News Article

3/31/2014

Audio & Braille Books through the Imagination Library

 

Did you know that resources are available for young blind and visually impaired children through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL)?   The Imagination Library has partnered with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to make many of the books in this program, available in braille and audio format. The goal of this initiative is to ensure that young blind and visually impaired children can also benefit from these wonderful children's books.

As of now, thanks to a collaborative effort between DPIL, APH and Penguin Group, USA, an ever expanding collection of titles will be available as free downloadable children's audio books and for those who prefer, there will be many titles available in braille from APH. These will be offered free-of-charge to eligible families and may be purchased at a low cost by all others. 

Through this partnership, the following resources are currently available: 

  • Audio Books

Thanks to the APH/Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Partnership and the support of Penguin Group USA, the Accessible Books website offers a growing collection of audio files of Imagination Library books available as free downloads. (Note: These downloads require a NLS digital player.)

  • Print/Braille Books

Selected Imagination Library books are also available free-of-charge in print/braille format. By enrolling in the Partners Print/Braille Book Program, participating families receive six free print/braille books each year until the child reaches his/her 6th birthday. To be eligible for the program, you or your child must meet the definition of blindness.

At the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, we support and strengthen Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program in Tennessee through fundraising, partnerships, & resource development. As a part of our work to ensure that all children ages 0 to 5 in Tennessee receive high quality, age appropriate books in their homes, we are committed to spreading the word about this new initiative for blind and visually impaired children. We see this partnership as an integral part of our program and want to make sure that all eligible children receive these resources. 

To learn more about this partnership and the resources available, please visit http://www.aph.org/dolly-partons-imagination-library/.   Should you have any questions, please contact Sydney K. Shearer at Sydney.shearer@tn.gov.

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