Talking Books and Braille Center Open House on March 3 Celebrates New Name

For Immediate Release: Feb. 27, 2019

Media Contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; mindy.linetzky@sfpl.org

Talking Books and Braille Center

Open House on March 3 Celebrates New Name

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– On Sunday, March 3, the San Francisco Public Library will officially change the name of the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled to the Talking Books and Braille Center. Located on the second floor of the Main Library, near the Larkin Street entrance, the Center offers a large digital collection of both talking books and braille; technology to magnify or read text aloud, and write and display braille; as well as programs such as book clubs, karaoke, yoga, music jams and tactile exhibitions.

The Library changed the name to reflect the collections we offer rather than describing the people we serve. Instead of labelling people with an attribute: “the Blind” we are focusing on the services we provide.  That said, the Center will continue to be a space a place designated for people who are blind and others who are unable to read regular print.

The Center provides a collection of more than 100,000 digital “talking book” titles for all ages as well as the special player needed to listen to them. Talking books can also can be accessed through a computer or a smartphone and patrons can receive them postage-free through the mail. Approximately 80,000 San Franciscans are eligible for talking books –those who can’t read regular print, even with glasses; have a reading disability; or cannot hold a book and/or turn the pages.

March 3, 2019 is the 88th anniversary of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress. It’s a fitting day to celebrate how far we’ve come in providing resources to this significant population. From 12 – 3 p.m., festivities include music, refreshments, art displays and prizes.

More information on the Talking Book and Braille Center’s resources and activities can be found here.

Open House & Naming Celebration – Sunday, March3, 12-3 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Talking Books and Braille Center,2nd Floor

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