Braille Library & Transcribing Services, Inc.

formerly Volunteer Braillists & Tapists, Inc.

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Contact Us

Braille Library & Transcribing Services, Inc.
517 N. Segoe Rd. #200
Madison, WI 53705
USA

Phone: 608-233-0222
Fax: 608-233-0249

For library requests or general questions email: office.blts@tds.net

For braille transcription requests, email:
braille.blts@tds.net

Hours 

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
Tuesday through Friday
 

Board of Directors:

Steve Levine
     President
Vonna Johnson-Porter
     Vice President
Patricia Herrling
     Secretary, Librarian
Sue Nelson
     Treasurer
Constance Risjord
Betty Oakley
Carol Birch
Dawn Stumpner
Sandy Adams

Office Staff:

Aaron Konkol
     Office Manager
Sue Danz
     Braille Coordinator

NEWS:

Click HERE for our most recent "Dear Pearl" newsletter (September, 2014)

Congratulations to Lindy Walton, former VBTI/BLTS Braille Coordinator & braille teacher who recently received the Madison Metropolitan School District's Distinguished Service Award. Enjoy this video tribute:

Three ways to get the braille you need: 

  1. Request transcripton
  2. On loan from our library
  3. Buy your own copy from our library

1. Request Transcription

We transcribe almost anything you need or want.

  • Textbooks and school materials.
  • Job-related materials.
  • Leisure reading books for children and adults.
  • Daily living materials: cookbooks, appliance instruction manuals, computer manuals, inspirational writings, knitting and crocheting patterns, and crossword puzzles.
  • Practical items such as menus, bank statements, agendas, minutes of meetings, and playbills.

2. Braille Library

Our shelves hold over 2,000 titles for children and adults, and our collection is always being enlarged and updated.  There is no charge for borrowing our books; just tell us your name and contact information and we'll get you started.  Everyone receives an annual list of the year's new books at the beginning of the year, in braille or print, according to your stated preference when you sign up.  Hard copies of our online inventory are available in braille or print and are updated every January.  They are available for loan or sale, just like our library books.

Lending Library Policies 

3. Price List

If you have something to be transcribed or are interested in purchasing a copy from our library, see our price list. Please contact BLTS for availability.

Taping

We record the information you need, if it is not commercially available.  Tapes are for sale only; we do not have a listening library.

Become a Volunteer

We are always on the lookout for potential braillists. We require all our braillists to be certified through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, under the Library of Congress. We offer the correspondence course for certification through local mentors and provide all materials at a cost of $45. It can be started at any time and takes about twelve to eighteen months. Once certified, we ask our volunteers to average about a braille page a day. All transcription is done at home using a computer.

Braille Library & Transcribing Services, Inc. is a Madison-based non-profit Wisconsin (USA) corporation dedicated to providing print materials in braille or on audio cassette. Our philosophy is that everyone should have the opportunity to read.  BLTS serves visually- or print-impaired persons regardless of age, race, religion, sex, or national origin. 



This page was last updated on August 10th, 2014.
                                  
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