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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: 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​​

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: ​​​

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, 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:


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

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. 



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 Tuesday, November 6 in honor of Election Day.
The library will be closed Saturday, November 10 in honor of Veteran's Day. 
The library will be closed Monday, November 12 in honor of Veteran's Day. 
The library will be closed Thursday, November 22 in honor of Thanksgiving.
The library will be closed Friday, November 23 in honor of Native American Heritage Day.

Special Opening Notice:  

The library will be open on Saturday, November 3rd in place of November 10.

Reference Desk Hours:

Monday - Friday 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Second Saturday 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.
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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