Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight promotes accessibility for all

Make some noise in your library this month to help people with impaired vision engage in reading.

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North Yorkshire libraries are supporting Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight (2 to 15 June), which encourages accessibility and inclusivity for all blind and partially sighted people.

Several events are being held across the county in line with this year’s theme, Get Connected, with a focus on digital access and loneliness.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “Libraries provide a wide range of services and support for visually impaired people. We are looking forward to holding activities during Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight to raise awareness and help people discover or re-discover the joy of reading.”

Events taking place include:

  • Eastfield library: Friday 14 June, 1.30pm to 3pm; Information day. Drop in to find out more from organisations including Sight Support, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Living Well and British Wireless for the Blind fund.  Refreshments available.
  • Harrogate library: Tuesday 11 June, 10am to 1pm; Library promotion. Drop in to find out more about the library service’s e-audio books.
  • Malton library: Friday 14 June, 10am; Ryedale Sight Support members invited to a hand bell ringing session in the library by Levisham and Lockton hand bell group. Listen to the music and have a go!
  • Pickering library: Saturday 1 June, 10am to noon; come and meet a guide dog.
  • Selby library: Wednesday 5 June, 10am to 2pm; vision event. Drop in to find out more about the library’s digital resources and accessibility options. Get involved with reading sessions of Braille and Moon by two volunteers from the Braille Reading Group.
  • Selby library: Tuesday 11 June, 2pm to 3.30pm; Braille Reading Group. Open session.
  • Selby library: Wednesday 12 June, 10am to 1pm; Library promotion. Drop in to find out more about the library service’s e-audio books.

All North Yorkshire libraries stock large print and audio books, and provide free access to ebooks and e-audio books. They also have various accessibility options on their computers and IT volunteers who will be happy to help people make the best use of these.

For more information about these resources and any of the events, contact your local library.

This story was published 24 May 2019