News & Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

Computer Club - 2nd Saturday of every month, 10:30am-12:30pm

January 13: 10 year anniversary of the club!

February 10:  AT Loan Fund and Accessible TVs by Brenda Henige and Al Puzzuoli

March 10: Online music services and streaming music with Caitlin Snyder

Book Club - 2nd Saturday of every month, 1:30-3pm

January 13: The One Device: the secret history of the iPhone by Brian Merchant (DB88425)

February 10: TBA

March 10: TBA

**If you cannot attend in person, you may join either computer or book club by dialing 888-278-0296 and entering the access code 5836578.

Knitting and Support Group - 1st Friday of every month, 12-2pm. Drop in any time, or attend via phone by calling 888-278-0296 and entering access code 5836578!

*NEW* Hands-On Club - 4th Saturday of every month (except for holidays- call to confirm), 10:30am-12:30pm. Next meeting is January 27 about good form walking presented by Jann Nestell from Playmakers. Rotating topics and experiences. Call for more information.


NEWS

On-demand Tactile Maps

Posted 12/12/2017

Exciting news from LightHouse for the Blind - San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks to a collaboration between the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute and the Media and Accessible Design Lab, you can now order custom, on-demand tactile maps with braille and large print labels of the area of your choosing for just $19 (plus shipping and handling) from the Adaptations Store. Although no one at the Braille and Talking Book Library has used this service directly, it definitely sounds like a resource worth investigating!

To order a map, just call the product specialists at the Adaptations Store at 1-888-400-8933 and specify the destination of the map you’re interested in. Within two business days they will place your order, ship it or make it available for pick up at the store.

Firefox 57 and Screen Reader Compatibility

Posted 11/16/2017

According to a recent blog posted by the National Federation of the Blind, if you are a screen reader user and also a user of the Mozilla Firefox web browser, do not update to the soon-to-be-released Firefox 57. This upgrade represents such a significant technical and performance change that it’s going to be known as Firefox Quantum, and will impact user experience for screen reader users. 

Sense of Self: Accessible Art at the Broad Museum

Posted 11/2/2017

Exceptions Journal is excited to present a collection of interactive artwork in partnership with the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Join them Friday November 10th, 2017 for a morning symposium featuring talks from leaders from the art and literary worlds who specialize in disability studies and accessibility, followed by an evening reception featuring tactile paintings meant to be experienced by touch. For more information on the event, visit https://www.exceptionsjournal.com/.

Winter Camp for the Blind

Posted 10/27/2017

Winter Camp was established to provide a special camp adventure for blind and visually impaired adults. This year it will be held February 2-4, 2018 at Battle Creek Public Schools Outdoor Education Center in Dowling, MI. Campers pay only a small fee to attend, and registration is required. Contact Camp Operations Director Barry Allen with questions: BarryRAllen@aol.com or 734-428-7034.

Autumn Adventures

Posted 10/09/2017

Saturday October 14th, join a group to learn about birds in the fall, followed by lunch and a trip to the Henry Ford Museum for a tactile tour. October 20-22, join the long-awaited Pumpkin Patch Party at Camp Tuhsmeheta. Please contact vandenheuvelj1@michigan.gov (Michigan Department of Education) or donnabutterfly50@gmail.com (Birding by Ear and Beyond) for more information about either event.

Tactile Tour of Henry Ford Museum

Posted 9/26/2017

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation is offering tactile tours on Saturday, October 14, at 10 am and 1 pm.  More information can be found here.

Perkins Library Product Sale Program

Posted 9/22/2017

The Perkins Library, a division of the renowned Perkins School for the Blind, is now selling several products to assist and support your use of “talking books” and BARD (The Braille & Audio Reading Download Website) through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) of the Library of Congress, in cooperation with state library agencies. Multiple products are now available, such as blank digital cartridges, USB transfer cables, travel cases, and more! Check out the Perkins Library Store website for more information. Similar products may be sold at other locations, and consumers should use their best judgment. This article is intended as informational only.

In Focus, Fall 2017

Posted 9/14/2017

This issue includes a spotlight on the Library of Michigan Foundation, and provides information on topics such as the new Hands-On Club, student resources, and a pilot program for an eReader.

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Or listen to the MP3 version in parts 1-3 (the articles contained on each audio file are listed in parentheses):

Part 1 (Featured Article, Inside this Issue, BTBL Calendar, Technology Corner)

Part 2 (Local Recordings, Youth Services, News)

Part 3 (Around the State)

Part 4 (Around the State (from Oakland Talking Books), Library Directory, Library of Michigan Foundation, Contact BTBL)

Accessible Cable T.V.

