Accessibility Tools & Assistive Technology
The Westerville Public Library offers various assistive technology and accessibility tools for persons with disabilities and other special needs. Most options are first come, first serve. All are encouraged to to inquire about additional options. Contact us.
Helping your child find appropriate reading material requires your guidance and continued support. When choosing books for your child, take into consideration the following:
- Pick up a book and have your child flip through the first few pages. Oftentimes, your child can tell you if there is too much text or if the words are too big.
- Consider your child's two or three favorite books. Compare other books by this standard. Feel free to pick up a few that are slightly easier and slightly harder than their favorite titles!
- Determine whether the subject matter is appropriate for your child's age and/or maturity level. Are they ready to learn about concepts such as manners, math, war or sexuality?
- Choose books that will keep your child's interest. Are they bored by trucks and fascinated by dinosaurs? Try to choose materials that will make your child excited to read!
- Audiobooks and digital audiobooks: These are good alternatives for reluctant readers. Available titles usually mirror titles found within the juvenile fiction, juvenile non-fiction and teen sections.
- Board Books: For infants and toddlers. The content ranges from basic concepts to simple stories. Board books are made of hard cardboard, a durable choice for babies who are developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
- Picture Books: Picture books are typically 32 pages long with illustrations that are integral to the story. These are often meant to be read aloud while the listener pores over the pictures. This collection includes alphabet and counting books.
- Readalongs: These are books with written text (and sometimes illustrations) paired with audio narration. Readalongs help readers match sounds to written words. Perfect for travelers, reluctant readers, and English learners.
- Readers: These are books with limited vocabulary and purposely placed illustrations to help decode words. They are designed to be friendly for those learning to read on their own.
Graphic Novels: These are stories told in illustrated panels and texts, including comic books and are great for building visual literacy skills. Graphic novels are captivating and provide extra support through imagery to help kids understand the text.
- Juvenile First Chapter Books: For young readers ready to move from readers into chapter books. Characterized by having slightly larger print, more pictures and shorter chapters than books for older readers. Shelved by author unless a series has multiple authors.
- Juvenile Fiction: For 2nd graders to 5th/6th graders. This is a collection of novels for children, often called chapter books. Note: The main difference between juvenile fiction and teen fiction is subject matter, not reading difficulty.
- Juvenile Non-Fiction & Biographies: For toddlers to teens. There is something for everyone in non-fiction! Be sure to flip through these books to gauge difficulty, and let your child pick out subjects that sound interesting. This collection includes fairy tales, folklore & poetry.
- Juvenile Magazines: For babies through tweens. Magazines are a great way to get reluctant readers on board! Subjects range from nature to popular culture to sports and humor.
The Westerville Public Library offers many services and amenities, including:
- ATM machine
- Community bulletin board
- Charging stations
- Hotline phones
- Indoor & outdoor seating
- Magazines to read while you're waiting
- Quiet study area
- Step stools
- Telephone booths
- Vending machines
- Water fountains
- Wi-fi access
- and more!
The Westerville Public Library offers various assistive technology and tools for persons with disabilities and other special needs, including:
- Accessibility station for those with low vision (includes mouse & keyboard control, a high-contrast & screen magnifier, text-to-speech & more)
- Assisted listening devices
- Motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs
- Reusable writing tablets (Boogie Board®) for easy written communication with staff
- Translation services
Most options are first come, first serve. All are encouraged to contact us to inquire about additional options.