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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:


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:

Saturday, April 13  9, 10:15 AM

Location: Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770.  Tell transportation to pick you up and drop you off in the back of the library. The auditorium is just inside the door to the left. 

The Technology User Group is pleased to tell you that we will be giving a presentation on Siri and Siri Shortcuts.  Siri is the personal assistant installed in most Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads.  By itself, Siri can give you useful information as well as stream some music and videos, call contacts, hail an Uber ride, etc. but with Siri shortcuts, it can do so much more.  We will also be able to assist you with other tech issues and questions. The presentation will begin at 10:15 AM and last about 90 minutes. You do not have to RSVP for this event.  If you would like to listen to previous TUG recordings please click here:

https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20 Group.aspx


Upcoming TUG: 

  • Saturday, May 11:  The Challenge:  Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Home; 10 AM at LBPH, 415 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201​
  • Tuesday, June 11: 10:15 AM, Main Branch, Washington County Free Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740, Topic to be determined 

  • Tuesday, June 11:  2:00 PM, C. Burr Artz Branch, Frederick County Public Library, 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701, Topic to be determined​


For more information about the Technology User Group, please contact Jerry Price, (410) 230-2446 or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov





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:


​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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