Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New Hampshire State Library's Talking Books Services named 2013 Network Library of the Year

[Here's news we wanted to share from our parent agency, the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources:]

The New Hampshire State Library's Talking Books Services has been named the 2013 Network Library of the Year by the Library of Congress' National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped section.

Part of the N.H. State Library, Talking Books provides recorded books and magazines as well as the special audio players needed to use them, at no charge, to residents with visual limitations or who are unable to handle printed reading materials. In 2013, N.H. Talking Books Services became one of the first libraries in the country to circulate digital magazine cartridges. Later that year, it began offering its patrons service via the BARD app, which allows readers to download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

In recognition of this achievement, Gov. Maggie Hassan issued a proclamation naming June 23-29, 2014 "New Hampshire Talking Books Week."

"Public libraries are truly one of the cornerstones of our communities and our democracy, offering a world of information to citizens and requiring only a thirst for knowledge to gain access," Gov. Maggie Hassan said. "I thank New Hampshire Talking Books for its outstanding work to build on New Hampshire's longstanding tradition of inclusiveness and strengthen our communities and our state."