Printed text, written text and images can be enlarged on to a screen, this can be adjusted to suit individual requirements.
Supernova software is available on Public Access computers in all Derbyshire Libraries. The software consists of a screen magnifier that will enlarge text and images on screen and a screen reader that will read the text. The software can be used with Word and also the Internet.
This is an advanced reading system that makes the printed word accessible to Visually Impaired People. Text is scanned in to the memory using a scanner, this is then read back using a realspeak voice which is one of the best synthetic voices available. It is possible to then print out the text in either Large Print or Braille.
This can be tailored to individual needs.
Some Library materials are transcribed free of charge.
Personal documents are charged at 20p per sheet with a maximum charge of £1.00 per document.
Braille is available in Grade 1 or Grade 2.
Some Library materials are transcribed free of charge.
Personal documents are charged at 20p per sheet with a maximum charge of £1.00
We have a team of volunteer readers who will read material on to audio CD for visually impaired people.
Braille and Moon
Braille for Infants
This is a reading scheme designed for young infants learning to read through Braille.
Consists of 27 Braille reading booklets, 2 activity cassettes and a teacher’s handbook in print.
This course is designed to teach adults of any age to touch read and write Grade 1 Braille in such areas as labelling and reading and writing short notes. It is not designed to use as a “teach yourself” course and should be taught by someone with a good knowledge of Braille. On completion of volume 4 the learner can chose to transfer to volume 2 of fingerprint to learn Grade 2 Braille, or stay with Grade 1 and finish the remaining volumes of Firsthand.
Consists of 7 volumes of Braille and a teacher’s guide in print
Fingerprint by Nigel Berry
This course is designed to teach newly-blind adults to touch-read and write Grade 2 Braille, no prior knowledge of Braille is needed.
Consists of 11 volumes of Braille and 10 cassettes.
Tapescript and teachers notes are available.
Braille Made Easy – As Pye by Leslie Pye
This course is designed to teach Grade 1 Braille.
Consists of 1 volume in jumbo Braille and 1 audio cassette.
Upgrade Your Braille – A second slice of Pye
By Leslie Pye
This is the sequel to the previous item and is designed to take the student on to learn Grade 2 Braille.
Consists of 1 volume in standard Braille and 1 audio cassette.
Beginning Braille by Michael Tobin
This course is designed to be used either as a “teach-yourself” course or with a teacher; much of the course is in jumbo Braille that may be easier to feel for many beginners.
Consists of 4 volumes of Braille, 4 audio cassettes and explanatory notes in print.
The Braille Primer is suitable for sighted people wishing to learn grade 2 Braille by sight.
Check your Braille
A guide to the signs of Grade 2 Braille and the rules governing their use.
RNIB Dot to Dot
Complete learning course aimed at sighted and visually impaired people
The Moon Cats Reading scheme
This is a reading scheme for infants learning to read through moon.
Consists of 20 moon books, I teachers guide in print and 6 audio cassettes.
Journey Round The Moon
This course is designed for learning Grade 1 Moon from scratch, mainly for adults.
Consists of 4 volumes of Moon plus an alphabet and sign book.
Moon Journey Phase 2
A teaching course for grade 2 moon.
Consists of 1 grade 2 Moon book, I large print, 1 Braille book and 1 audio cassette.
We also have a collection of “Clear Vision” books, these are children’s storybooks with a Braille overlay, and they are available in Grade 1 or Grade 2 Braille.
All the above are available for loan.
For more information contact Library Services for Disabled People at Chesterfield Library.
Tel. 01629 533400
The Following magazines are available on tape or CD for people who have difficulty reading print.
A story spanning three generations of the authors family in Pinxton and Ripley.
11. Once around the Umbrella Tree.
12. Timmy Glass Waistcoat.
J. E. Fox
An insight into family life in the Clay Cross area from the mid 1800’s to the 1930’s.
13. Tales of an old Derby Poacher.
14. Growing Pains.
15. Spit and Polish.
16. In the Shadow of the Means Test Man.
A distinctive flavour of the Amber Valley region comes alive in this book.
17. A signal man’s life.
18. Florence Nightingale.
19. Stackyard Meadow Days.
The story of the author's early life,between the wars, at Shottlegate Farm near Belper, Derbyshire.
20. A way of Life.
The authors account of his experiences working on the HighPeak Railway and whilst serving as a Town and District Councillor and JP.
21. Expect Nothing.
22. Down Memory lane.
A collection of Wartime stories in the Derby area. Taken from three books by M. Green.
23. Tears and Laughter of a Derbyshire Girl.
Nancy Vipond was born in Chesterfield Derbyshire in 1922, Tragically she lost both parents whilst still a baby. The first part of the story, the first sixty years is based upon supposition and weaves around family records. The second part is the story of her family life after her parents died within a week of each other in 1924.
24. 11 Years Hard (Or Ten Paces To The Privy).
A humorous personal account of life in Ilkeston and Sandiacre.
25. Belper Memories.
Memories of Life in Belper, Derbyshire.
26. A Tansley Boyhood.
Memories of the authors childhood.
27. Derby- The war Years.
A compilation of war-time memories from the Derby area.
28. A Thirties Childhood
29. The Road From The Means Test.
The sequel to In The Shadow of The Means Test Man, is about the author's army life just after the war, includes many flashbacks to the past.
30. For the love of children.
Marjorie P. Dunn
A story of the children of Sheffield and Fulwood Cottage Homes.
31. A view from the Railway Bridge.
M. I. Sherriff
Memories of the authors childhood.
