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West Virginia Schools For The Deaf and the Blind

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Library

NLS Talking Book Topics Announcement:
"Due to the ongoing worldwide paper shortage and significant increases in printing costs, NLS has made the difficult decision to cease production of all large-print serialized publications. These publications – Talking Book Topics, Braille Book Review, and Musical Mainstream – will continue to be available in all other forms in which they are currently produced." 
Please refer to the following site to make your selections:
If you are in need of more books, please download the BARD Mobile App for you phone or mobile device. Please call if you need assistance with this. Here are the links to help with the setup.
If you need a BARD Account or forgot your account information, you can receive it here:
NLS Patrons receiving USB Thumb Drives with books:
You will find below the directions on how to use the USB Thumdrives with your books.
  1. Insert Thumb Drive into the right side of your Digital Book Player (the slit next to the Headphone Socket) with the raised dot side up.
  2. Turn on Digital Book Player, it will say how many books are on the USB Thumb Drive.
  3. Hold down the Green Play Button until you hear a Beep. It will say “Bookshelf” and name the number of books on the USB Thumb Drive.
  4. Push FF/Forward to select the book you want to read. Push RW/Rewind/Back to go to the previous book.
  5. Each books will automatically advance once they are completed.
Families and students, please refer to this page for virtual literacy and research activities you can do at home during this time. Resources will be updated frequently on this site.
Thank you,
Danielle Emerick-Engle, M.Ed. COMS
WVSDB TVI/DHH/TDB School Library Media Specialist/TIS
NLS Subregional Librarian
Access magazines, newspaper articles, encyclopedias, eBooks, digital images, test preparation resources, scholarly journals, historical materials, archives, and more.
E-mail: [email protected] for the password to access the website.

About the WVSDB Library



The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Library is housed in the Savigny Building at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. The WVSDB Library services are for educational and leisure purposes to students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 as well as Super Seniors. We provide materials in many formats: print books, Braille books, Twin-Vision books (print books with pictures and Braille overlays), large print books, audio books, tactile books, children’s books with signed words, ASL books, audio described videos, closed captioned videos, kits containing multi-media packets, print and Braille magazines, games (with compatible accessibility features), MakerSpace items (related to STEAM content), technology, and digital talking books for all ages.


The primary function of the school library is to seek to maintain an atmosphere where learning and collaboration are encouraged. This includes providing alternative learning spaces that promote social interactions through creativity, to managing access to educational resources, to providing direct instruction on the West Virginia Library Media Content Standards and Objectives. The Librarian roles include but are not limited to co-teaching research skills in the classroom or technology resource classes, training teachers and support staff, or providing direct instruction and assessment in the areas of digital citizenship, research support within the core academic subjects, as well as literacy support while encouraging independence.


The West Virginia Library Commission: Subregional Library is housed in the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind school Library. We serve qualifying patrons from 8 surrounding counties by providing free digital book players and digital talking books. Under the regulations prescribed by the Library of Congress, patrons can obtain this free service if they are to Blind/Low Vision, Physically Handicapped, or Print Disabled. Readers must be certified by a competent authority as unable to read standard printed material as a result of physical limitations. These materials are mailed to patrons free of charge and maintained by the WVSDB Library staff. Talking Books are available in many reading levels and genres. Applications for services are available through the WVSDB Library as well as the West Virginia Library Commission.

Vision Statement:  Accessibility is Our Priority.

Mission Statement: The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Library promote and encourage reading, research, and utilization of resources by means of individualized accessibility; ensuring equitable use of all media.

Core Values: We believe that all individuals whom use the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Library have access to material in a their preferred format. Maximizing literary and media experiences for educational, informational, and recreational purposes.

Welcome! Please continue to use the resources on our site.
Recognized by the NLS for innovatively serving our patrons during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
HMH Reading Counts, SRI/SMI Student Access:
HMH Reading Counts, SRI/SMI Educator Access: 
Danielle Emerick-Engle, M.Ed. COMS
TVI/DHH/TDB Library Media Specialist/TIS
WV Library Commission - NLS Subregional Librarian
West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
301 East Main Street
Romney, WV 26757
WVSDB Library Phone 304.822.6656

Barbara Kidwell

Library Aide/Reader Advisor

West Virginia School for the Blind 

WV Library Comission - NLS Subregional Library


Phone 304.822.6656

Library Links
WVSDB Collection
The West Virginia Library Commission:
American Printing House for the Blind
American Library Association:
The Library of Congress
DIA Diversity in Action:
Library Bill of Rights
The Marakesh Treaty
The Dewey Decimal Classification System
The Deaf Resource Library
Purdue OWL
BARD: Braille and Audio Reading Download
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
ISTE: International Society for Technology in Education
Success for Children with Hearing Loss
Paths to Literacy