About Talking Books Services @ CRRL
The Library of Congress provides free reading materials to anyone who qualifies so That All May Read. Our Assistive Services Department in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Fredericksburg houses the Talking Book Library. Its books and audio players are supplied by the Library of Congress.
Anyone in the Talking Book Library's service area (City of Fredericksburg and Caroline, Culpeper, Fauquier, King George, Orange, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland counties) who is unable to read or use standard print materials due to temporary or permanent visual impairment, physical disability, or dyslexia may be eligible for the Talking Books service. Individuals and institutions who are eligible may borrow a free player as long as it is needed and receive free talking books.
To apply, simply print off the application above, fill it out, and have a professional fill out the certification section. Then mail it back to the Subregional Library (Access Services) at:
125 Olde Greenwich Dr
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
540-372-1144, ext. 7054
You can also read our newsletters, Sightlines, for book recommendations and news of specific interest to our Assistive Services patrons.
Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)
If you already have a Talking Books account, you can also sign up for BARD. BARD is a program offered by the National Library Service. This free program allows patrons to download talking books from an extensive collection of titles. Learn more here.
A small boy found a jersey with a lightning bolt on the front hanging in the basement rafters. With this jersey, he was transformed into The Thunderbolt Kid. Like other superheroes, The Thunderbolt Kid could leap tall buildings with a single bound and do other daring deeds that kept the World Safe For Democracy. But The Thunderbolt Kid could also vanquish idiots with a single blazing thought.
Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the century (1951), in the middle of the country (Des Moines, Iowa), in the middle of the Baby Boomers. But before he was The Thunderbolt Kid, Bill Bryson was – a paperboy.
Bryson has also written many seriously funny travel memoirs. A Walk in the Woods is a personal favorite, but all of his works are enjoyable. In a Sunburned Country has Bryson traveling to Australia, a country that “has more things that will kill you than anywhere else,” and I’m a Stranger Here Myself, where Bryson returns to America after living in Europe for 20 years.