OTBS

Oakland Talking Books Service @ RHPL
Rochester Hills Public Library - 500 Olde Towne Rd, Rochester, MI 48307
Call us at (248) 650-7150 or (800) 774-4542

OTBS Book Discussion Groups

You are invited to join this group of OTBS patrons for a stimulating discussion of some great books.  The book discussions are held at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Pontiac from 1-3pm.. The Church is conveniently located at 517 W. Walton Blvd. and is accessible by the SMART bus system. For more information on the group, please call OTBS at 248-650-7150.

 

April 3, 2017    Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh    DB 74148
1-3pm  Good Samaritan Church

Virtual Book Group Is Only a Phone Call Away

If you prefer not to travel, we are happy to offer a virtual book group that requires only a phone call.  Every month, the group will discuss books via conference call.  To learn more about this group, please contact Michelle at 248-650-5681.

April 12, 2017     Born a Crime: stories from a South African Childhood by Noah Trevor     DB 86608
1:30-3pm

 Computer Club - Marsha Katona will introduce and assist OTBS customers with technology and services available to them through NLS and other organizations. Please call 248-650-5682 to register for the session of your choice.

Day and Time Dates Topic
Tuesday, 10:30am-11:30am March. 14  BARD downloads
Wednesday, 1:30pm-2:30pm March 22 BARD downloads 

RHPL Services

In addition to the collections to which we provide access, the OTBS@RHPL offers a variety of services. For more information on the services provided by RHPL to all, take a look at the Services page at www.rhpl.org

Large Print Books by Mail

All OTBS@RHPL customers have the option of selecting titles from the Rochester Hills Public Library’s entire Large Print collection to be mailed to you at home for free. That’s over 10,000 youth, teen, and adult titles for you to choose from!

Large Print books will be sent free through the mail just as other OTBS@RHPL materials, except they will arrive in a zippered mailbag. These zippered bags will have a mailing label on one side. Just like with the cassette and digital books, you simply flip the address label over and slip it back into its sleeve to return your Large Print books.

You are required to have an RHPL card account, since these books will be coming from the RHPL’s collection (and not the OTBS collection). As a member of the OTBS@RHPL, you are eligible for an RHPL card at no charge as long as you remain a resident of Oakland County. If you already have one, call (248) 650-7150 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up the service, then begin requesting Large Print books. Please check our catalog to search for specific books or view all of our large print titles. You can also browse the large print titles specifically for children.

Magnifiers

A variety of handheld and stand magnifiers as well as a closed-circuit television (CCTV) that plugs into your own television are all available for checkout. You can search for the magnifiers in the library catalog by typing low vision aid.

Other Services

If you qualify for OTBS service, you are also eligible the following free services!

Bibles:Aurora Ministries provides Old & New Testament Bibles on MP3 CD's, Digital Talking Book Cartridges or through their Online Download Library to sight-impaired and print-handicapped persons. For more information, and to apply to receive materials, visit the website or phone: 941-748-3031

Bookshare®: offers approximately 90,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools, and is currently free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S.Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more information and to apply for service, visit the Bookshare website or phone: 650-352-0198.

Braille & Talking Books for Students: For answers to frequently asked questions about Braille, talking books, and other resources for students with disabilities in Michigan, check out Braille & Talking Books for Students: A Primer for Schools & Parents.

Learning Ally (Formerly "Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic®") works with leading publishers and technology innovators to bring accessible materials to individuals with visual and learning disabilities.Available in every grade level and most subjects, Learning Ally's textbook and literature titles are used nationwide. In addition to the classics, Learning Ally's digital library provides current editions of state adopted texts ensuring students learn from the same versions as their classmates." For more information and to apply for service, visit the Learning Allywebsite. Phone: 800-221-4792

NFB Newsline: Anyone who cannot read standard print can subscribe to the National Federation of the Blind Newsline service which provides audio access to over 300 publications, including some in Spanish. By using a touch-tone phone, content of newspapers and magazines can be heard 24-hours a day, 7 days a week via the use of a toll-free phone number. This site will provide you with the appropriate toll-free number based upon your home telephone number.For more information and to apply for NFB Newsline service, visit the NFB Newsline website, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Phone: 410-659-9314.