8/25/2017

Charter Communications recently developed an audible TV guide and app for customers who are blind or have visual disabilities.  According to their website, Spectrum Guide Narration announces onscreen text and instructions within the guide to help customers with visual disabilities explore thousands of TV shows and movies.

As accessibility options continue to expand, it is good for consumers to be aware such technology exists. BTBL does not endorse any particular company. Be sure to check with your current provider to see if similar options are available.

Eclipse Soundscapes Website

8/15/2017

On August 21, 2017, millions of people will view a total solar eclipse as it passes through the United States. However, for the visually impaired, or others who are unable to see the eclipse with their own eyes, the Eclipse Soundscapes Project delivers a multisensory experience of this exciting celestial event. The project, from NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium, will include audio descriptions of the eclipse in real time, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app that will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch. Visit the website for more information.

Laundry Accessibility Option

Posted 8/4/2017

The Talking Laundry Module is a box that plugs into existing and many new General Electric washers and dryers. GE developed this device in cooperation with the Kentucky School for the Blind and the American Printing House for the Blind. To read the full article, visit the Cool Blind Tech website.

In Focus, Summer 2017

Posted 6/23/2017

This issue formally announces Braille Enhanced StoryWalk, the new BTBL Hands-On Club, and discusses Libraries Without Walls 2017 successes from the event held on June 13th.

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Or listen to the MP3 version in parts 1-3 (the articles contained on each audio file are listed in parentheses):

Part 1 (Featured Article, Inside this Issue, Technology Corner, Local Recordings)

Part 2 (Youth Services, News, Around the State (through Genesee District Library Talking Book Center))

Part 3 (Around the State (from Great Lakes Talking Books), Library Directory, Library of Michigan Foundation, Contact BTBL)

Libraries Without Walls 2017, In Review

6/23/2017

We understand that not all our patrons interested in this event were able to attend in person. In response, we are posting the materials provided by presenters from that day if available. 

Gov. Snyder Proclaims Michigan Braille and Talking Book Libraries Awareness Day
6/13/2017

So that all may read, Gov. Rick Snyder today, June 13th, proclaimed Michigan Braille and Talking Book Libraries Awareness Day to draw attention to the latest accessible technologies available to Michigan residents who have experienced vision impairment or loss. The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons’ (BSBP) Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL), along with 11 Michigan Regional Talking Book Libraries located throughout the state provide reading resources to residents with vision loss in all of the state’s 83 counties. 

“We want to ensure that residents who are unable to use standard print materials have easy access to the library’s comprehensive resources so that all may read,” said BSBP Director Bill Robinson. “Our library’s dedication to service excellence and commitment is focused on serving more people in the years to come.” 

The BTBL is one of 56 regional libraries in the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) nationwide network. This Library of Congress' Talking Book and Braille Program is a free service that has provided reading materials in audio and braille formats for blind and visually impaired individuals for 86 years.

In Michigan, the BTBL loans books and magazines in braille and audio formats free of charge to those who qualify and serves more than 11,000 patrons annually. More than 556,500 braille and talking books were circulated in 2016, averaging 2,100 – 2,200 per day. There are 30,085 titles available in audio format and 10,275 titles available in braille. These include popular fiction and nonfiction, best sellers, how-to books, and talking book versions of magazines and foreign language materials. Books are available by digital download or by USPS Free Matter mailing, without shipping charges. Patrons can call toll-free to consult with library reader advisors to request titles in the format best suited to their needs. The BTBL is located on the first floor of the Michigan Library and Historical Center in downtown Lansing. 

Today, the BTBL hosted its biennial Libraries Without Walls Conference to showcase the latest in adaptive technology for the blind. Librarians, educators and patrons from around the state gathered to learn more about adaptive technology in the workplace utilizing cloud computing.  

Earlier this month, the Ann Arbor District Library within the NLS network hosted the 2017 Northern and Midlands Regional Conference of Librarians Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped that began with a tour of the BTBL for NLS representatives from Washington D.C. and librarians from several states. 

