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Maryland State Library for the 

Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH)

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The mission of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is to provide comprehensive library services to the eligible blind and physically handicapped residents of the State of Maryland. Our vision is to provide innovative and quality services to meet the needs and expectations of our patrons. 


Upcoming Events at LBPH:



Center Stage Mobile Theater:

[Image: Grey background with black and white text: The library welcomes Baltimore Center Stage Mobile Theater. With both logos.] 
[Image: Grey background with black and white text: The library welcomes Baltimore Center Stage Mobile Theater. With both logos.]

Wednesday, February 27, 12:30 PM, LBPH

A civil war has just ended, throwing the city into chaos and tearing families apart. Desperate to establish peace and order, the victorious leader, Creon, has issued strict new laws. But his niece, Antigone, resists these decrees for violating spiritual law and threatening her right to honor the dead. With lives, loves, and justice on the line, and two competing truths on a collision course, can the personal and the political co-exist? What happens when the good of the many clashes with the good of a few? Who wins when the laws of men confront the laws of nature? And can one still, small voice really shake the foundations of power?

 

The Baltimore Center Stage Mobile Unit presents a freshly reimagined production of Sophocles’ timeless drama, directed by Daniel Bryant (Twelfth Night, Endgame)—set in the not-so-distant present, past, and future, and featuring original poetry by 2016 National Poetry Slam Champion (and local Baltimorean), Lady Brion.

​Touch tour will begin at 12:30 PM and the play will begin at 1:00 PM.


Creative Access At Your Library : 

[Image: Woman playing the violin. Text: Creative Access At Your Library. Johns Hopkins Peabody Logo and LBPH logo.]

[Image: Woman playing the violin. Text: Creative Access At Your Library. Johns Hopkins Peabody Logo and LBPH logo.]

 

Last Tuesday of Each Month, 11:00 AM, LBPH

The Peabody Conservatory and the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped are excited to present the Peabody Institute's Creative Access at the Library event.

"The Creative Access (CA) is a volunteer student organization of the Peabody Conservatory dedicated to enriching the lives of audiences in the Baltimore community. Active as professional performers and concert musicians, members of The Creative Access desire to see a positive change in the lives of people in our community, and volunteer their music as a way to bring about that change."

Join Peabody students as they perform live at LBPH!

Held on the last Tuesday of the month, from 11 AM to 12 PM:
          • January 29
          • February 26
          • March 26
          • April 30 

Technology User Group:

Technology  User Group meets March through November, on the second Saturday of each month. Location may change on the month. The next meeting is in March! 



Upcoming Teleconference Events:

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Microaggressions: 

Wednesday, February 27, 7:30 PM

Call in Number:   605-472-5462

Call in PIN:           337861

The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped continues the NEA Big Read at the University Baltimore celebration of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine with a teleconference on Microaggressions on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 7:30 PM. The platform chosen for this event was designed for inclusion, allowing all those who wish to attend to participate. This book is located on BARD under DB81184 .

The event will feature Dr. Harriette E. Wimms, the founder and director of the Village Family Center of Baltimore, speaking on the ongoing issues surrounding Microaggressions. Microaggressions are a key theme in the Big Read's Citizen: An American Lyric, as the author, discusses how every day assaults on her ethnicity and her gender shapes her view of the world around her. Dr. Wimms will be speaking about Microaggressions as a whole and how such assaults are not limited to race and gender. Drawing from her many years of experience, she will help define and expand our understanding of Microaggression to include the disabled community, while helping us find ways to combat the effects of this behavior on our mental health.  

The University of Baltimore is one of 79 communities nationwide participating in the NEA Big Read. From February 7 to March 7, 2019, our community will celebrate Citizen: An American Lyric with a full calendar of events including a visit from the author, Claudia Rankine, on March 7.

A national initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. 

Dr. Harriette E. Wimms is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in providing compassion-infused assessments and therapies to children and families across the age span. Dedicated to providing affirming and culturally-responsive care, Dr. Wimms holds a Ph.D. in Human Services Psychology and is a certified Human Services Psychologist with a specialization in child clinical, pediatric, and community/social psychology. Dr. Wimms specializes in child and family mental health program development, professional training, clinical supervision, and parent education.  She has served as the founder and director of child, adolescent, and family therapy programs within outpatient mental health, federally qualified health center, inpatient pediatric hospital, and school settings. She is currently the clinical director at The Resource Group Counseling and Education Center in Towson. She is also the founder and director of The Village Family Support Center of Baltimore. Most importantly, Harriette is honored to be the proud and lucky mother of a teenager.   


For more information on this event, please contact Ashley Biggs. This program is FREE and open to the public. For additional details on participating in this program, please visit the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped's website: www.lbph.maryland.gov; you also can view a full calendar of events for the NEA Big Read at the University of Baltimore at http://blogs.ubalt.edu/neabigread.


Past Teleconference Events:

​For recordings of past Teleconfrence Events, please click the link below. You will be taken to a temproary third party hosting website where all recordings are kept: ​https://tinyurl.com/y9xrqcjm​​

Collaborative Events @ LBPH:


​​Thursday, February 7, 6:30pm, LBPH

Poetry & Conversation: Ned Balbo, Kathleen Hellen, Paulette Beete, & Stephen Zerance

Local poets Ned Balbo, Kathleen Hellen, Paulette Beete, and Stephen Zerance read from their latest work and discuss the writing process. 

