Talking Book Service launched to mark the occasion of Libraries Day
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Malta Libraries is once again organising a series of events spread out over two, to mark the occasion of Libraries Day 2017, which also falls on World Book and Copyright Day -celebrated on the 23rd of April.
The programme of events ends next Saturday and in Gozo, tomorrow, Saturday, the 22nd, free tokens provided by the Europe Direct Information Centre Victoria, Gozo, will be given out to all those visiting the Gozo Central Public Library.
Each year a different theme is chosen to commemorate Libraries Day and this year’s theme is ‘Inclusion: Libraries embrace Diversity.’
Consequently, Malta Libraries has launched its Talking Book Service in a ceremony, which took place today at the Central Public Library and presided over by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and Permanent Secretary Mr Joseph Caruana.
Malta Libraries said that the Talking Book Service will be replacing the former Services for the Blind to render a more comprehensive and all-encompassing service. The previous audio cassette collection, which has been in place since 1968, has been updated and converted to mp3 format and new material has also been recorded to meet the ever-growing demand and standards.
It said that this service aims to reach out not only to library members with visual impairment and the housebound but also members with reading difficulties or those who require or prefer the audio format of a book.
During her official speech, Ms Cheryl Falzon, CEO Malta Libraries and National Librarian, said “today we’re taking the service a step further by opening it up to everyone who might need it. Although it is evident that it will still be mostly used by the blind, however, we do not want to exclude members who are housebound, those who experience reading difficulties as well as foreigners who would like to learn Maltese – we are all aware of how important it is to listen to the spoken language in order to learn it.”