June 8, 2011: Michigan Braille and Talking Book Libraries Awareness DayDate: June 08, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is the Library of Congress' talking book and braille program, and this free service has provided reading materials in audio and braille formats for blind and visually impaired citizens for 80 years; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Commission for the Blind's Braille and Talking Book Library is one of 56 regional libraries working with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped throughout the United States; and,
WHEREAS, more than 11,000 qualified Michigan residents have access to informational and recreational books and magazines in audio and braille formats through this valuable resource; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Commission for the Blind to raise awareness of the latest accessible technologies available to Michigan citizens who have experienced vision impairment or loss;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, June 8, 2011 as Michigan Braille and Talking Book Libraries Awareness Day.