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Worcester Talking Book Library at Worcester Public Library - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Worcester Talking Book Library at Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square
Worcester, MA 01608-2074
(508) 799-1730 (Local)
(508) 799-1656 (Fax)
(800) 762-0085 (Toll-Free)
(508) 799-1724 (TDD/TTY)
talkbook@mywpl.org
http://talkingbook.mywpl.org

Brief Description

The Worcester Talking Book Library provides free services to Massachusetts residents of any age who are unable to read traditional print materials due to a visual or physical disability.

This is a Massachusetts subregional library of the Library of Congress NLS/BPH network.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Sat. 9:00 AM-5:30 PM; Sun. 1:30-5:30 PM (October-April)
Clients served on average per year: 24,000
Number of staff: 5
Staff description: Two professional librarians. Three paraprofessionals.
Geographic area served: Massachusetts
Publications: Quarterly newsletter.

Staff

James Izatt, Librarian, jizatt@mywpl.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Library Services
    • Loans recorded reading materials (digital and analog)and the necessary playback equipment, as well as large-print books, print/braille books and described DVDs and videos to eligible individuals who are unable to read print books or manage standard videos due to a disability.

Services for Children

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Outreach Librarian available for presentations about Talking Book Library services. We participate at senior health care events.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral related to vision impairment services and resources.
  • Library Services
    • Provides recorded books, large print books, print/braille books, audio-described videos.
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