Providing an Accessible Library- Community Conversations

The Southworth Library was recently granted funding to be used to increase our accessibility for our community, with a concentration on people with disabilities.  We hope to gather information and ideas from our entire community, both library users and those who do not use our services, to better provide for accessibility limitations in our physical space, online presence and programming.  Your input on this survey will help determine our priorities in the changes we hope to implement in the upcoming months.

Some of the suggestions so far have included:

  •  improvement in signage,
  • website accessibility,
  • noise cancelling headphones, materials and devices for library visits for those with noise sensitivities
  • a quiet corner for neurodiverse individuals,
  • light filters and window shades,
  • computers designed for vision or hearing impairment,
  •  neurodiverse storytimes or programs
  • and hearing assistance for programs.

One of the critical components of this venture is to gather community input and suggestions for improvement. Do you or someone you know have input for us?  Would you be interested in participating in an in-person or virtual meeting over ZOOM to help us?

Please take a minute and fill out our survey here  and indicate your preferred time for a meeting if you are interested.   Printed forms are also available at the library in both regular and large print.