Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Welcome to the Friends of Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped website. Here you will find information about our organization, its activities and many exciting ways for you to partner with us to achieve our goal of supporting the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH). Friends assists LBPH in spreading the joy of reading. We are committed to sharing the knowledge of reading in all its forms with the citizens of Maryland. Friends provides support so that LBPH can maintain its role as a community center for its patrons. Thank you for your interest in and generosity towards our organization.

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Meet the Author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

You are cordially invited to attend the Friends annual meeting on Saturday, October 22 at 10 am. The meeting will be at LBPH, 415 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD. Help Friends recognize LBPH volunteers, learn about Friends activities and meet our Maryland author, who lives in Montgomery County.

It is not too late to read one of Naylor’s books. She has written many books for children and the young at heart. You might wish to explore the Shiloh series, which is about a boy and his dog. Get in the holiday mood early by reading A Shiloh Christmas. Naylor also wrote the Alice series, which starts with Alice in third grade and follows her through the experiences of life. There are 25 books in this series. Her most recent novel, for adults, is After, about a 56-year old’s first year as a widower. One reviewer explained, “There aren't that many domestic dramas told from the older middle-aged male viewpoint, and Naylor's story of Harry Gill, who has lost his wife of 34 years to ovarian cancer, will appeal to readers of both sexes with its warm, candid depiction of love, grief, and community. Harry's goal is simple—‘to survive the first year and show his grown children how it's done.’ He does that, even as he never denies his sadness. He returns to work in his Maryland neighborhood outside D.C., deals with his kids, hangs out at the local barbershop, fights off matchmakers, discovers secrets about his wife (or does he?), and begins to fall in love again. The appeal here is in the daily detail, as Harry mourns what he's lost, haunted by the intimate memories he can't relive with anyone else. This is, above all, a celebration of a happy marriage.”

See you on October 22.