Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled Wins Statewide Recognition

State Librarian Nancy Robertson announced Friday that the Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled is the recipient of the 2006 State Librarian's Excellence Award for exemplary public service. The Library of Michigan Foundation gives this prestigious honor, which includes a trophy and $5,000 in privately raised funds to be used for library service, to one Michigan library annually. Robertson presented the award Thursday during the Michigan Library Association annual conference at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

"We believe that libraries today are more than a place to find books.
The library is a resource to its community and hopefully offers programming and training opportunities that will benefit its clientele,"
said Margaret Wolfe, librarian coordinator for the Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled. "We have developed partnerships with a broad spectrum of individuals, institutions and agencies that allows us to expand our programming and training opportunities. Our library consumers are the reason why we offer programs now, a month from now, and a year from now. Libraries change lives!"

The Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled serves residents of Washtenaw, Jackson and Livingston counties. As part of the National Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the library provides traditional services like audio books, playback equipment, large-print materials and descriptive videos. "These are all essential and valued, but what makes this library exceptional is how it builds upon its core mission with programming that involves extensive outreach, innovative services and collaborations with many other community organizations," said Robertson.

The AADL staff and board salute the staff, board and county commissioners responsible for the services provided by the Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled