[NFBC-Info] Fwd: BTBL Service Update 1-8-21

Shannon Dillon shannonldillon at gmail.com
Thu Jan 14 20:37:04 UTC 2021

Hi everyone,

Please see the below service update from the Braille and Talking Book Library.

Thank you.


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From: Braille & Talking Book Library <btbl at library.ca.gov>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 19:41:35 +0000
Subject: BTBL Service Update 1-8-21
To: Shannon <shannonldillon at gmail.com>


** January 8, 2021

As of Friday, January 8, 2021, through at least January 31, 2021, the
Braille and Talking Book Library will continue its temporary
suspension, begun December 7, 2020, of circulating braille and talking
books, descriptive DVDs, and talking book machines to our patrons.
This is in response to recommendations and Regional Stay at Home
Orders made by the California Department of Public Health and as a
precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). BTBL
staff will be teleworking and unable to send out materials through the
U.S. Postal Service.

Patrons may contact us by email with book requests, and we will
continue to facilitate limited physical book circulation assistance
from our NLS Multi-State Center West facility in Utah.

At their discretion, patrons may continue to return checked out
library materials in their possession as we will be able to receive
and quarantine incoming mail on a weekly basis.

Whenever possible, BTBL staff will continue to process new
applications for library service. The Braille and Audio Reading
Download service known as BARD is available and we are processing new
BARD applications. We urge you to register for BARD, where you can get
all the books you want without receiving physical items in the mail.
BARD has been improved in the last few years, and is easier to use
than ever--especially BARD Mobile, which allows you to listen to books
on your smartphone or tablet. To register for BARD, please visit

As before, we are unable to resume normal telephone service. We hope
to facilitate full telephone service as soon as possible, and in the
meantime we are still available through email at btbl at library.ca.gov
(mailto:btbl at library.ca.gov) .

Please be patient with us during this unexpected situation.

Thank you,
California Braille & Talking Book Library Staff
mailto:btbl at library.ca.gov


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