Grace A. Dow Memorial Library
Resources for the Visually Impaired
The Grace A Dow Memorial Library provides many resources available to assist people with disabilities. From books on CD to our Adaptive Technology Computer, there are numerous avenues for making information available. Library tours and in person orientation concerning these resources may be arranged by calling the Reference Department at 989-837-3449.
Adaptive Technology Computer: This PC magnifies web pages and print resources as well as translates them into a spoken word file. Equipped with JAWS, MAGic, and OpenBook software, this machine is available near the Reference Desk.
Books on CD, MP3 and Playaway: A large selection of fiction and non-fiction material is available in audio format. Located in the AV Area, material on CD disk can be played on any CD player. MP3 format material plays on a wide variety of equipment. Check that the device you wish to use is certified for use with the desired format.
The library also maintains a large collection of Playaways. These MP3 players checkout prerecorded with fiction and nonfiction titles. Simply plug in a pair of headphones and listen to the latest bestseller.
E-Audio Books: Another form of audio material, these titles are downloaded via the internet and listened to on a computer or compatible MP3 player. To use this service, stop by the library to register and create an account. The service is available to all Grace A Dow Memorial Library card holders and is a popular way to experience over several thousand titles.
Large Print Books: An extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction titles is available in the Large Print area. This collection is frequently updated with bestsellers as well as other notable books. Ask about obtaining a large print edition through interlibrary loan if you canít locate a copy in our collection.
Library of Michigan Ė Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped:
The Michigan Network of Regional and Subregional Libraries serving people with visual and physical handicaps offers best-sellers, mysteries, westerns, biographies, how-to books and other types of materials found in a public library. The only difference is that the books are recorded on cassette or printed in braille and will arrive at your door through the regular U.S. postal service. Just like standard print books, these publications are unabridged (not condensed) and contain all of the information found in the print version - right down to the book jacket. And best of all, this service is FREE, there is not even a charge to mail materials to or from the library.
You do not need to be legally blind to use this services - if standard print has become difficult for you, a friend, or a family member, please call