After We're Gone...

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After We're Gone is a series of 4 training sessions geared toward aging parents who have adult children at home with developmental disabilities. The first session is Thursday January 20th from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at MORC in Auburn Hills. This series is free. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are appreciated. Call The Arc of Oakland County at 248-816-1900.

Elevator Table at Malletts Creek


In addition to the computer stations available in our Downtown Assistive Technology Lab, there are now two computer stations at the Malletts Creek branch that are located on top of an adjustable elevator table meant to accommodate an individual in a wheel chair or who may otherwise require a station at an alternate height. The table moves up or down by a remote control that's connected to the end of the table just below the table top. If you need to use a computer station on the elevator table, please feel free to let staff know.

The Jewish Braille Institute Library


The JBI Library provides individuals who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped or reading disabled with books, magazines and special publications of Jewish and general interest in Audio, Large Print and Braille formats. The unique services provided by JBI, all of which are free of charge, enable over 35,000 children, adults and seniors to participate fully in the life of their communities. JBI Talking Books are available in English, Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Romanian, Polish and Spanish. To apply, call 1-800-433-1531. JBI's librarians are happy to describe JBI's services and to aid in the easy enrollment process.

A Study in Scarlet

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For our WLBPD patrons, here's some interesting news:

Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study In Scarlet (DB 71855), read by Alexander Scourby for the American Foundation for the Blind in 1939, has been added to the BARD collection. This recording was originally issued as 33-1/3 rpm long-playing phonograph records. It is the first NLS analog-to-digital conversion title to use a disc source. If you are eligible for BARD & have feedback about this recording, it may be directed to: Let us know what you think about it, too!

Assistive Technology Available on Public Computer Stations

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A giant trackball mouse that requires less wrist and arm movement is available for use at all library locations. Other assistive technologies available on public computer stations are: JAWS - a text to speech software, a computer magnifier, and a text enlarger. Just ask at the reference desk and we'll be glad to help you get started. Click here to read more about assistive technology available at the Ann Arbor District Library and the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled.

Need a Ride?

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Now there's RideConnect, a new transportation coordination center serving Washtenaw County residents. Sponsored by Western Washtenaw Area Value Express or WAVE, the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study or WATS; People's Express, Washtenaw County, and Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, RideConnect also coordinates services among existing public, private, and non-profit transportation as well as county human service agencies.

Washtenaw County Community Day!

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On Saturday, August 14th, Washtenaw County residents will have the opportunity to connect with over 35 human service providers & non-profit agencies. Washtenaw County ETCS, together with local non-profits & other county departments to bring FREE services to county residents. Look for Michigan Works!; the Department of Human Services; Ann Arbor Spark; Washtenaw County Public Health; Habitat for Humanity; The Business Side of Youth (B-Side), and the WLBPD among others. There will be FREE food, games, live entertainment, and plenty of giveaways. The event is from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. on Ferris Street in the lot next to Key Bank in Ypsi.

August is Audio Book Appreciation Month!

We may already be a week into the month, but it's not too late to start celebrating! Recently established by Chase's Calendar of Events, 2010 is the first official year for this holiday. Congress created a talking books program in 1931, though audio books really didn't take off until the 1980's with the popularity of the cassette tape. Now, whether you're visually impaired, making a long commute, or simply want to hear your favorite book read out loud, you can enjoy this form of literacy! Books are available on CDs, as MP3s, streaming on the internet, and a few titles are even still offered on cassette.

Here at the AADL we have tons of resources for our audio book fans. Check out our most popular audio books here. Interested in downloading your favorite book on MP3? Take a look at our eBooks and eAudio page. Patrons of the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled are also eligible to check out these items, so go ahead and browse the selection.

Want even more audio book information? Librarian Mary Burkey at Booklist has a wonderful blog with current news, reviews, and everything you need to know about audio books. AudiobookAudiobook

Living Well with Low Vision, and the Science of Glaucoma

Did you or a loved one miss the April 15th library event, Living Well with Low Vision, and the Science of Glaucoma? The event addressed current treatments for people with low vision and was made possible by the National Institute of Health and co-sponsored by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research and the UM Health Sciences Libraries.

The event was filmed and recorded and is available online, see the video or listen to the audio. You may also request the audio recording from WLBPD. Just call 734-327-4224, email, or drop by any library location.

Free Bowling for Kids & Families


How often do you get to go bowling when the Kids Bowl Free? You and your kids can take advantage of this offer throughout the summer! Lots of bowling lanes across the state are participating, including Ypsi-Arbor Bowling, Bel Mark Lanes and Colonial Lanes. Need more info? This link will explain it all. Before you go, brush up on your skills by watching this DVD! Personally, I like to use bumpers when I bowl...

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