The Freedom to Read a Book in any Format

March 2, 2018 | Kelli

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During Freedom to Read Week (February 25 - March 3), we usually talk about banned books and censorship. For Dorothy Macnaughton, freedom to read also includes the availability of accessible reading materials for people with visual, physical or learning disabilities. In addition to her work on the CNIB Library Board and for her local chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind, Dorothy was involved in the creation of the Centre for Equitable Library Access. In recognition of her many years of dedicated work, she was named this year's Freedom to Read Champion by the Book and Periodical Council. Read more about Dorothy Macnaughton on Freedomtoread.ca.

People with print disabilities need books in a variety of formats, including electronic books, large print, and audiobooks. Those of you who regularly read the Book Buzz blog have probably noticed that our book lists usually include links to all the formats available for each of the books we feature. This variety allows everyone a choice to read in the format they need, or simply prefer.

Customers with print disability also can borrow from our Talking Books collection. The Talking Books are available to customers who are unable to read print due to a visual, physical or learning disability. For more information about the accessible collections at the Toronto Public Library, including more information about our Talking Books collection, have a look at our Collections for People with Disabilities web page. 

Here is a small selection of popular books that are available to read in multiple formats:

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 
Set in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, this is the story of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the mother and daughter who upend their lives.
Regular Print
Large Print
Audiobook CD
ebook
e-audiobook
Talking Book (Restricted to print disabled patrons)

 

Origin

Origin by Dan Brown
In this latest novel in the Robert Langdon series, Brown ponders the questions of where we (humans) came from and where we are going. Another fast-paced Dan Brown adventure, this time set in Spain. 
Regular Print
Large Print
Audiobook CD
ebook
e-audiobook
Talking Book (Restricted to print disabled patrons)

 

Hillbilly Elegy
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
In this powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town, Vance offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's poor white working class.
Regular Print
Large Print
Audiobook
ebook
e-audiobook
Talking Book (Restricted to print disabled patrons)

 

When Breathe Becomes AIr
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
At the age of 36, on the verge of a completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. In this deeply moving memoir Kalanithi approaches the questions raised by facing mortality from the dual perspective of the neurosurgeon and the terminally ill patient.
Regular Print
Large Print
Audiobook
ebook
e-audiobook
Talking Book (Restricted to print disabled patrons)

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