Macomb Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (MLBPD) serves all residents of Macomb County, who qualify, by providing audio books and players, large print books, equipment that enlarges text, equipment for printing Braille materials, and more.
All services are free. Materials are mailed postage free to and from the reader.
To qualify for this service you must be living with one of the following conditions:
- Legal Blindness: if vision in the better eye is 20/200 or less, or the widest diameter of visual field is no greater than 20 degrees.
- Visual Disability: if vision is corrected but visual acuity still is not good enough to read standard print.
- Physical Disability: if a physical limitation makes the holding of books and the turning of pages impossible or so difficult as to keep the individual from reading. Examples include: loss of arms or the use of arms; impairment of muscle and nerve control; the effects of strokes, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, polio, severe arthritis.
- Reading Disability: Organic dysfunction of sufficient severity to prevent reading printed materials in a normal manner.
If you or a loved one qualify for MLBPD services, please fill out the application:
Materials to Borrow
- Audio books, players and accessories
- Downloadable books for LBPD players
- Catalogs and bibliographies of recorded materials
- Audio described DVDs
- Audio magazines
- Braille books and magazines
- Audio newspapers via telephone dial-up capabilities and web
- Handheld magnifier loans
Reinventing the World: The Arts and Crafts Movement
Date: November 9, 2022
Time: 2-4 pm EST
The early 19th century was a period of great upheaval caused by the Industrial Revolution. Whether rich or poor, lives were irreparably altered, for better or worse. The Arts and Crafts Movement was a reaction to this upheaval. Social reformers, designers, and artists sought to return to an idealized pre-industrialized world by transforming the home, literally from inside-out. The Movement began in England in the middle of the 1800s and soon spread to the United States. This program looks at the sources of the movement and the philosophy that emerged from its founders, John Ruskin and William Morris. We will then see how these ideas were developed by the next generation, including designers like Charles Robert Ashbee, architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, and commercial firms such as Liberty of London and Tiffany. Finally, we will look at the impact of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
This experience will be conducted remotely in verbal description and conversation. The program will be held via Zoom and will be accessible by web link and call-in phone number, depending on your preference.
This program is free. Reservations are required and space is limited. Please email accessibility [AT] thehenryford.org or call 313-982-6168 to register and with any questions.
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Macomb Blind Bowling League
The Macomb Blind Bowling League offers fun and friendship for visually impaired, blind, and sighted bowlers. The group meets on Wednesdays from 11:30 am until 3:00 pm at Fraser Lanes. The cost is $10 per week. Besides bowling, there are 50/50 raffles, mystery jackpots, and an end of season banquet. The league is sponsored by eight different Lions Clubs. Sighted persons are also invited to join in the fun of bowling and to help with scorekeeping and pin placement.
To get information please call the library at (586) 286-1580.
The latest addition to our offerings is a podcast for those with low vision. Listen to our first episode where Barbara and Sharon discuss how to deal with changes in vision and how MLBPD can help.Download the Communication Podcast