News & Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

December 14- To be announced.

January 11- Mobile Music services presented by Meagan Daniels

February 8- U.S. Census Information presented by Joseph Jonaitis U. S. Census bureau and Apple Watch updates presented by Jim Nuttall

March 14- Virtual Trainings: Get assistive technology training online presented by Caitlin Snyder

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

December 14- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (DB36256 / BR9187)

January 11- America for Beginners by Leah Franqui (DB92679)

February 8- All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen (DB81523 / BR20822)

March 14- To be announced

**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.


NEWS

In Focus, December 2019

Posted 12/12/2019

This issue includes a BINGO Winter Reading Challenge for all Ages, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled name change, Census information, and more!

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MP3 version coming soon...

Online Catalog Not Working

Posted 12/3/2019

The old BTBL Online Catalog, www.michigan.gov/ordertalkingbooks, is no longer working. We are currently transitioning to a new vendor and expect the new catalog to be available around February of 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will update you with more information as soon as possible. In the meantime, please call the library to order books.

In Focus, August 2019

Posted 8/21/2019

This issue includes news about our move from LARA to LEO, low vision support groups, book recommendations, and more news. Enjoy!

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Listen to the MP3 version below in parts 1-7:

Part 1: (Cover, BTBL Calendar and News)

Part 2: (Technology Corner, Local Recordings)

Part 3: (BTBL Staff Picks)

Part 4: (Youth Services, Around the State)

Part 5: (Around the State continued)

Part 6: (Around the State continued, BSBP Updates)

Part 7:  (Library Directory, Library of Michigan Foundation)

Libraries Without Walls: Schedule of Events

Posted 5/31/2019

We are excited to see you on Tuesday, June 4th for Libraries Without Walls! The following documents provide a brief overview of what you can expect at our event. These will be provided the day of the event as well.

Libraries Without Walls 2019:  Registration Open!

Posted 4/29/2019

Registration for this one day conference is now open. The conference will be held on Tuesday, June 4th from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Lansing Community College West Campus located at 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, 48917. Please fill out and return this registration form and the $15 fee by May 24, 2019 (lunch will be provided).

In Focus, Spring 2019

Posted 4/16/2019

This is the first issue featuring our new 16 expanded page layout! More news, more book recommendations, and new content featuring the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP). Enjoy!

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Or listen to the MP3 version in parts 1-5

Part 1 (Cover, BTBL Calendar and News, Technology Corner)

Part 2 (Local Recordings, BTBL Staff Picks)

Part 3 (Youth Services, Around the State)

Part 4 (Around the State continued)

Part 5 (BSBP Updates, Library Directory, Library of Michigan Foundation)

NFB-Newsline

Posted 3/1/2019

Did you know that the National Federation of the Blind offers access to newspapers, magazines, weather alerts, job listings, TV listings, and more, all for FREE? Sign up for NFB-Newsline by calling 866-504-7300 or visit www.nfbnewsline.org.  

In Focus, Winter 2018-2019

Posted 1/07/2019

This issue includes information about BTBL's new service model coming in 2019, fixes for common BARD issues, reminders for large print calendar orders and new BTBL phone numbers, and more!

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Or listen to the MP3 version in parts 1-6

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

Part 2 (Local Recordings)

Part 3 (Youth Services, News)

Part 4 (Around the State)

Part 5 (Around the State continued)

Part 6 (Michigan Talking Book Libraries, Library of Michigan Foundation)

Orcam Demo Day- Sign up Now!

Posted 11/19/2018, Updated 1/7/2018

This event was rescheduled to January 15th! BTBL is hosting an OrCam demo day at the library in Lansing, Michigan. 

OrCam is a wearable assistant that reads printed materials, reads barcodes, identifies faces, etc. OrCam uses a glasses mounted camera to focus on whatever you point it at to read or recognize.  The camera is about the size of a small thumb drive and contains all the software to perform all OrCam’s functions.  There are no wires and no extra processor like in the previous version of OrCam.

If you are interested, please contact the library at 1-800-992-9012 to reserve a 45 minute in-person session.

In Focus, Fall 2018

Posted 11/02/2018

This issue includes information about NLS Expanded Outreach initiative, Aira service, new Board Books available, and more!

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Or listen to the MP3 version in parts 1-4

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 (Michigan Talking Book Libraries- End)