The City of Cape Town’s Library Services has partnered with Tape Aids for the Avid Reader to ensure visually impaired patrons and those struggling with learning disabilities such as dyslexia can access their audiobooks more readily.
Recent postal delays have resulted in members of Tape Aids members struggling to receive their talking books.
A pilot project between six libraries – The Central, Rondebosch, Bellville, Bellville South, Strand and Grassy Park libraries – will extend their services to include Tape Aids for the Avid Reader.
According to the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross, “This means members of Tape Aids, as well as patrons to these libraries, will be able to access their talking books without having to wait for it to arrive via post. They can take the CD or log onto the Tape Aids website and download the audiobook to their smartphone.”
Since 2012, Tape Aids for Avid Readers’ audio library has been sharing the gift of reading with persons who have difficulty reading, opening whole new worlds by transforming the silent written page to the spoken word in English and the majority of South Africa’s indigenous languages.