by Brian Zylstra | November 8th, 2013
(Photo courtesy of Washington Talking Book & Braille Library)
The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library in Seattle is nationally renowned for its outstanding services to any Washington resident unable to read standard print material due to blindness, visual impairment, deaf-blindness, physical disability or reading disability.
One of WTBBL’s key patron groups has been veterans. In fact, the library currently serves about 2,700 vets throughout the state.
With Veterans Day coming soon, WTBBL is reaching out to even more veterans who might benefit from the library’s services by sending informational packets and letters to more than 400 veterans organizations in Washington, including Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, American Veterans (Amvets) and Disabled American Veterans.
WTBBL Program Manager Danielle Miller hopes the outreach effort will result in more veterans becoming WTBBL patrons. Miller says:
“In honor of Veterans Day, we want to recognize our veterans organizations and share information that may be beneficial to organization members and Washington veterans, who are number one at WTBBL. Priority in the lending of audio and braille books, playback equipment, and other specialized materials will be given at all times to the needs of the blind and other physically handicapped persons who have been honorably discharged from U.S. armed forces.”
In 2008, WTBBL joined the Washington State Library, which is a division of the Office of Secretary of State.