Southbury Public Library is proud to host an outstanding, well-equipped recording studio for CVSBH, a private, non-profit corporation that provides audio reading materials for the Connecticut State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The Southbury studio was established in 1985 and is one of only five in the state. Since then, CVSBH – Southbury has contributed over 450 books to the Connecticut State Library collection that is part of the National Library Service catalog and also makes audio downloads available through BARD.
Each recorded book requires a team of volunteers. The narrator prepares in advance and reads the book in a soundproof booth. The monitor manages the recording software and equipment while following the text. The reviewer continues the quality control process as a proofreader who edits until the recording is completed. Finally, the evaluation panel must listen and approve the final output before it is ready for distribution to patrons.