Announcements and Notices

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The Many Faces of BARD

Next month’s The Many Faces of BARD program will be presented in Spanish and led by Juana Gonzalez and Yanci Munoz, who are reader advisors at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, CA. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, October 13, and will last for one hour.

The session will begin with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions related to the presentation or to BARD usage in general. Since the entire program will be presented in Spanish, we request that questions also be posed in Spanish.

El programa The Many Faces of BARD del próximo mes se presentará en español y será dirigido por Juana González y Yanci Muñoz, quienes son asesores de lectura en el Instituto Braille en Los Ángeles, CA. El programa comenzará a las 7:00 p.m. hora del este el jueves 13 de octubre y tendrá una duración de una hora.

La sesión comenzará con una breve presentación. El resto del tiempo se dedicará a responder preguntas relacionadas con la presentación o con el uso de BARD en general. Dado que todo el programa se presentará en español, solicitamos que las preguntas también se planteen en español.

La sesión se puede unir yendo a en una computadora o llamando al 1-669-254-5252. A continuación se presenta la información completa de la invitación a Zoom. Para llamar a una sesión, los participantes deben usar los números de teléfono proporcionados aquí para en lugar de los números de teléfono regulares de Zoom.

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Inmediatamente después de conectarse los participantes serán invitados a una “sala de espera virtual” hasta que la sesión comience. Cuando usted entre al espacio de la reunión, todos estarán con los micrófonos apagados, y deben permanecer así a menos que las moderadoras los inviten a hablar. En ese momento usted puede activar su micrófono presionando Alt-A en su computados o presionando * + 6 si está en su teléfono.
Las presentaciones de Las Muchas Caras de BARD (The Many Faces of BARD) son grabadas. Si algún participante no quiere ser grabado, debería abstenerse de hablar.

NLS Quarterly Patron Corner: Narration: the Art of Telling the Story

Due to last-minute technical difficulties, the Monday, September 12, Quarterly Patron Corner meeting was postponed. That meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, September 19, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The topic for this session is Narration: The Art of Telling the Story. The guest speakers will include Celeste Lawson, narrator and head of the NLS Media Lab. Other NLS narrators will join her on the panel. The session will run for 90 minutes.

Bring your questions and your thoughts about audio narration and join us. Note that the Zoom link has been updated. The full, new Zoom invitation, including call-in numbers, for the rescheduled Patron Corner is included below.
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Summer Reading Extended out until August 15!

Due to some late signups and increased interest in the program, we are delighted to announce that we are extending the program for another two weeks!

You can look forward to having more time to complete the first few weeks’ worth of activities and books OR stay tuned for some new activities and book selections for the final weeks!

Don’t forget to email in your book count and pictures of activities you complete!

Maureen the Librarian!

NLS launches quarterly Patron Corner programming

On June 13, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the Patron Engagement Section at the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress will hold the first event as part of their Patron Corner programming. Each quarterly program will provide an opportunity for patrons to learn more about various services directly from NLS staff. The program will be interactive, last for one hour, and have a designated topic of discussion. The topic for the June 13 session is Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Collection Selection, but Did Not Have the Vehicle to Ask. Our guests will be members of the Collections Division at NLS who are responsible for selecting the books in the NLS collection. Bring your questions and your thoughts about the NLS collection and join us at The full Zoom invitation, including call-in numbers, is included below.

When you join this Zoom event, you will be in the waiting room until the program starts. When you enter the room, your phone or computer will be muted. Please stay on mute unless you are called on. If you want to ask a question, you may raise your hand by pressing Alt Y on your computer or Star 9 on your phone. Once you are called on, press Alt A on your computer or Star 6 on your phone to unmute yourself. Finally, this meeting will be recorded. If you do not wish to be recorded, we ask that you avoid speaking during the session.

NLS discontinuing large-print publications

Due to the ongoing worldwide paper shortage and significant increases in printing costs, NLS has made the difficult decision to cease production of all large-print serialized publications. These publications – Talking Book Topics (TBT), Braille Book Review (BBR), and Musical Mainstream (MM) – will continue to be available in all other forms in which they are currently produced.

TBT will remain available in HTML and PDF at and in audio from BARD, BARD Mobile, or by mail as a magazine on cartridge subscription and as a digital book. BBR will remain available in hardcopy braille, ebraille from BARD or BARD Mobile, and HTML at

To subscribe to BBR in hardcopy braille, or to TBT on audio cartridge, please contact your reader advisor, at the library that services your account.

To view both new issues and back issues of BBR in HTML, please visit the NLS website at To subscribe to BBR in ebraille, visit BARD, the Braille and Audio Reading Download service, or BARD Mobile. Back issues of BBR are also available through BARD.

MM will continue to be available in braille, ebraille, and in audio available to subscribers on cartridge and on BARD.

If you have not signed up already for a free BARD account, visit for instructions on how to enroll.

Getting Help Downloading

Technology is wonderful when it works. However, when something goes wrong, sometimes it can seem as though it takes forever to get the right help.

Email for immediate help straight from the experts. Be sure to include the email address you use for BARD/BARD Express and specific details about what device you are using, and what error messages you are getting. You cannot give too much information!

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