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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:

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 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

Americans in France: Mastering the Art of French Murder and (not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living

26 Apr

Mastering the Art of French Murder
by Colleen Cambridge
Mastering the Art of French Murder is the first book in a new series by Colleen Cambridge. I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher and Netgalley so I could give you an honest review. The novel is set in post WWII Paris, where Julia Child’s fictional best friend, Tabitha, is living with her Grandfather and “Oncle” Rafe. Fans of Julia and France will be happy to see that details about both were well researched and Cambridge depicts them in loving detail. Tabitha worked in a factory during war time in Michigan and feels at odds with returning to a world where women are expected to wear dresses and simply get married, so takes the opportunity to temporarily relocate to Paris and works as an English tutor, while trying to decide what her next chapter in life will be. She also struggles in the kitchen and looks to her friend for cooking tips, which allows for some fun, light hearted moments amongst a mystery committed with Julia’s own chef knife. I enjoyed Tabitha and her interactions with her family and friends, but they mystery itself is also a clever one that draws from historic details. I’m hoping there will be many more in the charming American in Paris Mystery Series. Cambridge is the pen name of Colleen Gleason who has published a variety of books including the Phyllida Bright Mysteries, another cozy series published under Colleen Cambridge.

If you are left hungering for French food after reading the story, you can check out how to make everything from Boeuf Bourguignon to Chocolate Soufflé from Julia Child in The French Chef Volumes 1-4.

For those looking for books about or including Julia for kids check out my previous post where I helped my son do research about the culinary icon.

(not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living
by Mark Greenside
(not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living is the sequel to Mark Greenside’s memoir I’ll Never be French (no matter what I do). Greenside though now splitting his time between America and France is still learning to fit in. This memoir discusses everything from his struggles with driving, money exchange, healthcare and learning to be more adventurous with food. I was particularly interested in this work since I had spent a summer in Brittany and Paris with my grandparents as a teenager and was eager to see how his experiences were similar or different from my own in comparison to his time in Brittany. Greenside definitely is a bit of a curmudgeon, but in putting forth this version of himself the annoyance or frustrations he feels struggling with another culture play off as humorous and more self-deprecating than offensive towards those he interacts with, which can always be a possibility with travel fiction. I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Richard Poe, who brings Greenside’s humorous and at times touching tales to life.

Looking for more Americans in Paris; check out my review of the adorable TV series, Emily in Paris.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

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