Posted: Wednesday 31st May 2017
Hertfordshire Libraries have signed up to The Six Steps Promise, which is a charter which over 200 Library services have adopted to ensure that facilities for people with visual impairments are consistent and meet their needs. As part of this promise Hertfordshire Libraries will be taking part in RNIB’s Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight from 5 – 18 June.
During the fortnight regular Baby Rhyme Time and Toddler Tales will include a tactile book which may include Braille-style numbering, play elements, high contrast images and rhythmic rhyming text making them particularly suitable for young children with visual impairments. They may also include a Giant Print, Braille picture book.
Harpenden Library will be holding a Saturday story time at 10 am which will include a story read in Braille and an explanation to the children of what Braille is and how it helps people with visual impairments to read.
There will be an exciting afternoon event in Welwyn Garden City Library on 15 June at 2.30pm: Sheila Keating narrator of her late husband’s HRF Keating’s novels will talk about his books and narrating them. She will be interviewed by popular Crime author Simon Brett. To book tickets please go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraryeventtickets
Your local Library offers a range of services that our users with visual impairments can enjoy:
All Hertfordshire libraries have a wide range of books in Large Print and a good supply of Talking Books on CD. Larger libraries have small collections of MP3 CDs which enable the complete book to be on one disc. You are able to reserve these if your local library does not stock them. Books are circulated around our libraries so you should always find new titles in stock in your local library. The collection includes books in all genre including Romance, Family Saga, Crime and Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Westerns, Biographies and Non-fiction titles.
For children and teenagers with visual impairments libraries offer a selection of books in large print. There are also picture books for young children featuring Giant Print and Braille available in a number of Hertfordshire Libraries. These books can be reserved free of charge. The braille as well as being helpful to a child learning braille also enables an adult braille reader to read to a young child. We have tactile board books available which contain a range of tactile features such as braille style numbering, play elements, high contrast images and rhythmic rhyming text.
Library users with a visual impairment are entitled to borrow talking books free of charge and also to request titles in from another library free of charge. Staff are always available to help select titles and to suggest new authors you may enjoy.
Computers are available in our libraries which can be used with sound, using headphones. We also have large print keypads available. Wi-Fi is available free of charge in all libraries enabling you to bring your own device. Printing is available for a charge.
Through the Hertfordshire Libraries website www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries library members can access a range of on line services including eBooks, audio books and on-line information. You can adjust the print size on the eBooks to suit your needs. You will find 2 collections of audio books, some through Overdrive and some from another supplier OneClick Audio. You will also find access to on line magazines and newspapers, the print size in these can be enlarged. There is a wide collection of titles for children and teenagers in both e book and audio book. The collection of on-line resources is growing all the time. We are constantly working to making our website more accessible for customers using screen readers.
To find out more about your local library and the services Hertfordshire Libraries offer visit your local library, telephone 0300 123 4049 or visit our website