LIBRARIES in Rye and Battle will be taking down the ‘silence’ signs this month and making a noise.
They are taking part in a two week campaign to highlight ways in which people with sight loss can enjoy library services.
East Sussex County Council is backing Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight, an annual promotion organised by the RNIB, which launched on Monday and runs to Sunday, June 15.
Blind or partially-sighted people in East Sussex can benefit from a wide range of large print books of all genres, as well as free e-books, e-audio books and talking books on cassette, CD and MP3.
A home library service is also available to deliver items for those who find it difficult to attend their local library.
Meanwhile, every library in East Sussex has GUIDE software, which allows visually-impaired people to browse the internet, while help for beginners or people looking to brush up on their computer skills is also available.
Cllr Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Council lead member for community services, said: “Libraries are for everyone and it’s vital that we ensure their services are easily accessible to all the people who may benefit from them.
“Supporting this gives us an opportunity to highlight the wide range of ways in which libraries can help people with sight loss to continue to experience the pleasure of reading.
“Our library staff are also able to help people find information about local services and support groups which may be of interest to them.”
People with sight loss can download e-books and e-audio books for free online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries.