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Access2Books article in Central Beds Newsletter

(September 19, 2012)

Great communities - Making it easier to read
News Central is your magazine and it is great when you get in touch with your stories.
Eileen Finch (pictured above), who lives in Leighton Buzzard, did just that. Here’s her story:

Aiden & Eileen 2


“I’m a 58 year-old Grandmother and I am registered blind. I love reading to my two grandchildren, but because of my loss of sight I found I could no longer share the books you buy in shops. I knew I wasn’t the only one with this problem, so I decided to do something about it. With the help of my family I set up a project called Access2books,
to transcribe children’s books into giant print (75 pt) and Braille.
It’s been a long journey, but after lots of hard work, including trying to get copyright and publishers’ permissions, we have managed to successfully get the books into production. So far we have 30 popular early-years books, like ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘We’re going on a
Bear Hunt’ - they look absolutely stunning. You can ask at your local library and they will get a book for you to loan, or you can see them at Book Delight in Leighton Buzzard.
If you would like to find out more please get in touch with me on 01525 853825 or email efinch@access2books.org. It would be great if you could spread the word too.”


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