What is VisionLabs all about?

WLS VisionLabs are here to keep you reading for a lifetime.

The goal of our pilot program is to find new ways for libraries to serve patrons with visual impairments and emerging vision loss.

Click any of the items below to read more:

  • Learn about home services, training programs, and other benefits available to you.
  • Learn about how you can receive free audio books by mail through the Talking Books and Braille Library.
  • Learn how to access ebooks and audiobooks with your library card.
  • Learn about technologies and workarounds to remain independent at home.
  • Learn to use handheld and desktop magnifiers to enlarge printed text, and handwriting. Color control and text-to-speech technology will allow you to more easily read personal items and library items.
  • Learn to use magnifying software on a library computer.

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Questions? Email kbrodigan@wlsmail.org or call 914-231-3237

News and Featured Resources

Talking Book and Braille Library introduces ‘duplication on demand’

The NYS Talking Book and Braille Library has started to provide “duplication on demand”! How does duplication on demand change things?

  • No more waitlists, as TBBL will have unlimited copies of each title!

  • No more waiting for books to come from Ohio, TBBL will have everything in New York.

  • You can get multiple titles – even a whole series – on each cartridge instead of juggling a separate cartridge for each book. (You will still be able to choose which one to listen to and it will still remember your place in each one).

  • Most members will be assigned either 5 or 10 titles per cartridge, depending on how many they usually check out. You will be able to get up to 3 of these multi-title cartridges. You can request to adjust this but not until after you get your first one.

The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) is a free library service for eligible residents of upstate New York who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual, physical or reading disability. Receive free audio books, magazines, and newspapers by mail or listen on your own devices through the BARD mobile app. Visit the NYSL website to learn more: https://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/

VisionLabs is a project of the Westchester Library System, paid for in part through a grant from the Field Hall Foundation.

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