FCSN // Newsline – Winter/Spring 2016 // Libraries Are For Everyone

Libraries Are For Everyone

pblThe Putterham branch of the Public Library of Brookline will be purchasing three iPads and an iPad mini, and investing in apps featuring assistive technology, support for disabilities and literacy development. These preloaded iPads will be available for standard 4 week patron circulation. Patrons who do not want to take the devices home will have the option of requesting them and using them in the library.

Apps for the “Libraries Welcome Everyone” program will be specific to Autism, Visual Impairments, Learning Disabilities, and Hearing Impairment. However, other suggestions are welcomed.

In conjunction with Easter Seals of Massachusetts, the library will offer several technology workshops to train patrons in the use of the devices and apps that we make available for circulation. The program will kick off in April, 2016, with the devices starting to circulate in mid-April. The goal is to show disabled individuals and their families what the library has to offer, both as a community space and as a technology and information resource; provide the public with access to more expensive apps which they may wish to test out before committing to purchase, or which they may be unable to afford; and to promote literacy and serve as a resource for patrons with learning differences and disabilities.

In addition, the Public Library of Brookline will be hosting several public presentations in the library, regarding various disabilities and the community supports available to people.

This program is generously funded by The Friends of the Brookline Library. Current confirmed speakers and dates:

Monday April 25, 2016, 6pm – Marianne Leone, Actress and Author of “Jesse: A Mother’s Story,” (previously published as “Knowing Jesse: A mother’s story of grief, grace, and everyday bliss”) Marianne will discuss the fight to get Jesse an appropriate education, and the difference that adaptive technology made in Jesse’s life, allowing him to communicate and excel.

Wednesday May 18, 2016, 6pm – Local author, blogger, and advocate Susan Senator will be speaking about her new book, “Autism Adulthood” and resources in the area for autistic teens and young adults.

For more information visit: www.brooklinelibrary.org/programs/libraries-are-for-everyone