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Greenwich Library Gets Magnifying Technology

GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich Library users who struggle to read small print won’t have to rely on magnifying glasses anymore thanks to the library's new video magnifiers and scanners.

The library wants to improve access for all community residents through adaptive technologies like The Ruby, the Scanning and Reading Appliance (SARA) and the Optelec Spectrum Magnifier.

The Ruby displays text on a brightly lit 4.3-inch screen and can magnify the words without causing any of the distortion of traditional magnifying glasses. Some visually impaired patrons will also be able to benefit from the device’s contrast mode, which reverses the color of background and text.

It will be available to all library-goers with valid identification at the second-floor reference desk outside the Flinn Gallery.

SARA enables users who have weak vision or are blind or deaf-blind to read printed material, including books, documents, mail, newspapers and magazines. It is available at the first-floor Reference Desk.

The Optelec Spectrum Magnifier is a closed-circuit television apparatus that uses a camera to magnify or reduce the print in books and documents. It is l ocated on the second-floor by the audiobook section . A similar device, the VideoEye Millennium, is located on the first-floor periodicals section .

For more information, call Ed Morrissey at 203-622-7918 or visit his online blog.

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