Suggestions for the Christmas Season

Braille Fiction by Karen Kingsbury:

Gideon’s Gift, Hannah’s Hope, Maggie’s Miracle and Sarah’s Song

Braille Fiction by Grace Livingston Hill:

The Christmas Bride and The Substitute Guest

Braille Fiction by B. H. Pearson:

Memlo, the Persian Stable Boy

Large Print:

Handel’s Messiah, by Joseph McCabe

a devotional commentary containing interpretations of the Bible passages from the musical composition

Audio Cassette by Mary Virginia Robinson: Stories for Christmas

 these stories for elementary aged children include Butter and Honey, about a family in Nazareth,

and The Littlest Shepherd, about a blind shepherd boy.

Audio Cassette Message by Warren Wiersbe:  Mary’s Christmas

Contact the Library to receive these items on loan.

Resource Center

Audio Resources

Online Personal Study Section

An online reference section is now available for your convenience!  Visit our Personal Study Room for a collection of Bible study aids.  From there you can link to the Bible online, in English as well as in many other languages.

Downloadable Resources – Originals Available at No Charge

In pursuit of our vision to present articles, booklets and news on our website for downloading, several booklets by library co-founder Dr. James McConkey are now accessible in downloadable format.  To access these, please visit Silver Publishing Society.  For more information on Dr. McConkey, visit the About section of our site.  Some of these materials from our original library collection are available in both text and braille, and are not part of circulation resources.  They are sent free of charge upon request.

Links to Other Helpful Resources

American Council of the Blind

American Foundation® for the Blind

International Guide Dog Federation

National Federation of the Blind

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

Online Braille Courses

Braille Circulating Library Mentioned in Statewide Publication

The Summer 2022 edition of Proclaimer, the quarterly publication of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, included a story mentioning the impact of the ministry of the Braille Circulating Library has on the life and ministry of an individual.  To read the article online, click the following link:  God’s Faithfulness.

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Long-Term Loan Has Cultural Significance

The Braille Circulating Library recently made the longest loan in its history – a three-year loan.  Of note also is the fact that the loan was made not to the blind, vision-impaired or print-disabled, but to the sighted.  A Lavender Braille Writer, loaned by the Library is currently on exhibit at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.  This particular model was manufactured by the Perkins Company for a brief period of time before being replaced by the more durable metal models still in use today.

If you would like to see this item, visit the Museum’s Commonwealth Kids exhibit before the end of May 2025.

Braille Circulating Library – “Hidden Gem” Found Newsworthy

Since it’s inception in 1925, the Braille Circulating Library has been in continuous operation, serving the blind community.  From serving only the state of Virginia, the library has grown to serve patrons in the United States and abroad.  While  it has adapted to changes in formats accessible to individuals who are blind, have low vision, or are print- or otherwise disabled, the Library remains committed to the vision established almost a century ago.

Donated funds have kept the Library in operation for over 96 years.