Washington Volunteer Readers for the Blind

Washington Volunteer Readers for the Blind

Since 1978, Washington Volunteer Readers for the Blind (WVRB) has produced audio recordings of print publications at no charge for Washington D.C. residents who are vision-impaired, or who cannot hold printed materials.
 
WVRB is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization created to support the mission of the District of Columbia Talking Book and Braille Library, which is affiliated with the Library of Congress and the DC Public Library. In 2015, WVRB volunteers recorded 13 books and 58 issues of popular magazines. In addition, WVRB recorded 2 semesters of college reading assignments for a visually-impaired student.
 
Currently WVRB records the following 4 periodicals for eligible individuals and organizations:
 
• AARP Bulletin
Published ten times a year, this magazine brings retirees the latest news and information on wellness, health policy, Medicare, Social Security, consumer protection, personal finance, the changing workplace, and independent living.
 
• NARFE Magazine
A monthly publication of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, this periodical is a comprehensive source of analysis on Capitol Hill developments that affect the compensation, health benefits, and retirement benefits of federal employees.
 
• Washingtonian Magazine
This monthly magazine is full of useful tips on where to go and what to eat in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Each year, special editions rank top doctors and top restaurants.
 
• The New York Review of Books
Published 20 times a year, this periodical publishes long-form articles on literature, culture, economics, science, and current affairs. Many of its essays and book reviews are penned by well-known writers.
 
Eligible individuals who would like to borrow these free audio publications, along with free playback equipment, may call the DC Public Library Center for Accessibility at 202-727-2142 or email lbph.dcpl@dc.gov.