To say that a building is “accessible” means that it has features to ease its use by people who are able-bodied and those who are disabled. Doorways are wide enough to accommodate wheel chairs, for example. The general population may not notice the wider doorways, but if they should become wheelchair-bound, those doorways mean the difference between getting into a room, or not.
The library’s buildings are accessible, and so are its collections. We provide materials in paperback format for those who like the portability and hardback material for people who like the larger type. For those who need or prefer even bigger print, we provide large print materials in our juvenile and adult collections.
At Sherwood Regional Library, we find that our 2000+ large print materials represent roughly 5 percent of the materials checked out. In the coming weeks, those who use the adult large print materials will find that the shelving used to house the collection will be improved to make it easier to reach those items. The collection will stay on the first floor in its current location.
Sherwood has been delighted over the years to have support for this collection by the Mount Vernon Evening Lions Club. Recently, family and friends of the late George Selzer have made memorial gifts to purchase large print mysteries that will be owned at Sherwood and available throughout the library system. Library users who wish to know what is in our large print collection will find titles listed in the catalog. Use the phrase large print in the word or phrase search box, or give us a call for further information, 703-765-3645.
Large print materials are available in all branches, and we can transfer books between branches. If you know of someone who has other mobility or vision issues we invite you to call our Access Services branch at 703-324-8380 (TTY: 711) or visit them online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/as. Access Services is located at the Government Center and serves residents throughout the county with a home delivery service and the national Talking Book program. Access Services also delivers books to multiple senior residence facilities and provides opportunities to learn more about some specific low-vision adaptive equipment and technology.The library’s logo says we are everywhere you are—and we try to be!