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Maryland State Library for the 

Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH)

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


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:


Winter Reading Challenge 2019:

[Image: Woodland animals and trees on black background looking at the large text. Wording (L-R) 50, 000 Minutes!; #WinterRead201 [Image: Woodland animals and trees on black background looking at the large text. Wording (L-R) 50, 000 Minutes!; #WinterRead2019; Winter Reading Challenge 2019; Jan. 1 - Jan. 31; Beanstack and LBPH logo on the image.]


The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) is participating in the Second Annual Winter Reading Challenge, a collaborative effort from Mark Cuban (Shark Tank) and Beanstack, a reading tracking website used by libraries to offer prizes and incentives for readers. 

Last year, billionaire investor Mark Cuban sponsored the inaugural Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge, in support of local libraries. He challenged over 100 public libraries across the country and South Korea to meet a collective goal of 1.3 million minutes and approximately 56, 000 books read during January. Last year, he split his $35,000 incentive between First Book, a nonprofit that provides reading materials to children in need, and top-performing public libraries. 

This year, Mr. Cuban and Beanstack have set a collective goal of 5 million minutes and 75,000 books to be read across North America and South Korea. The contest begins January 1st, lasts through January 31st, and is open to all library patrons regardless of age. The library will be posting challenge updates on social media and will be following the #WinterRead2019 hashtag. 

LBPH is requesting that patrons read 50,000 minutes during January. The library, with its nearly 9,000 active readers, believes this is a goal that can easily be met.  Patrons can easily participate in the challenge by tracking their minutes, either online or by calling the library’s youth services librarian, LaShawn Myles, who is heading up the challenge.  Ms. Myles can be reached at lashawn.myles@maryland.gov or 410-230-2455.


For patrons to participate in the challenge, register at https://marylandlbph.beanstack.org; patrons can also call the library: 410-230-2424 for additional details. 


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:


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, January 17, 6:30pm, LBPH

Writers LIVE: Leslie Jamison, The Recovery: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison is the author of the essay collection The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestseller, and the novel The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University. Leslie Jamison will be in conversation with Adam Kaplin, MD, PhD, of the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Wednesday, January 30, 6:30pm, LBPH

Writers LIVE: Christianna McCausland, The Orchid Lover

Each year Alden Forth takes a lover, only to let him go after a few short weeks. That is until the summer she finds her simple way of life threatened as her grandfather, her last surviving relative, descends into dementia. The arrival of a revivalist minister further upsets the balance in Alden's rural hometown, for the minister's vehemence to save souls has no bounds. Quickly the town's carefully constructed boundaries begin to crumble. Christianna McCausland is an independent writer based in Maryland. Ms. McCausland is a graduate of Emory University and attended the Johns Hopkins University’s Masters in Writing program. She is the author of the nonfiction book Maryland Steeplechasing.

​​Thursday, January 31, 6:30pm, LBPH

Writers LIVE: David Taylor, Cork Wars

Cork Wars is a history involving World War II, immigration and cork. It’s a story about how cork—from cork oak forests around the Mediterranean—was a big deal in the mid-20th century. It was so big that when Germany cut supplies with the Atlantic blockade, cork companies and their workers got caught up in the life-and-death geopolitical struggle. What began as a simple trade in bark and bottle caps quickly grew into a global drama with sabotage, espionage, and profiteering. Journalist David A. Taylor teaches science writing at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Soul of a People: The WPA Writers’ Project Uncovers Depression America and Ginseng, the Divine Root: The Curious History of the Plant That Captivated the World. 

​​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 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 December 25th 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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