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Give the gift of talking books
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[DEC. 7, 2004]  Do you have a friend or relative who finds it difficult to read regular print? Give them the gift of talking books this Christmas! It is a wonderful gift and entirely free to you and your friend or relative. Talking books are audio books and magazines on cassette tape, a free library service for anyone who cannot read regular print because of visual, physical or learning challenges. This can include individuals who are blind, those who have diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration, those who have arthritis and cannot hold a book, and individuals who have a learning disability.

To sign up for the program, call the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center at 1 (800) 426-0709 or your local public library for an application. Fill out the application and return it to the talking book center. When the application is received at the center, an adviser will call the reader to find out what kinds of books the reader likes and to tell more about the program. A free playback machine, books and catalogs are sent through the mail to the reader.

There are over 60,000 titles to choose from, including best sellers, mysteries, Westerns, biographies, romance and nonfiction. There are magazine titles, old-time radio shows and descriptive movies. The program is tailored to each reader. Readers can have as few or as many books as they like at a time.

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The program is a state and national program and is funded through the Illinois State Library, a division of the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

Centers are located in East Peoria and Quincy, but staff members provide service for residents of 60 counties in central and northwestern Illinois. For more information, call 1 (800) 426-0709 or your local public library or visit

Give the gift of talking books this Christmas to someone who loves to read but who can no longer read regular print.

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