Latest from the Library

July 2020

If you are blind, have low vision or a print disability and are not already a member of the Vision Australia Library, now is the perfect time to become one. Vision Australia has recently moved to a new and improved library platform which means our already sizeable collection just got larger.

Vision Australia's new library service

As part of a make-over to the Vision Australia Library, we have merged i-access with the My VA portal and introduced a new version of our Vision Australia connect app. If the My VA portal is new to you, don’t worry, our friendly and dedicated library team are available to help you through any issues you might have.

What does this mean for VA Library members?

You will continue to enjoy access to Australia's largest range of audio books, newspapers, magazines, Braille books and Braille music  but the service will allow you to find and read more with features to quickly and easily search and stream reading content.

You’ll still be able to request hard copy items such as embossed Braille and Feelix kits.

Some people may be aware that our new library service is hosted by Bookshare. For a limited time only, Vision Australia will subsidise the $45 fee to access the entire Bookshare Library for the first 12 months. Following 12 months, you will be required to opt-in to access the Bookshare Library.

How will this move happen?

We are currently in the process of providing every library member access to the new library service. The library team will be in contact to let you know when you have access to the new library service. 

We will give you step-by-step instructions to make this process easy, and will reach out to give specific help based on your current library preferences so the service continues to suit your device and usage of choice.

Visit our website for more information including frequently asked questions. If you have specific questions contact the team on library@visionaustralia.org

July book recommendations

12 Rules for Life – Jordan Peterson

In this book, clinical psychologist, Peterson provides twelve profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today. Drawing on vivid examples from his clinical practice and personal life, and lessons from humanity's oldest myths and stories, 12 Rules for Life offers an antidote to the chaos in our lives.

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Ever since its publication in 1847, Jane Eyre has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. The novel described the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding and domineering Rochester. It also delves into how the loneliness and cruelty of Jane's childhood strengthened her natural independence and spirit, proving invaluable when she takes a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. 

James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

An orphan, forced to live with two old women who don't understand him, discovers a magic potion that produces a giant-size peach. Before long, the peach is as big as a house and contains a secret entranceway. When James sneaks inside he finds a new world of insects and fabulous adventures. A children's book classic written by one of the world's best-loved children's writers.

Feelix Library

The team at Vision Australia's Feelix Library has been busy in the last few months creating new kits for children and families to enjoy. More than ever the braille and tactile story kits have been a great support for children and their families as they stay at home and undertake home learning.

Recently we've added popular Usborne touchy-feely book That's not my pony... and Be a maker by Katey Howes.

With hundreds of titles, from classics to new favourites, the Feelix children's library helps introduce a world of learning and early literacy to children who are blind or have low vision.

Two of the many new Feelix kits - ‘That’s Not My Pony’ and ‘Be a Maker’