Do you find yourself squinting to read your favorite novels? Perhaps you know someone who hasn’t picked up a book for a while because the print is too hard for them. If this sounds familiar, might I suggest trying out Fontana Regional Library’s Large Print books?
With Large Print books, the type is truly big. The font is usually a minimum 16-point and can be even larger. With quality Large Print books, the paper that is used is chosen because of its high opacity and contrast against the dark ink. These characteristics combined make for clear, easy reading for people with vision problems. I’ve even been told by some of our patrons that they like the Large Print books for when they walk on their treadmill or ride an exercise bike at home – the format allows them to bounce around but still keep their place as they read! (Why waste precious time on just exercising when you can exercise and read at the same time?)
Fontana Regional Library’s Large Print sections harbor over 6,500 titles. From the classics to biographies to contemporary romance, the selections run the gamut. Here’s just a sampling of some of the books that we’ve added to our Large Print collections in the past year.
- Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards (who also wrote The Memory Keeper’s Daughter)
- Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel
- The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
- The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Asheville author Sarah Addison Allen
- Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
- Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
- The Confession by John Grisham
- Cleopatra: a Life by Stacy Schiff
- The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick
- Making Rounds with Oscar: the Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa
- Strength in What Remains: a Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness by Tracy Kidder
Next time you’re at your local branch, you might want to ask a staff member to point you in the direction of the Large Print collection. Once you pick up a book from this section, you’ll be able to see the difference yourself!
ps: If you’re squinting to read this or another site, try pressing Ctrl + (your control and plus sign buttons) at the same time to magnify the font! Ctrl – will make it a size smaller when you’re done.