Kansas Talking Books Program to Administer NFB-NEWSLINE® Service

By Trish Svoboda

The State Library of Kansas and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) announced a collaboration where the Kansas Talking Books program will administer the NFB-NEWSLINE® service in Kansas.

NFB-NEWSLINE® offers free access to over 500 publications, including newspapers, magazines, TV listings, job listings, and breaking news sources, in audio and Braille formats. The Kansas Talking Books program provides free library services to visually or physically impaired Kansans, offering books and magazines in audio and Braille formats, as well as playback equipment.

With NFB-NEWSLINE® added to its services, patrons can access current information through touch-tone telephone, website, iOS mobile app, Amazon Alexa smart speakers, and other compatible devices.

Ray C. Walling, the State Librarian of Kansas, said: “We are delighted to partner with the National Federation of the Blind to offer NFB-NEWSLINE® to our Kansas Talking Books patrons. This service will enhance their access to information and entertainment, and empower them to live the lives they want.”

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