Library Hosts Virtual Event for People with Low Vision, Blindness, or Inability to Read or Hold Print Materials

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) is hosting a Virtual Resource Fair on Wednesday, March 10, 1 to 4:30 p.m. for residents who have temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents reading or holding print materials. Participants will learn about topics such as accessibility and accommodation, blindness life skills, free library resources such as Talking Books, and tools such as screen readers.  

"This event is ideal for adults and teens who are newly blind, as well as caretakers, community partners working with low vision clients, and anyone interested in learning more about services and resources for those who are blind and print disabled," said Kaitlyn Hodges, VBPL's disability services librarian. "The resource fair will provide information on the skills and tools necessary for people with sight difficulties to succeed such as self-advocacy, job skills, accessibility and more." 

VBPL is part of a regional network of libraries of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress, which provides resources such as Talking Books and Braille items free of charge to residents. The Virtual Resource Showcase for the Blind & Vision Impaired is being offered in coordination with other NLS subregional libraries in Arlington, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, and Staunton, Virginia.  

For more information, including how to connect to the event, visit our online calendar or contact VBPL's Bayside & Special Services Library at (757) 385-2684 or libssbh@vbgov.com

About Virginia Beach Public Library

Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.

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