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Assistive Technology

All Contra Costa County Library locations have the following:

  • Large Screen Monitors
  • Large Print Keyboard
  • Trackball Mouse

  • 20/20 Pen
  • Signature Guide
  • 3x Handheld Magnifier
  • Headphones/Covers

  • ZoomText 
  • NVDA Text-to-Speech
  • T-Bar (Color Preferences and Screen Masking Ruler)

For Tipsheets - See box below

   Closed Captioned Televisions (CCTVs)  

Read, write, or engage in your favorite hobby Closed Captioned Televisions

 Topaz by Freedom Scientific - 22 inch screen desktop video magnifier

  • Walnut Creek Library--located on the 2nd floor near the library’s magazines, newspapers, and reference books. (Gift from the Walnut Creek Lions Clubs)

Merlin - 24 inch screen LCD desktop video magnifier

    Optelec Spectrum - 20 inch monitor that magnifies up to 70x.

        Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) - induction loop systems are available at the Antioch, Clayton, Concord, Hercules, Lafayette, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek libraries. These devices may be used with the t-coil in your hearing aid or we have receivers that may be used with a headset.

        Kurzweil software is available at the Antioch, Hercules, and Pleasant Hill community libraries.

        Rollators are available at the Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Dougherty Station, Hercules, Lafayette, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek community libraries.


        Using the Topaz Screen Magnifier


        Early Literacy Stations

        Early Literacy Station at El Sobrante

        Early Literacy Stations are located at the following community libraries:

        • Antioch -  2 stations (includes bilingual Spanish edition)
        • Concord - 1 station
        • Danville -  2 stations
        • Dougherty Station - 1 station
        • El Sobrante - 1 station
        • Hercules - 1 station
        • Lafayette - 1 station
        • Moraga -  2 stations
        • Pittsburg - 1 station (includes bilingual Spanish edition)
        • Pleasant Hill - 1 station
        • Prewett -  2 stations (includes bilingual Spanish edition)
        • San Pablo - 1 station
        • San Ramon - 1 station
        • Walnut Creek - 1 station   
        • Ygnacio Valley - 1 station

        Each station has educational programs installed that help students 2-10 years old; preschool, kindergarten, and elementary levels to work on targeted skills such as reading, writing, math, or keyboarding. The stations come with a colorful keyboard and child-sized mouse and are not connected to the Internet.



        Tutor Pairs



        Project Second Chance: The Library's Adult Literacy Program, Serving Adults with Reading Disabilities







         Dog Reading ProgramsIsabella and Chloe





        • WorkAbility I placements countywide (students in Contra Costa County)
        • ALIVE volunteers at the Antioch Library; Futures Explored
        • Volunteers at the Lafayette Library (adults with disabilities)
        • Book clubs held at local senior centers (contact San Ramon Library and Brentwood Library)
        • Wednesday Club, Antioch Library (scheduled with ARC Inroads--a community-based program for adults with developmental disabilities) monthly programs, volunteer opportunities, and Wii gaming.
        • The Insiders Club meets the second Monday of every month at the Walnut Creek Library unless a special program is planned. Programs include crafts, games, scavenger hunts, technology programs, and movie days.
        • San Ramon Library Insiders meet the second Friday of every month unless a special program is planned. Programs include crafts, games, scavenger hunts, technology programs, guest speakers, and other surprises.
        • Concord Library - Second Wednesday of each month is All Ears Reading - Insiders: In partnership with ARF, adults are able to practice their reading skills by reading to dogs. Fourth Wednesday of each month is the Wednesday Club - Insiders: Our new club plans on a variety of activities and guest speakers.


            pictogramThe Antioch, HerculesLafayette, San Pablo, San Ramon, and community libraries are using pictograms to help library users, including those with learning differences, those for whom English is not their native language, and those who are adult learners, navigate the Dewey Decimal System.

            The pictograms are excellent examples of universal access. Read more about pictograms here.


            Library eBook Collections

            Service Animals

            • Revised ADA Requirements: Service Animals
              How "Service Animal" is Defined, Where Service Animals are Allowed, Service Animals Must Be Under Control, Inquiries, Exclusions, Charges, and Other Specific Rules Related to Service Animals, and Miniature Horses.

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