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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NLS - That All May Read

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) has launched a new outreach campaign called "That All May Read". This campaign is intended to provide information about the NLS's free service to those with a visual or physically disability that prohibits them from reading standard or large print. For this campaign they seem to be highlighting the availability of electronic resources, specifically the BARD database and BARD Mobile app. Currently the BARD Mobile app is only available on Apple devices. An app for Android devices is currently in the testing phase and may be released very soon.

Here is a link to the website:

Here is a link to the Facebook page:


Friday, March 27, 2015

Step Up For Students Special Needs Scholarship

Step Up For Students is a state organization that seeks to alleviate educational challenges to students in Florida who live in or near poverty or have special needs. In order to assist the families/care givers of such students Step Up For Students offers scholarships.

For students with special needs they offer a Personal Learning Scholarship Account Program (PLSA) that can assist in the financing of specialized programs and approved providers; adaptive technology and, even, college savings accounts. With this money parents/caregivers of students with special needs can purchase things like tablet PCs, Braille displays, screen magnifiers, voice recognition programs, etc. The acquisition of such adaptive technology devices and programs can then allow the student to use apps like BARD Mobile, Learning Ally and other educational apps provided by the Jacksonville Public Library.

For more information visit their website:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Library links for 2015 Tools for Success Conference

Chris Eaton (Talking Books / Special Needs Librarian) and Susan Mankowski (Early Childhood Specialist) will be presenting a workshop session called "The Library: A User’s Guide" at the 2015 Tools for Success Conference on Thursday, February 26th. Below are links to the library resources that we will be featuring:

JPL Talking Books Library:
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Talking Books program:

Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD):
BARD Mobile app:

Jacksonville Public Library homepage: -or-

Jacksonville Public Library online catalog:

Boopsie for Libraries app:


Tumblebooks Library:

Traveling Tales:


Gale Databases: