For as long as I can remember, we have had a large print collection in the Adult Department at GEPL, and I am excited to share that we are starting to purchase large print fiction books for the Youth Department!
As we work on making sure the library is diverse, equitable, and inclusive for all, I knew this personal goal of mine had to be moved to the top of the list. Large print is not only helpful to those with vision difficulties, but it can benefit all readers.
According to Thorndike Press , “When given access to popular titles in large print, a majority of students in grades 3–12 reported improved personal self-efficacy around reading, and a third of teenagers reported improved reading comprehension. After seeing the impact of large print titles on their students in grades 3–12, more than 80% of teachers would recommend large print to assist striving readers, those with learning differences or disabilities, and those who simply lack confidence in their reading.”
Years ago, large print books for youth were hard to find. Fortunately, we are now seeing popular titles and authors being published in large print all the time!
Once they are available to check out, these large print materials will be shelved right next to the typical font sized books of the same titles and have “large print” labels on their spines for identification. Let us know what you think and if there are specific titles you would like us to try to acquire in large print!