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​Welcome to a New School Year!

It’s Back to School!  Reading, writing, and arithmetic are all the rage.   Don’t worry, The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Print Disabled has you covered. Whether you are a student, parent, or teacher we have an abundance of FREE and readily available services, programs, and materials.  

Homework Help​​​

​​​​If you need additional support, contact the Youth Reference Desk for more assistance?

You can email us directly at

To help you with your request, tell us a little more about how we can best help you by submitting an inquiry to  ​

Inquiries will be answered from Tuesday-Thursday from 3- 5 p.m.   If you request a call from a librarian, please allow one business day for us to respond. 

Online Resources for Kids and Families

Below are curated lists of resources for parents, teachers/TVIs, and students to help ensure that the upcoming virtual school year starts smoothly. 


Early Literacy/Pre-School​Elementary School​Middle School​High School

Day by Day Calendar

Have you heard about the Day by Day Calendar? It's an interactive early literacy website and printable calendar designed to encourage whole-family literacy. 

Institutional Accounts for Schools

Schools interested in establishing an institutional account will need to complete this application​. For those interested in having a small, changeable collection on-site for use with students must fill out a supplementary application


Recommended Reads

Below resources to encourage reading for all Maryland students.​

MD Black-Eyed Susan Awards
​Reading Lists
2020-2021 Nominees

NLS Magazines​
Middle School
High School

BARD - Braille and Audio Recording Download

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What is BARD?

BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) is a free library service of downloadable braille and audio reading material for residents of the United States and U.S. citizens living abroad who are unable to read or use standard printed material because of visual or physical disabilities. BARD provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores. The site is password-protected. All files are downloadable as compressed audio or formatted ebraille files. BARD is a partnership between NLS and its network of cooperating libraries. NLS maintains the website, uploads titles, and supplies libraries with circulation statistics.  Already registered with BARD?  Log in to BARD now.​

How does it work on my device? 

​You can use your LBPD issued talking-book player on long-term loan from your network library, buy a commercial model on your own if there are features you prefer, or download the free app to your smart device. BARD Mobile is available at the App Store External for iOS​​ or the Play Store or Amazon Appstore for Android.​​

​Instructions for using BARD on mobile devices​:​​

​iOS Devices​​

Android Devices​

​​Instructions for using BARD on the NLS Player:​

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Bookshare Service

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​​​What is Bookshare?

​Bookshare® is an ebook library that makes reading easier. Members can access a huge collection of ebooks and read their way with the most customizable ebooks for people with reading barriers. 

The library has 786,623 titles and is the most extensive collection of accessible ebooks in the world. It includes books for school, career, and reading pleasure, as well as titles in over 34 languages. The collection is supported by a dedicated volunteer community and partnerships with over 820 US and international publishers.​ 

​BookShare is meant to be used in conjunction with the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled's (NLS) services and is compatible with the player. 

​For more information on Bookshare, click here​.