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The Loudest Library
The Loudest Library
Visually impaired Oklahomans still can experience the power of reading thanks to one statewide organization.
Marisa Mohi

THE WORD LIBRARY conjures images of thousands of books, rows of shelves, and bespectacled staff helping patrons find just the right volume.

But the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (OLBPH) is different. Beyond the front desk are hallways that snake through a warren of offices housing librarians, audiobook players and cartridges, and a state-of-the-art recording studio.

Navigating this labyrinthine building may seem daunting, but most patrons never will step through the door.

“They call in and talk to the reader advisor and interface through the phone rather than physically coming in here,” says Jill Streck, OLBPH’s recording studio director. “We have around five thousand patrons statewide, and we’re able to serve anybody who lives within the state of Oklahoma.”

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January/February 2020