17:40 Friday 17 May 2013

Libraries to make a noise for the blind

Written byHELEN KREFT

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LIBRARIES in East Staffordshire will be going against their usual quiet rules by ‘making a noise’ to highlight their offers for blind and partially sighted.

Staffordshire County Council is marking ‘Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight’ by reminding residents just what the county’s libraries have to offer blind and partially sighted people.

The event is an annual campaign to bring public libraries and blind and partially sighted people together to improve access to books and information – and runs from June 3 to 14.

Services for anyone who is blind or partially sighted include books in large print, audio books and a large music collection, and people can asked their library to arrange a subscription to the “audio books by post service” from the Royal National Institute of the Blind.

Councillor Mike Lawrence, cabinet member for community, culture and localism said: “’Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight’ is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate that local libraries are there for the benefit of the whole community, and to highlight the wide range of services on offer for Burton and East Staffordshire’s blind and partially sighted residents.

“Local libraries play a vital role in bringing communities together and putting people in touch with services.”

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