Talking Book Library

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Address:
Pinellas Talking Book Library
1330 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755-5103

Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm and closed weekends and holidays.

Telephone Numbers:
Phone: (727) 441-9958
Toll-free: (866) 619-9568 (From 941 area code only)

For more information, please contact our staff. We provide reader advisory services, interact with the public to locate and process requests, and will answer questions regarding patron enrollment.

Email:
talkingbooks@pplc.us

Donations

To make a donation to the Pinellas Talking Book Library, please click on the PayPal link below:

You may also donate by check or money order, payable to "Pinellas Talking Book Library"
1330 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
Tax ID: 59-2994993

Program Description

The Pinellas Talking Book Library is a free service to residents of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or learning disabilities, whether permanent or temporary.  The Pinellas Talking Book Library provides recorded audio, Braille and large print books and magazines, as well as a collection of descriptive videos to residents of Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

The Pinellas Talking Book Library is administered locally through the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative.

Through a partnership with the National Library Service (NLS) and the Library of Congress, books and magazines in audio formats and Braille, plus compatible playback equipment are loaned free of charge. All materials are sent and returned via the United States Postal Service with postage-free mail. The library collection has thousands of titles to choose from in fiction and non-fiction, pre-school to adult.  Learn more about NLS.

Mission

Everyone has a right to accessible library services. The Pinellas Talking Book Library circulates free accessible audio and braille reading material to those Pinellas and Sarasota County residents with a visual or print disability, as well as performs robust outreach to those in need, provides high quality customer service, conducts reader advisory, and serves as an informational resource so patrons may live full and independent lives through access to information and library materials.

Through distinguished and dignified service, those who see differently will have equitable access to information and literature.

History

The Pinellas Talking Book Library (TBL) was first administered and housed through PPLC in 1992 and opened to public in May 1993. Today, through a partnership with the National Library Service (NLS) and the Library of Congress, TBL serves eligible Pinellas County residents at no cost to the local community. In 2008, a contractual agreement was established for TBL to provide services to eligible Sarasota County residents as well.

Services

The following brief tips should add to your enjoyment of talking books and make it easier for staff to serve you effectively.

  • Please direct all requests for books and magazines to the Pinellas Talking Book Library. The return address listed on the back of your bimonthly Talking Book Topics catalog is for a national distribution center that does not handle client services.
  • Keep the library informed of any address changes or if you desire to stop or resume the mailing of books.
  • If a digital cartridge malfunctions, check the “Damaged” box on the back of the return mail label in the upper left-hand corner.
  • Do not put notes or requests in a returned book. To ensure that we receive communications, mail notes and requests in their own envelope or call the library directly.

 

Book Discussions

Because of the pandemic, book discussions are being held online.  Check our website regularly for upcoming discussions.

Normally, book discussions are held monthly. The in-person meetings are on the first Thursday of each month from 10am-11:30am and are held at:

The Lighthouse of Pinellas
6925 112th Circle North, Suite 103
Largo, FL 33773.