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Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

Regular Hours

Sun. Closed
Mon. 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tue. 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Wed. 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thu. 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Fri. 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat. 10:00am - 5:00pm
Holiday closing information
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY, 10011
(212) 206-5400
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Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

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EVENTS

  • Intro To Twitter for Assistive Technology Users

    The Andrew Heiskell Library invites you to discover Twitter, a social network for sharing links, thoughts, and media in brief. It's free, accessible and great for professional and academic development. We hope you'll join us! Learn how to use this accessible social network to find community, share your interests, and keep up with the news in your town, your industry and your world. Please register with [email protected] or by calling (212) 621-0627.

  • Children's Read Aloud

    Children (accompanied by a favorite adult) will enjoy songs, finger plays and books. Story time will give your child the opportunity to hear language while interacting with other children their age. Ages 0-4 welcome!

  • Job Seeker Action Group

    Andrew Heiskell Library works closely with VISIONS Services for the Blind and visually impaired to provide the best information on services to their visually impaired consumers. Two times every month the library hosts a workshop for visually impaired job seekers to give advice on accomplishing their career goals and have discussions on the process they are going through.

  • Creative Writing Workshop

    6-session creative writing workshop being held at the Andrew Heiskell Library in partnership with the New York Writer's Coalition (NYWC). Attendees will discover the value of their own stories. This is a great opportunity for library members to get to meet and support their fellow writers. Registration is required. Participants are requested to commit to attending all sessions if possible.

    Registration: Phone

  • Children's Read Aloud

    Children (accompanied by a favorite adult) will enjoy songs, finger plays and books. Story time will give your child the opportunity to hear language while interacting with other children their age. Ages 0-4 welcome!

  • An Introduction to Unified English Braille

    Please join us for an informative, interactive workshop that will acquaint you with upcoming changes to the English Braille code. The Unified English Braille (UEB) code will replace Grade II Literary Braille as the official Braille code in the United States in January 2016. This workshop will cover the following topics: · What is the Braille Authority of North America (BANA), and why is UED the new standard? · How is UEB similar to Grade II Literary Braille, and how hard will it be to learn? · How does UEB change contractions, short-form words, formatting and punctuation? · Has...

    Registration: Phone

ABOUT

Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

The Andrew Heiskell Library provides talking books and magazines and braille for people who are blind, visually impaired, or are otherwise physically unable to read standard print. The library serves residents who live in New York City and Long Island. Follow the "Learn more" link below for additional information about the Andrew Heiskell Library.

BLOGS

Meet Our Visible Lives Oral History Project Volunteers!

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By Alexandra Kelly , Outreach Services and Adult Programming
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.

CSUN Recap: Accessible Tech for Workers and Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

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By Chancey Fleet , Assistive Technology Coordinator , Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
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.

Our Patrons <3 Braille

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By Chancey Fleet , Assistive Technology Coordinator , Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
Touching hearts with touchable, tactile Valentines at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.

Dedicated Oral History Volunteers Restore Her Faith in New Yorkers

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By Alexandra Kelly , Outreach Services and Adult Programming
A guest post by Joanne Dillon, interviewer for Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience at Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library.

Visible Lives Oral History Experience: Playing the Hand She Was Dealt

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By Alexandra Kelly , Outreach Services and Adult Programming
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. Joanne conducted her first interview for the project with storyteller Ann Chiapetta on Saturday, December 20. After you read her post, you can listen to Joanne's interview with Ann.

We Know You Love to Talk About Books: Announcing the 2015 Reader's Den Online Book Discussion Schedule

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By Elizabeth Waters , Mid-Manhattan Library
Are you making your New Year's Resolutions? Is one of them to read more or to connect more with other readers? We would love to see you in the Reader's Den, NYPL's online book discussion, in 2015!