A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
It is Reference Awareness Month, a good time to highlight how we assist our readers with special needs.
At the Thomas Ford Memorial Library Information Desk, we are often asked what reading materials that we can offer people with visual and physical handicaps. We answer that we can help with large print books and audiobooks from our collection and from neighboring libraries in the SWAN (System Wide Area Network). We go on to add that much more help is available from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
From the Library of Congress and a network of regional library authorities across the country, the NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers by postage-free mail. Qualifying readers receive both equipment, such as specially designed audio players, and frequent deliveries of books in appropriately helpful formats. More details can be found at NLS: That All May Read.
Think that you or a member of your family qualifies for this service? Visit the Voices of Vision Talking Book Center website. Voices of Vision is the NLS agency for our area. Its website includes information on how to apply for the service. – Rick