Showcase of reading access at Portsmouth library

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A LIBRARY in Portsmouth will showcase technology used to help blind people enjoy reading.

The ‘Make a Noise in Libraries’ initiative starts today and will see Portsmouth Central Library show off its resources, including new large print children’s books with 75-point print and Braille.

The fortnight is organised by the Royal National Institute of Blind People and ends on June 14.

The library’s new open source software will be on display on Wednesday and next Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm.

It allows for magnification and speech functions, along with the use of coloured sheets for people with dyslexia.

Julie Duffy is the visual impairment officer at Portsmouth City Council.

She said: ‘We’re taking part in Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight to let people with a visual impairment know about all the great services the library can offer them.

‘Traditionally, if you couldn’t read printed books libraries couldn’t offer you much else.’