Great Lakes Talking Books
A free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, a reading disability, or a physical disability that prevents reading or holding the printed page.
All counties of the Upper Peninsula along with Alpena and Crawford County in the Lower Peninsula. Not in our service area? Find your library at https://www.michigan.gov/leo/bureaus-agencies/bureau-of-services-for-blind-persons/btbl/contact-the-btbl-network-libraries.
Individuals (all ages) are eligible for service provided they meet any of the following criteria: are blind or have a visual impairment that makes them unable to comfortably read print books, have a perceptual or reading disability, or have a physical disability that makes it hard to hold or manipulate a book or to focus or move the eyes as needed to read a print book.
Who can certify this application?
Doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, ophthalmologists, optometrists, psychologists, registered nurses, and therapists. Professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public/welfare agencies including educators, social workers, case workers, counselors, rehabilitation teachers, reading specialists, school psychologists, superintendents, librarians, and paraprofessional library staff.
To be completed by the certifying authority.
I certify that this applicant is eligible for NLS services.
Primary disability preventing the applicant from reading printed material.
Certifying Authority Signature
Street Address Line 2
Certifier Zip Code
Certifier Phone Number
Preference in lending of books and equipment is given to veterans.
for Veterans who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces.
If this application is for a school, please list eligible students and their qualifying disabilities in the text box below.
Student names and their qualifying disabilities.
Note to Institutions: Is the purpose of this application to enroll an institution and not an individual? If so, please enter the institution name in the the last name field and enter the institutional contact (for example, activities directors, social services staff, or administrators) in the alternate contact section.
Apt, Suite, Unit or Trailer
example: Marquette, Ontonagon, Dickinson, or Alpena
Year of Birth
We don't need the birth date, just the year.
Who should we contact if the applicant can't be reached? Note to Institutions: Is the purpose of this application to enroll an institution and not an individual? If so, please enter the contact information for the activities director, social services staff, or administrator in the alternate contact field.
Would the applicant prefer to download books and magazines using a device or receive a player and cartridges by mail? The applicant can do both, if they'd like.
The applicant will download books.
Send books and player by mail.
Send print braille books.
Talking Book Topics
Bi-monthly audio magazine describing new books.
Braille Book Review
Print braille magazine describing new books.
Example: Grades 4 and 5.
Send only the applicant's specific requests.
Send applicant requests and select books for them too.
Subjects: Check all that apply.
Regional Interest (Michigan)
Examples: John Grisham, Harry Potter Series, etc.
Exclusions - Do Not Send
No Strong Language
No Explicit Sex
Some Strong Language, Violence, and Sex is ok.
Send anything. If they don't like it, they'll skip it.
Check all that apply
The applicant is interested to receive magazines.
The applicant is interested to receive music scores and music instruction and appreciation materials.
How did the applicant hear about us?
Vocational Rehabilitation Center
Other Health Care Professional
Friend / Family
Consumer / Support Group
Event / Expo
Other Ad (please specify below)
Internet / Social Media (please specify below)
Other ( please specify below)
Specify the ad, internet, or other source:
1-800-562-8985, Ext. 0, 1-906-228-7697, Ext. 0, or email@example.com.
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