Adaptive Services

'Kinsey and Me,' by Sue Grafton

Published on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

book coverFor this month's Talking Book Club, we'll be discussing Sue Grafton's Kinsey and Me, a collection of short stories and essays by the prolific writer.

It is available from the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped collection as DB 75955 and the DC Public Library Fiction collection in Regular Print, Large Print and on CD.

The Talking Book Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. in Adaptive Services, Room 215 of the MLK Library. Brown bag lunches are welcome, coffee, tea and cold water provided.

Call 202-727-2142 for more information.

Adaptive Services Banned Books Week Screening

Published on Thursday, September 4, 2014

Image of "To kill a mockingbird" DVD coverIn honor of the 2014 Banned Books Week celebration, The Adaptive Services Division will present an audio described screening of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Published on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Image of a blind man and a girl reading a print braille bookAdaptive Services Division is accepting applications for their Braille literacy class on Saturdays at 10 a.m. starting August 9, 2014 – September 27, 2014.
This class is for beginning braille users (All ages).

Space is limited. For more information, please call 202-727-2142, or email

Published on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Baltimores Deaf HeritageBaltimore’s Deaf Heritage
Kathleen (Kat) Brockway
Deaf rights advocate and author of  Baltimore’s Deaf Heritage (Arcadian Publishing, June 2014)
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

6 –  8:30 p.m.
Room A-10

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW
Washington, DC   20001
Author will sign copies of book following the program. Book signing and reception sponsored by FOLDA (Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action).

Published on Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Life Story of Mother Delight Rice and Her Children
Delia Delight Rice was the first teacher of the deaf in the Philippines and her story is told by one of her adopted children, who is an author, a photographer, and a deaf community leader

Ron HiranoRonald M. Hirano
Monday, July 14, 2014
6 – 8 p.m.
Room 215 (Adaptive Services Division)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW
Washington, DC   20001


'A Long, Fatal Love Chase' by Louisa May Alcott

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

book coverThis romantic cliffhanger about a woman pursued by her ex-lover, a relentless stalker, seems sprung from today's headlines. Yet Alcott (1832-1888) wrote it more than a century and a quarter ago, in 1866 (two years before the appearance of Little Women), only to see it rejected it as ``too sensational'' by the magazine that had requested it. The novel has remained unpublished until now. Its heroine, the lonely, trusting 18-year-old Rosamond Vivian, who lives with her flinty, unloving grandfather on an English island, falls for the cynical, suave Phillip Tempest, who's nearly twice her age.

One Young Deaf Woman's Education

Published on Friday, May 23, 2014

Building Bridges Crossing Borders

Talking Book Club, June 19

Published on Thursday, May 15, 2014

book coverWritten in 1866, A Long Fatal Love Chase is now published for the first time.

Rosamond Vivian, 18, lives with her grandfather on an island estate off England's coast. She longs to escape the solitude, and the chance arrives in the form of Phillip Tempest, almost twice her age. They marry, and he takes her with him to his villa near Nice. But Rosamond soon suspects that all is not as it first appeared. She even fears that her husband is a murderer.

Talking Book Club, May 15

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

book cover The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, by Allison Hoover Bartlett.

Journalist investigates famed rare-book thief John Gilkey to uncover his motivation for stealing exquisite literature. Retraces the cat-and-mouse game Gilkey played with Ken Sanders, security chair of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

'Preservation of the Sign Language' (1913)

Published on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Veditz Film Preservation of Sign LanguageGeorge W. Veditz' historic 1913 film Preservation of the Sign Language, a silent film, will be shown on Monday, April 7 in the Great Hall.

The film is in American Sign Language with no voice or captions. 

ASL/Voice interpreters will be present. 

Printed copies in English of the film transcript will be available.

Discussion to follow film.

Talking Book Club, April 17

Published on Friday, March 21, 2014

book coverShortly after elderly Jane Neal finally agrees to participate in the art show to be held in her small village outside of Montreal, she is killed by an arrow through the heart.

As Chief Inspector Gamache investigates, he wonders if her unusual artwork provides a clue to her murder.

Still Life is available as DB 66731 in the Library for the Blind, and in Regular Print and Large Print in the DC Public Library Fiction collection.