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Maryland State Library for the 

Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH)

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. 


LBPH Website Header, showing the audiobook equipment, Braille Books, and an ADA compliant computer workstation.  LBPH Website Header, showing the audiobook equipment, Braille Books, and an ADA compliant computer workstation. 


Upcoming Events at LBPH: 

The library will be hosting the following  (in-person) programs:


Technology User Group Meeting:

Date: July 14 at 10:00 AM

Location: 415 Park Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201

Are you curious about social media? What is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... and how do you use it?


Well, now is your chance to find out. The Technology User Group will be meeting this month to discuss how to navigate the world of social media - everything from setting up an account to using Assistive Technology and Alt-Text to your advantage. ​
Social media is one of the ways that individuals can connect with friends, family and community. Using these apps effectively can make the experience a positive venture. Learn how to install, activate, and utilize the various components in each app. Facebook, Twitter and others will be discussed.​

​​Upcoming TUG Events

  • August TUG: Learning to use Overdrive, Kindle, and Audible (Columbia, MD)
  • September TUG: Why an Apple Computer Makes Sense ( in Baltimore at LBPH)​​


Upcoming Teleconference Events:


​Music Therapy 101

Date: July 17 at 6:00 PM
Location: Teleconference 

This program is being held via teleconference:
Dial-in: 515-604-9516, enter access code: 202933​

In partnership with Annapolis Music Therapy Service​​, the library will host a FREE teleconference for those wanting to more about Music Therapy. Music Therapy is a researched based system of clinical techniques for sensorimotor training, speech and language, and cognitive training. This program is open to all Marylanders but will have a particular emphasis on the visually and physically impaired communities. 

The focus of this program will be to explain the basics of music therapy, how it can benefit many people, and how, in particular, it impacts the visually impaired community. 

This program is being presented by C.J. Shiloh, MT-BC, founder of Annapolis Music Therapy Service. Ms. Shiloh is a Board Certified Music Therapist, is a founding member of the Online Conference for Music Therapy and is currently serving as the Government Relations Chair-Elect of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association. She has over 20 years of experience, is a bold advocate for those with disabilities​

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​​



Summer Reading @ Your Library:
Summer reading promotional image; Quote: This Summer Let's Rock the Library; June thru August 2018. ​

Summer reading promotional image; Quote: This Summer Let's Rock the Library; June thru August 2018. ​L -R: Rock band plays to a large crowed while standing on books; a boy and a girl listening to audio books while holding books; a gutiar and speaker surrounded by books. 


Summer Reading Challenge: "Libraries Rock!" 

​50K Challenge:  Help us reach our goal of reading 50,000 minutes this summer. #Read50K
 
It's not too late.  There is still time to register for the MD LBPH Libraries Rock Summer Reading which will begin June 13 - August 24th.   Register today.  Be sure to complete your registration form and submit to MD LBPH using one of the ways listed below. Once you register, a packet with information on how to participate and a way to keep track of your time read will be sent to you.  Trackers can be downloaded using the links below:

Online Registration and Reading Tracker:

You can also register and keep track of your minutes using Beanstack.   Visit https://marylandlbph.beanstack.org to register and start tracking your minutes.  

Return in the mail:

Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Attn:  LaShawn Myles 
415 Park Avenue 
Baltimore, MD 212101   

By Fax: 410-333-2095


By Email:  reference.desk@maryland.gov 


Collaborative Events @ LBPH:

​​​Writer's Live:

In partnership with Enoch Pratt Central Library, LBPH will hold the following Writer's Live Events. Writer's Live is a free and open meeting with local authors who discuss their works and the craft of writing. 

Wednesday, June 13, 6:30pm, LBPH

​​Poetry & Conversation: Jennifer Chang, Some Say the Lark, & Jenny Johnson, In Full Velvet


Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity and Some Say the Lark, which was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Nation, Poetry, and A Public Space, and she has published essays on poetry and poetics in The Los Angeles Review of Books, New England Review, and The Volta. She co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, an organization that supports Asian American writers, and teaches creative writing and literature at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Jenny Johnson is the author of In Full Velvet (Sarabande Books, 2017). Her honors include a 2015 Whiting Award and a 2016-17 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, New England Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Rainier Writing Workshop's MFA Program. 

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Event link: https://bit.ly/2GBXv0i​

 


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

​  2017

Beyond the Stacks - Vol. 1, Iss. 1
Beyond the Stacks - Vol 1, Iss. 2
Beyond the Stacks - Vol 1, Iss. 3

2018

Beyond the Stacks Vol 2, Issue 1

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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. 

2017​​

2018

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Accessible Workstation List:  


Library Hours:

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


Special Announcements and Closings:

Closing Notice: 

The Library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in honor of Independence Day. 


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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


Follow LBPH on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mdlbph

And on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/md_lbph