America’s Field Trip Contest

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled and the Library of Congress are excited to be participating in America’s Field Trip, part of the official celebration of the nation’s semi quincentennial – the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

America’s Field Trip is a nationwide contest inviting students in grades 3 through 12 to submit artwork, videos, or essays responding to the question “What does America mean to you?” First-place winners will have the opportunity to participate in special tours at historical, educational, and cultural sites across the country such as Yellowstone National Park, the Statue of Liberty, and the Library of Congress.

The deadline to enter is May 17, 2024. Find more information and submission guidelines at https://america250.org/FieldTrip

Many Faces of BARD Program: Using the Audio Player in BARD Express: A Demonstration

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, March 14, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) which will provide a demonstration of using the Audio Player in BARD Express.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.  

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/yc875kf2.  

NLS Patron Corner Program

The next topic of the NLS Patron Corner will be “Your Patron Engagement Section: How We Can Provide the Service You Want.”

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Patron Corner program on Monday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. (Central).

This will be your opportunity to let NLS know what you’d like to see in the future. This meeting will be recorded.

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for ninety minutes. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/bdevajya.

Many Faces of BARD Program: Using BARD with Smart Devices: A Demonstration

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, February 8, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) which will provide a demonstration of using BARD with a smart device.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.  

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/245zs8sk

Many Faces of BARD Program: Open Forum with the NLS Download Technical Support Team

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, January 11, at 6:00 p.m. (Central). This will be an open forum with the NLS Download Technical Support Team.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.  

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/3bm2a42j

Many Faces of BARD Program: Using BARD Mobile for Android for Low Vision Users

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, December 14, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) covering BARD Mobile for Android for Low Vision Users.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: https://tinyurl.com/yfems3y7.

NLS Many Faces of BARD Program: Using BARD Mobile for iOS Without VoiceOver

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, November 9, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) covering how to use BARD Mobile for iOS without VoiceOver.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service.

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: https://tinyurl.com/8mb65hne

This presentation is for individuals with low vision, so the screen will be displayed.

Many Faces of BARD Program: BARD 2.0

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, October 12, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) covering an introduction and demonstration of BARD 2.0.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service.

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: https://tinyurl.com/sxpt8mp8.

National Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 1 – 7 is recognized as National Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Visit these sites for information and support regarding mental illness:

Mental Health Texas: https://mentalhealthtx.org

Texas Health & Human Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse: www.hhs.texas.gov/services/mental-health-substance-use

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): https://nami.org/home

Very Well Mind: https://verywellmind.com

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call or text the number 988, or chat through the site https://988lifeline.org/. Deaf or hard of hearing individuals may access the service by calling 711 and then 988. The hotline also provides Spanish-speaking staff and interpreter services for more than 240 languages and dialects.

Many Faces of BARD Program: NLS Braille E-readers and iPhones

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, September 14, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) covering how to read BARD books using an NLS braille e-reader and an iPhone.

The session will include a demonstration of both the Zoomax and Humanware e-readers.

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: bit.ly/45ULBua.