For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2019
Edward Garcia, Library Director
Cranston Public Library Unveils New Large Print Children's Book Collection
(CRANSTON, RI) -- The Cranston Public Library was proud to unveil its new collection of Large Print books for children. The collection, purchased with funds from the Joseph B. Merrick Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation and housed at the Central and William Hall branches, consists of over fifty popular titles.
Large print books are shown to be beneficial for readers who struggle with traditional print, including those with low vision, emerging readers, new English readers, and those who have conditions like dyslexia.
William Hall Children's Librarian, Elise Petrarca, became aware of the demand for large print youth materials through a patron. The patron was looking for large print children's books for her third grade daughter who has dyslexia. They were having trouble finding books that were of interest to her daughter as many were intended for younger children or the titles were not current. Petrarca was able to find collections at other libraries to borrow from but felt that Cranston, being such a large system, should have a large print children's collection of their own. She wrote up a proposal for use of Merrick Funds to cover the purchase of two starter collections, one for Central, one for William Hall, with about 25 books each. Included in this collection are older core titles as well as new titles and a few series like Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter, Land of Stories, and Percy Jackson books.
In addition to the print books, the library also purchased complimentary audiobooks and playaways with a legislative grant from Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.
Petrarca has been very excited to be able to bring stories to all members of our community; those who enjoy traditional print and those who prefer an alternative. She says, "One of my favorite mottos is, 'a book for every reader,' and these grants have made that dream a reality!"