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Kent District Library unveils creative technology for patrons with special needs

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Kent District Library is proud to be the first library in the country to introduce MagnusCards®, a new initiative to assist patrons with cognitive special needs such as autism. Canadian company Magnusmode created MagnusCards®, a mobile app which leverages technology to empower and aid people as they engage in a variety of everyday activities.

MagnusCards® offers digital “Card Decks” which provide step-by-step instructions that walk the user through a variety of activities. KDL’s custom app offers five different Card Decks to help individuals check out materials at the library and utilize other services. Card Decks include:

  • Getting a library card
  • Using a self-checkout station
  • Using the KDL catalog and placing holds
  • Logging into a computer at the library
  • What to expect at the library

The cards include graphics, text and audio, so they can assist people with various disabilities, including visual and hearing impairments. They are available in both English and Spanish.

 “It is important to us that all our patrons can effectively use the free services we have to offer,” said Michelle Roossien, LBPH Specialist at the Wyoming branch of KDL. “This is an important step to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and welcome at our branches.”

Downloading this easy to use app is free on both Apple and Android devices. To download, search using MagnusCards®, then create a login to get started. Once inside, search for Kent District Library.

For more information, please visit www.kdl.org/magnuscards.