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Monday, May 9, 2016

Large Print for Everyone

As you may know, the Mississippi Library Commission's collection contains a plethora of large print books that are available to supplement Mississippi's local library collections. Have a patron who wants to read the latest John Grisham or Danielle Steel, but can't see to read the fine print? Check our catalog here. Remember, just because someone's eyes aren't reading at 20/20 doesn't mean they can no longer read!

Did you know, though, that MLC also has large print books for teens, middle graders, and even elementary school readers? Plus, not only do we lend large print books to children with visual impairments, we also send books to children with physical and organic reading disabilities. For example, studies have shown that it's easier for dyslexics to process large print.

Librarians at public, school, academic, and special libraries across Mississippi can request these books for our normal checkout period (six weeks) or apply to participate in our special LP Extended Loan Program. Those who choose to use the latter service keep their books for six months. Books travel to and from the Mississippi Library Commission in special mailer bags at no cost using the free Library Matter for the Blind and Physically Handicapped program.

Today we're featuring some easy readers from our collection:

Choose books on muscle cars to tempt your mechanically inclined kiddos and NASCAR buffs.

Horse lovers will love this set of equine books.

These books introducing early math skills make learning fun!

Share these dinosaur books with your budding archaeologists and kids who loved Jurassic Park.

Get ready for the holidays with these books that focus on a wide range of special days.

We have many more large print books for juveniles just waiting for your collections. Check our catalog now to see if we have the subject area you need. Until next time, happy reading!

O'Brien, Beth A., J. Stephen Mansfield, and Gordon E. Legge. "The Effect of Print Size on Reading Speed in Dyslexia" Journal of Research in Reading 28.3 (2005): 332-349.

Zorzi, M., C. Barbiero, A. Facoetti, I. Lonciari, M. Carrozzi, M. Montico, L. Bravar, F. George, C. Pech-Georgel, and J.C. Ziegler. "Extra-large Letter Spacing Improves Reading in Dyslexia." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109.28 (2012): 1455-1459.

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