Dyslexia Resources to Make Reading Accessible for All

7 Jun

You might think as a librarian reading was something that came easy to me, but in fact I struggled with reading early on. The letters d, p, and b were pretty much interchangeable to me and it often felt like words would rearrange themselves out of order on the page. I was lucky to have a great first grade teacher that helped me get diagnosed with mild Dyslexia and with a lot of hard work and help from teacher’s and my parents I was able to adapt and not only learn to read but excel and love doing it. I hope these resources will be of help, if you, yourself, or a loved one is struggling with Dyslexia.

HelpNow is a good resource to get homework and skill building help for all children and adults. 
As part of Brainfuse’s Skillsurfer they have an article for parents about how to potentially identify what might be a learning disability: https://www.brainfuse.com/jsp/skillSurfer/LessonDetailPlace/2183/294/8830/77186

Universal Class has a course on Building Children’s Reading Skills which includes a lesson to “identify, define, and describe what may be indications a student requires additional interventions with his or her reading development”.

Both Hoopla and Overdrive/Libby for eBCCLS and eLibraryNJ have options to read with a Dyslexic friendly font which include things like having bolder bottoms which help prevent letters from being turned upside down so they make reading books easier for people with dyslexia; I wish this was around when I was younger.  Another of our librarian’s, Steph Diorio, had done a blog post about some of the features Libby added recently to make it more accessible.

Through eBCCLS or eLibraryNJ’s magazine collection, patrons can access Dystinct Magazine which describes itself as “the ultimate resource of inspiration and expertise for families and educators of children with learning difficulties.”

PressReader another magazine/newspaper service available to our Hoboken residents offers a built-in Text-to-Speech feature that allows you to listen to any of their articles! You can learn more about other PressReader accessibility features here.

We have several print books in our collection on the topic of Dyslexia and other Learning disabilities:

For Adults:
Dyslexia advocate! : how to advocate for a child with dyslexia within the public education system
by Kelli Sandman-Hurley.
371.91 SAN

Language at the speed of sight : how we read, why so many can’t, and what can be done about it
by Mark Seidenberg.
428.4071 SEI

Overcoming dyslexia : a new and complete science-based program for reading problems at any level
by Sally Shaywitz.
371.91 SHA 

Learning outside the lines : two Ivy League students with learning disabilities and ADHD give you the tools for academic success and educational revolution
by Jonathan Mooney
371.9 MOO

The complete learning disabilities resource guide.
REF 371.9 COM 2019

For Children:
by Ann O. Squire.
TRUE-BK J 616.85 SQU

How I learn : a kid’s guide to learning disability
by Brenda S. Miles, PhD and Colleen A. Patterson
J 618.92 MIL

Beyond these, another great service, we help connect patrons with is materials from The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC). Founded in 1967, TBBC is a library that provides no-cost, home-delivered services, on behalf of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled to children, teens and adults in New Jersey who have difficulty reading standard print or trouble holding a book. For more information about signing up for the service, you can email reference@hoboken.bccls.org We have demo versions of their audiobook players at the information/reference desk at the main branch and at the Grand Street Branch, if you are interested in seeing what the service is like.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

Romance Picks for LGBTQ Pride Month: Chef’s Choice, Mortal Follies, and the Green Creek Series

31 May

Chef’s Choice
by TJ Alexander

I had written previously about Chef’s Kiss by TJ Alexander.  If, like me, you were a fan of the sweet romance between bisexual chef Simone and nonbinary kitchen manager Ray than you will want to check out Alexander’s second novel, Chef’s Choice, which features Simone’s charming roommate, Luna O’Shea.  Luna gave up college in order to fund her transition, and is currently working as a personal assistant, that is until she is fired.  She therefore jumps at the chance that French transman, Jean-Pierre, provides her to be paid to pretend to be his girlfriend and compete in a cooking challenge that will allow him to inherit his Grandfather’s culinary empire.  Of course romance fans know that often pretend relationships have a way of becoming real ones; the fun is always how they develop along the way.  Alexander puts some daunting challenges to overcome including differing cultural and economic backgrounds that have impacted Luna and Jean-Pierre’s world views, along with the fact that neither has the kitchen skills to whip up an elaborate multi-course meal.  This is delightful treat for foodie romance fans.

Mortal Follies
by Alexis Hall

Alexis Hall is one of my favorite romance authors. I’ve written several posts about his works in the past. His stories tend to be sweet and funny sometimes mixing in a bit of mystery or fantasy; Mortal Follies includes a bit of all of these. Set in Bath in 1814, Maelys Mitchelmore is at a society ball when the unthinkable happens, her dress begins to disintegrate by some magical force. Lady Georgianna Landrake, nicknamed the Duke of Annadale, comes to her rescue and loans Maelys her cloak, but may have managed to steal her heart in the process. Maelys seeks out Lady Landrake’s further assistance when the curse that has been placed on her continues to unfold. Will they be able to find the culprit in time? One unique addition that helps shape the story is that it is narrated by the mischievous fairy Robin Goodfellow, who hides in the background telling us the story as it unfolds (banished from Oberon’s court he has taken up writing to support himself). Another enjoyable element is the friendship between Maelys, her cousin, and Miss Bickle, her best friend. Fans of Julia Quinn’s gossipy regency romance Bridgerton series and Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse, that mixes period society drama with fantasy elements, will enjoy this fun romp.

Wolfsong and Ravensong
by TJ Klune
I had previously enjoyed and blogged about TJ Klune’s three recent stand alone adult novels The House in the Cerulean Sea, Under the Whispering Door, and In the Lives of Puppets so I was curious when I saw the Green Creek series he had written, was now being republished in new hardcover editions. Each of the novels in the four book series deals with a different gay or bisexual member of a pack of werewolves in Green Creek, Oregon. The first book, Wolfsong, focuses on Ox a human boy who befriends the eccentric family that moves in near his house in the forest. He becomes particularly close friends with the youngest pack member and then as they reach adulthood their feelings evolve into something more. The second book, Ravensong, follows my favorite character in the series, Gordo, a witch whose magical tattoos including one of a raven sometimes seem to move about his body. The second novel is interesting in that it not only builds from the first novel, but it also has parts that take place during the first novel as well as flash backs. It gives an interesting depth to see incidents from different points of view. Although both are self-contained they are definitely more powerful when read as a larger whole. Both books deal with issues of consent, destiny, generational trauma, and self-determination while navigating pack dynamics. The novels have more sex and violence than his stand-alone works of fiction so if you are looking for gentler reads these might not be your jam, but for those looking for a complex mix of fantasy, bildungsroman, romance, and horror Wolfsong and Ravensong have a harmony that will resonate. The next two in the series Heartsong and Brothersong continue the adventures.

I received advanced reader copies of Mortal Follies, Chef’s Choice, Wolfsong, and Ravensong from NetGalley and the publishers to provide you with honest reviews.

If you enjoy LGBTQ romances, consider joining us for June’s Romance Book Club featuring Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly about the first nonbinary competitor on a national cooking show finding love with a fellow contestant. For those who like to cook themselves, you can take an in person or virtual cooking class and learn to make some Pride Month treats. Our Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion in June will also have LGBTQ representation for Pride Month with a LAMBDA Award Nominee, The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart. And consider participating in our Read Out Loud and Proud! Banned Books Read-a-thon!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

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