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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:


​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: https://nvite.jsc.nasa.gov/RSVP/?id=9se6r 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:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-gsfc​

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.​


​Technology User Group Meeting:​

Join us May 12 at 10:00 AM; ​You do not have to RSVP for this event.
Held at Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
415 Park Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201

Siri is an interactive personal assistant designed by Apple for use on iPhones and iPads.
It is primarily a voice controlled “assistant” that talks back to you, understands context and relationships, and even has a great personality. Siri is there to answer questions, to control your phone for you, as well as keep you connected to the Internet.​
  We’ll answer the questions: 
  • How does it work? How well does it work?
  • Is it useful? How can we make it useful?

Upcoming TUG Events

  • June TUG:  Amazon Echo (Location change:  Salisbury, MD at Blind Industries and Services of Maryland)​​
  • July TUG: Making Social Media Work for Yout (in Baltimore at 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. 

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: reference.desk@maryland.gov

​  2017

Beyond the Stacks - Vol. 1, Iss. 1
Beyond the Stacks - Vol 1, Iss. 2
Beyond the Stacks - Vol 1, Iss. 3

2018

Beyond the Stacks Vol 2, Issue 1

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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:

None at this time.

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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


Follow LBPH on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mdlbph​

And on Twitter: ​www.twitter.com/md_lbph​