Burns has been helping to keep the machines running for 17 years, and Nolan has been volunteering his services for 11 years. With more than 300 machines in use, the two work on from eight to 26 machines each week for an average of 20 hours. Lydia Peters, library reader advisor, said 1,500 patrons in 21 counties use the service. Many have their own machines, but they’ll send them in for service when needed, she said.
Library Director Delana Hickman said the Talking Book service is free to visually impaired patrons. Information is available by calling 706-236-4618. The materials are sent free through the U.S. Postal Service and may be returned the same way.