NCBI marks World Book Day 2021

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) is delighted to be part of the World Book Day celebrations today.

This year’s featured book is Lily and the Lissadell Ghost by Judi Curtin, available in embossed Braille and in accessible digital formats from the NCBI Bookshare Ireland platform from today (Thursday, March 4).

Lina Kouzi, NCBI Library access service manager, commented: “World Book Day is another opportunity for us to promote the value of literacy and reading in accessible formats. Not everyone can use or read books in the traditional way but the joy of reading can still be enjoyed through accessing materials in digital, audio, Braille or large print formats.

“The benefits of reading are well known, from boosting vocabulary to living longer, so it is vital that people who are blind or vision impaired benefit too.”

The shift to online learning in schools and colleges along with everyone spending more time at home during Covid-19 lockdowns has led to an increase of 15% in membership to the NCBI Library, with membership now exceeding 4,600.

Kouzi added: “Obtaining academic or leisure titles in accessible formats has previously been a barrier to people who are blind or vision impaired but through the advances in technology, this is now being minimised and our Bookshare platform is proving very popular.

“While many of our older members prefer to listen to books and magazines on USB keys or borrow from our Braille collection, it is offering this variety of formats that has ensured people stay up to date with their reading.

“Our library service has proven to be an essential service, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, as borrowing a book offers the chance to escape from it all by enjoying a work of fiction.”

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