Southfields Library is hosting workshops to create tactile books for children with visual impairments and learning difficulties.
The workshop will be run by the charity Clearvision and the finished story books will be accessible to nearby Linden Lodge school for visually impaired pupils, through Clearvision.
Tactile books are books in which all the pictures are made up of different shapes and textures, specifically designed to be explored by touch. They let children who have little or no sight enjoy picture books just like sighted children do, and help them build up valuable touch skills which will be useful in all areas of their life, especially if they might learn braille.
They can be made of collage, fabric, 3D printing, plastic vacuum-formed round real objects, and in many other ways.
Sign up to the course and your book can be enjoyed by students at Linden Lodge.
The workshops will be on Wednesday October 2 and October 23 at 7.30pm, with follow-up meetings on Wednesdays at 5.30pm and Fridays at 10am to collate the pages.
Booking is essential, so speak to a member of the staff at the library, or call (020) 8780 1945.
For more information about Clearvision and the amazing work they do, visit: http://www.clearvisionproject.org/index.php
Photo: An example or a tactile book (Wandsworth Council website)