Working to improve sevices to Visually Impaired People (VIPs) in Redcar and Cleveland libraries
Tees Valley Gateway
Two representatives from Redcar & Cleveland Library service belong to a group called “Tees Valley Gateway” which meets regularly with others from the Tees Valley to discuss ways of improving library services to blind and partially sighted people.
One of the projects the group hopes to get off the ground this year is a leaflet which will set out what the Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton libraries can offer blind and partially sighted people. (Examples are: large print and spoken word books, reading groups for blind and partially sighted people, electronic magnifiers, audio described DVDs etc.
- Redcar & Cleveland Library Service has secured funding from The Ulverscroft Foundation and a firm of local opticians to purchase three hand-held portable electronic magnifiers for use in libraries.
- Three Bierley “monomouses” (electronic magnifying devices that plug into the SCARTT lead on a TV set) have been purchased for VIPs to borrow. This has enabled them to read books, which are not in large print, or spoken word formats.
“Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight” (July 7th –19th)
- “Showcase” An all day event to be held at Redcar Central Library on July 9th. Commercial firms, local authority departments and voluntary organisations have been invited to set up stalls to demonstrate their products and services for VIPs.
- Special events and displays will be held in libraries to demonstrate our services to VIPs
- A survey will be held to ask blind and partially sighted people and their friends and relatives what they want from the library service.