Constant innovation to better serve patrons has been key to the success of the BTBL. “You Say it How in Michigan?,” a unique and comprehensive online directory that the BTBL developed primarily to benefit audio book production for the blind and visually impaired, was unveiled earlier this year. Robinson said that the site actually benefits anyone who wants to know the correct pronunciation of Michigan’s many unique cities and places to experience Pure Michigan. In 2015, the BTBL won the prestigious Network Library of the Year Award from the NLS; recognized as #1 in the country for its excellence, innovation and special achievement in providing library service to individuals who are blind or have a physical disability.   
The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons provides training and other services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired to achieve employment and/or independence in the careers of their choice. For more information about BSBP visit www.michigan.gov/bsbp or call toll-free: 800-292-4200, TTY 888-864-1212. For more information about or to apply for BTBL resources, call toll-free 800-992-9012 or visit www.michigan.gov/btbl.

Inclusive Fitness Virtual Conference

5/19/2017

Join LaWanda Cook, YTI Healthy Living Lead, Wednesday - May 24, 2017 from 1:30 to 3 PM Eastern time for this FREE event! The intent of this conference is to provide information for fitness/wellness professionals, individuals with disabilities, family members and others, to improve access to and inclusion in community-based programs and services for people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. You can participate by telephone or internet connection. Registration is required at http://register.yangtaninstitute.org/register/index.cfm?event=6333

VO Lab APP

5/4/2017

Sonokids has just released an exciting new iOS app called VO Lab.  This app is designed for 14+ to learn basic VoiceOver gestures.  The app is interactive and engaging for all ages! For the full article reviewing this App, visit the Perkins Paths to Technology website.

Blind Independence Diabetes Group (BID Group)

4/14/2017

A new website has recently opened especially for Blind Diabetics.  It is called the Blind Independence Diabetes Group or BID Group. The purpose of the BID Group is to enable blind diabetics to improve their diabetes health, gain independence, and make new friends! The BID Group website provides free “living with diabetes and blindness” audio training materials from top medical and blindness professionals.  It offers friendly nationwide peer support groups where blind diabetics, facing the same issues, can learn, laugh, and grow together.  The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) has become apart of the BID Group friends group in order to bring more awareness of this topic, and the support available, to our patrons that are blind diabetics.  Visit the website today to learn more!

Access Technology Affordabillity Act

4/7/2017

The National Federation of the Blind applauds the introduction of the Access Technology Affordability Act.  The legislation will establish a per-person individual refundable tax credit to be used over a multi-year period to offset the cost of access technology for blind people. Access technology includes items such as text-to-speech screen access software and electronic Braille displays that blind people use to access computers, tablets, smart phones, and other devices, as well as digital content. For the full article, visit the NFB website.

School for the Blind Remodel

Posted 3/28/2017

The grand old maids at the heart of the 40-acre former Michigan School for the Blind campus may finally see new development this summer, according to an article published in CityPulse. Elizabeth Whitsett, development director of Indianapolis-based developer TWG, said the 1950s-era auditorium behind the Abigail will be demolished this summer to make room for Walnut Park, a four-story, 72-unit “family housing” complex. It will cost an estimated $12 million. Read the full article here.

In Focus, Spring 2017

Posted 3/23/2017

This issue formally announces the BTBL Libraries Without Walls event on June 13th, lists summer programs for youth including the BTBL Summer Reading Program, and provides more information on topics such as BARD Express.

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Or listen to the MP3 version in parts 1-4 (the articles contained on each audio file are listed in parentheses):

Part 1 (Featured Article, Inside this Issue, Technology Corner, Local Recordings)

Part 2 (Youth Services, News)

Part 3 (Around the State)

Part 4 (Library Directory, Library of Michigan Foundation, Contact BTBL)

Legacy Trust Award Collection (LTAC) 2017

3/21/2017

LTAC is once again calling all artists with disabilities to an annual competition, which provides cash prizes and a pathway to ArtPrize. Registration to entre is due to LTAC by April 24th, 2017. Visit LTAC website for the registration form and additional information.

Family Nature Club Event- March Hiking

3/13/2017

The Family Nature Club invites you to come to Camp Tuhsmeheta on March 25 for hikes and outdoor pursuits (canoeing. campfires, gardening).  Registration for the event is $5.00 and all families, youth and adults who are blind/visually impaired are welcome to attend.  Lodging is available on March 24 and March 25.  Follow the link and sign up today!  https://mdelio.org/blind-visually-impaired/events/family-nature-club-spring-hiking-event.

Tactile Tour of Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

2/14/2017

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation is offering a tactile tour Saturday, March 11. Visit https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/tactile-tour for more information about the tour and a link to register for it.

