A couple of new devices to better assist our library patrons are now at VPL. Near the Circulation Desk, a walker is available for use by mobility challenged persons. The walker was acquired through a LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant from NWLS (Northern Waters Library Service).
Basket & Cart
There are two baskets and a cart available for patron use. These are located near the Circulation Desk.
In Spring, 2012 through a LSTA grant from NWLS, a Hearing Loop was installed at the Circulation Desk (North) in the library. This device enables the amplification of the human voice via a microphone, so that a patron (or Library Staff member) with a hearing device can "hear" the other person.
The visually challenged will be aided by the availability of a “MonoMouse”. Two of these devices were donated to the library from the Ashland Lions Club and the Faith Lutheran Church Youth Group of Mason and are available for checkout. The Mono-Mouse is a device which plugs into an electrical outlet and into a video input of a television set. The “mouse” can be moved across printed materials, and the text will display on the television screen, much larger. Inquire at the Circulation Desk to check out a MonoMouse.
The Circulation Desk has several magnifiers available for patron use, including a hand-held and a 'bar'.
VPL provides outreach service to a nursing home in Ashland. Mail-A-Book is available through the Northern Waters Library Service.