Library for the Blind
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.
Once your application is processed, here is what you can expect.
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
Has the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled made a difference in your life or in the life of someone you love? If you would like to make a donation to MLBPD, please fill out this form for donating to the Macomb Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (PDF). Or, use the online donation form to contribute.
Recorded Online Events
Catch up on a recording of a verbally described program:
- The Arts and Crafts Movement
- Ford Meets Disney at the New York World’s Fair.
- Studio Glass Origins
- Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection exhibition
- Fully Furnished: Furniture at The Henry Ford
- The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
- Greenfield Village: A Virtual Walkthrough, Part One
- Thomas Commeraw - a potter in New York City in the early 1800s
Patron Corner, presented the second Monday of the third month of the quarter, shares specific information of interest to patrons regarding an announced topic. To learn more about the next Patron Corner, click here.
The Many Faces of BARD
The Library of Congress hosts a monthly online event on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. If you would like to get information about attending or would like to catch up on previous episodes visit the The Many Faces of BARD website
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.