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Bureau of Services for Blind Persons: Braille and Talking Book Library - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons: Braille and Talking Book Library
702 West Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48915
(517) 373-5614 (Local)
(517) 373-5865 (Fax)
btbl@michigan.gov
http://www.michigan.gov/btbl

Brief Description

Regional Library. Serves 4,000 patrons directly and 12,000 with delivery of books.

Hours of operation: Mon- Fri. 8am-5pm
Clients served on average per year: 12,000
Number of staff: 11
Staff description: Full-time: 5 Librarians, 2 library technicians, 2 library assistants Part-time: 11 students aids.
Geographic area served: Michigan, excluding Wayne County. Serves all of Michigan for braille.

Staff

Susan Chinault, Manager, BSBP Braille and Talking Book Library, (517) 373-5353, chinaults@michigan.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Library Services
    • Provides talking books, talking book machines, digital books, audiocassettes, and braille books for blind and physically handicapped persons. Offers best-sellers, mysteries, westerns, biographies, how-to books and other types of materials in formats such as cassettes or printed in braille. Materials are mailed through the regular U.S. postal service.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Unable to read standard print due to a visual, physical, or reading disability.

Services for Children

  • Library Services
    • Summer Reading Program 2017: Build a Better World! Program runs the entire month of July. Call the library for more information. Win prizes just for signing up. All programming is done via mail, so no in-person contact needed. Kids all across Michigan can participate.
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