Soon (3-14th June 2013) it will be Make a noise in libraries (MANIL) fortnight. This is an annual campaign run by the RNIB to promote library services for blind and partially sighted people. This year the theme is ‘signposting’ and working together to make it easier for blind and partially sighted people to get hold of books, newspapers and magazines in accessible formats.
Libraries across the UK are holding a wide range of reading activities and book events during the MANIL fortnight. If you are thinking of holding an event there is an extensive ideas section on the MANIL webpages. There’s also an events page listing the current known events being held as part of MANIL fortnight. And they have posters and empty belly posters in both Welsh and English!
Jane Purdie (Libraries Inspire marketing officer based in Wrexham) is collating information about Welsh libraries participating. So far I know that Torfaen Library and Information Service will be running a ‘Books Aloud!’ shared reading group at ‘Sight Cymru’ on Monday 3rd June.
Please let Jane know of any MANIL events you are planning in Welsh libraries, and send your details to RNIB to add to their list (see the information page for the contact details).
(As an aside, the Wales e-books service in public libraries is a great way to promote an example of an accessible library service.)