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 86 years; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons 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, the Northern and Midlands Regional Conference of Librarians Serving the Blind and Physically Handicapped from 20 states was hosted by the Ann Arbor District Library June 6-8, 2017; 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 Bureau of Services for Blind Persons 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 June 13, 2017 as Michigan Braille and Talking Book Libraries Awareness Day.