UNION COUNTY — Large print on its keys, a different kind of mouse, and the ability to read out loud writing on a computer screen are among the services provided by two new keyboards at the Union County Carnegie Library.
Library Director Rieta Drinkwine announced Wednesday that the library recently acquired the keyboards with funds from a $2,100 Assistive Technology Grant it received earlier this year from the State Library. Thehe library used some of those funds over the past several months to provide the Buffalo, Union, and Jonesville senior citizens centers each with a book case and large print books along with reading glasses and magnifying glasses for the seniors at the centers to use.
Drinkwine said that like the bookcase, large print books, reading glasses, and magnifying glasses provided the senior citizens centers, the new keyboards are part of the library’s continuing efforts to expand the services it offers the community and increase the number of county residents making use of those services.
“They are really high-tech,” Drinkwine said of the new keyboards. “They have large print keys and have software for screen reading. That is where you can make what’s on the screen auditory, making it easier for people suffering from visual impairment and can’t read a computer screen. It allows people with low or no vision to use our computers.
“They also each have an adaptive mouse,” she said. “It has a tracking ball and is shaped differently than a standard mouse. It helps people with mobility issues who have difficulty using a conventional mouse, people who have trouble using their hands and arms because of conditions like arthritis.”
Drinkwine said that with the new keyboards “the hope is we can serve a wider range of people and address barriers to access.”
One of the keyboards is at one of the library’s family computers and the other at the computer in the Genealogy Section.
For more information about the Union County Carnegie Library and the services it offers call 864-427-7140.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.