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By: Andrea Lhotka, Reference/Interlibrary Loan Librarian
For: Red Rock News
Date: July 2, 2010

Large Print Books Available at the Library

In response to the growing population of people with visual challenges, the Sedona Public Library provides many alternatives to the classic printed book.  Large print and audio books are valuable for those with a variety of reading difficulties from visual challenges to learning disabilities.

Although large print titles have been widely regarded for the benefits they provide individuals with vision problems, they can also benefit people who are reluctant readers, anyone with dyslexia or other learning disabilities, children reading beyond their grade level but struggling with the type size of more advanced material, as well as a growing population of readers who simply prefer the ease of a larger typeface.

Large print titles are made available for all ages.  Sedona Public Library has an extensive collection of large print publications in 16-point type, which is approved by the National Association for the Visually Handicapped (NAVH).  Titles have been selected from a broad range of genres including:  mysteries, romance, historical fiction, westerns, women’s fiction, thrillers, true crime, fantasy, biography and general nonfiction.

A growing number of people are dealing with vision problems ranging from eyestrain to more serious health issues and 150 million Americans wear some form of corrective eyewear; consequently, the benefit of large print books is growing. 

Most of us know someone who has lost the enjoyment of reading because of diminished vision.  Large print books bring the joy of reading back by offering popular titles in an easy-to-read format, and we are excited to offer the following selections:

“The Closers” features LAPD detective Harry Bosch, who is working on a cold case involving the killing of a 17-year-old girl.  The word “prosaic” describes the premise of this novel, but not how Michael Connelly executes it.  Violence is not used to move this story along.  Important factors in solving a crime in a Connelly novel include character, context and procedure.  Come check this book out to discover more.

“Shades of Grey” is an imaginative new romantic social satire by Jasper Fforde.  In this novel’s dystopic future, your social standing is determined by the colors your eyes identify, the higher the colors are in the color spectrum the better.  Eddie, who works for the Color Control Agency, might well have lived out his rose-tinted life without a hitch. But that changes when he becomes smitten with Jane, a Grey Nightseer from the dark, unlit side of the village. She shows Eddie that all is not well with the world he thinks is just and good.

 Robin Cook, Rita Mae Brown, Tracy Chevalier, Maeve Binchy and Catherine Coulter are just a few of the authors whose bestsellers can be found in the large print collection.  Non-fiction includes works by Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, Julia Child, Ann Rule and more.        

For those with acute visual impairment, please take note of the Braille and Talking Book Library, a regional library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, administered by the Library of Congress.  Patrons need not live in Phoenix to access this collection of over 60,000 recorded titles consisting of books, magazines, descriptive videos (DVD and VHS films with descriptions of the action) and specialized playback equipment.  Browse recommended reads, check their catalog, and have your selections mailed to your home.  Check the Arizona State Braille and Talking Book Library for a directory of resources throughout the state and to verify your eligibility.  These services are available at no charge. 

Looking for another alternative?  Consider the audio book.  The Sedona Public Library provides a variety of formats in audio books, including audio cassette books, CD books and Playaways.  You may be familiar with the first two but what is a Playaway?  The Playaway is an easy-to-use, preloaded digital audio book player.  Rarely do I travel on vacations or weekend getaways without one; they are ideal for people on-the- go.  Simply take it off the shelf, plug in earbuds, insert a triple A battery and go!  No cassettes or CDs.  No downloads.  Just play.

Andrea Lhotka
Andrea Lhotka, author of this week's article,
is Reference/Interlibrary Loan Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.

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