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Palm Beach County Library System’s Talking Books Wins Award from Library of Congress

On June 05, 2014, the Palm Beach County Library System’s Talking Books (PBCLSTB), received the Network Subregional Library of the Year Award. The award was presented at the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. by the National Library Service for the Blind and Handicapped (NLS).

NLS administers the braille and talking-book program, a free library service for those whom have low vision, blindness, or disability that makes reading difficult. NLS created the Network Library Awards to recognize outstanding accomplishments of libraries serving people with visual and physical disabilities across the United States.

Diane Salina, a rehabilitation technician, said, "This library regularly goes above and beyond in providing services to patrons in our community." The library served 2,500 patrons with a collection of 61,000 items in 2013 and has a full-time staff of four.

PBCLSTB hosts regular screenings of descriptive movies, teleconference book discussions for patrons who are mobility-disabled, an adult summer-reading program, and workshops on using NLS BARD.

"When the federal government was shut down in 2013, we used digital audiobooks stored on the Gutenberg Cartridge Duplicator to satisfy requests until the NLS BARD site was accessible again. We are so pleased to receive this award, because it recognizes our commitment to our patrons," said Talking Books Librarian Sarah Smedley.