Chelsea Spring Expo

The Chelsea Senior Center presents the Chelsea Spring Expo on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Washington Street Education Center. Over 140 vendors, crafters, and non-profits will be showcasing their services and goods. Events include a movie screening, bake sale, and door prize giveaways. This is a community event for all ages to enjoy, and admission is free! Have fun!

Living with Low Vision

Join the Living with Low Vision group each month at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. Each meeting features a guest speaker and a discussion for individuals with low vision. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. The next meeting is April 11. If you have questions, contact Gale Oren at (734) 763-9468 or goren@umich.edu.

All Aboard the AirRide!

Catching a ride to or from DTW is now easier than ever with AirRide! AirRide, a service of The Ride, offers 12 affordable trips a day from downtown Ann Arbor to Metro Airport. All of their buses are equipped with ADA Compliant wheel chair lifts. For this service, 24-advance registration is required. For more information or to make a reservation, click here. Happy Trails!

Braille and Talking Book Library Book Club

The next Michigan Commission for the Blind Braille and Talking Book Library Book Club meeting will be held on April 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Lansing at the Library of Michigan in the BTBL public service area located on the first floor across from the elevators. This month's book is In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden, DB/RC 53811. The meeting can be attended in person or via the OPAL online meeting room. The meeting site is accessible. Individuals attending the meeting are requested to refrain from using heavily scented personal care products in order to enhance accessibility for everyone. People with disabilities requiring additional accommodations (such as materials in alternative format) in order to participate in the meeting, or those seeking more information, should call Scott Norris at (517) 373-5516 at least five business days prior to the meeting.

Living with Low Vision Support Group

Join the Living with Low Vision group each month at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. Each meeting features a guest speaker and a discussion for individuals with low vision. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. The next meeting is March 14. If you have questions, contact Gale Oren at (734) 763-9468 or goren@umich.edu.

Check Out Our Large Print Materials!

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You think large print is for when you’re old?
Not when you talk to the folks we’ve polled
Large print type’s great for reading outside
It lowers the glare so you’re not glass-eyed

For readers who don’t like to read too much
You can read large type while you do thus and such
16 point font if you have to ask
Is ideal for those who multi-task

National Federation of the Blind Joins Read Across America Day

Did you know that March 2nd is Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday? In 1998 the National Education Association began celebrating Read Across America Day as a way to motivate youth to read. This year the National Federation of the Blind is excited to announce that they are joining in this celebration of the importance of literacy for all children. The NFB is asking you to celebrate by reading Dr Seuss! You can find online versions of Dr. Seuss books to download in Braille at Bookshare or on Web-Braille and you can find actual Braille books at Seedlings or National Braille Press. Post about your reading on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #Braille and #neara12 (that stands for National Education Association Read across America 2012). You can even send in a video of your child reading Braille or show how you celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The NFB will choose some favorites and those will be posted on the NFB's Facebook page, the NFB’s YouTube page, and tweeted by the NFB_Voice.

Braille and Talking Book Library Book Club

The next Michigan Commission for the Blind Braille and Talking Book Library Book Club meeting will be held on March 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Lansing at the Library of Michigan in the BTBL public service area located on the first floor across from the elevators. This month's book is One for the Money by Janet Evanovich, DB/RC 40224. The meeting can be attended in person or via the OPAL online meeting room. The meeting site is accessible. Individuals attending the meeting are requested to refrain from using heavily scented personal care products in order to enhance accessibility for everyone. People with disabilities requiring additional accommodations (such as materials in alternative format) in order to participate in the meeting, or those seeking more information, should call Scott Norris at (517) 373-5516 at least five business days prior to the meeting.

Bibles Available for Downloading & Large Print!

Eligible patrons can now download bibles from Audio Bibles for the Blind, a division of Aurora Ministries. Certification is required by completing and submitting this form. If you do not have a computer to download books to, remember our Assistive Technology Lab is here for you along with technical support.

Being Homeless In Washtenaw County: A Panel Discussion With The Washtenaw Housing Alliance

Join service and housing providers from across the community as they discuss the current state of homelessness in Washtenaw County, the innovative partnerships that have been created to address the need, and the next steps needed to end homelessness in our community.

The Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA) is a unique coalition of 28 non-profit organizations that serve those experiencing or are at risk of homelessness. The WHA and its member agencies have created a collaboration that harnesses the commitment, energy and resources of a major hospital system, the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, three major institutions of higher education, the private sector and the community at large to end homelessness in Washtenaw County. Join us Monday February 13, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room.

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