RHPL offers four free step-by-step visual guides that help individuals use library services.
Get the app!
Once you have the app downloaded, search in the "Fun" category for Richmond Hill Public Library and download our Card Decks.
What Will I Learn?
- How to Search the Catalogue
- How to Find an Item on the Shelf
- How to Check out Library Items
- How to Return Library Items
About MagnusCards and Magnusmode
Magnusmode produces apps to support those with cognitive special needs, including autism. The digital app MagnusCards is an innovative, free, web and mobile app that uses digital guides (called Card Decks) and game elements to help people access their communities with greater independence.
Each Card Deck uses pictures and text to provide step-by-step instructions for various social interactions, situations, behaviors, and activities. Magnus, an interactive character who acts as the user's guide, provides reassurances and reinforces routine for users exploring new environments.
We have Victor Readers for loan to anyone with a library card who has completed the waiver. The equipment can be loaned for up to one month.
For additional details about borrowing a Victor Reader please contact 905-884-9288 ext. 305 and leave a message, or email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lots of choice including current bestsellers, award-winners and classics
- Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, business and more
- Books for kids, teens and adults
- Books in audio, braille or accessible e-book formats
- Download books or receive home delivery by mail
- Learning disability: an impairment relating to comprehension
- Physical disability: the inability to hold or manipulate a book
- Visual disability: severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one's eyes.
- Download books to your computer or mobile device, such as an iPhone
- Download books to a DAISY player over a wireless connection without using a computer
- Receive audio CDs, braille or described movies through your local branch or by mail directly to your home.
- Play by 'Hover Highlighting'
- Play by 'Text Selection'
- NEW Translator
- MP3 Maker
- Text Magnification
- Screen Mask
- NEW Simplifier
- NEW User Settings
Play by 'Hover Highlighting'
To start speech, move your mouse pointer over the text. BrowseAloud uses dual-colour highlighting which highlights the block of text in one color and the spoken word in another to give a clear indication of what text is being read aloud and to aid navigation. The audio-visual reinforcement also improves word recognition and comprehension.
How to use this feature: Click the hand button on the left. The button will change to orange. Now, hover your mouse over the text. BrowseAloud will start reading the text from that point on. To turn it off, click the hand again.
Play by 'Text Selection'
As an alternative to Hover Highlighting, users can select specific text to hear it read aloud. The text will be read out using synchronous dual-color highlighting. BrowseAloud will highlight each word as it is read aloud, and highlight the sentence or paragraph in a contrasting colour.
How to use this feature: Select the text you want to have read to you, and click Play -the arrow button. If you just click play, speech will begin at the top of the page.
Spoken & Written Translation:
BrowseAloud will translate the Richmond Hill Public Library website into 78 different languages and speaks the translated text when there is a matching voice available.
How to use this feature: Click on the Translate button, select the language for translation. The page will be translated into the chosen language. Please note, text on images will not be translated.
BrowseAloud can magnify the text as it is read aloud.
How to use this feature: Select the text that you want to have magnified, click on the Magnification button, then click the play button. The magnified text will appear at the top of the screen
Turn the text from the Richmond Hill Public Library website into an MP3. The text can then be saved and listened to at a later time, at home or on the move.
How to use this feature: Select the text that you want to have turned into an MP3. Click on the MP3 button. Give the file a name and either play the file immediately or save the file for future listening
Block distractions on your screen with our Screen Mask. A semi-opaque black mask extends across your screen leaving a letterbox reading window clear. This helps you to focus on the section of the web page you are most interested in.
How to use this feature: Click on the Screen Mask button and move your mouse up and down the screen.
Web Page Simplifier:
Remove all the extras from the website, and look at website in a user-friendly single-column layout.
How to use this feature: Click on the Simplify button
Change the default settings such as highlighting colours, the speaking speed of the voice, or announcing links.
How to use this feature: Click on the Settings button