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Montana State Library’s Talking Book Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Categories: Montana State Library/Tags:

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August 8, 2018                                                                                    (406) 444-5352


Montana State Library’s Talking Book Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary

(HELENA) --- The Montana State Library commemorated the 50th anniversary of its Talking Book Library program with a celebration dinner held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at the Montana Club in Helena.

Highlights of the event included an opening address by Montana State Library Commissioner Bruce Newell, the reading of messages from Governor Steve Bullock and Senator Jon Tester, and a speech by author Dale Sheldon. Past and present staff and volunteers were praised for their dedication to the program, and longtime patrons were recognized.

The Montana Talking Book Library program (MTBL) was established in 1968 and is the only special public library of its kind in Montana. As a regional Library of the National Library Service of the Library of Congress, MTBL offers alternative reading materials for over 3,000 Montana citizens who have visual, physical, or reading challenges that prevent them from reading standard print.  All materials are provided to patrons free of charge.

MTBL’s collection consists of more than 80,000 in-house audio book titles plus downloadable books and Braille titles. Over 200 new audio books are added monthly.  The Montana Talking Book Library also features two digital recording studios, where authors and volunteers record Montana-related books. 

The Talking Book Library program can be reached at 1-800-332-3400 or online at

Through its statewide programs, the Montana State Library empowers Montanans; enhances learning in families and communities; builds 21st Century skills; and provides opportunities for civic participation. For more information about the Montana State Library, visit



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