When Art is using the Talking Book Service, he’s where he belongs.

I believe that the services the library provides for the blind are important because it helps to level the playing field in terms of general education and self-learning. It also helps foster the importance of braille literacy which is so critical for our blind youth of today to know if they are to compete competitively in today’s workforce.

Through the advancements of modern technology, many blind adult and youth now have the ability to read books and magazines not only in braille, but through the Talking Book program which provides digital audio books. I feel strongly about this because, now as an adult, I have come to the realization that without the early training and development of braille reading with the help of the Library for the Blind, I would not have been able to reach the level of success that I have acquired for myself as a blind individual.

On a more personal note, use of programs like the Talking Book service, is a great way for me to power down after a long and stressful day and allows me to keep up with the current titles by my favorite authors.

– Art

Thank you, Art, for telling your story!

Favorite author

Cover of book Cross by James Patterson

Read the entire Alex Cross series
James Patterson

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What are you doing when you are where you belong?

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In state observance of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Day, most public libraries will be closed on Monday, March 27, 2023.  Oahu libraries that are normally open on Sundays will be closed to observe the holiday on March 26th and be open on Monday, March 27th. Libraries that are normally closed on Mondays will observe the holiday and be closed on Tuesday, March 28th.