offers Veterans who have difficulty with regular print materials the return of the gift of reading.
The Joy and Freedom of Reading
Whether escaping into a great novel or staying current with popular magazines, the freedom and independence of reading are only a few steps away. This program, from the National Library Service (NLS) and the Library of Congress, provides talking books, audio magazines, and digital talking-book players free of charge.
Any honorably discharged Veteran who is
* has low vision, or
* a disability preventing the reading of traditional materials is eligible.
Participants choose whether their selected reading materials are delivered by mail, downloaded from the web-based service BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) or through the BARD mobile app for smartphones and tablets.
NLS maintains a vast catalog of titles and publications from the latest best-sellers to timeless classics. Plus, Veterans have preferential status in the lending of materials and equipment.
The Braille and Talking Books Program is accomplished through a nationwide network of libraries to serve citizens and Veterans living inside the U.S. or abroad.
Applying for this service is easy.
Call the National Library Service at 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) or
visit them on the web at www.loc.gov/ThatAllMayRead
Veterans served to protect freedom.
Now let National Library Service provide the freedom for all to read.