Make a Noise Fortnight to showcase how blind and partially-sighted can access library services in Lincolnshire

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A two-week initiative is set to kick-off in Lincolnshire soon in a bid to help the blind and partially-sighted discover what Lincolnshire’s libraries have on offer.

The yearly Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight, which runs from June 3 to 14, aims to promote how easy it is for people with a visual impairment to access books, newspapers, magazines and information in formats designed for them.

County councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “These initiatives will demonstrate that you don’t have to have perfect vision to enjoy a good book.

“We have thousands of items, including some of the latest titles, available for people with visual impairments.

“For many blind and partially-sighted people, reading plays an essential role in their health and well-being.”

Lincolnshire’s libraries have items available for people of all ages with eyesight disabilities, including audio books, large print and braille formats.

Also available is Booktouch, a collection of touch-and-feel books designed for children aged from birth to four years. More than 700 people currently take advantage of libraries’ Listening Lincs service, which offers more than 12,000 titles on tape and CD.

With 13,700 adults in the county predicted to be living with a visual impairment, it’s hoped that many more will sign up during the Make a Noise fortnight.

Contact your local library to find out more. Details are available at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/libraries.