Talking Book ItemsThe Philomatheon Society of the Blind is the sub- lending agency for the Talking Book Program which serves five counties and over 1,500 patrons.

The Talking Book Program is a government program that is ran by The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, part of the Library of Congress, which produces these recorded and braille books and magazines and all the equipment needed for listening.

People with visual or physical handicaps can still enjoy reading through
The Talking Book Program Talking books are available on loan to eligible
readers across the country. The Philomatheon Society serves the counties of
Stark, Tuscarawas, Harrison, Holmes and Carroll counties.

Talking Books and magazines are narrated by professionals and produced on digital cartridges.  Our society loans the digital  player to the eligible patron and the books come from The Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled(OLBPD) at The Cleveland Public Library.

The talking-book program serves readers of all ages. Older adults are a big part of that group. Of the 30 million Americans over sixty-five, many are temporarily or permanently unable to read standard print due to visual loss.

What kinds of books can I get?
More than 67,000 biographies, bestsellers classics , mysteries, romances , westerns, poetry books, histories, children’s and how-to books are available. Music materials, bibliographies, catalogs, and some foreign-language titles are also circulated to eligible readers. Titles on health and fitness for seniors as well as books on retirement activities and the rights of older adults may also be borrowed.

How do I get them?
Your books will come directly from The Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at the Cleveland Public Library on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. You can participate directly from your home by postage-free mail. Books and equipment are all loaned free, and you will also receive a free bimonthly catalog of new titles. You can choose your own books or let the library pick for you.

How do I apply?  Call our office at (330)-453-9157 for more information or contact the State Library of Ohio (Columbus) 614-644-6895 or 800-686-1531, or The Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled (Cleveland)216-623-2911 or 800-362-1261