WINTERS - Joyce Carbery is a voracious reader - and she always has been.

WINTERS - Joyce Carbery is a voracious reader - and she always has been.

“I read about 200 books a year,” she recalled. “I lived almost everyone of them.”

It is no wonder that she was dismayed when she began having vision problems and reading became difficult for her.

Carbery, who works at the Winters Public Library doing the programs, found the solution after going to work there two years ago - the Talking Book Program.

The Talking Book Program (TBP) provides free library services to qualifying Texans with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. TBP is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a program administered by the Library of Congress. The TBP collection consists of more than 100,000 titles, including hundreds of titles in Spanish, and some in French, German, Russian, and other languages.

Carbery uses the service and she wants everyone to know it is available at the Winters library. She says the Talking Book Program has been a godsend and she wants others who are impaired to know that they can sign up for the service at the library.

“I’ve listened to more books than I would have ever read,” Carbery said.

Two weeks ago, Kenneth and Nancy Thompson of Winters signed up for the service, which includes a player and a tapes with the books recorded on them. There is also a catalog of books to order.

“They signed up and are enjoying the service,” Carbery said. “”This program is free to the public and there is a demo and applications available at the library.”

Jaqueline Owusu, is the representative for the program who visited Winters last year.

“The books are available in all genres and age ranges,” Owusu said.

Carbery said she is currently reading or listening to “American Sniper.”

“This service has been fantastic for me,” Carbery said. “It helps me to continue to read the books I’ve always loved.”

Once the book selections are made, it takes three to four days for the client to receive them. Plus they are sent with return mailing addresses so the tapes can easily returned.

“It is a great program,” Owusu said. “There is something for everyone to enjoy. We are all about promoting literacy.”

For more information on the Talking Book Program, visit the Winters Public Library or call Joyce at 325-754-4251 or contact the Texas State Library Archives at 1-800-252-9605.