Make a Noise in Libraries (MANIL) fortnight 6 – 19 June 2016

This annual campaign brings public libraries and blind and partially sighted people together in an effort to improve access to books and information.

The theme for this year is "bridging the generation gap"; we’d love libraries to organise events and activities which bring older and younger readers together to support each other. We know that libraries are very effective at providing services for all ages and that’s a perfect starting point for bringing people together.

Get involved

Here are just a few ideas to help bring different generations together. To find out what's happening in your area, contact your local library or visit Reading Sight.

  • Encourage children to share stories with adults and vice versa
  • Open up local library reading groups to blind and partially sighted people (you’re already ahead of the game here!)
  • Younger people helping older people to use technology, access online resources or use assistive software
  • Arrange school classes or local group activities around sight loss, perhaps inviting in a blind or partially sighted person to talk to the class/group
  • Online Today session; it could be a group session or drop-in sessions for blind and partially sighted people. Libraries interested can speak to the project manager in that country:

Northern Ireland: Clare Aldworth on 02890334113

Wales : Chris Hoyle on 02920828519

Scotland: Sheila Sneddon on 0131 657 8211

England: James Bartlett on 017133 375335

Find out more about Online Today.

Join in

These are just a few suggestions, but almost any type of activity can be arranged to cover this theme so the options are endless! We’d love for you to connect with us on social media and let us know your plans – don’t forget to use the hashtag #manil2016

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Speak up

We are running a survey throughout June for all library users, and we particularly encourage people with sight loss to participate.

There will be a separate survey for library staff, and the URL for this will be supplied to public libraries directly.

If you don’t use your local library, why not visit or give them a call to find out what they offer? By using and asking for services, you will be demonstrating that there is a need for accessible books and information, so your voice needs to be heard.

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