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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. 


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Celebrating 50 Years of Service! 

50 Years of Words in Many Forms

Date: October 27, 2018

Time: Doors Open and Refreshments Served at 12:00 PM; Program to begin promptly at 1:00 PM

Location: 415 Park Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201


LBPH 50 Years of Service! Event Information. 

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The Friends of the Library cordially invite you to a 50th-anniversary celebration in honor of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Doors Open and Refreshments at 12:00 PM

The program begins at 1:00 PM

415 Park Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201

RSVP to Ashley Biggs at 410-230-2430 by October 12, 2018

The Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is pleased to invite you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the library!  Special guest speakers to include Maryland Disability Secretary Carol Beatty, Award Winning Maryland Poet Gayle Danley, and “The Blind Life” blogger/vlogger, Sam Seavey.


A link to the press release is located here.




Upcoming Events at LBPH: 

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


Technology User Group Meeting:

Date: November 3, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: 415 Park Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201

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, November 3 beginning at 10 AM.  (Please note the date change as this is the first Saturday of the month.)  This month we will take a closer look at the Google Home Assistant.  There has been a lot of conversation about personal assistants in the past—especially Siri and Alexa but Google also offers one which has a great speaking voice and many useful services.  As an added bonus, we will be giving away a Google Home Mini compliments of the Friends of LBPH.  The presentation will be done by Carl Belanger who is a technologist with the Jernigan Institute.  

We will be meeting at LBPH, 415 Park Avenue in Baltimore.  You do not have to RSVP for this event.​

This is the last TUG for the CY 2018. There will be not TUG meetings in December, January, or February. TUG will resume in March of 2019.

​​​​Upcoming TUG Events
  • No TUG meetings in December, January, February
  • Saturday, March 9, 2019. Topic:  Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet​​

In-Touch, presented by Baltimore Center Stage:

Date: October 9th and October 16th, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 415 Park Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201
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​Image of a woman reading a book of poems, getting ready for a live proformance.
Image of a woman reading a book of poems, getting ready for a live performance​. 


Combine the power of a good story with a skilled actor/storyteller and you have one incredible story hour. We all know the joy we had as a child when someone read aloud to us; all in our community enjoy the same comforts and benefits that a story can provide. Join Baltimore Center Stage’s storytelling artist as they make a personal connection and present dynamic, engaging stories. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Upcoming Teleconference Events:


Righting Wrongs: Scientific Evidence and the Wrongfully Convicted 

Date: October 15, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM; Call in: 515-604-9516; Access Code: 202933

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The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) is excited to announce that it will host a FREE teleconference program with attorney Michele Nethercott, Director of the Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law, focusing on the role that science plays in the conviction and exoneration of defendants in criminal cases. The event, entitled Righting Wrongs: Scientific Evidence and the Wrongfully Convicted, is part of a larger collaborative effort with the Maryland Humanities’ One Maryland, One Book campaign.


The theme of the One Maryland, One Book campaign for 2018 is Justice, and the book selected to represent that theme is Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA. The book, originally published in 2004, is the detailed and sometimes harrowing retelling of Kurt Bloodsworth’s nearly 20-year battle to clear his name after being convicted of the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984. He became a self-advocate and lobbied for DNA testing on the trial evidence that was used against him. Despite having been released from prison in 1993 and granted a full pardon from the governor of Maryland in 1994, Bloodsworth was not fully exonerated until 2004, when new forensic testing led to the trial and conviction of Kimberly Shay Ruffner. Bloodworth’s story has since gained widespread recognition as a prime example of justice system failure.


As part of the One Maryland, One Book reading campaign, the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has invited Michele Nethercott to speak about the role science plays in helping those who have been wrongfully convicted overturn their verdicts. Ms. Nethercott is the Director of the Innocence Project Clinic and has spent her career working to help those wrongfully convicted. She received her B.A. in Economics from Sarah Lawrence College in 1980 and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 1984. She has worked as a trial attorney in the Maryland State Office of the Public Defender since 1988. In the 1990s, Ms. Nethercott took additional courses at Johns Hopkins University in molecular biology and genetics to acquire in-depth knowledge of what was then a new type of evidence being introduced to the legal system, evidence obtained by DNA testing. She is now a nationally recognized legal expert in DNA evidence and other forms of scientific evidence, having served as co-chair of the Forensic Evidence Committee for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


The Innocence Project Clinic, which is run through the University of Baltimore’s School of Law, “seeks to identify individuals who have been convicted in Maryland state courts of crimes they did not commit and to provide them with assistance in the investigation of their claims. In some cases, representation will be provided in post-trial litigation efforts to secure exonerations.” Law students from the Clinic work not only on cases involving DNA evidence but also on cases requiring the reinvestigation of other types of evidence. In addition to directing the Clinic, Ms. Nethercott continues to represent clients through the Maryland State Office of the Public Defender, where she persistently seeks justice for those who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes.


