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Talking Books Talk provides news and updates about the Kansas Talking Books Service (KTBS). Talking Books staff will highlight relevant announcements from KTBS and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

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Mar 06

2023 Kansas Talking Boooks Week Governor's Proclamation

Posted on March 6, 2023 at 8:12 AM by Michael Lang


WHEREAS, the Kansas Talking Book Division of the State Library of Kansas is taking part in a week-long celebration marking the beginning of free library services for the blind; and
WHEREAS, the enactment of the Pratt-Smoot Act on March 3, 1931, established free library services for blind adults under the administration of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) in the Library of Congress; and
WHEREAS, Kansas Talking Books provides materials and supportive services to blind and print disabled Kansans; and 
WHEREAS, these print impaired individuals may participate in enriching programs and activities connecting patrons to a collection of more than 140,000 items; and 


WHEREAS these print disabled patrons may choose from materials ranging from digital books to Braille materials, descriptive videos to popular magazines; and
WHEREAS, with the cooperation of the U.S. Postal Service, participants receive these materials through the mail free of charge:
NOW THEREFORE, I, Laura Kelly, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim March 6th – 10th, 2023, as Kansas Talking Books Week and urge all citizens to join in the celebration of this free library service for Kansas residents who are unable to read or use standard printed materials due to visual impairment, physical impairment, reading and/or other print disabilities.