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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: 

The library will be hosting the following programs:

Center Stage Presents Twelfth Night:

Join us Wednesday, March 7. Touch Tour: 12:30 PM. Play Begins: 1:00 PM

Location: Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; 415 Park Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201

RSVP to help us make sure we have enough transmitters for audio description.

Contact: Email refe or call 410-230-2424 option 5.

About the Show:   Shipwrecked and separated in a strange new land, identical twins Viola and Sebastian quickly find themselves entwined in a madcap world of disguises and mistaken identities, love triangles and all-night parties, secrets and lies and yellow stockings. In Mobile Twelfth Night, only five actors bring to life Shakespeare's topsy-turviest romp—where the smallest choice has unexpected consequences, from heartbreaking to hilarious. (But don't worry: what happens in Illyria, stays in Illyria!)

​About the Performers: Mobile Unit, an exciting new initiative of Baltimore Center Stage, that breaks down the walls of conventional theater spaces by taking high-quality theater to economically, culturally and geographically diverse communities across the Baltimore area, including homeless, elderly, incarcerated. The project launched in spring 2017 following a successful pilot project in 2016.​

With a minimalist design and a compact cast of five playing all the parts, the Mobile Unit is a streamlined and nimble production that travels throughout the Baltimore area. Armed with a good story, costumes and minimal props, professional actors of the Mobile Unit bring both classic and contemporary works to life for a variety of communities, wherever they are. The audiences' unlimited imagination is at the center of the action in the intimate comfort of community cafeterias, recreation rooms, gyms, or lobbies.​

It's theater up close and personal for all people, furthering Baltimore Center Stage's mission of Access for All.


Technology User Group Meeting:​

Join us Saturday, March 10 at 10:00 AM

We are quite pleased to inform you that the Technology User Group will begin its 11th year with a demonstration of the new Humanware Victor Reader Trek … an amazing device that not only plays all types of media (including NLS BARD books) but can also help you navigate easily from place to place.  Pat Zawasky from Integration Technologies Group will facilitate this presentation.

Later in the program, Jim McCarthy from the Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP) will talk about how you can get loans for assistive technology and briefly outline the other services available through his agency.  The program is Saturday, March 10, at 10 AM and will run for about 90 minutes.  We will be meeting at 415 Park Avenue in Baltimore.  You do not have to RSVP for this event.

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For more information about the Technology User Group, please contact Jerry Price, (410) 230-2446 or via email​

Braille Bingo:

Join us Thursday, March 22 at 1:00PM.

​The Library will host a free bingo event in March. The library will provide large print and Braille bingo cards for those who do not have their own, light refreshments, and an engaging atmosphere. The game will start shortly after 1:00 PM and will end by 3:00PM. RSVP to help us make sure we have enough cards for everyone! Contact: Email or call 410-230-2424 option 5.


Estate Planning with Cory Larkin :

Join us Monday, March 26 at 1:00PM via Teleconference

The Library welcomes Mr. Cory Larkin, from law offices of Furey, Doolan, and Abell, LLP. In this teleconference, Mr. Larkin will discuss the importance and basic of Estate Planning, how to find a qualified attorney, and will answer questions from participants. 

Mr. Larkin "is an associate at Furey, Doolan & Abell, LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Larkin practiced in the fields of trusts and estates, real estate, and corporate law in New York, where he was an active member of the Estate and Trust Administration Committee of the New York State Bar Association. Mr. Larkin obtained his J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law while building a financial services practice with Northwestern Mutual.." (Provided by Furey, Doolan, Abell Law Firm.)​

This event is being held via Teleconference and does not require advanced registration.

​Teleconference Number: 515-604-9516; Access Code: 202933​

NASA Podcasts for the Visually Impaired:

Join us Wednesdays in April at 10:00 AM 

Join us on Wednesdays in April at 10 am EST for a special podcast series featuring NASA scientists and engineers sharing the incredible work being done in Earth and Space Science. 

Register here: or by calling 410-230-2424, Option 5.

​Podcast registration is capped at the first 100 registrants for each podcast, but they will be streamed live for additional audiences at:​

4/4/18: Our Solar System – Learn why NASA is studying the sun and hear about some fascinating discoveries we’ve made through NASA missions.

4/11/18: Air and Water – Learn about NASA’s work studying Earth and how NASA data impacts everyday life.

4/18/18: Satellite and Astronaut Communications – Learn how NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program helps bring NASA data from satellites in space to Earth.

4/25/18: Working at NASA – Learn about NASA’s internship program and career opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals.​

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. 

From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs​: Hosted by Joshua Clark Davis​. Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 PM

​​In From Head Shops to Whole Foods, Joshua Davis portrays the struggles, successes, and sacrifices of these unlikely entrepreneurs. The book challenges the widespread but mistaken idea that activism and political dissent are inherently antithetical to participation in the marketplace. Davis uncovers the historical roots of contemporary interest in ethical consumption, social enterprise, buying local, and mission-driven business.

Poetry and Co​nversation​: Hosted by Sarah Browning​ and Jennifer Wallace​. Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 PM
​​​Sarah Browning is the author of Killing Summer (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She is co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Browning co-hosts the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C.Jennifer Wallace teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She is a poetry editor at The Cortland Review. Her fifth poetry collection, Almost Entirely, was published by Paraclete Press in 2017.

The Woman's Hour: The Last Furious Fight to Win the Vote​: Hosted by Elaine Weiss​.​ Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 PM. 
​In her new book, The Woman's Hour, Elaine Weiss tells the story of the last six weeks in the fight for women's suffrage, when it all came down to one state, and in the end one man's vote. Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor.

​​Poetry Workshop Series: Hosted by Clarinda Harriss​​. Wednesdays, April 11, 29, and 25 at 6:30 PM.

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:

​  2017

Beyond the Stacks - Vol. 1, Iss. 1
Beyond the Stacks - Vol 1, Iss. 2
Beyond the Stacks - Vol 1, Iss. 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. 



Library Hours:

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

Special Announcements and Closings:

None at this time.

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