This program is FREE and open to all Marylanders. The program is being held via conference call and is accessible via telephone only. Program details are as follows:


October 15, 2018
6:30 PM 
Call in: 515-604-9516
Access Code: 202933

RSVP not required to attend.

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​​

Great American Read:

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​The library is excited to be part of the Great American Read ​program. This program is a literacy initiative hosted by PBS and hopes to have Americas vote on the country's all-time favorite book. This is an interactive event that is held online and on television! 

Here is how it works: 

  • Read through the list of 100 books selected by PBS; you can search the library's catalog for Great American Read​​ for easy access to the available​books. 
  • Read new books, revisit old favorites
  • Vote on your favorite book; Voting is held open and will continue from now until October 18th at Midnight. 

How to vote:

Patrons can place their vote via PBS's website​. The website is designed to have the look and feel of an application, so it is very responsive to mobile devices. You will need to register with PBS in order to cast your vote. It's easy and it's free.

If you'd prefer, you can vote via Facebook​ or Twitter using the official hashtag of the book you've chosen. Each book has an official hashtag found beneath the book on the attached list. To vote, either make an original post on the social media platforms OR comment on the official PBS Great American Read Facebook page​​

You can also vote via SMS with one of the unique hashtags for the book. Just send an SMS to 97979 with your hashtag vote, and you'll have voted! Standard data rates apply.
In September, PBS will have a toll free call-in method of voting as well. 

You are able to vote once per day, per voting method. That means if you vote for #VOTEBESTROMANCEEVER (not a real title), you can vote via Facebook, Text, and the Website - but only once per day. 

We also are encouraging our patrons to watch the PBS specials associated with the Great American Read. The videos will be added to the PBS website as they become available. The television series launches September 11th at 8:00 PM. The direct link to the videos: https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/watch/​​​


Collaborative Events @ LBPH:

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, October 18, 6:30 pm, LBPH

​Liza Mundy, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

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.


Thursday, November 1, 6:30 pm, LBPH

Poetry & Conversation: Joelle Biele, Ann Bracken, Ann Quinn

Joelle Biele's newest book is Tramp;  she is also the author of White Summer and Broom and the editor of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence. Ann Brackenis the author of two poetry collections: The Altar of Innocence and No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom. She serves as a contributing editor for Little Patuxent Review. Ann Quinn’s poetry was selected by Stanley Plumly as first-place winner in the 2015 Bethesda Literary Arts Festival poetry contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Thursday, November 7, 6:30 pm, LBPH

An Evening with Porochista Khakpour, Sick, and Mattilda B. Sycamore, SKETCHTASY  

Sick is Khakpour's grueling, emotional journey—as a woman, an Iranian-American, a writer, and a lifelong sufferer of undiagnosed health problems. She is the author of two award-winning novels: Sons and Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion. Mattilda B. Sycamore is the author of a memoir and three novels, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Sketchtasy brings 1990s gay culture startlingly back to life, as Alexa, an incisive twenty-one-year-old queen, and her friends grapple with the impact of growing up at a time when desire and death are intertwined.


Thursday, November 14, 6:30 pm, LBPH

Poetry & Conversation: Elizabeth Spires & David Yezzi

Elizabeth Spires is the author of seven poetry collections and six books for children. She lives in Baltimore and is a professor at Goucher College where she co-directs the Kratz Center for Creative Writing. David Yezzi’s most recent books of poems are Birds of the Air and Black Sea, both from Carnegie Mellon. His verse play, Schnauzer, is forthcoming later this year from Exot Books. He is chair of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins and editor of The Hopkins Review.


Tuesday, December 11, 6:30 pm, LBPH

Writers LIVE: Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Cyberwar

Drawing on path-breaking work in which she and her colleagues isolated significant communication effects in the 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, the eminent political communication scholar Kathleen Hall Jamieson marshals the troll posts, unique polling data, analyses of how the press used the hacked content, and a synthesis of half a century of media effects research to argue that, although not certain, it is probable that the Russians helped elect the 45th president of the United States. Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of its Annenberg Public Policy Center.


​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 Hours:

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


Special Announcements and Closings:

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Closing Notice: 

The library will be closed Monday, October 8 in honor of Columbus 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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