Thursday, November 11, 2010

CNIB Library Partners Program

Soon, the Powassan Library will be getting Daisy players from the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) and we're REALLY excited! The library will be receiving 50 titles with new titles coming every 6 months.  

The Daisy player is basically a digital talking book. It is a format standard, not a brand name. Daisy players are made by many different companies. It assists people who, for different reasons, have problems using regular printed media. Learning may be impaired by print disabilities like blindness, decreased vision, dyslexia or other issues.

In my opinion, the Daisy is an excellent technology that benefits a lot of people. My father, as well as one of his brothers, are legally blind and can absolutely benefit from such a technology. My father always had a difficult time finding books that he could read. He tried large print media and used a large magnifying glass to no avail, so he has turned to audio books. Whether you have a visual or learning disability, reading will no longer be a difficult task but something you can enjoy!

If you have used the Daisy technology, feel free to leave any comments!

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Monday, November 8, 2010


Okay, I'm going to be honest with you. Playaways are THE coolest idea when it comes to reading books. Or rather, listening. Now you're wondering what a playaway is. A playaway is basically an MP3 book. It's the size of an MP3 player and it already has the book loaded onto it; so all you have to do is stick a battery inside, plug in your headphones and away you go! Convenient right?! It's said to be the next generation of audiobooks, and I absolutely agree. Amazing amazing amazing!

The Powassan Library has a total of 10 titles at the moment, 5 of which belong to a pool and are rotated between libraries every 3 months. The library is also going to be purchasing 30 more titles as well. This kind of technology benefits everyone, whether just for the sheer convenience of being able to listen to a book while on the treadmill or whether you're a member of the CNIB and large print books still don't do the trick. You can also buy an adapter that allows the book to be played through the radio in your car. Impressive right? Yeah, I think so too.

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