SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Programs

Walking Books Program

Walking Books volunteers provide free delivery of Library materials to Library patrons who cannot easily travel to the Library due to physical limitations.

Book Buddies

Book Buddies volunteers assist Walking Books users in selecting books, audiobooks and movies that are delivered by Walking Books volunteers.

Ask-a-Librarian

Reference questions may be asked online with Ask a Librarian. The service uses QuestionPoint, a collaborative reference service that links staff to a worldwide network of libraries to assist in answering questions.

Library reference staff may also be contacted directly. Call (417) 883-5341, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, or stop by the nearest Library branch.

The Mobile Library Bookmobile Service

The Mobile Library is a "Library on Wheels" that delivers books for all ages, including best sellers and large print books. The vehicle makes scheduled stops to locations throughout Springfield and in Greene County. Mobile Library users may request delivery of materials from other branch libraries and return materials checked out at other libraries.

Sign Language Interpreter

To request a sign language interpreter for a Library-sponsored program or tour, call the Library's Community Relations Department at least two weeks before the event at 883-5366, ext. 3.

Collections

Audiobooks and Playaways®

The audio versions of thousands of books for all ages are available at every branch library. Audiobooks are available in compact disk.

Playaways are an audiobook format that combines a wide variety of content with an easy-to-use player contained in one small unit. Users must provide earbuds and a battery. When checking out and using Playaway, just press play to start listening immediately--there is no need for a separate player.

Overdrive and E-Books

Browse the catalog to check out and download fiction and nonfiction books, as well as instructional, documentary and feature films for children, teens and adults. Find out more about the following types of digital materials at thelibrary.org/digital

  • Adobe® PDF eBooks
  • Mobipocket® eBooks
  • OverDrive WMA Audiobooks
  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks
  • OverDrive Video
  • Hoopla ebooks, digital movies and digital music.
  • IndieFlix digital movies
  • Tumblebooks online storybooks for kids

Large Print Materials

Large print books are published with oversized print intended for use by low-vision readers. All of the branches of the Library, including the Bookmobile, stock a collection of large print fiction and nonfiction books.

Closed-Captioned DVDs for the Hearing Impaired

Closed-captioning displays the audio portion of a movie or television program text on the television screen. It appears as subtitles that are typed out on the screen with the words the characters are saying. Ask a staff member for assistance in finding closed-captioned movie titles in the catalog.

Equipment

Wheelchairs and Motorized Scooters

The Library Center has a motorized scooter and the Library Station has a wheelchair and electric scooter for Library visitors who have limited mobility.

Closed-Circuit Television

The Library Center's Local History Department houses an AladdinGenie closed-circuit television video magnifier. It is a full-color camera that magnifies text or photos on a color monitor. It can be used to enlarge the size of print images, such as magazines, books and photographs. The Library Station has an Optelec Clear View Video Magnifier for public use.

Magnifiers

Magnifying glasses are available for use at every Library branch to assist readers who wish to enlarge print and photographic images. A limited number of magnifiers (or Magni-viewers) are also available to check out. Ask the Library staff for assistance.

Resources Recommended by Library Staff

Relay Missouri

Relay Missouri is a free service funded by the Missouri Public Service Commission that allows deaf, hard of hearing and speech disabled individuals to use the telephone. Users access a telephone device and Relay Missouri becomes their voice or ears. Relay users with different access needs are accommodated. Communications are clearly shared with anyone the user chooses to call. To use Relay Missouri, dial 7-1-1 to reach the type of relay that is needed.

Southwest Center for Independent Living

SCIL provides a full range of independent living services, advocacy and resources for people with any disability in Southwest Missouri. SCIL is one of over 300 independent living centers in the United States.

Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library

Wolfner Library is a free library service for Missourians who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability. Materials are mailed to and from library patrons at their homes, postage paid. There is no charge, whatsoever, to the patron.

The library's collection includes fiction and nonfiction audio and braille books for all ages. Magazine subscriptions are available, and the library loans playback machines to those using audio books.

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