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.

Latest Braille Additions:

Mission at Nuremburg, by Tim Townsend

If you enjoy biographies and history, then you may enjoy reading this account of a World War II American army chaplain’s experiences.  Chaplain Henry Gerecke served on the battlefield outside London, then in prison cells at Nuremburg.

The Forever Faithful series, by Karen Kingsbury:

Waiting for Morning, A Moment of Weakness, and Halfway to Forever

Enter the lives of people as they encounter trials that test their faith in God.  Hannah Ryan’s life abruptly changes one sunny afternoon.  The story of Jade Conner and Tanner Eastman close friendship is disrupted for many years.  What drove them apart; what draws them back together?

Love and Respect:  the Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs, by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

This book offers counsel to husbands and wives relating to conflict in marriage that stems from thoughts, speech and treatment of one another.

Contact the Library to receive these books on loan.

Highlights from the Library’s Audio Collections

More Than a Carpenter, by Josh McDowell

In this work of non-fiction, the author takes a scholarly approach to the identity of Jesus.  Recorded in four sections, this Talking Book is directly accessible from this site, to members of the online audio library.

Great Chapters of the Bible, by Dr. James Montgomery Boice

Short messages on several well-read chapters from both testaments.  Although the messages are grouped, each chapter is recorded separately, so you can listen to one at a time or take in several at one sitting.

For Children – From the “A Visit with Mrs. G.” series, by Kitty Anna Griffiths – “Life of Christ”

Children will enjoy learning about the birth and life of Jesus from the skilled storyteller, Mrs. G.  They will be drawn into the events surrounding His birth by meeting the people who were the first to be aware of Who He is.  Parents will be delighted by this refreshing presentation of the life of Jesus.

This Talking Book series is available online for registered members, and also for loan from our cassette collection.

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 – “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.