Eau Claire library adds Braille printer to resources

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Accessibility disguised as an interactive game is putting the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library on the map.

A simple looking set up, an interactive game, allows library visitors to not only feel out song lyrics in Braille, but they can also try to guess what it says and what song it is.

Participants may be competing for a prize, but this game also doubles as the library’s way of introducing its new Braille printer.

"We were approached by [a] community member and she thought a braille printer would be a great addition to the library, and there’s many people in our community who could really use access to such a technology," said Michaela Walters, a reference service coordinator at L.E. Phillips.

Library officials told News 18 they’re one of very few libraries in the country to have this kind printer, and they’re ready to make a big difference in lives here in Eau Claire.

"I think that we want the community to know that we are increasing access and that we are looking to serve different members of the community who have different needs," said, Anna Zook, reference & digital services specialist

Zook also said the library plans to have the Braille printer up and running for visitors to use sometime this fall.

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