[Michlib-l] BTBL seeking public libraries as demo sites

Wambaugh, Stephanie (LARA) WambaughS at michigan.gov
Mon Aug 4 08:53:23 EDT 2014

Good Morning,

As a part of the Braille and Talking Book Library's outreach efforts, I am attempting to gain more involvement from public libraries across Michigan. We would like to have any (and every!) interested public library become a demo site. Demo sites will be issued a digital talking book machine, a book on cartridge, and will be granted partial access to BARD (our online downloading website) in order to demo to your current patrons who may qualify for our services.  Also, we are able to provide training to library staff in person on a case by case basis or via webinar.  Currently we have a webinar scheduled on August 21st through the Library of Michigan- to sign up go to:  http://www.solutionwhere.com/lom/cw/showcourse.asp?55

As public librarians, you see our potential patrons, their family members, and community center leaders in person on a regular basis-they trust you for their informational needs. We hope by signing up public libraries as demo sites, your staff can work with these patrons to bring awareness to our free service.

The Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) offers audio books, magazines, and braille titles to patrons with the following disabilities:

*        Blindness

*        Visual Disability (Unable to read standard printed materials without special aids other than regular glasses).

*        Physical Disability (Unable to hold a book or turn the pages as a result of weakened muscle or nerve control due to strokes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, polio, or other physical conditions that impair the use of arms or hands).

*        DeafBlind

*        Reading Disability (Organic dysfunction, such as dyslexia, of sufficient severity to prevent reading. IF THIS BOX IS CHECKED, doctors of medicine or osteopathy who may consult with colleagues in associated disciplines must certify).

Please email me off-list if your public library is interested in becoming a demo site, and I will provide more details. You can also visit our website at: www.michigan.gov/btbl<http://www.michigan.gov/btbl> to learn more.

Stephanie Wambaugh
Reader Advisor, Outreach & Youth Librarian
BSBP Braille & Talking Book Library
P.O. Box 30007
702 W. Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, MI 48909-7507

517-373-5357 / wambaughs at michigan.gov

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