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Everything’s coming up DAISYs at the library

By Lorraine Graves

Published 10:53 PST, Fri November 15, 2019

A $500 DAISY reader allows people with little or no sight a full reading experience, one closer to reading a real book.

The Digital Accessible Information System machines have the ability to stop and go back, change the reading pace or tone, and can even set a timer for when you doze off with a good book. They are also suitable for people who cannot hold what they are reading. 

The library’s Stephanie Volkey points out these readers do not work with traditional books on tape. Those can be read by many ordinary devices.

The sophisticated yet easy-to-use DAISY readers require special books-on-disc and are only licensed for people with a temporary or permanent disability. The library lends the DAISY machines out for four months at a time. 

“We only have a limited supply of these readers. That’s why the campaign,” says Vokey. 

On Giving Tuesday Dec. 3, or at any time, donate to the Richmond Public Library at gt.yourlibrary.ca or in person at any branch. Tax receipts are available for all donations $10 and over. 

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