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BTBL permits schools with qualifying students to have an institutional account with our service. Through this account, teachers are able to order digital talking book players and audio and braille books for their students, and/or sign up for access to BARD to download audio and braille files directly to a compatible device.
Teachers may wonder why they should get a BTBL account. In short, your students with visual and/or physical impairments need it! Our collection is similar to a public library, offering recreational reading materials on a large variety of topics. Although we do not offer traditional textbooks, we do have many of the other titles used in school settings. Best of all, our books are all human narrated, so it is a better reading experience when compared to other services that offer synthesized speech narration. Lastly, BTBL offers free, lifetime membership—students using the service today will be able to continue service as long as they want! To review the similarities and differences between book services available to students, see the attached book services comparison chart of NLS (BTBL), Bookshare, and Learning Ally.
Recertification paperwork for the 2018-2019 school year is due by October 1st, 2018. The National Library Service of the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, requires every school recertify at the beginning of the new school year. This enables BTBL to verify that the schools are utilizing the service with qualifying students.
Book Selections: BTBL has thousands of children's books for all ages and interests in both audio and braille formats. There are multiple ways to search for books on your own, including:
Search BARD: Free downloads of Audio and Braille books. Only available for use by BARD members. Download the books yourself, or add them to your wish list for the future.
Talking Book Topics /Braille Book Review: Bi-monthly catalogs from NLS that list the most recent audio and braille books. A separate section titled "Books for Children" lists the books that have recently been added to the collection for this population. Schools are automatically sent a large print copy of the bi-monthly Talking Book Topics to browse, but you can also view past copies online by clicking on the above links. Call or email BTBL with these requests.
Here are a few booklists that include book numbers to help you select popular titles (db- digital book, br- braille book):