32. The Duckmanton Story.
A brief insight into life in rural Duckmanton, highlighting yesteryear in the mining area of the village.
33. My Drink was Water Bright.
Growing up in the 30's and 40's in a pit village.
34. Our Billy.
The story of a determined young man to overcome the stigma of illegitimacy through sucess in the accumlulation of riches.
35. Life down't Lane.
The story of the author’s life growing up in the Whittington Moor area of Chesterfield during and after WWII.
36. Airlines and Headlines.
The story of the authors life in journalism and also as a pilot.
37. Third in the Wheelbarrow Race.
An Erewash valley childhood, set mainly in Ilkeston during the 1930's.
38. Put that light out.
39. Parkgate to Ironville.
Bernard Maddison Davies
Tales of life in Parkgate South Yorkshire, later in Ironville.
40. Banjos Bayonets and Bedpans.
A memoir of National Service.
41. A Real Railway Child.
Barbara Blandford Musson
Memories of a childhood in the railway servant's orphanage later called St Christopher's.
42. Before Winter.
The authors life in the Whittington area of Chesterfield, and his involvement in the St John's Rd Methodist Church.
43. Derbyshire Pit Murders.
Crimes that shocked the nation.
44. Mysterious Derbyshire.
45. Derbyshire Ghosts.
46. Out of the Dark.
South Derbyshire Writers Group.
47. Ghosts and Legends of the Peak District.
48. Memories Of Woodthorpe and Seymour.
49. Sluggards Row and the Mystery of Heathcotes Barn.
Fiction woven around fact in the Grassmoor area.
50. The Life and Times of a Former Pit Boy.
This story portrays the living conditions of a miners family during the years between the two wars, and the trials and tribulations of a member of that family during and after WW2.
51. May The Lord Have Mercy On Your Soul.
Murder and serious crime in Derbyshire.
52. Ros, Liz, Wen and Wiz.. A Blackbrook Childhood.
Childhood memories from Blackbook near Belper in Derbyshire.
53. A Backward Glance.
Memories of everyday life in and around Ilkeston including schooldays and work during wartime.
54. What a Life.
The story of a farming family in the Chelmorton area of Derbyshire. The story is full of memories, dreams and reflections painting a vivid word picture of the village where the author spent his life and gives more than a peep behind the scenes into the joys and sorrows of family life.
55. Now All You Buggers with Clogs On.
Arthur Mellor and Gillian Bennett
The story of Arthur Mellor 1911- 1989 set in Longnor & Buxton.
56. Ghosts in and around Chesterfield & More Ghosts in and around Chesterfield.
57. Ilkeston at War.
Reminiscences of life on the Home Front 1939-
58. To Love and Cherish.
The story of a wartime marriage, this book continues the story of the authors life.
59. The Day The Dump Went Up.
Memories of war time incidents in Burton Upon Trent.
60. Memories Of Tapton House School.
A compilation of memories of the school from its opening in 1939 till its closure in 1991. The house was the home of George Stephenson for a time.
61. Charley's Tales.
Wilson, Jacqueline - Starring Tracey Beaker
These titles are available from Chesterfield Library. More titles are available from the RNIB national Library by request using the Bee Aware Scheme.
Playaways These are small MP3 players preloaded with an audio book.
Available for loan by Visually Impaired and Print Denield People only.
The behaviour of moths - Adams, Poppy Flawless - Bagshawe, Tilly Quentins - Binchy, Maeve Dying to sin - Booth, Stephen
The dead place - Booth, Stephen The cat who dropped a bombshell -
Braun, Lillian Jackson The lost symbol - Brown, Dan
The da vinci code - Brown, Dan Bomber boys - Bloor, Thomas The wedding officer - Capella, Anthony Chasing the dime - Connelly, Michael Animals in war - Cooper, Jilly Live the dream - Cox, Josephine Arlington Park - Cusk, Rachel The memory keeper's daughter - Edwards, Kim Daughters of fire - Erskine, Barbara. When the boys come home - Evans, Pamela
In the dark streets shining - Evans, Pamela A week in December - Faulks, Sebastian Going Dutch - Fforde, Katie Losing you - French, Nicci Out of the sun - Goddard, Robert
Never go back - Goddard, Robert The cold heart of summer - Gibbons, Alan The other woman - Gower, Iris The virgin's daughter - Gregory, PhilippaNotes on a scandal - Heller, Zoe
The observations - Harris, Jane The pure in heart - Hill, Susan Chocolat - Harris, Joanne The island - Hislop, Victoria
The return - Hislop, Victoria Angels - Keyes, Marian Shopaholic & sister - Kinsella, Sophie My best friend's girl - Koomson, Dorothy Letters from the trenches: a soldier of the Great War - Lamin, Bill Lime Street blues - Lee, Maureen Wolf Hall - Mantel, Hilary Labyrinth - Mosse, Kate The memory garden - Hore, Rachel Tell it to the skies - James, Erica Silver Bay - Moyes, Jojo The Italian - Montefiore, Santa Home truths - North, Freya My sister's keeper - Picoult, Jodi The complaints - Rankin, Ian Bare Bones - Reichs, Kathy
Cross Bones - Reichs, Kathy
Break no Bones - Reichs, Kathy Survival - Ryan, Chris Wicked prey - Sandford, John The echo - Walters, Minette The night watch - Waters, Sarah Love and war - Williams, Dee
For more information on any items listed in this booklet please contact Sandra Rollinson at Chesterfield library. Tel: 01629 33400 e-mail: email@example.com