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May 20, 2019

Low-Vision resources for library users

Local readers who have low vision can utilize a number of library resources that will provide a satisfying reading experience. Whether you’re interested in audiobooks or large-print items, physical or digital materials, Roseburg Public Library can help connect you with the format that fits your needs.

The Roseburg Lions Club recently gave the library a modern desktop magnifier that originally was owned by Dr. Jon-Marc Weston at Weston Eye Center. The DaVinci HD All-in-One Desktop Magnifier is great for reading the newspaper, small-print books and archival material stored in the library’s vertical files. It includes settings for color, brightness and magnification and is simple to use.

Turn on the machine, place an item under the magnifier and adjust the dials to suit you. The magnifier is located in the research area of the stacks beside the microfilm machines. Thanks, Dr. Weston and Lions!

The library has about 1500 large print books available for checkout, and large print is an area of the collection we are growing with the addition of new material by mystery writers Jonathan Kellerman and Sophie Hannah and western legend William W. Johnstone. Not only is the type size larger, these books now often are printed in paperback format for easier handling.

Audiobooks are incredibly popular, and the library has about 2500 books in CD format, from picture books to Harry Potter to James Patterson to David McCullough’s latest history book, “The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West.”

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Source: The News Review

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