NLS Programs

List of programs offered by The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). Each of the section header is a link to the NLS webpage that will provide additional information about that program.

Patron Corner

Presented the second Monday of the third month of the quarter at 7:00 pm Eastern Time (5:00 pm Mountain Time), shares specific information of interest to patrons regarding an announced topic. More information, along with recordings of previous events, is available on the NLS website: NLS Patron Services and Events page

  • June 10, 2024: - NLS Summer Reading: Another Bridge for Literacy for Children Who Are Blind or Low Vision. A recording will be available at: NLS Patron Services and Events page

Many Faces of BARD

This program will occur on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm Eastern Time (5:00 pm Mountain Time). It will last for one hour and will cover one aspect of BARD (the Braille and Audio Reading Download) usage. Each program will start with a brief presentation. The remainder of the time will be spent answering questions about the presentation or other questions related to BARD usage. NLS will announce the topic for the next presentation at the end of each program. More information, along with recordings of previous programs, is available on the NLS website: NLS Patron Services and Events Page

  • July 11, 2024: Open Forum. Join the NLS Tech Support team to get your BARD questions answered. The program will begin at 7:00 pm Eastern Time (5:00 pm Mountain Time) and last for one hour. This program will be recorded. The Zoom link is available on the NLS Patron Services and Events Page

Braille-on-Demand

As part of its braille modernization initiative, NLS launched the Braille-on-Demand pilot. This project allows active NLS patrons to request and receive up to five hard-copy braille title per month, which they can retain for their personal use.

Braille titles will be limited to books that are currently available on BARD, the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download service. Requests are limited to one book per patron per month. Only complete titles will be distributed. Requests for partial titles (for example, volume one of a three-volume book) will result in receiving the entire book.

The form to request a braille-on-demand book can be found linked from https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLSbrailleondemand. Patrons may complete the form themselves or contact CTBL for assistance.