​​​​Tuesday, February 12, 6:30pm, LBPH

Writers LIVE: Ayesha Harruna Attah, The Hundred Wells of Salaga

Based on true events in precolonial Ghana, The Hundred Wells of Salaga offers a remarkable view of slavery and how the scramble for Africa affected the lives of everyday people. Born to two Ghanaian journalists, Ayesha Harruna Attah grew up in Accra and was educated Columbia University and NYU. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Asymptote Magazine, and the Caine Prize Writers’ 2010 Anthology. Presented in partnership with CityLit Project. 

​Thursday, February 21, 6:30pm, LBPH

​Writers LIVE: Ross Gay, The Book of Delights

​The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essays that record the small joys that occurred in one year, from birthday to birthday, and that we often overlook in our busy lives. Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a nonprofit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project.  

​Wednesday, April 10, 6:30pm, LBPH​​​

Poetry Workshop 1: 

Experiments in Traditional English & American Forms

Write in one of the forms, including the sonnet, using a theme of your choosing.

Clarinda Harriss is a professor emerita of English at Towson University whose poems and short fiction are widely anthologized. Her most recent books are The White Rail, Air Travel, Mortmain, Dirty Blue Voice, and Innumerable Moons, a brand-new collection of poems based on her years as an Alzheimer's caregiver.

This is the first in a series of three workshops. Students are encouraged to sign up for all three workshops. Registration is suggested to guarantee a space; please call 410-396-5487 or email hum@prattlibrary.org​. 

​Wednesday, April 17, 6:30pm, LBPH​​​

Poetry Workshop 2: 

Experiments in Non-Traditional and Non-European Forms

Forms include the pantoum (Malaysian), the ghazal (Indian), and the Golden Shovel (invented by poet Terrance Hayes); write in one of the forms, using a theme of your choosing.

Clarinda Harriss is a professor emerita of English at Towson University whose poems and short fiction are widely anthologized. Her most recent books are The White Rail, Air Travel, Mortmain, Dirty Blue Voice, and Innumerable Moons, a brand-new collection of poems based on her years as an Alzheimer's caregiver.

This is the second in a series of three workshops. Students are encouraged to sign up for all three workshops. Registration is suggested to guarantee a space; please call 410-396-5487 or email hum@prattlibrary.org​​ 

​Wednesday, April 24, 6:30pm, LBPH​​​

Poetry Workshop 2: 

Experiments in Non-Traditional and Non-European Forms

You invent both the form and the theme! Give the form a name and be ready to explain the rules for that form. Don't make the rules so complicated we can't follow them, please. 

Clarinda Harriss is a professor emerita of English at Towson University whose poems and short fiction are widely anthologized. Her most recent books are The White Rail, Air Travel, Mortmain, Dirty Blue Voice, and Innumerable Moons, a brand-new collection of poems based on her years as an Alzheimer's caregiver.​

This is the third in a series of three workshops. Students are encouraged to sign up for all three workshops. Registration is suggested to guarantee a space; please call 410-396-5487 or email hum@prattlibrary.org​​​


Beyond the Stacks Newsletter:

The library's Beyond the Stacks newsletter is a great way to stay up-to-date on the great things happening at the library. Newsletters come out quarterly, based on the calendar year. To sign up for the newsletter, please email reference.desk@maryland.gov .


2018

Beyond the Stacks - Vol 2, Issue 1​​
Beyond the Stacks - Vol 2., Issue 2
Beyond the Stacks - Vol 2., Issue 3
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Beyond the Stacks, Junior Newsletter: 

There is a newsletter just for our younger patrons! Beyond the Stacks, Junior is a great way to stay up-to-date on all the library happenings, including reading challenges and events perfect for those between the ages of infancy and young adulthood. 

2018


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Accessible Workstation List:  


Library Catalog Searching Instructions: 

Patron Guide to Searching the Library Catalog


Library Hours:

Monday – Friday:      8 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Second Saturday:     10 A.M. – 2 P.M.


Friends of the Maryland LBPH:

The Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped was established as a non-profit (501)(c)(3) charitable organization in 1988. Its primary function is to supplement funding for the Library by providing resources for materials, equipment, training and volunteer assistance. Such support provides a solid foundation to assist the Library in those programs and services that require resources beyond state and federal funding. The Friends accomplish this by:

    • Maintaining a volunteer Friends organization to assist the Library in identifying its needs
    • Publicizing the services of the Library
    • Encouraging Marylanders to utilize the Library's services
    • Coordinating individuals, civic associations, businesses, organizations, institutions and educations groups in providing suggestions and a focus for Library services.
    • Providing grant and materials support beyond the state and federal funding for program success.

For more information:  http://friendsmdlbph.org/about


Special Announcements and Closings:

Closing Notice:  

The library will be closed on February 18th in honor of the holiday. 

Reference Desk Hours:

Monday - Friday 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Second Saturday 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Reference.desk@maryland.gov
Voice: 410-230-2424 or 1-800-964-9209
TTY: 410-333-8679 or 1-800-934-2541
FAX: 410-333-2095


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