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City Library at the Disability Expo

Discover a world of resources through The Living Room of the City, for a range of abilities.

Palmerston North City Library is going to be at the Navigate Your Future Disability Expo in Palmerston North on 16 May 2018. We'll be there from 11 am - 3 pm to show you what the library has to offer.

Not able to make it to the expo in person but still want to see what we have?

We have a range of materials covering the range of picture books, stories, information books, databases, ebook and eaudiobooks, and much more. So whether you want to have stories to help children understand, gain parenting strategies (ask us about our parenting collection), learn new strategies for yourself, find a new way to read a book when print books are too much, or find a service or product (home service, get well bags), you'll likely find it at the Library.

Our Parenting Living Room is a hidden treasure trove of helpful resources. Some titles you'll find there include:

Babymoves for the child with special needs by Marianne Hermsen-van Wanrooy

The ADHD Workbook for Kids by Lawrence E. Shapiro, PH.D.

All dogs have ADHD by Kathy Hoopmann

Isaac and his Amazing Asperger Superpowers! by Melanie Walsh

The gifts of Autism A-Z by Katherine Uher

What's up with Ben? Medikidz explain Autism

Autism by Louise Spilsbury

I am an Aspie Girl by Danuta Bulhak-Paterson

Chicken Soup for the Soul. Raising kids on the spectrum

What in the World is a Disability by Debbie Roome

Summer's Story Living with Epilepsy by Andy Glynne and Salvador Maldonado

Proud to be Deaf by Ava, Lilli and Nick Beese

Our Health & Wellbeing Living Room is full of materials from healthy eating, exercise, and parenting. Some titles you'll find there include:

Smart but stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD

Older adults and autism spectrum conditions by Wenn Lawson

Safety skills for Asperger women by Liane Holliday Willey, EdD

The conscious parent's guide to Asperger's Syndrome by William Stillman

Macular Degeneration: a patient's guide to treatment

The Hearing-Loss Guide by John M. Burkey

Living and Coping with Epilepsy, My Way by Cara Coles

Want to explore databases for more information?

The Health & Wellness Resource Centre through Gale, provides authoritative, up-to-date information on health topics. Better health begins at the library.

Looking for funding? givMe offers access to more than 4,000 scholarships, awards and grants for individuals. givUs offers access to more than 1,200 resource opportunities for community, voluntary organisations and clubs.

We also have books in different formats to help you enjoy reading.

We have books in braille, such as Animals: Knowledge you can touch (love the soft zebra on the cover!), and On the Move: Knowledge you can touch.

Did you know we have books great for dyslexic readers? They are printed on tinted paper. Couple of titles include:

Worry angels by Sita Brahmachari

The Valentine's Day Kitten by Cathy Hopkins

The Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table by Faye Umansky

We have ebooks and eaudiobooks through 3 different platforms: Borrowbox, ePukapuka (we recommend using the Libby app), and Wheelers. Download the app through the App Store or Google Play, sign up with your library card, and access material for free. Enlarge the size of the text, the colour of the page, slow down the speed of speaking, or make it dyslexic friendly. So many options to allow you and others to enjoy the pleasure of reading.

Want to read magazines and newspapers? You can play the text size on these as well, using PressReader or RBDigital.

Chat with staff in your library on how to find materials that are:

Dyslexic-friendly or dyslexia-friendly

Braille books


Children's audiobooks

High interest-low vocabulary books

Hint: To find films in our collection, use the keyword of "hearing impaired" or "audio description" to find DVDs with the written descriptions or audio descriptions options. 

Navigate Your Future Disability Expo