Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight

Yeovil Library will be celebrating Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight (MANIL) (1 to 14 June) on Friday 12 June with an event showcasing equipment, resources and services for people with sight loss.

MANIL is an annual campaign bringing libraries and blind and partially sighted people together in an effort to improve access to books and information.

To celebrate, the library will be displaying the wide variety of talking books that are available to borrow on cassette, CD and Playaway and the books that are available in large print. There will also be details about the e-audio book service.

Other organisations will also be on hand to meet visitors. These include:

• Representatives from Somerset Sight, the local organisation offering services, training and leisure activities for visually impaired people.

• Calibre Audio Library will be on hand offering 6,700 audio books available via streaming, MP3 CD and USB memory stick. This subscription-free service is available to both children and adults.

• Dolphin Computer Access will be demonstrating Guide, simple talking computing for people that are blind or partially sighted and are new to computers.

• Optelec, makers of low vision aids, will be demonstrating their latest range of video magnifiers and audio text-to-speech readers.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for libraries, said: “This annual campaign by Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is a great way for us to promote the services we can offer current customers and also reach out to new customers who may not be aware of what services are available.

“It is also fantastic that other organisations will be able to demonstrate their products and services through this event, giving blind and partially sighted people the chance to get lots of information in one place.”