11 September 2017
A page-turning collection of books aimed at making reading easier for people with dyslexia will soon be hitting the shelves at Seymour Library.
In response to community feedback, Mitchell Shire Council has invested $5000 in books printed with a special font which is designed to make reading easier for people with dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a condition where people have difficulty reading and spelling.
According to the Australian Dyslexia Association, about 10 per cent of Australians have dyslexia.
It is the first time these books have been stocked at a Mitchell Shire library.
They feature large, spaced out text, with capital letters printed in bold in order to keep the attention of the readers’ eye.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the collection included books for all ages.
“Dyslexia effects people of all ages so we've got a broad range of books on hand – everything from children’s picture story books to novels for teens and older readers. We hope to increase this collection in the future,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Our libraries have had a number of people asking whether we could stock these books, so we’ve listened to our community - we want to be as accessible as possible.”
The books will be available to borrow from early October at Seymour Library or online at libraries.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au
They can also be ordered and collected from Council’s other libraries in Broadford, Wallan and Kilmore.
For more information, please contact Council’s Customer and Library Service Centres on (03) 5734 6200.