Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library, Blind & Handicapped Services
The Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library, Blind and Handicapped Services in West Virginia provides free library services through the Talking Books Library to anyone who is unable to use standard print materials because of a reading disability or other visual or physical impairment. Books on Digital Cartridge are the most frequently requested service, and they are provided through the mail free of charge. These recorded books are played on a special machine that is furnished to eligible patrons by the West Virginia Library Commission. There are more than 11,000 titles available at the Emerson Library, appealing to a wide range of reading interests. Individuals who qualify for the program also have access to over 40 popular and special interest magazines, including People, Money, Sports Illustrated, and Consumer Reports. These magazines are produced on digital cartridge and delivered through the mail. In addition, patrons also have access to NFB-NEWSLINE, a free electronic service that gives any blind, visually impaired, or print-disabled person access to newspapers, magazines, and TV listings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using a touch-tone telephone, on the Web, or by download to a digital talking-book player or MP3-playing device. Newsline, a talking newspaper service offered through the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia, may be accessed by patrons who registered with this National Library Service.