08 Feb Low Vision Awareness Month
February is Low Vision Awareness month. Did you know the library has a number of great resources to help individuals with low vision? Read on to learn more!
Our magnifier machine, conveniently located in the Indiana Room, can magnify any type of written material from newspapers to books and much more. It automatically focuses and has easy to use dials to adjust magnification, brightness, and color. Stop by the Indiana Room and try it out.
JAWS (Job Access With Speech)
JAWS is a screen reader tool available on the Windows computer station in the Computer Lounge at the Main Library. This tool was developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing computer screen content or navigating a computer with a mouse. Our staff at the Main Library Computer Lounge are ready to assist anyone interested in learning how to use JAWS.
Large Print Keyboard
The Computer Lounge also has a large print keyboard available for use in the Computer Lounge at the Main Library. See our friendly staff for assistance.
Large Print Collection
For those who enjoy reading books, the Library has a collection of over 6,800 items in Large Print available for checkout. Look for “Large Print” under book covers to easily identify these items.
Another option for those who enjoy books but find it challenging to read is to listen to recorded books. The Library has over 7,000 audiobooks (books on CD) and Playaways (a small battery-operated all-in-one device with the audiobook preloaded) available for check out.
eAudiobooks and eBooks
If you have an iPad, Android tablet, Kindle, or even a smartphone, you can listen to electronic audiobooks or read eBooks on these devices using the OverDrive or Libby app. While eAudiobooks offer the convenience of listening, eBooks are helpful because the font size can be enlarged in the app, making it very comfortable to read on a device. The Library has approximately 2,400 eAudiobook titles and nearly 8,000 eBook titles for check out.
If you need help, stop by the Library with your tablet or smartphone. Our staff will coach you through setting up your device access to the eAudiobook and eBook collection.
If low vision prevents you from driving to the Library, then our Doorstep Delivery service might be a great solution to gain access to library materials. With this service, once a month staff bring library materials to your home, all based on your individual tastes and needs. Any resident who is homebound because of illness or physical disability may apply for this service.
To request service or receive additional information, contact the Library at 219-362-6156, option 4. More information is also available on the Library’s Outreach Services web page.
Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library
The Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library have additional materials available to individuals with vision challenges. Talking Books materials include descriptive videos, large print books, digital books, digital magazines, and much more. Materials are sent through the mail and the service is free to those who qualify.
Questions? Our Outreach Service staff can provide more information and assist you with submitting an application. Contact us at 219-362-6156, option 4 for assistance.