Did you know your local library has a way to access digital books with a dyslexic font option as a reading setting?
Within OverDrive and its Libby app, there is a setting to ensure reading comfort as they focus on finding and enjoying their next great read.
Standard typefaces are often difficult to read for people with dyslexia as the letters are hard to differentiate and words tend to jumble together. The dyslexic font, or dyslexie, is designed so that each letter is unique. Letters and words have extra distance between them to combat reversal and flipping of letters. Additionally, capital letters are bolder to help readers identify new sentences. The dyslexic font option in OverDrive joins a list of features geared toward reading inclusion or “reading happiness.”
Also within the app, you can adjust the spacing, font size and screen color to make your reading experience more enjoyable.
Your local library has thousands of eBooks and e-audiobooks available that you can borrow for free using your mobile device through the Lycoming County Library System.
Libby can be installed from the Apple App Store or Google Play as a free app. It is currently compatible with iOS 9 or higher and Andoid 4.4 or higher.
Benefits of using Libby include:
• Sign in to multiple libraries, with one or more cards for each library.
• Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space.
• If you prefer reading on your Kindle, Libby can send your library books to it.
• All your loans and holds are consolidated on a single shelf.
• Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab.
• Positions, bookmarks, and notes are kept in sync across your devices.
• Sample any book with a tap — nothing to download or delete.
• Try a zoomable graphic novel, or a picture book with readalong audio.
A link to get the free Libby app is available at https://ebranch2go.overdrive.com/.
If you have questions about using OverDrive or Libby, contact Sue Mayshock, the audiovisual specialist at the James V. Brown Library, by calling 570-326-0536. One-on-one appointments to work with your device are available.
This is one of the many ways the library supports the PA Forward Initiative through providing information literacy opportunities for learning. When Pennsylvania residents know how to use current technology to improve their education and enhance their skills, they can fully participate in a digital society.
The Brown Library is part of a national “Libraries Transform” effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the information needs of their users.
The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.