Hi VIS 2021- The diversity of reading

03 Jun 2021 | News Story

ANGUSalive libraries are taking part in Hi VIS fortnight from 7 to 20 June 2021.

This event seeks to highlight the wonderful world of accessible reading by promoting accessible library services and collections that are available to people with a vision or print impairment. These services are available via libraries, mobile library vans, by home delivery service and digitally with the Libby app.

Reading is something that keeps us connected, regardless of what or how we read. Each ANGUSalive library and mobile library van have a wide range of titles in alternative formats as well as standard print. Alternative formats include fiction and non-fiction available in large print and audio book. This means that people who have sight loss or anything that stops them from using standard print can access and enjoy a diverse range of suitable reading and listening.

Library service user, Eddie Main from Montrose said: “I enjoy reading large print books, but also enjoy reading e-books using the Libby App as it’s easy to adjust the font size to make reading easier and more pleasurable. My favourite reads are crimes and thrillers - especially the Ian Rankin Rebus series. I also enjoy biographies, mainly of sports players, with the latest one I read being ‘Fergie the Greatest.’”

With a wide range of audiobooks – instead of reading a book yourself, you can sit back, relax and let a well-known voice read to you wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.

If you struggle to read small print, the Libby app can be downloaded to access hundreds of e-books and the latest copies of your favourite e-magazines where you can adjust the font size on items and screen colour to make it a suitable size or brightness for you – making reading a pleasure again.

Christine Sharp, Adult and Community Libraries Lead at ANGUSalive said: “We are delighted to take part in this national event to let people know that libraries are for everyone and we are here to support people reading. People with a sight impairment should still be able to enjoy either reading or listening to a good story along with everyone else, after all we all know the positive benefits this can have on our mental health and wellbeing.

“Here at ANGUSalive we offer a wide range of reading resources to help people with sight impairments, and hope that people pop into their local libraries during Hi VIS fortnight to take advantage of  this. If there is a particular title you would like but we do not carry it in your preferred format, customers can request a copy via our online catalogue or by emailing enquiries.libraries@angusalive.scot . Although not every book is available in large print or audio we do our best to find them.”

Hi VIS fortnight is taking place at all ANGUSalive Libraries from 7 June to 20 June 2021.

The Libby app is available free of charge from Google Play or the Apple App Store, where you can then borrow items with your ANGUSalive library membership number. More information including library opening hours and timetables can be found at https://www.angusalive.scot/libraries/.

Eddie Main reads from the Libby app

Eddie Main reads from the Libby app