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Partially sighted residents can enjoy library services

WAYS in which people with sight loss can enjoy library services are being highlighted as part of a two-week campaign.

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is backing Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight; an annual promotion organised by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), which launched last week and runs to Sunday (June 15).

Blind or partially-sighted people visiting Hastings library can benefit from a wide range of large print books of all genres, as well as free e-books, e-audio books and talking books on cassette, CD and MP3.

A home library service is also available to deliver items for those who find it difficult to attend the local library.

Every library in East Sussex has GUIDE software, which allows visually-impaired people to browse the internet.

Help for beginners or people looking to brush up on their computer skills is also available.

Cllr Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for community services, said: “Libraries are for everyone and it’s vital that we ensure their services are easily accessible to all the people who may benefit from them.

“Supporting this campaign gives us an opportunity to highlight the wide range of ways in which libraries can help people with sight loss to continue to experience the pleasure of reading.”

Further information can be obtained by ringing the county council on 01273 335383 or www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries.

 

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