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Jackson: Come check out all the library offers this year

Love and marriage, love and marriage Go together like a horse and carriage; This I tell you, brother, You can’t have one without the other.

Those of us of a certain age will remember that witty ditty arrived in ’55 and was popularized by Old Blue Eyes. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the lilting lyrics might keep invading your mindset off and on for the rest of the day. But what I’d like to point out is that “assistive” and “corrective” are a couple of other stalwarts of the horse-and-carriage context of “you can’t have one without the other” which, thanks to our age of ever-burgeoning technology, are now in rewarding play at the Prescott Public Library. And it’s all free of charge to those opting to take advantage of it. So let’s let the library’s manager of public services, Martha Baden, extend the invitation:

The library, she explains, “is committed to providing access to information and recreational reading to all residents of Prescott, Prescott Valley and outlying areas. We hope individuals

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Martha Baden, Manager of public services. (Courtesy)

who have a vision loss will take advantage of the training and technology we have to offer. The library has skilled volunteer trainers and staff waiting to help!”

She goes on to note that the volunteers and staff “are trained and eager to help people who have vision loss learn how to use portable assistive technology. Once trained, iPads can be checked out for practice. If you or someone you know has a vision loss, we urge you to contact the library for more information.”

Printed material that Baden provided me offers backgrounding on numerous devices that are available for use by library patrons, but space will allow for only a couple. Among them are:

A Clearview Speech machine, which scans printed material, magnifies it and converts it to speech, on the main level in the Ruffner Reading Room.

Listening devices for library programs, classes and tours. These portable receivers with headphones provide hearing assistance by connecting to the library’s meeting room sound system. Listen receivers are also compatible with various types of hearing aids.

Interested? Well, Baden is available to answer questions about the myriad programs that are available. Her number is 928-777-1519.

In another assistive vein helping local people with low vision, the Prescott library is the site of a group of low vision and blind people who meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month in the Bump Room on the main floor of the Prescott Library. “Catch the Vision” is the name of the group whose members “together have many years’ experience using electronic devices and products for daily living,” according to information provided by Baden. “We share information about the different devices, products and software we use for our particular needs,” she added, and “because of our collective experiences we help to point individuals to the services that can help them to lead an active and independent life. We welcome family members and caregivers to learn about these products and services in order to help those with loss of vision.”

So “come join us at the Prescott Library on East Goodwin Street,” she enthuses. My prediction: You’ll be mighty glad you did!

Contact the columnist at editorial@prescottaz.com.

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