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New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center
2300 Stuyvesant Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08625-0501
(609) 406-7179 (Local)
(609) 406-7181 (Fax)
(800) 792-8322 (Toll-Free)
(877) 882-5593 (TDD/TTY)
njlbh@njstatelib.org
http://www.njsltbbc.org

Brief Description

Over 65% of our customers are seniors. TBBC provides free reading materials in digital, Braille, large print, and cassette format, for anyone who for a physical reason cannot read or use with ease regular books and magazines (visual or mobility impairments and learning disabilities). Newspaper services are provided through Audiovision at www.audiovision-nj.org and through NFB-Newsline. Some services for the deaf and hard of hearing available, including try-before-you-buy loans of assistive listening devices. An Assistive Technology Loan Program funded by the NJ Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CBVI) and administered by the library provides loans of technology such as CCTVs for TBBC customers who are also recommended by CBVI.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Clients served on average per year: over 290,000 New Jerseyans are eligible
Number of staff: 28
Geographic area served: New Jersey.
Publications: Newsletter.

Staff

Elizabeth Burns, Children's and Young Adult Services, (800) 792-8322 804, eburns@njstatelib.org
Mary Kearns-Kaplan, Adult Outreach Services Coordinator, amcarthur@njstatelib.org
Adam Szczepaniak, Director, aszczepaniak@njstatelib.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Audiodescription
    • Provides videocassettes with descriptive narrative.
  • Library Services
    • Provides talking books, talking book machines, large-print books, audiocassettes, and braille books for blind and physically handicapped persons.
  • Reading Services
    • Audiovision at www.audiovision-nj.org broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Publications read include the Trenton Times, Camden Courier Post, Asbury Park Press, Home News Tribune, Newark Star Ledger, Bergen Record, and the South Jersey edition Philadelphia Inquirer. TBBC also administers NFB-Newsline.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Over 65% of our customers are seniors. TBBC provides free reading materials in digital, Braille, large print, and cassette format, for anyone who for a physical reason cannot read or use with ease regular books and magazines (visual or mobility impairments and learning disabilities). Newspaper services are provided through Audiovision at www.audiovision-nj.org and through NFB-Newsline. Some services for the deaf and hard of hearing available, including try-before-you-buy loans of assistive listening devices. An Assistive Technology Loan Program funded by the NJ Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CBVI) and administered by the library provides loans of technology such as CCTVs for TBBC customers who are also recommended by CBVI.

Services for Children

  • Library Services
    • Maintains a collection of novels, literature, books for reports and recreational reading on tape, large type or braille for all ages. Provides special cassette machines to play books recorded on four tracks at 15/16 ips. Provides children’s books in braille as well as picture books with plastic braille pages inserted—known as PRINT/BRAILLE books. Provides magazines in special formats, including the Spanish language.
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