable assistive technology device for the blind and visually impaired, that reads text, recognizes faces, identifies products and more.

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OrCam MyReader 2

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The most advanced Artificial Intelligence device for the blind and visually impaired, that can read the morning paper, a favorite book, text messages, emails, and more.

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Veterans Can Receive a Free OrCam through the VA. How Can You Qualify?

There are currently 160,000 legally blind veterans and over 1 million veterans with low vision according to the Veteran Administration’s estimates.

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About Us

The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) serves New Jersey residents of all ages (children, teens and adults) who cannot read standard print or who cannot hold a book or turn the pages of a book because of a physical impairment, a reading disability, or a visual impairment.  TBBC provides no-cost, home-delivered services as a regional library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the U.S. Library of Congress. In addition to serving individuals, we serve all places in NJ that serve eligible residents and we serve libraries.  You must apply for service.
TBBC is a division of the New Jersey State Library.  The New Jersey State Library is affiliated with Thomas Edison State University.  The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center is supported with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services .

Kudos for TBBC: Read our kudos page to discover just how important our services are to those we serve.

Read our current newsletter for an update on the services we provide.

Contact us: Call toll-free 800-792-8322; Email tbbc@njstatelib.org.



Contact Us & Hours

TBBC is open five days a week, from 8:30am to 4:15pm.  Monday through Friday. We are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Adult Services:
Email: tbbc@njstatelib.org
Fax: 609-406-7181
Phone: 800-792-8322 (hold the line to speak with a reader’s advisor)

Children and Teen Services:
Email: tbbcyouth@njstatelib.org
Fax: 609-406-7181
Phone: 800-792-8322, ext 823 or ext 804.

Street Address:
2300 Stuyvesant Avenue
Trenton NJ 08618

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 501
Trenton NJ 08625-0501

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Who Do We Serve?

The no-cost, home-delivered services of the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) are available to all New Jersey residents of any age (children, teens and adults) whose ability to read is affected by a physical impairment, a reading disability or a vision impairment.  This includes anyone who cannot read standard print or who cannot hold a book or turn the pages of a book.  Read our kudos page and discover how important our services are to those we serve.


What Do We Have?

The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center provides books in Braille and audio formats. TBBC’s collection has tens of thousands of book titles and dozens of periodicals available.  Machines for playing the recorded materials are available on loan from TBBC.  We also have an app for Apple & Android devices: BARD Mobile. Our services include:

Audiobook Players

Books & Magazines

News Reading Service

Services for Librarians


How Do You Get Services?

Each new reader must complete an application and have it certified for eligibility for our services.  To obtain an application, call us toll-free at 1-800-792-8322 or download an application from our web site. Everything shipped between TBBC and you is shipped postage-free as “Free Matter for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.”


Applications For Services

To receive our services, you must apply.  Visit our Apply for Service page to download applications.


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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.