Richmond library raising funds for visually impaired readers

The Richmond Public Library (RPL) is raising funds to buy a new type of book for individuals with visual disabilities.

Throughout November, RPL is participating in GivingTuesday – a global, social media-based movement that encourages people to donate to their favourite charities.

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With GivingTuesday in mind, RPL will use the funds raised to buy DAISY readers — talking books that allow customers with low vision, blindness, or print disabilities the chance to read a book independently.

A print disability is a learning, physical or visual disability that affects a person’s ability to read printed works. 

“Coupled with some of our other seniors’ services, such as home services delivery and outreach at local seniors’ facilities by library staff, the addition of new DAISY readers to our borrowing collection will enable more seniors and those experiencing print challenges the opportunity to feel connected and keep their minds active by reading,” said Susan Walters, Richmond Public Library’s chief librarian.

“Creating a community of engaged and informed readers will contribute to fostering an active and thriving Richmond,” she added.

RPL will be sharing information about the different types of services for seniors and other customers about print disabilities on their Facebook page as well as explaining what DAISY readers are and how they work.

Donations of $10 or more are eligible for a tax receipt and can be made at

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