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 Print Disabled 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.


TBBC’s NEW Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) Center

Featuring Dr. Bernice Davis, Elisa Neira, and Adam Szczepaniak

On Thursday, October 3, 2019 the Talking Book & Braille Center celebrated with a ribbon cutting to launch the Grand Opening of their new LEAP Center at 2300 Stuyvesant Avenue, Trenton NJ.  For more information or to sign up for a free class, call the Talking Book & Braille Center at 800-792-8322, extension 812 or email sfelle@njstatelib.org

Click here to to watch video >>>>>>>  To view the Ribbon Cutting launch with Dr. Bernice Davis, Executive Director of NJ Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Adam Szczepaniak, Director of the NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center, Elisa Neira, Deputy Commissioner, and Ines Matos, Chief of Organizational Logistics of the NJ Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

 


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. 

CLICK HERE For More Information >>>>>>>>>

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.

 


NLS Announces Name Change to “National Library Service For The Blind and Print Disabled” 

The Library of Congress’s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which provides braille and audio materials to the [Library name here], has changed its name.  As of October 1, 2019, it will be known as “National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled” but will still go by the abbreviation NLS.

“We’ve been considering a change for some time, so we’re happy to see this day arrive,” NLS Director Karen Keninger said.  “We are very pleased to share our new name and graphic identity with our NLS community and feel that the new name, as with all of NLS’s work, puts the emphasis on the people we serve.”

To learn more about the name change, please visit loc.gov/nls.


New From The Big Apple Circus

December 5-6 at the Lincoln Center in NY City

Circus of the Senses invites audiences with all abilities in on the action by enhancing shows for circus goers who are blind, deaf, or experience the world through a diversity of cognitive, hearing or visual interpretations.  Join the show on December 5th – 6th 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Center in New York City!

Click here for more information >>>>>>>>>

 


Check out this Amazing Device at OrCam

OrCam MyEye 2

For the Blind and  Visually Impaired

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

Read from any surface

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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More Information for Library Staff


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 Print Disabled (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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You can find answers to frequently asked questions here.
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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.