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Return Talking Books Service Funding to the Idaho State Budget

Please send an email to return state funding for the “Talking Book Service” to help folks with accessibility needs, including blind and visually impaired people, across the state have access to audio books and adaptive technology.

Return Talking Books Service Funding to the Idaho State Budget

Please send an email to return state funding for the “Talking Book Service” to help folks with accessibility needs, including blind and visually impaired people, across the state have access to audio books and adaptive technology.

Our partners at the Idaho Library Association need your help today to return state funding for the “Talking Book Service” to help folks with accessibility needs, including blind and visually impaired people, across the state have access to 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 physical accessibility needs as well as organic learning disabilities. The Idaho Commission for Libraries runs this important program, but it does not receive any state funding; it has been run entirely with federal LSTA funds since FY 2010. The Idaho Commission for Libraries has made a small request in their FY 2019 budget that the Idaho State Legislature could fund today -- but only if they hear from enough people across Idaho!


Just $5-10 a month ensures that we can continue supporting campaigns like these.


Idahoans, please take a moment and use this email form to contact the members of JFAC - the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee - to ask them to support the Talking Book Service with state funds. 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 Commission for Libraries, 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 Idaho State Legislature to fund 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 returned to state funds from federal funds. This will let the Idaho Commission for Libraries redirect its very limited federal funds to library programming, including school library programs, a statewide e-book subscription for elementary schools, and more experiential learning resources across the state. In 146 public libraries across Idaho, this shift from federal funds back to state funds will allow the Idaho Commission for Libraries 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.

Endorsed By

  • National Federation of the Blind of Idaho
  • Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind
  • Idaho Advocates for Inclusion
  • Disability Access Center, Northwest Nazarene University
  • Living Independently for Everyone (LIFE)
  • Living Independence Network Corporation (LINC), Idaho
  • Northwest ADA Center of Idaho

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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