New Minibibliographies Released by NLS

Posted 1/12/2017, edited 7/27/2017

The full list of minibibliographies can be viewed on the NLS "New from Reference" page.

In Focus, Winter 2016-2017

Posted 12/20/2016

This issue contains a holiday message from BTBL staff, information on upcoming events like Libraries Without Walls, resources for high school students, new mailing cards, and more.

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Or listen to the MP3 version in parts 1-3 (the articles contained on each audio file are listed in parentheses):

Part 1 (Featured Article, Inside this Issue, Technology Corner, Local Recordings)

Part 2 (Youth Services, News, Around the State)

Part 3 (Library Directory, Library of Michigan Foundation, Contact BTBL)

DIY Homemade CCTV for Low Vision Reading

Posted 12/12/2016

This holiday season, BTBL brings you step by step instructions on how to build a CCTV-like display for low vision reading without the high prices! Friend of the library, Dan Beacom, originally constructed this tablet based magnification system for low vision reading for his father.  Similar text-enlarging products sold commercially (called CCTVs) can run near $3,000 in stores. Dan’s do-it-yourself method can be done for about 70% less! View the full instructions below, or read the brief overview of the system in the Winter InFocus (coming soon).

Instructions for DIY CCTV (word doc)

Instructions for DIY CCTV (text file)

Wood Working for the Blind

Posted 11/1/2016, updated 12/12/2016

Dennis Raher had the opportunity this summer to combine two of his favorite past times; wood working and travel. He attended a conference through a group called Wood Working for the Blind. For more information, visit WW4B.ORG or email the group at woodworkingfortheblind@comcast.net. Read the full description of his experience below.

This summer I had the opportunity to combine two of my favorite past times, wood working and travel. I spent two weeks traveling through the red woods of Northern California. I started by attending a conference organized by the wood working group of which I am a member. The group is called Wood Working for the Blind. Each year we have a conference/get together to have fun, learn some new skills, and socialize. This year it was held at the Enchanted Hills Lighthouse Camp in Napa, CA. The Workshop featured three days of instruction in the beautiful red wood hills outside Napa and concentrated on wood joinery including dovetails, mortise and tenons, box finger joints and  lap and bridle joints. In addition, there were sessions on cutting curves with templates on both router and band saw, as well as wood turning techniques, coloring wood with dyes and stains,  finishing guidelines and a presentation on developments in talking tools. The instructor was professional wood worker George Wurtzel. The sessions were only half the fun. Much of the experience was a result of the interaction among the wood working for the blind members. It was like having a dozen instructors to draw on. The skill levels among our members vary from novice to highly skilled wood workers. The founder and guiding light of the ww4b group is Larry Martin. He started the group many years ago to be a resource for blind woodworkers. He records several wood working magazines each month and originally distributed them on CD's. Thanks to the efforts of a number of our members, we now have an excellent website where all these recordings, and much more, are stored and made available. We, of course, have a mailing group where we converse, kick project ideas around, and plumb the knowledge base existing in our members brains. If you are interested in wood working of any type, please feel free to visit our website at www.ww4b.org.Information on how to join the group is, of course, available there and we would be happy to welcome you "A-BOARD".   After the workshop my wife and I spent the remainder of our time wandering through the red wood forests and of course wineries. It was a phenomenal experience.

Turn your iPhone into a handheld CCTV

11/18/2016

David Pogue offers a quick 1 minute video on using the iPhone as a magnifier with iOS10: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ios-10-hidden-feature-the-magnifier-142655298.html

Online Auction for Seedlings Braille Books for Children

11/7/2016

Seedlings Braille Books for Children is holding an online auction to raise $10,000 for 1,000 braille books! Bid on great prizes in the online auction November 1-14 by visiting www.biddingforgood.com/braillebooks.

80% Off KNFB Reader for Android Thanks to Google

Posted 10/18/2016

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) recently announced a promotion for the KNFB Reader (read the full article).  For a limited time, KNFB Reader will be offered for the reduced price of $19.99 USD for the Android app.  This is 80% off of the regular price.  Check the Google Play store for pricing.

 

KNFB Reader is a mobile app that reads print aloud.  It’s easy to use: take a photo and the app reads the text aloud in clear synthetic speech. And it’s fast: the print will be yours almost instantly. The app is fully accessible thanks to Google TalkBack and app functionalities that guide the blind user in independently taking the perfect picture.  The app can currently recognize text in nineteen different languages and is compatible with connected Braille displays.

