Libraries are always coming up with creative ways of connecting readers in their community. Book clubs and "one book" programs (where everyone in a community is invited to read the same book) are two growing ways of bringing readers together to share their experiences. Everyone reads the same book, but it's the diversity of responses to the story that makes these events exciting.
Increasingly, libraries are working to make sure that people with print disabilities can participate fully in these programs and read in the format of their choice, and the Partners Program can help. We provide access to CNIB's collection of books, magazines and newspapers in audio, e-text and braille through public libraries in participating provinces so that readers with a print disability can share many of the same books as their friends and neighbours.
Here are a few examples of accessible programs from our partner libraries:
- Toronto Public Library patrons with print disabilities could read Midnight at the Dragon Café by Judy Fong Bates in DAISY audio from CNIB for their One Book program
- Prince Edward Island Public Libraries' ensured Still Life by Louise Penny was available in audio for their One Book, One Island program
- Ottawa Public Library offers a long-standing audio book club
- Didsbury and Rimbey libraries in Alberta both have book clubs that include both print and audio readers. They choose books that are available in alternate formats.
Beyond access to books, the Partners Program offers resources on accessible reading events:
Have you participated in a book club or a "one book" event? What was it like? Were you able to get the book in the format you needed?
If you know someone who has trouble reading print, or you would like more information about accessible library service in your community, contact PartnersProgram@cnib.ca or visit www.cnib.ca/librarypartners.