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Accessible Personal Fitness: Tips, Tech and Resources

Knowing that this desire for health and wellness lives within the patrons we serve, we here at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library decided to help out by creating a workshop specifically aimed at physical fitness with accessibility in mind.Read More ›

Best Books for Kids 2017 at the Andrew Heiskell Library

Every year, NYPL librarians come together to create the Best Books for Kids list. This post gathers every title available at Heiskell from that list and provides links to the titles in our digital book (DB) collection or on Bookshare.Read More ›

The Five-Borough Map: A Nonvisual Design Challenge for New Yorkers

New arrivals, students, and professionals are united in their quest for tactile maps of New York City. Read More ›

Announcing Dimensions: Community Tools for Creating Tactile Graphics & Objects

Accessibility is more than a feature you request. It can also be something you make.Read More ›

Ep. 82 "You Go For It" | Library Stories

Where does a person start if she is an immigrant in need of English and has recently lost her eyesight? Why, The New York Public Library, of course. Read More ›

When You *Can't* Look at the Sun: Exploring the Eclipse Through Touch & Sound

At the Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library, we’re always discovering new ways for patrons with all kinds of vision to explore information. As New Yorkers prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, here are a few ways to experience this rare event and other celestial phenomena in an accessible way.Read More ›

Blind Innovators Build a Bridge to Accessibility

In a world where Siri is happy to keep your calendar straight and Amazon Echo takes 24/7 requests for your favorite tunes, why not speak your mind to the blinking cursor in Microsoft Word?Read More ›

Listening Made Easier: Introducing BARD Express

the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) recently accepted the donation of a computer application for Windows that helps library patrons download braille and talking books and magazines in just a few steps. Read More ›

Join Blind Arduino Workshops at the Library

Andrew Heiskell Library is partnering with DIYAbility and the Blind Arduino Project to present hands-on workshops introducing youth and adults to nonvisual and adaptive techniques for coding and physical computing.Read More ›

Ep. 8 "Uniquely Empowering" | Library Stories

Chancey Fleet’s Library Story began as girl when she visited the Andrew Heiskell Talking Book Library for the first time. She tells about that first experience, and how it lead her to want to teach other visually impaired people to use technology to communicate.Read More ›

Announcing Bookshare: A New Partnership for Accessible eBooks!

NYPL is proud to announce a new partnership with Bookshare, making 370,000 accessible e-books free to patrons with print disabilities.Read More ›

Books We Know by Heart

Reading a book aloud to a child is one of life’s sweetest pleasures, and children sometimes ask to repeat the experience with the same book over and over. And over. And over.Read More ›

Down the Rabbit Hole

Lewis Carroll’s creative masterpiece turns 150 this fall, and NYPL is celebrating with a major exhibition—and, of course, with book recommendations.Read More ›

Update or Wait? Tips and Links to Help You Decide

At the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, patrons often ask us whether it’s a good idea to update to the latest new software release. We hope this post helps you think through your options and make the best decision you can.Read More ›

A Little Light Bibliotherapy

We asked our expert NYPL staff members to recommend books that helped them stay sane and navigate life in Gotham.Read More ›

Out of This World: Books About Interplanetary Travel

Our expert NYPL librarians recommend their favorite books about interplanetary travel.Read More ›

Celebrating the ADA

We asked our expert NYPL staff, “What’s your favorite book that features a protagonist with a disability, and why do you like it?”Read More ›

Meet Our Visible Lives Oral History Project Volunteers!

This is a guest post by Joanne Dillon, interviewer for Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience at Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.Read More ›

CSUN Recap: Accessible Tech for Workers and Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

In early March, I attended the 30th Annual International Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, better known as CSUN. This conference is one of the year’s best opportunities to find out what’s new and interesting in accessible technology, from business to entertainment to emerging technologies and beyond. Read More ›

Our Patrons <3 Braille

Touching hearts with touchable, tactile Valentines at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.Read More ›
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