In Focus, Fall 2016

Posted 09/29/2016

This issue contains information on the Patron Satisfaction Survey, the Schumer bill for Braille Displays, new DVDs, and more!

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Or listen to the MP3 version in parts 1-4 (the articles contained on each audio file are listed in parentheses):

Part 1 (Inside this Issue, Featured Article, Technology Corner)

Part 2 (Local Recordings, Youth Services, News)

Part 3 (Around the State)

Part 4 (Library Directory, Library of Michigan Foundation, Contact BTBL)

Henry Ford Museum Tactile Tour

Posted 9/13/2016

Join Henry Ford Museum on Saturday, October 15th for a tactile tour of the museum at 10am or 1pm.  Tactile tours provide background and context on our collections, as well as opportunities to touch artifacts, such as the Rosa Parks Bus and Allegheny Locomotive, and models of artifacts.  Advanced registration is required, so please reserve your spot here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4aaca628a75-henry.  Tickets can be purchased in advance here: Henry Ford Museum tickets. Contact accessibility@thehenryford.org or call 313-982-6168 or 313-982-6139 with questions.

Reader's Digest

Posted 8/26/2016

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is converting Reader's Digest from cassette to digital beginning September 1st, 2016. Everyone who was subscribed already should automatically start getting the digital cartridges at that time. Please note the digital cartridges must be returned to APH, unlike the cassette tapes that were disposable. Alternatively, more tech-savvy patrons can download their own copies of the magazine. Instructions for that can be found on the APH website. Or with questions or concerns, contact APH at 800-223-1839.

Summer Reading Event Success!

8/19/2016

Yesterday’s Summer Reading Event was a big success! Hall of Fame wrestling coach, Larry Powell, gave an engaging and insightful talk, followed by informative sessions with wellness station vendors. BTBL would like to thank everyone that participated in this dynamic event! Below is additional information on the vendors that attended the event, as well as photos of the all the fun!

Ski for Light (Michigan): Ski for Light, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that promotes the physical fitness of visually and mobility impaired adults, in an environment where "we can't" is replaced with "we can." Disabled and able bodied people join together in a one on one partnership to learn from each other through physically demanding activities. Consider joining the Michigan chapter of Ski for Light for the next ski event in January 2017.

Playmakers: Good Form focuses on the simple, essential steps that allow for efficient, light, and easy running and walking. Along with effective stretching and strengthening techniques, Good Form can benefit all ranges and abilities of runners and walkers. Jann, the coach that attended the event, has worked with visually impaired populations throughout her career, and was happy to give mini-sessions on good form at our event.

Capital City Scuba: Enjoyable and safe diving starts with the appropriate training! Capital City Scuba offers courses and dives for people of all abilities, including adaptive classified diving courses for those with physical disabilities. They also offer a fun opportunity called Scuba with Santa every December, which allows the public to swim with scuba gear and get a picture taken underwater with Santa (for a small donation to their non-profit foundation). Hall of fame wrestling coach Larry Powell speaks at BTBL event. A BSBP BTBL banner is visible in the background.

Playmaker coach teaches attendees about the importance of posture in a Good Form mini-session.Two Ski for Light representatives speak with three event attendees about the organization. Up close picture of a ski show attached to a ski. Capital City Scuba manikin is dressed up in scuba gear and ready to dive! Library staff member stands by the Minute to Win It station ready to help attendees play games to win a prize!

Summer Reading Event for ALL Ages!

8/8/2016

We have a great program planned for everyone attending the first ever Summer Reading Event! Longtime patron Larry Powell will be giving a Sports Talk about his experiences as an athlete and coach with a visual impairment. Following this exciting talk, participants will be free to visit the wellness stations set up around the lobby. These stations will include good form walking and running coaches from Playmakers, representatives from Ski for Light, and more! Please RVSP if you plan to attend this event. Call 800-992-9012 or email Youth Librarian, Stephanie Wambaugh, at wambaughs@michigan.gov.

Event location: Braille and Talking Book Library Lobby (1st floor at the Library of Michigan), 702 West Kalamazoo St, Lansing, Michigan, 48915

Event date and time: Thursday, August 18th from 1-3pm (Sports Talk will start promptly at 1pm)

We hope to see you here!

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Posted 8/8/2016

Hadley is a great online resource for those looking for courses on braille instruction, independent living, employment/entrepreneurship, academics, technology and more! All of this is available at no charge to eligible blind or visually impaired individuals. There are also over 300 recorded seminars through Seminars@Hadley on various topics available for viewing. For more information, visit www.hadley.edu. And check out the FREE instructional video about BARD called iFocus: Using the BARD Mobile App iOS.

