Thursday 4 October is World Dyslexia Day and we are lighting up Coventry Library in red to show our support.
An estimated 10% of the Australian population has dyslexia (that's over 2 million people), which means they learn differently in the way the brain decodes and converts letter sounds and symbols. As a result they can find it challenging to acquire and use written language.
Adelaide Hills Council Libraries support young readers with dyslexia through a large collection of dyslexia-friendly books. These books have creamy-coloured pages, an easier-to-read font, short chapters, less text per page, and wider line spacing, and are identifiable by a lightbulb label on the spine. Library users can also search the library catalogue using the term 'dyslexia friendly' for a full list of available titles.
Our eBook platforms Overdrive, Borrowbox, and Eplatform also have dyslexia-friendly display options with the ability to personalise your screen with different font-size, colour, and spacing. Audio books and read-along kits can also help readers of all ages to develop a love for storytelling.
Our friendly library staff can help you access these resources through our libraries in Stirling, Woodside, and Gumeracha, and through our mobile library. If you are seeking specific advice for your child's reading needs, please contact our Youth Collections Officer, Zoe Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org.