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There's More than One Way to Read a Book

BARD Mobile logoBARD MOBILE APP IS ACTIVE!

BARD Mobile is an app that allows registered Talking Books Services patrons to download audio and Braille books to their personal mobile iOS devices- iPods, iPads, and iPhones. BARD Mobile will operate on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS version 4.3 or later. This includes the iPhone 3GS and all later iPhones, all iPads, and fourth generation or later iPod touches. Connectivity to a wireless carrier or a Wi-Fi provider is required to download material from BARD.

Use of BARD Mobile is restricted to eligible TBS patrons who have a BARD account. If you are not currently a patron of Talking Books Services, please read about the TBS eligibility requirements and learn about signing up for service.

For current patrons interested in using BARD and BARD Mobile, visit the BARD website. If you are not registered to use BARD yet, click on the BARD Application instructions link, and then the Link to BARD Application for Individuals. Fill out the application and submit it. You will receive an email verifying your acceptance and a temporary password to log in to BARD.

For Braille users: If you want to read Braille books with BARD Mobile, you'll need a Braille display. Be sure to read Section 7 of the user guide, as it explains how to configure your display and provides keystrokes that make reading Braille a smooth experience.

For more detailed information on using BARD Mobile visit the User Guide provided by the National Library Service.

To get the free BARD Mobile app, go to the iTunes app store.

Talking Books News


Postal Delivery Problems
Written by Dianne Keadle   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:29

This week Talking Books Services patrons have been experiencing delays in their book deliveries. We are aware of the issue and apologize for any problems these delays have caused. We are currently working with the postal service to remedy the situation.

Thank you for your patience at this time.

 
January is Braille Literacy Month
Written by Curtis Rogers   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 14:43

Braille is used throughout the world by people who read a variety of languages.  Louis Braille designed the coding system, based on patterns of raised dots, by which the blind can read through touch.  January 4th is Louis Braille's birthday, and thus, January is also designated to be National Braille Literacy Month.
 
Louis Braille was born January 4, 1809, in Coupvray, France. An injury to his eye at age three resulted in total loss of vision. When he was ten, he entered the Royal Institute for Blind Youth in Paris, the world's first school for blind children. There he would live, study, and later teach. When Louis was fifteen, he developed an ingenious system of reading and writing by means of raised dots.

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Journalism Contest Announced
Written by Curtis Rogers   
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:41

Sponsored by the SC Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

The winner of the 2013 Journalism Contest receives a four-year scholarship to the South Carolina state-supported institution of his or her choice provided, of course, that the winner is otherwise qualified.

The scholarship pays for undergraduate tuition and fees. Each institution has its own definition of tuition and fees, which may or may not include room and board.

The winner must be able to verify financial need to the chosen state-supported institution, which may require completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Colleges and universities recommend that students in financial need complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of the year they will enroll to establish eligibility for student aid. This may require providing income tax return information.

The scholarship may be canceled if the recipient does not maintain general scholastic and conduct standards established by the institution.

To be eligible for the 2013 Journalism Contest, you

  • must be a South Carolinian 16 to 19 years old;
  • must not have entered a post-secondary school before March 1, 2013;
  • must be a high school junior or senior, or otherwise qualified to begin post-secondary education no later than the 2014–2015 school year.


You do not have to have a disability to enter.

For how to enter and rules, please visit the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department's web site.

 
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