FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2014
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
NH Talking Books named Network Library of the Year;
Gov. Hassan to proclaim June 23-29 “NH Talking Books Week”
The New Hampshire State Library’s Talking Books Services division 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.
In recognition of this achievement, Gov. Maggie Hassan is scheduled to issue 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.
“By expanding access to reading materials for New Hampshire residents who are physically unable to see, handle or process printed material comfortably, the New Hampshire State Library’s Talking Books Services helps build on that important mission. Being named 2013 Network Library of the Year is a well-deserved honor, and 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.”
N.H. Talking Books Services 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 addition to working with the N.H. Association for the Blind and the N.H. chapter of the Federation for the Blind, N.H. Talking Books has strengthened its presence in the state by developing partnerships with the N.H. Library Association, the N.H. Veterans Administration, Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Northern Carroll County, N.H Guide Dog Users, the N.H. Department of Education’s Accessible Instructional Materials Center, public schools, teachers of those with low vision, and public libraries in central and southern regions of the state.
Each year, the Network Library of the Year award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a library in the United States and its territories that serves blind and disabled individuals. A committee of librarians and consumer-organization representatives chooses finalists from among the nominated libraries; National Library Services network regional conference chairs recommend final selections to the NLS director.
To learn more about services provided by the New Hampshire Talking Book Services, please contact the State Library’s Talking Books division at 603-271-3429 or toll-free at 800-491-4200 or visit www.nh.gov/nhsl/talking_books.