Libraries, State Parks Present Program on Accessing Parks and Trails for Visually and Physically Impaired


The N.C. Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and N.C. State Parks will present “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” a free program to help those with visual and physical disabilities learn how they can enjoy America’s parks, monuments and trails, 1-3 p.m., Oct. 13, at the Beatties Ford Branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C. 

Trevor Thomas, North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped patron and wilderness traveler, will discuss his adventures, including thru-hiking with guide dog Tennille to places like the Mountains to Sea Trail, Long Trail, and Colorado Trail. 

Ray Bloomer from the National Center for Accessibility will discuss accessible National Park Service attractions like the Pearl Harbor Memorial, Statue of Liberty, and St. Louis Gateway Arch. 

Kelley King, park superintendent at Haw River State Park, will introduce the audience to frog calls and discusse adaptive programs available through North Carolina State Parks.

Please register to attend by Friday, Oct. 5, by emailing or by calling 1-888-388-2460. Provide your name, address, and phone number. Online registration is available at

About the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) is a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. The library is located in Raleigh, but mails materials throughout the state. The NCLBPH is a state agency operated by the State Library of North Carolina as a part of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It is also a part of the network of regional libraries operated by the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).

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