Posted: Thursday 30th May 2019
RNIB Make A Noise In Libraries, 2 – 15 June #MANIL2019
We will be taking part in RNIB’s “Make A Noise In Libraries Fortnight” which takes place from Sunday 2 June to Saturday 15 June.
We have have signed up to the Six Steps Promise, a charter which over 200 library services have adopted to ensure that facilities and services for people with visual impairments are consistent and meet their needs.
During the fortnight our regular Baby Rhyme Time and Toddler Tales sessions 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 and Braille picture book.
Your local library offers a range of services that our users with visual impairments can enjoy:
All our libraries have a wide range of books in large print and a good supply of talking books on CD. Stock is circulated around our libraries so you should always find new titles on the shelves in your local library. The collections include titles in all genres including romance, family saga, crime and adventure, science fiction and fantasy, biographies and non-fiction titles. Library users with a visual impairment are able to borrow talking books and 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.
For children and teenagers with a visual impairment libraries offer a selection of books in large print. There are also picture books for young children featuring Giant Print and Braille available in larger libraries. As well as being helpful to a child learning braille, these books also enable an adult braille reader to share and enjoy a book with a young child. We have tactile board books which contain a range of tactile features such as braille style numbering, play elements, high contrast images and rhythmic rhyming text.
We are delighted to offer a wonderful range of eBooks and eAudiobooks via BorrowBox. BorrowBox is an exciting collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks available around the clock for adults, teenagers and children. It is simple to access your favourite titles wherever you are with the BorrowBox library app. On your phone, tablet, or home computer, BorrowBox means the doors to your local library never close.
Elegant, intuitive and simple to operate and enjoy, the BorrowBox app incorporates a dedicated eBook reader and eAudiobook player and is available from both the App Store and Google Play. Install it on all your mobile devices for free – get the app now and be ready to borrow and download titles straight away. The font size can be increased on eBooks to suit your reading needs. If you are an Apple user there is also a Dyslexic font available. You can also choose your background colour from paper, white, sepia and night. If you find the speech on the eAudiobooks a little slow you can speed up the sound to suit you. BorrowBox works well with Apple’s VoiceOver functionality, not only reading the screen but also reading eBooks for you.
Library members can also access on-line magazines and newspapers, the print size on these can be enlarged.
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: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/libraries-and-archives.aspx