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In Focus, Summer 2020

Posted 08/24/2020

This issue includes a goodbye to our Manager, Digital Talking Book Player frequently asked questions, Zoom tips, and more!

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MP3 version coming soon...

Voting Access Expanded for Blind Citizens

Posted: 05/04/2020

HIGH PRIORITY: Voting access temporarily expanded for blind citizens. All requests for accessible ballots must be submitted by Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 4 pm..

The Bureau of Elections will extend blind voters the option of receiving a Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting (UOCAVA) ballot, which are typically reserved for overseas voters and members of the military. The Bureau of Elections will ensure that these ballots can be completed by blind individuals independently by using electronic screen reader software. Forms for requesting accessible electronic ballots will be available on the Bureau’s website: https://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-47796-527867--,00.html

In Focus, Spring 2020

Posted 04/01/2020

This issue includes Census Information, changes about your service, patron BINGO books, and more!

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Listen to the MP3 version below in parts 1-4:

Part 1: (Cover, Calendar, News)

Part 2: (Staff Picks, BINGO, COVID-19 Alerts)

Part 3: (Around the State)

Part 4: (BSBP Updates, Michigan Talking Book Libraries list, Library of Michigan Foundation)

Service Update

Posted 3/25/2020

Due to Governor Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order, the Braille and Talking Book Library has taken the necessary precautions and is closed to the public. We are presently closed to in-person visitors and phone calls. Although we will be monitoring voicemails to the best of our abilities, you should not expect a call back from staff at this time. There will be limited mail service going forward.

 

Please consider signing up for Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service, as there will be no interruption to personal downloading and we will continue to approve new accounts. We highly recommend this to all patrons, and encourage family and caregivers of those unable to download themselves to help with this process. More information on BARD is available on our website: www.michigan.gov/btbl. To sign up for BARD, visit: https://nlsbard.loc.gov. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

 

Information around the COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.  

 

Thank you.

Dear Patron: A new service model annouonced.  

Posted 3/16/2020

Dear Patron:

The Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) and statewide locations are now serving Michigan patrons with a great new system called Duplication on Demand (DoD). DoD will allow us to send you any book in our collection that you request right away. There’s no waiting for other patrons to return a copy; books are always available!

DoD enables us to download several books onto a single cartridge for our patrons. This means more reading with less hassle! You can also get a series put on one cartridge—in order—just let us know if there’s one you would like.

DoD settings will be based on your current account, but these settings can be changed at your request. Here’s what to expect when you start getting DoD cartridges:

  • Each patron can have up to three cartridges checked out at once.

  • Each cartridge will have several books on it (or books in series order, at your request.)

  • Listen to each book on the cartridge in the order it was downloaded, or use bookshelf mode on your machine to skip through titles to choose your listening order (instructions ‘How to Access Multiple Books on Cartridge’.)

  • Each cartridge will be labeled and brailled “MI Talking Books: Audio Books.”

  • The mailing container will have a folded book card (in print only) listing the titles that are on the cartridge.

  • To return cartridges, place the cartridge in the plastic mailing container, then simply remove the book card from the mailing container and recycle it. Do NOT flip the card over and reinsert. The container already has BTBL’s return address permanently on it. Simply place the container in the mail.

  • The loan period for cartridges is 60 days, with an option to renew for another 60 days, so you will have plenty of time to read all of the books on the cartridge.

  • Once a cartridge gets back to us, we will send you another one. It’s very important to send cartridges back right away to prevent gaps in service.

Questions? Please contact us!

Sincerely,

Your BTBL Team

Tigers Baseball Schedule 2020

Posted 3/13/2020

Audio version of the Tigers Schedule!

Temporary Closure March 2-3

Posted 2/25/2020

The Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) will be closed Monday, March 2nd through Tuesday, March 3rd for staff training. We will not be taking phone calls or lobby visitors during this time, but we will be checking voicemails periodically. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and ask for your patience as we train staff on our new circulation system. We will resume normal operating hours on Wednesday, March 4th.

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

Part 1: (Cover, Bingo)

Part 2: (Calendar and News, Technology Corner)

Part 3: (Local Recordings, BTBL Staff Picks)

Part 4: (Around the State)

Part 5: (Around the State continued, BSBP Updates)

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

 

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)