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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:

Technology User Group:

2 EVENTS COMING UP!

Tuesday, June ​11, 10:15 AM;

Location: LBPH, Main Branch, Washington County Free Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740,

Tuesday, June 11, 2:00 PM;

 C. Burr Artz Branch, Frederick County Public Library, 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701

To get your summer off to a great start, we will be looking at apps and services which will be beneficial to individuals who are blind and low vision.  Areas covered will include reading, travel, household and more.  Please note that this event will be on a Tuesday for we understand that transportation is easier during the week.


​You do not have to RSVP for this event.​


If you would like to listen to previous TUG recordings please click here:

https://www.marylandlibraries.org/Pages/Technology%20User%20 Group.aspx



Upcoming TUG: 

  • Tuesday, June 11: 10:15 AM, Main Branch, Washington County Free Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740, Tech Ideas and Apps for Summer.
  • Tuesday, June 11:  2:00 PM, C. Burr Artz Branch, Frederick County Public Library, 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701, Tech Ideas and Apps for Summer. 


For more information about the Technology User Group, please contact Jerry Price, (410) 230-2446 or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov


​​Summer Reading @ LBPH!

Two astronauts float in space above Earth, reading. Text: A universe of stories, a summer reading program 

Love to read? Want a chance to win great prizes? Then sign up to be part of our Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories! Early registration is happening now; visit our website and begin tracking today!

        • ​Birth to 10 years who earn a minimum of 75 points will be eligible for a prize and will be entered into a drawing for the library's grand prize.
        • Youth between 11 - 17 who earn a minimum of 100 points will be eligible for a prize and will be entered into a drawing for the library's grand prize. 
        • Adults over 18 who earn a minimum of 300 points will be eligible for a prize and will be entered into a drawing for the library's grand prize. 

​How to earn points:

Points can be earned by completing activities, reading, or participating in library events. Here is the break down of which activities earn the most points! 

        • If you check out/download a book from either LBPH or your local library, you will earn 2 points towards your total.
        • If you complete one of the library activities (like coloring pages), you will earn 5 points towards your total. 
        • For every 30 minutes you read (either in one sitting or spread out over several days), you will earn 10 points towards your total. 
        • If you attend any Summer Reading Program event either at LBPH or at your local library, you will earn 15 points towards your total. 

Activities You Can Do:​

The library has provided a few cool activities to earn some easy points! Look for more great things you can do by checking out our Facebook page and the LBPH Beanstack website​
      • Coloring Pages for Children
      • Coloring Pages for Young Adults
      • Writing Contest for Adults

Summer Reading Events:

Events being hosted by LBPH will be posted below. They will also be on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mdlbph​.


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 Pratt Events @ LBPH:

​​Tuesday, May 21, 6:30pm, LBPH​​​

Writers LIVE: James Cabezas, Eyes of Justice​

James Cabezas will be in conversation with co-author Joan Jacobson.

Despite a childhood affliction that left James Cabezas with the grim knowledge that he might one day go blind, he led a courageous career in law enforcement for more than four decades. With his vision intact, Jim proudly wore a police uniform, tracking drug dealers, thieves, and an armed robber in the precarious days before Baltimore cops wore bullet proof vests. While the world’s finest eye doctors kept him from going blind, Jim worked as a deep covert, driving a cab in Baltimore’s notorious red light district. While his eyesight continued to deteriorate, Jim defied a government doctor who ordered him to stop working. Instead, he got a talking computer.

No matter the hurdle, Jim performed his duties relentlessly. Eyes of Justice is a memoir of one man’s faith and devotion to duty who refused to be defined by his disability.

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the book for sale at a book signing following the program.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

Thursday, June 6, 6:30pm, LBPH​​​

Decolonize Your Bookshelves Launch with Gina Apostol

Before Gina Apostol's fourth novel, Insurrecto, hit the shelves, Publishers' Weekly named it one of the Ten Best Books of 2018. Insurrecto was also named Buzzfeed's Best Books of 2018 and Autostraddle's 50 Best Feminist Books of 2018, among many other Best Lists.  Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.

Decolonize Your Bookshelves is a book club founded by blogger and activist Eliza Romero, also known as Aesthetic Distance. The group will focus on Asian American writers who tell stories of struggle and triumph, and explore themes of civil unrest, assimilation, racism, and profound alienation. Because a disproportionate number East Asian writers are represented in the American mainstream compared with other Asians, the club will delve into the works of South and Southeast Asian authors , including Filipino, Indian and Vietnamese creators. The goal: thought-provoking discourse that reveal the absolute  necessity of these works to the American collective identity.

Gina Apostol will be in conversation with Eliza Romero.

Greedy Reads will sell copies of the book at a signing after the program.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

Wednesday, June 12, 6:30pm, LBPH​​​

Writers LIVE: Dan Rodricks, Father’s Day Creek: On Fly Fishing, Fatherhood and the Last Best Place on Earth​

Dan Rodricks is a long-time columnist (and podcast host) for The Baltimore Sun, and a local radio and television personality who has won several national and regional journalism awards over a reporting, writing and broadcast career spanning five decades. Rodricks has written some 6,000 columns for the Sun, and along the way he many times revealed his love of nature and of fishing. Rodricks embraced fly fishing in the early 1990s, and that style of fishing opened doors to new relationships with people and places--and one place in particular, the “secret” creek in Pennsylvania that, once allowed to recover from harmful over-fishing, became a trout paradise again.

The Ivy Bookshop will have books for sale at a book signing following the program.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

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 Catalog Searching Instructions: 

Patron Guide to Searching the Library Catalog


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 May 27th, in honor of Memorial Day. The library will reopen on May 28th, at our normal business hours.  
 

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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