The James V. Brown Library and its bookmobile are equipped with the necessary tools to aid the visually impaired in accessing books and the computer.
The equipment includes a magnification program and computer software, which is designed to make reading easier.
The computer is specialized with a read-aloud feature, high-contrast keyboard and "text-to-speech" screen software program.
The library also has a video magnifier called a closed-circuit television (CCTV), as well as an adapted computer workstation for people who need assistance accessing electronic text. Customers who need assistance can find the specialized computer workstation and video magnifier on the balcony in the main circulation area of the library.
In addition, the library has a "Ruby," a handheld video magnifier that is a rechargeable, portable device with a 4.3-inch, full color screen. It is small enough to slip into a pocket or purse.
Ruby includes a flip-out handle so it can be held in a comfortable reading position, and a freeze button to capture an image. The library has two Rubys and the Bookmobile has one; patrons may check one out for two weeks.
For more information or assistance on using the equipment, call or visit the James V. Brown Library.
The library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 326-0536 or visit www.jvbrown.edu.