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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: August 11, 2018
Time: 10:15 AM
Location: East Columbia Branch of Howard County Public Library; 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045​

The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is pleased to announce that there will be a Technology User Group (TUG) meeting on Saturday, August 11, at 10:15 A.M., at the East Columbia Branch of Howard County Public Library in Columbia, Maryland. Living the life you want means reading what you want when you want it. With this mantra in mind, we will be taking a look at four apps which will enable you to expand the number of books and magazines available to you. These apps are BARD Mobile, Kindle, Audible and Overdrive.

Jerry Price, the LBPH Assistive Technology Trainer, will walk you through the process of
installing the apps, identifying navigational features, and accessing material, as well as the pros and cons of each app. Door prizes and excitement!

You do not have to RSVP for this event.

​​Upcoming TUG Events
  • September 8: (in Baltimore) Topic: Is now the time for an Apple Computer?
  • October 13: (In Silver Spring) Topic: Assistive Technology Gifts for the Holidays​​

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Upcoming Teleconference Events:

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Voting 101 & Voting Accesslibity 

Date: August 21, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Teleconference; ​ Call in - 515-604-9516; Access Code - 202933​ 

The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Maryland and the Maryland State Board of Elections, is hosting an evening teleconference focused on voting; voting basics, voting rights, and voting accessibility.  The event will take place on August 21, at 6:00 PM. 

Most Americans have a basic understanding of voting; to vote, you are making your needs and values known to the leaders of your social group, your city, your state, and your country. However, voting is much more complicated than people often realize. Do you know all the rules? Are you familiar with how your vote moves from the ballot to place a candidate in office? Are you familiar with your rights regarding Accessible Voting? 

Join us for this FREE event where we will discuss the basics of voting and voting accessibility in Maryland. 

This program is being held via teleconference: 
Call in - 515-604-9516
Access Code - 202933

Ralph Watkins is a retired government attorney who serves as Vice President for Voters Service of the League of Women Voters of Maryland.  He also serves on the Making Democracy Work Committee of LWV Montgomery County, primarily working on voter registration and distribution of the Voters’ Guide.  He is also a member of the Board of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County.

Cortnee Bryant is the Deputy Director of Election Reform and Management at the Maryland State Board of Elections. She started at Anne Arundel County Board of Elections in 2010 before joining the Maryland State Board of Elections in 2016. She enjoys working on a wide range of projects, but her main areas of focus are polling place accessibility and creating educational videos and voter outreach materials. She can be reached at 410-269-2868 or by email at cortnee.bryant@maryland.gov

Erin Perrone is the Director of Election Reform & Management at the Maryland State Board of Elections.  She has been in the position for a little over two years but has nine years of election experience.  She began her journey in elections in 2009 at the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections where she managed the voting equipment.  Currently, some of her responsibilities include managing the absentee ballot program, election judge training program, and various other tasks.  If you would like to contact her, her phone number is 410-269-2845, and email is erin.perrone@maryland.gov.​

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. 


Thursday, Augu​st 9, 6:30pm, LBPH

​The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg is a propulsive, brilliantly shape-shifting novel. A widow tries to come to terms with her husband’s death -- and the truth about their marriage -- in this surreal, mystifying story of psychological reflection and metaphysical mystery. Shortly after Clare arrives in Havana, Cuba, to attend the annual Festival of New Latin American Cinema, she finds her husband, Richard, standing outside a museum. He’s wearing a white linen suit she’s never seen before, and he’s supposed to be dead. Grief-stricken and baffled, Clare tails Richard, a horror film scholar, through the newly tourist-filled streets of Havana, clocking his every move. As the distinction between reality and fantasy blurs, Clare finds grounding in memories of her childhood in Florida and of her marriage to Richard, revealing her role in his death and reappearance along the way. ​​

Wednesday, August 15, 6:30pm, LBPH

Addiction is too often viewed only through the prism of sadness and pain.  At this event, you are invited to imagine the greater possibilities as we celebrate the creativity and optimism of the writers from The Imagination Lab. The Imagination Lab is the brainchild of Karen Reese, Executive Director of Man Alive, Inc.—the first and longest running methadone maintenance clinic in Maryland.  The lab was created to explore and nurture the creative talents of those in medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders.  The program will be hosted by Don Riesett, an accomplished writer and international business executive, who has for the past four years volunteered his time with The Imagination Lab.  The writers he has guided will share creative non-fiction selections of which they are rightfully proud.


