Also housed in the AIRCB, is the Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, part of a national network of libraries administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). The Subregional Library serves eligible patrons in Talladega, St. Clair and Calhoun counties and circulates audio and Braille books via “free matter for the blind” postage free mail. Novels, nonfiction, magazines, and other recreational reading materials are produced on digital cartridges by NLS and patrons are issued a digital audio book player to play their audio books. In addition to Braille and audio books, the Subregional Library has over 700 descriptive home videos and DVDs for loan such as Fatal Attraction, Tooth Fairy, Toy Story and The Bounty Hunter. Descriptive videos are regular, commercial films which have been adapted with special narration which describes the action for people who visual impairments. As a descriptive video plays, it describes the visual elements of action, characters, locations, costumes and sets to the viewer without interfering with the movie’s dialogue or sound effects.
Patrons of the Subregional Library may also download digital audio books and magazines through the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service and the BARD Mobile App on iOS devices. To learn more about this free network of library programs available to persons who are unable to use standard printed materials because of a visual, physical or reading disability, go to www.loc.gov/nls.