NFB-NEWSLINE Informs Voters

Posted 7/22/2016

In an effort to help subscribers become more informed voters, NFB-NEWSLINE has added candidate information for the upcoming presidential election. Get up to the minute information about the leading candidates for the 2016 Presidential Election. 

To hear about the candidates for the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election using the telephone access method, press five on the main menu for “Newspapers in a Different State”, then five for 2016 “Presidential Election”. From there you can choose “Breaking News”, “Daily Newspaper”, “International”, or “Magazine” search results for Clinton or Trump. You will be able to read articles from today’s and yesterday’s publications.

BTBL patrons qualify for NEWSLINE service as well. For more information about this program, call NFB-NEWSLINE at 866-504-7300.

In Focus, Summer 2016

Posted 06/27/2016

This issue contains information on the Summer Reading Program and Event, BARD, and more!

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Or listen to the MP3 version in parts 1-5 (the articles contained on each audio file are listed in parentheses):

Part 1 (Summer Reading Event; Technology Corner; BARD)

Part 2 (Local Recordings; Youth Services)

Part 3 (News; Around the State: Taylor, Muskegon, Traverse Area)

Part 4 (Around the State: Macomb, Kent, St. Clair, Oakland, Detroit)

Part 5 (Michigan Talking Book Libraries Directory; Library of Michigan Foundation; How to Reach the BSBP/BTBL)

Visual impairment, blindness cases in U.S. expected to double by 2050

Posted 6/10/2016

With the youngest of the baby boomers hitting 65 by 2029, the number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050, according to projections based on the most recent census data and from studies funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. Another 16.4 million Americans are expected to have difficulty seeing due to correctable refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) that can be fixed with glasses, contacts or surgery. To view the entire article visit the National Institutes of Health.

Summer Reading Event

Posted 5/27/2016

Mark your calendar for the first ever Summer Reading Event open to all patrons, family and friends! This event will be held in the BTBL Lobby in Lansing, Michigan on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 1-3pm. Larry Powell will deliver a Sports Talk focusing on his time as an athlete and coach with a visual impairment. There will also be sports and fitness stations set up around the room with adaptive equipment for participants to explore.  RSVP is encouraged, but not required.

Touchable Ink

Posted 5/3/2016

A new invention dubbed Touchable Ink is being touted as a huge step forward for visually impaired people. The “world’s first revolutionary printing ink” allows normal printers to produce words and images that blind or low vision individuals can read by touch. View the full article by Steven Millward for more details.

Grand Opening Celebration at Braille & Talking Books @ Taylor Community Library

Posted 4/12/2016Right to left: Theresa Powers, Vanessa Morris, Sue Chinault, Ed Rodgers

The Braille & Talking Books portion of the Taylor Community Library held its grand opening Monday, April 11. This program serves Wayne County residents that had previously been served by the Wayne County Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped which closed last year. The celebration was well attended by staff, patrons, and community members. For a full article and numerous photos of the celebration, visit the Taylor Community Library Facebook page.

In Focus, Spring 2016

Posted 03/29/2016

This issue contains information on the Helen Keller Exhibit, VISIONS 2016, the upcoming Patron Survey, and more.

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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Helen Keller Exhibit

Posted 3/22/2016

Picture shows Helen Keller looking down toward text which announces title and dates of exhibit as described below in the text about the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired is a fully accessible traveling exhibit brought to you by The American Printing House For the Blind (APH).

This exhibit explores the keys to Helen Keller’s Education as well as the groundbreaking educational tools and techniques developed for people who are blind or visually impaired and/or Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

Please come view the exhibit at the Michigan Library and Historical Center any time during building hours between April 6 - May 22! Admission is free! Call the library at 800-992-9012 with questions.

Receive a Free Lifetime Access Pass to National Parks

Posted 3/4/2016

If you are a person with a disability you can receive a free lifetime access pass to National Parks. What is the Access Pass? A free, lifetime pass - available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability) - that provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies. For more information, go to: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html

Art Competition for All Ages

Posted 3/3/2016

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) invites artists of all ages to submit artwork to APH InSights 2016. This competition is exclusively for artists who are blind and visually impaired. The deadline for entry is March 25, 2016. For more information visit: https://mdelio.org/news/enter-annual-aph-insights-art-competition

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