Tuesday, August 21, 6:30pm, LBPH


Thursday, September 13, 6:30pm, LBPH

In 1844, Horace Wells, a Connecticut dentist, encountered nitrous oxide, or laughing gas--then an entertainment for performers in carnival-like theatrical acts--and began administering the gas as the first true anesthetic. His discovery would change the world, reshaping medicine and humanity's relationship with pain. But that discovery would also thrust Wells into scandals that threatened his reputation, his family, and his sanity--hardships and triumphs that resonate in today's struggles with what hurts us and what we take to stop the hurt. In The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist: A Novel novel, Michael Downs mines the gaps in the historical record and imagines the motivations and mysteries behind Wells's morbid fascination with pain, as well as the price he and his wife, Elizabeth, paid--first through his obsession, then his addiction.​

Tuesday, October 2, 6:30pm, LBPH

The story of East German punk rock is about much more than music; it is a story of extraordinary bravery in the face of one of the most oppressive regimes in history. It began with a handful of East Berlin teens who heard the Sex Pistols on a British military radio broadcast to troops in West Berlin in 1980, and it ended with the collapse of the East German dictatorship. When the East German punks became more numerous, more visible, and more rebellious, security forces—including the dreaded secret police, the Stasi—targeted them. They were spied on by friends and even members of their own families; they were expelled from schools and jobs; they were beaten by police and imprisoned. Instead of backing down, the punks fought back, playing an indispensable role in the underground movements that helped bring down the Berlin Wall. Rollicking, cinematic, deeply researched, highly readable, and thrillingly topical, Tim Mohr's Burning Down the Haus brings to life the young men and women who successfully fought authoritarianism three chords at a time—and is a fiery testament to the irrepressible spirit of resistance.​

Wednesday, October 3, 6:30pm, LBPH

Geraldine Connolly was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She is the author of a chapbook, The Red Room, and four full-length poetry collections: Food for the Winter (Purdue), Province of Fire (Iris Press), Hand of the Wind (Iris Press), and her new book, Aileron, published by Terrapin Books in 2018. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Cortland Review, and Shenandoah. It has been anthologized in Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High School Students;  Sweeping Beauty: Contemporary Women Poets Do Housework;  and The Doll Collection. She has won many awards, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, a Maryland Arts Council fellowship, and the Yeats Society of New York Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" project and has been broadcast on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac, as well as Grace Cavalieri's The Poet and the Poem.

Doritt Carroll is a native of Washington, D.C.  Her poems have appeared in Coal City Review, Poet Lore, Gargoyle, Nimrod, and Slipstream, among others. Her collection GLTTL STP was published by Brickhouse Books in 2013. Her chapbook Sorry You Are Not An Instant Winner was published in 2017 by Kattywompus.  She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and works as a poetry editor for The Baltimore Review.  She also has served as poet in residence at the Shakespeare Theatre Company and runs the Zed’s reading series.​

Thursday, October 18, 6:30pm, LBPH

Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.

These women and their incredible stories and accomplishments were all but written out of history until Mundy discovered a cache of recently declassified documents at the archives of the NSA. Based on these documents, other rich archival sources, and interviews with the women themselves, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II offers a page-turning narrative of broad popular appeal while establishing a vital new historical record; and it brings to life this riveting story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.​

 

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, Issue 1
Beyond the Stacks - Vol 1, Issue 2
Beyond the Stacks - Vol 1, Issue 3

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. 

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 September 3rd in honor of  Labor 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


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