Make a Noise in Libraries

The annual Make a Noise in Libraries (MANIL) campaign aims to bring public libraries and blind and partially sighted people together to improve access to books and information.

Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight 2012 is celebrated in Northern Ireland libraries from 11th June - 24th June and during this time, local libraries are making an extra special effort to encourage blind and partially sighed people to visit their local library to find out what is available.

Ballymoney Library - Display: Large Print, Spoken work, audiobooks and Playaways (pre-loaded MP3 players that contain a single audiobook title)

Monday 11th June - Saturday 23rd June 2012

Telephone: 028 2766 3589

Email: ballymoney.library@librariesni.org.uk

Books are a great way to share experiences, explore ideas and link up with other people who share a passion for reading. Nearly two million people in the UK are living with sight loss and for many blind and partially sighted people, reading also helps to reduce isolation and plays an essential role in their health and well-being.

There is a range of library services available to people with additional needs, including people who are blind or partially sighted.

· Large print - all libraries have a wide range of books in larger than average print

· Audiobooks - libraries offer books on CD which, like printed books, are free to borrow

· Homecall Library Service – Libraries NI has a fleet of mobile libraries across Northern Ireland which call at the homes of people unable to get to their local library due to illness or frailty

· eBooks and downloadable audiobooks are available from the Libraries NI website www.librariesni.org.uk

· RNIB Talking Books – Libraries NI pays an annual subscription to this CD library for people who are blind/partially sighted and have been referred by their Sensory Support worker.

For more information on the Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight, go to the RNIB website www.rnib.org.uk

For details of all events taking place, ask at your local library or go to at www.librariesni.org.uk