Tri-State Library Users

Organized in March, 2011, Tri-state Library Users is a chapter of both the Kentucky Council of the Blind and the Library Users of America, a special-interest affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.

TLU presents programs related to books, technology, and accessibility of libraries to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

Tri-state Library Users holds both in-person meetings in Louisville and conference calls of interest to participants from across the state and around the country. Meetings include interesting speakers such as authors, time for sharing favorite books, resources for digital and audio materials, and tips for using information technology.

Some examples of presenters on past conference call programs include:

  • Carla Ruschival, discussing how to read free and low-cost books on the iPhone and iPad with the Amazon Kindle app;
  • Joon Lee from the American Printing House for the Blind, discussing copyrights and copyright issues;
  • Turley Richards, singer, songwriter, recording artist and author;
  • Dr. Judith M. Dixon from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Washington, DC and author of "Get the Picture", a book explaining how people who are blind can take pictures with their iPhones;
  • Carole Tobe, retired curator of the American Printing House for the Blind Museum and author of "The History of APH";
  • A representative of Bookshare discussing updates and tips for using this tremendous on-line resource for digital braille and audio files of educational and leisure reading materials for all ages; and
  • Kim Charlson, Director of the Regional Talking Book Library at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA, sharing services that her library offers to people with low vision throughout the nation.

TLU sponsors a workshop, themed event, or speaker at the state conference of the Kentucky Council of the Blind in November each year. In 2016 TLU sponsored the presentation by Barbara Penigor, director of the Kentucky Talking Book Library in Frankfort, KY. The 2017 workshop, titled "Preserving the Record Book", included tips for preserving old photos and recorded tapes, the importance of keeping minutes and other records for organizations etc. Presenters were Micheal Hudson, director of the museum at the American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville; Brian Bertucci, Studio Manager, Kentucky Talking Book Library, Frankfort; David Trott, American Council of the Blind History Commmittee, Talladega, AL; and Rick Boggess, secretary, Kentucky Council of the Blind, Woensboro.

New Members Welcome

New members are always welcome. Membership is open to anyone who is at least 16 years of age or older and who lives in Kentucky or within 25 miles of the Kentucky border. Dues are $12.00 a year, and membership in the Kentucky Council of the Blind is also required. Pay dues by credit card by calling (502) 895-4598, or make check payable to the Kentucky Council of the Blind and mail to KCB at 148 Vernon Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206.

TLU Board of Directors

President: Bill Wright, Louisville; second term

Vice President: Natalie Couch, Louisville; first term

Secretary/Treasurer: Adam Ruschival, Louisville

Immediate Past President: Sue Ellen Melo, Louisville

Director: Elaine Weisbard, Louisville; second term

Director: Vacant

Contact Us

Tri-state Library Users
Phone: (502) 895-4598

Tri-state Library Users Constitution

This page was last updated on November 25, 2017.