St. Louis Book Fair Pledges to Help Blind Readers
Did you know that MindsEye broadcasts books as well as newspapers and magazines? In fact, the books MindsEye airs are one of the most popular offerings!
MindsEye’s Bookworm program airs books in a serial format: one hour per day during the week and two hours over the weekend. Dedicated volunteers record these books – and their hard work has not gone unnoticed.
Volunteer Bill Leads MindsEye to Award
In June 2016, the Bookworm program received the Program of the Year award from the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) for volunteer Bill Hoste’s reading of the book “Broadcast Hysteria” Congrats, Bill!
The IAAIS is a membership organization of services like MindsEye. This program was up against competition from over 70 different reading services for the blind and visually impaired. MindsEye is proud to broadcast a popular program with such high quality.
Book Fair Helps Blind Readers
The Bookworm has also received local recognition. In December 2016, the Greater St. Louis Book Fair pledged to support the Bookworm in 2017 as part of their efforts to spread literacy throughout the St. Louis area. MindsEye is proud to partner with this organization to further literacy and high-quality of life.
Unfortunately, individuals with visual impairments are often isolated from the exchange of written information critical to a high quality of life. This is especially true for people who lose vision as they age.
The American Foundation for the Blind has studied the effects of this isolation. They report that “the giving up of tasks that proved too difficult [for people with vision loss] such as reading and hobbies, led to frustration, irritation, and boredom” and “difficulties with vision and tasks such as reading and mobility. . . results in reduced satisfaction and quality of life.”
Unable to Read Braille
Unfortunately, Braille books alone cannot solve this problem. According to the Jernigan Institute of the National Federation of the Blind, only 10% of legally blind adults in the U.S. can read Braille. Furthermore, people who become visually impaired later in life rarely learn Braille.
Because of this problem in the St. Louis area and in the world, MindsEye is thrilled to offer audio recordings easily accessible to people with visual impairments. The Bookworm program and others like it invite listeners to expand their knowledge and imagination. Whether it is large organizations like the St. Louis Book Fair or individual volunteers and donors like Bill, all these partnerships make the Bookworm hour possible each day.
Join the Mission
Can you help a listener tune in to the Bookworm program? Give now. You won’t regret the good you do for others!
The St. Louis Book Fair is scheduled for May 4th-7th, 2017 at the Greensfelder Recreation Complex at Queeny Park. The Fair funds provide grants for programs like MindsEye’s Bookworm and other endeavors to promote literacy in St. Louis.