From the DC Public Library:
The DC Public Library’s Adaptive Services Division has been named “Network Library of the Year” by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a division of the Library of Congress.
Based in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the Adaptive Services Division was honored for its work promoting independent reading and learning; its innovative use of technology and its record of satisfied customers.
In 2012, the Adaptive Services Division served 856 individual customers, institutions, and organizations; circulated 32,219 braille and talking books and other items; and had 200 volunteers who contributed 3,253 service hours. Several times a year, visitors from national and international organizations come to study how the division serves District.
The Network Library of the Year award carries a $1,000 cash prize. The Adaptive Services Division is one of two honorees this year. Brevard County, Florida was honored as regional library of the year.