WLBPD Holiday Books

Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled patrons can browse the Michigan Braille & Talking Book Library (BTBL) or National Library Service online catalogs to find a good selection of Christmas mysteries, romances, cookbooks, or holiday stories for young people. Titles like "The Cat Who Came for Christmas" (DB26048/BR7225) or "It's Kwanzaa Time!" (DB42923) are available, as well as books about Hanukkah.

You can do a Word in Title search for a holiday using the online catalogs or call 734-327-4224, and a reader adviser will be happy to order them for you.

WLBPD Produced Series on Digital Cartridge

WLBPD@AADL is excited to offer a new service to our patrons - book series on digital cartridge! Now instead of waiting for the next book in a series to arrive in the mail, just use the bookshelf feature on the digital talking book machine to move on to the next book right away. There are currently 20 different series available for checkout as part of the book series on digital cartridge service. To find out which titles are available, to suggest a series be added, or to order one of the currently available series on digital cartridge, call 734-327-4224 or email wlbpd@aadl.org.

Drop Off Your Old Eyeglasses!

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Do you have eyeglasses that you no longer use or need? The Ann Arbor (Host) Lions Club has over 30 drop-off locations throughout Washtenaw County. Lions Club International collects an average of 4.5 millions pairs of glasses per year to send to developing countries. You can also donate prescription or regular sunglasses too. For information on how AADL serves those with low or no vision, check out the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL!

"Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back"

Harilyn Rousso, author of "Don't Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back," will read from her book Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room South, at the University of Michigan. Her appearance is sponsored by a number of groups including Services for Students with Disabilities, Council for Disability Concerns, Women's Studies, Center for Education of Women, the LSA Disability Culture class, and Nicola's Books. Refreshments and Screenline CART services will be provided. Later the same day, the author will participate in a reading and panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. at the U-M School of Social Work. Refreshments and CART services will be provided. People planning to attend the later event should RSVP by emailing Carolyn Grawi at cgrawi@umich.edu.

"Don't Call Me Inspirational" is a collection of essays, poems, and personal memories by the author, who was born with cerebral palsy and now is a psychotherapist, disabilities activist and artist. Her book, published earlier this year, was widely and favorably reviewed. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson wrote in Ms. magazine that it is "less a memoir of endurance than a fine model for feminist development."

'Tis the Season to Hang on to Reason!

Learn why we spend the way we do during these coming months, followed by a discussion of how to find alternative ways to enjoy the holidays. Taught by renowned speaker & local budget guru, Kathryn Greiner, Director of Education at the University of Michigan Credit Union, these sessions are free and open to the public: Saturday, November 2, 10:00-11:30 AM and Thursday, November 7, 6:00-7:30 PM. Pre-registration is required. Click here to pre-register. Both sessions will be held at the University of Michigan Credit Union, 4440 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, between Wagner and Zeeb Roads.

Birding By Ear and Beyond Interpretive Program "Hunters of the Sky"

You are invited to attend an exclusive interpretive program called "Hunters of the Sky" this Sunday, November 3rd at 3pm at the Leslie Science Center in Ann Arbor! To register for this event, please e-mail Amy Shepherd amyshep4@gmail.com. Registration is free, thanks to a special donation from the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club! Drop-ins are also welcome.

Along with investigating this extraordinary center for nature programming there will also be an exclusive interpretive program called “Hunters of the Sky," presented by nationally acclaimed Birding By Ear and Beyond program director, Donna Posont, a Student Naturalist, at the University of Michigan Dearborn. This will be a unique opportunity for blind participants, as well as their sighted friends and family, to get up close and personal with the protected raptors that live at the Lesley Science Center. The program will last about an hour, but there will be time before and after to explore the facility on your own.

This event is sponsored in part by the University of Michigan Dearborn; National Federation of the Blind of Michigan; Ann Arbor Host Lions Club; and Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments.

Child in a Strange Country Or Why is Helen Keller At the Water Pump The Only Person Who Was Blind That Most Americans Know?

Sunday May 4, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up
This event will be recorded

Micheal A. Hudson, Museum Director at the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, Kentucky explores major advances made in learning and literacy for folks who are blind or visually impaired since 1784, and introduces a few interesting characters that most people do not know about.

Micheal has been the museum director at the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind since 2005. He holds an M.A. in the History of Technology from the University of Delaware and spent the first eighteen years of his professional life working in collections and exhibits at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.

This is one of several related events held is in conjunction with the Downtown Library exhibit Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, on display in the lobby of the Downtown Library and on the Third Floor from Friday, May 2 – Wednesday, June 25.

If you know someone who has vision loss, find out more about the services offered through Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled@AADL.

Blind Americans Equality Day 2013

From the Office of the Press Secretary of the White House comes a Presidential Proclamation- today is Blind Americans Equality Day 2013. Originally named White Cane Safety Day in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, this day is a national observance in the United States. In 2011, White Cane Safety Day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day by President Barack Obama. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the importance of full access and opportunity.

Pediatric Support Group for Parents and Families of Children with Eye Disease and Visual Impairment

The University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center is hosting a pediatric support group for parents and families of children with eye disease and visual impairment on Saturday, November 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This support group is open to all parents and families of children with eye disease and visual impairment. The meeting is free but registration is required. Bring your questions! In addition to presentations, the program includes time for group discussion and Q&A sessions. Childcare and a continental breakfast will be provided. Parking is free. For more information please contact: Karen Norman at 734.764.4163.

Dia De La Familia Latina

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The excitement will be Sunday October 6th at the downtown library of AADL, as we unite with The U of M Comprehensive Cancer Center to bring Dia de la Familia Latina. This event is aimed at raising awareness of cancer & other health issues among Latinos. We will be featuring the countries of Argentina and Brazil This informational activity - which takes place during National Hispanic Heritage Month - will include health information and resources from local community agencies & organizations that serve Hispanics and Latinos. There will also be fun crafts & activities for children as well as refreshments and entertainment for all! Join us Sunday from 2:00-5:00 pm!

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