Library has new service for the blind

BOOKMARK ... libraries manager Mark Freeman with the PenFriend and, from left,  library users Dorothy Clouston, Ray Peel and Dorothy Richardson.

BOOKMARK ... libraries manager Mark Freeman with the PenFriend and, from left, library users Dorothy Clouston, Ray Peel and Dorothy Richardson.

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A NEW kind of pen is proving mightier than the sword for blind and partially-sighted people at a library in South Tyneside.

The PenFriend is a digital pen which scans a special label, triggering the unit into broadcasting a verbal synopsis of a talking book.

The aid is now available in Cleadon Park Library, South Shields, after volunteers attached labels to more than 200 audio books, recording the title, author and a brief summary of each.

 

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