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Back in April, I mentioned our then-new accessibility services brochure was available in hard copy or off our ADA Page.  Now we've just put out an updated version.  Click here to read it.

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Here's another reminder (the last one was over a year ago) that Greenwich Library currently offers an email service for patrons who can't come into the building to ask a reference question (or help in general). We set up this service so patrons, especially those with disabilities, as well as working professionals and others "on the run", could get in touch with the library without any hassle. 

To access this service, click here

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From MakerBot: Robohand

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RoboHand.pngAt last month's MakerBot program at the library, the presenters showed a brief video focusing on how 3D printers can assist persons with Amniotic Band Syndrome, or just have missing digits on their hands due to other causes.  Check out the video below;

More information at MakerBot's site here.

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The FingerReader,developed by scientists at MIT, who created a prototype using a 3-D printer, can give visually impaired people access to printed words.

As noted in this article:

"The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user's finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office." 

There's still more work to be done on the device before it can go on the market.  For more information, click here.

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Here's some great news my colleague WG sent: 

(WASHINGTON-AFP) - U.S. regulators on Friday approved for market a new kind of prosthetic arm that allows a person to flex certain muscles in order to perform complex tasks.

The development of the DEKA Arm System -- nicknamed the "Luke" arm after Luke Skywalker in Star Wars -- was funded by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

To read more, click here.

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Greenwich Library now has a new digital library catalog called  BiblioCommons.  Learn all about it by clicking here.

And starting this week, every Wednesday until June,  the library's Technology Training Center will have a hands-on training session to show the public how to use the catalog. Click here for more info.

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Have you seen our new accessibility services brochure yet?  It lists all the resources we offer at the library for patrons with disabilities.  Click here to,er, access it.  You can also find a link to it on our ADA Page here

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Upcoming Programs

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Just some updates  on programs I'm working on here at the library:

The Next Chapter Book Club will have it's next meeting on Wednesday, April 2nd at 5:30 pm on the second floor. Details here.  And check out our webpage here

I'm helping out with the library's Student Leadership Council (Student Leaders) teen advisory group.  Their next meeting is on Thursday night, April 3rd, at 7:00 pm.  Details here.  If you or someone you know is a student in grades 7-12 who's looking to improve library services for your peers and/or you also want community service credit, stop by.  More details here.

(BTW The Next Chapter Book Club is also looking for student volunteers. Click here if you're interested.)

Greenwich Library Cult Films returns on May 15th with a showing of the 1994 film Ed Wood, starring Johnny Depp. Check out our webpage here.

More updates to come.

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NEXTCHAPTERBOOKCLUBLOGO.pngAfter a series of cancellations due to  the weather & transportation delays, the Next Chapter Book Club will finally have its first meeting in a few months this Wednesday, March 5th at 5:30 upstairs in the library's Teen Central area on the second floor.  Details here.

The NCBC offers people with developmental disabilities (DD) to read and learn together, talk about books, and make friends in a relaxed, community setting. The club meets in local bookstores, caf├ęs, and similar gathering places to read aloud and discuss a book for one hour on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month between 5:30-6:30 pm.

If you know someone who'd be interested in joining, contact us here at "leave a comment".

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The ADA Coalition Of Connecticut

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ADACC.pngThe ADA Coalition of Connecticut, located in Hartford, is the state affiliate of the New England ADA & Accessible Information Technology Center.  The ADACC promotes compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act through their website and workshops. 

These workshops are, for a fee, set up to train towns, school systems, private businesses, and others on what the ADA entails,  For mor info, check out the ADACC's website here.

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