Losing your sight does not mean the end of reading

‘Make a Noise in Libraries’ fortnight takes place from 3 to 14 June and libraries in South Gloucestershire are joining the campaign to improve access to books and information for blind and partially sighted people.

During the fortnight, libraries throughout South Gloucestershire will have dedicated stands offering information about services to help people with sight loss. Library staff will also be on hand to answer any questions and help discover what is available to read in large print and via technology, as well as in audio formats.

Scott Wood, IT adviser for Action for Blind People Bristol, will be offering advice on gadgets and technology to aid reading for people with sight loss on Friday 31 May. Scott will be at Kingswood Library from 11am to 12.30pm, and at Bradley Stoke Library from 2.30pm to 4pm, and will have examples of various gadgets and software for people to handle and learn about.

Representatives from the Avon Talking Newspaper will be giving an informal talk and answering questions at Thornbury Library on Wednesday 12 June from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Gill Clayton, Librarian at Emersons Green Library, said: “Libraries can play a part in helping people with visual impairments. Whether you like to read books, newspapers or magazines, losing your sight does not mean you have to stop reading and enjoying your favourite authors.”

For further details contact your local library on 01454 868006libraries@southglos.gov.uk or seewww.southglos.gov.uk/libraries

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