About Talking Books Services @ CRRL
The Library of Congress provides free reading materials to anyone who qualifies so That All May Read. Our Assistive Services Department in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters houses the Talking Book Library. Its books and audio players are supplied by the Library of Congress.
Anyone in the Talking Book Library's service area (City of Fredericksburg and Caroline, Culpeper, Fauquier, King George, Orange, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland counties) who is unable to read or use standard print materials due to temporary or permanent visual impairment, physical disability, or dyslexia may be eligible for the Talking Books service. Individuals and institutions who are eligible may borrow a free player as long as it is needed and receive free talking books.
To apply, simply print off the application above, fill it out, and have a professional fill out the certification section. Then mail it back to the Subregional Library (Assistive Services) using the address on the form.
Phone: 540-372-1144, ext. 234, email: Talking-Books@crrl.org
You can also read our newsletters, Sightlines, for book recommendations and news of specific interest to our Assistive Services patrons.
Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)
If you already have a Talking Books account, you can also sign up for BARD. BARD is a program offered by the National Library Service. This free program allows patrons to download talking books from an extensive collection of titles. Learn more here.
Our spring book selection is Mrs. Kennedy and Me, by Clint Hill.
From 1960 until 1964, Mr. Hill was the U.S. Secret Service agent assigned to guard Jacqueline Kennedy. Initially he resisted this assignment. He had been loyal to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and was facing an incoming opposition party. Mrs. Kennedy had rejected her first Secret Service agent. If she okayed Hill, he would have to take the assignment or end his career.