HARTFORD — Hartford Public Library will soon welcome another critical literacy service for the region: The Greater Hartford Unit of Connecticut’s Talking Books Program.
This program is a service under the Library of Congress and Connecticut State Library.
The Greater Hartford Unit of Talking Books is one of five in the state, and is run by Connecticut Volunteer Services for the Blind and Handicapped, Inc. The CVSBH, which distributes the recorded materials and provides necessary playback equipment at no cost to the user, will take up residency in the Downtown Hartford Library this spring.
The new partnership will allow the all-volunteer program to continue to provide audio books and other recorded materials for free distribution to anyone who cannot read a traditional book due to visual or physical impairments.
Library officials said that the core mission “is to provide free resources for unlimited learning to all, regardless of background, language, economic status or physical ability,”
Early in 2013, the Greater Hartford Talking Books Unit learned that it would no longer have a space in the facility where it was housed for 35 years because of a major renovation.
Since its founding in 1979, the Greater Hartford Unit of Talking Books has recorded over 1,000 books. The Talking Books studio will be located on the Downtown Library’s second floor, along with YOUmedia Hartford, a new digital learning lab for teens slated to open in fall 2014.
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In 2013, The Connecticut State Library distributed 180,680 talking books. For more information or for volunteer