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Washington Talking Book & Braille Library in Seattle takes home national award

SEATTLE — A local library took home a top honor on Wednesday for its "outstanding service to readers with visual, physical or print disabilities."

The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library — located at 2021 9th Ave in Seattle — received the 2022 Regional Library of the Year Award from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia.

The Seattle library earned a $1,000 award and commemorative plaque. It will also be honored at a luncheon in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The NLS also honored the Pinellas Talking Book Library in Clearwater, Florida, with the Sub-regional Library/Advisory and Outreach Center of the Year Award.

“The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library and the Pinellas Talking Book Library couldn’t be farther apart geographically, but they share the spotlight today for the many innovative ways they identify and meet the needs of their patrons and contribute to their communities,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement. “I admire these libraries for broadening their reach and increasing their usage through inventive programs.”

The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library serves more than 7,200 people, including 1,118 new people who enrolled in 2021, according to a news release from the NLS.

"The library, which has been providing services for people unable to read standard print since 1931, transitioned to a duplication-on-demand service model, creating customized digital cartridges of books requested by patrons.," the release goes on to say. "This eliminates waiting for other patrons to return books as downloadable versions are always available."

Click here to read the full news release.

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