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The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Russell, 603-271-2866
March 19, 2007

Book Notes is now a Talking Book

              Book Notes, the newsletter of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library has been added to the catalog of the New Hampshire Talking Books Program. Beginning with the Fall 2006 issue, Talking Books subscribers can receive the full text of each issue of Book Notes in audio format through the Talking Books Program.

              The New Hampshire Talking Books Program exists to meet the reading needs and interests of New Hampshire residents who are physically unable to see, handle or process printed material comfortably. Anyone with a vision problem, a grasping problem, or an information-processing problem that does not affect intelligence is eligible for this free service. A wide variety of books and magazines, recorded by professional actors are available through this program. Most of these are produced by the Library of Congress. The equipment to play these books and magazines and special videos are also available to borrow through the program. Library Services to Persons with Disabilities, the section of the New Hampshire State Library that includes Talking Books serves almost 2000 people and lends over 90,000 books each year.

              Book Notes is published twice per year and includes articles on book related projects and events going on in New Hampshire as well as articles on New Hampshire's literary heritage and the diverse book community of the Granite State. It is mailed to members of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library and may also be picked up at local libraries and bookstores. Past issues, including audio files, are archived on the NH Center for the Book website at www.nh.gov/nhsl/bookcenter

              Established in 2003 it is the mission of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy, and the literary heritage of New Hampshire and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State.

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