COVID-19 has placed limits on the way we live our lives. Even our recreational activities are now limited as we spend more time indoors to stay safe. Reading books, however, is one recreational activity that remains a constant for many, especially for the blind and visually impaired. Fortunately, books for the visually impaired are still available via free library services.

Reading books is an excellent way to take your mind off the world’s troubles. Whether you enjoy westerns, romances, travel stories, biographies, or humor, you will find that reading can transport you to another world. If you are a patron of your local arm of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, you have access to thousands of audio books and Braille books for the blind and visually impaired. The pandemic has made it difficult to get physical books from the library, but you still have access to titles that you can download for free.

Braille and audio books for the blind and visually impaired are also good for learning more about other recreational activities! You can find books about cooking, knitting, music, and more to augment your skillset. You can even try your hand at learning a brand-new activity as you listen to an audio book. The possibilities are limitless!

Reading books can also connect you to others. You can join a book discussion group from the comfort of your own home. Participating in lively discussions and exchanging ideas with others will keep you engaged and entertained.

If you live in Southern California, Braille Institute is your local source for free braille and audio book library services. To start your library service, please click here to learn more about Braille Institute Library. If you are already registered and want to start reading again, call us today!

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