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South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library
State Library Building
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2294
(605) 773-3131 (Local)
(605) 773-6962 (Fax)
(800) 423-6665 (Toll-Free)
talkbkreq@state.sd.us
http://library.sd.gov/BTB/index.aspx

Brief Description

Regional Braille & Talking Book Library.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 5,700
Number of staff: 8
Staff description: Director, Program Assistant, 3 Reader Advisors, 1 Educational Materials Coordinator, 1 A/V Technician, Library Clerks.
Geographic area served: South Dakota. Braille readers recive service from Utah.
Publications: Adults and children's newsletters (quarterly). Braillist Association Newsletter (quarterly).

Staff

Steven Buras, Assistant State Librarian
Linda Lowin, Educational Materials/ Volunteer Coordinator, (605) 773-9314
Connie Sullivan, Program Assistant, (605) 773-5081, connie.sullivan@state.sd.us

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Library Services
    • Provides talking books, talking book machines, large-print books, audiocassettes, descriptive videos, radio talking book, SD telephone newspapers, and summer reading program for blind and physically handicapped persons.
  • Reading Services
    • Rapid City Journal, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Aberdeen American News, Yaukton Daily Press & Dakotan.

Services for Children

  • Education Services
    • Textbooks are available in Braille, cassette, and large print for K-12 education programs.
  • Library Services
    • The South Dakota Braille & Talking Book Library (B&TB) has both fiction and nonfiction books for children in print/braille (twin vision), braille, and talking book formats. Materials in the collection begin at the preschool level. Orders, produces, or borrows textbooks in alternative formats for students who cannot read standard print.
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