TALKING BOOK PROGRAM
ONE BOOK, MANY FORMATS*
With digital electronic books, the Talking Book Program can expand horizons for
people with visual or physical limitations. In addition to talking and braille books,
resources include online large print, audio books, animated audio books, read-a-long
books and downloadable braille.
Illinois Network of Talking Book Centers
Information about the Talking Book Program is available at these Talking Book Centers:
Illinois State Library
Talking Book and Braille Service
401 E.Washington St.
Springfield, IL 62701
800-665-5576 (opt. 5)
braille_service/home.html or www.ilph.org
Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center
400 S. State St., 5N
Chicago, IL 60605
Voices of Vision Talking Book Center
DuPage Library System
127 S. First St.
Geneva, IL 60134
Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center
Alliance Library System
600 High Point Ln.
East Peoria, IL 61611
Southern Illinois Talking Book Center
Shawnee Library System
607 S. Greenbriar Rd.
Carterville, IL 62918
*This document is available in alternative formats upon request.
More Book Formats
New technologies are expanding access to books and reading materials. To
introduce several of these new technologies to our readers, the Illinois
Network of Talking Book Centers offers the following services:
• Tumblebooks — Includes Tumble Readables for Children (animated
audiobooks); Tumble Large Print Library (collection of large print
electronic books); and Tumble Talking Books (online, 24/7 audio book
library that includes unabridged audio versions of classic American and
world literature.) For more information, visit the Illinois KidsZone Web site
• Playaway — Self-contained digital audio book playback device
manufactured by Playaway. This portable device is the size of a deck of
cards and used with earbuds. A small collection of fiction and non-fiction
titles are available.
• Lobelibrary — Commercial audiobooks available on loan on a small MP3
player called the Otis or Muvo. For more information, visit
The Talking Book Program is a tax-supported, free library service
cosponsored by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped and the Illinois State Library, Talking Book and Braille
Jesse White • Secretary of State and State Librarian
Printed by authority of the State of Illinois. June 2007 — 2M — LDA 125