Old Bridge Library accommodates visual, physical and reading impairments

OLD BRIDGE – The Old Bridge Public Library has partnered with The New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC) to serve patrons whose ability to read may be affected by a physical or visual impairment or a reading disability.

Anyone who cannot read standard print or hold or turn pages of a book may be eligible for services of TBBC’s Outspoken Library program, which include audiobooks and players, Braille books, access to downloadable audiobooks, magazines in Braille, and the 24/7 audio news reading services, Audiovision and Newsline, according to a statement prepared by the library.

“We are happy to work with the TBBC to make these innovative services available to so many residents,” Library Director Nancy Cohen said. “TBBC’s resources allow access to thousands of books, magazines and news sources that can greatly enhance the quality of life for those with visual or physical limitations.”

Patrons interested in any services should contact the library for information about eligibility, to obtain an application, and/or to listen to a demonstration of the audiobook players.

Librarians are able to issue a certification of eligibility to those patrons with visual impairment or physical handicap. Patrons with reading disabilities must receive certification from medical doctors or doctors of osteopathy.

The library is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Route 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center. For more information, visit www.oldbridgelibrary.org or call 732-721-5600, ext. 5033.

The satellite Laurence Harbor branch is located at 277 Shoreland Circle. Call 732-566-2227.