Don't Defund Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired in Idaho Libraries

Don't Defund Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired in Idaho Libraries

Our partners at the Idaho Library Association need your help today to restore state funding for the “Talking Book Service” to help blind and visually impaired people across the state have access to large print books, audio books, and adaptive technology. Talking Books not only helps people with low vision have access to reading, Talking Books are also critical to educating children with organic learning disabilities as well. The state library runs this important program, but it does not receive any funding from the state budget to do it. So the Idaho Commission for Libraries has made a small request ...

Our partners at the Idaho Library Association need your help today to restore state funding for the “Talking Book Service” to help blind and visually impaired people across the state have access to large print books, audio books, and adaptive technology. Talking Books not only helps people with low vision have access to reading, Talking Books are also critical to educating children with organic learning disabilities as well. The state library runs this important program, but it does not receive any funding from the state budget to do it. So the Idaho Commission for Libraries has made a small request their FY 2019 budget that the state legislature could fund today. But only if they hear from enough people across Idaho!

Please take a moment and use the email form here to contact the members of JFAC - the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee - to ask them to fund the Talking Book Service in the Idaho state budget. If you have a personal connection to Talking Books, please share it too. Or if you simply care, like we do, that everyone who needs it should have access to this life changing service through the state library, make your voice heard in the Idaho State Legislature today.

Here’s some background for you about Talking Books Service:

  • Last year, 3,400 Idahoans used Talking Books with more than 184,000 audio books circulated.

  • Idaho’s per capita use of Talking Books is 13% higher than the national average - and is not currently state funded!

  • Approximately 1 in 5 Idahoans have a vision-related disability, and that number increases to 1 in 3 for people over the age of 65.

  • As Idaho’s population ages, more people will experience periods of temporary disability, and will depend on resources like the Talking Book Service to improve their quality of life.

A small investment from the state legislature in the Talking Book Service will dramatically improve the quality of life for Idaho citizens through their libraries. The Idaho Commission for Libraries has requested that the Talking Book Service be moved to state funds from federal funds. This will let the state library redirect its limited federal funds to new library programming that supports school library programs with a statewide e-book subscription program for elementary schools and more experiential learning resources across K-12. In 147 public libraries across Idaho, this shift from federal funds will allow the state library to bring in new information and literacy resources and programs to their local patrons.

This is a lot of leverage for school and public libraries, and a great idea for the people across Idaho who need Talking Book Services for their everyday lives, careers, and education.

EveryLibrary is proud to partner with the Idaho Library Association on this important legislative outreach, and your contact information will be provided to ILA as well. Please share this page across your social networks to bring out more of your neighbors and voters across Idaho. Thank you for taking this action today!

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Send an Email to Fund the Talking Book Library

Send an email to JFAC - the Idaho Legislature Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee - to ask that funding for Talking Book Service be returned from federal to state funding in the Idaho Commission for Libraries’ FY 2019 budget! Please add your own Talking Books story to the email below:

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