The Watertown Free Public Library is being recognized for improving access for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, library officials announced. The library will be presented with an Outstanding Organization of the Year Award during the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day at the State House on March 8, 2018. The award was announced on February 15 by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH).
The library was nominated for advancements towards becoming accessible for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. In particular, the library has worked to improve access through installing a looping system in the Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room, which allows people with t-coil hearing aids to have a better auditory experience during public events like lectures, concerts, movies, and presentations.
The system was installed in May 2017, and the library has received positive feedback from patrons who benefit from the clear, audible signal and effortless listening experience.
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day is hosted annually by the Statewide Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The morning program begins at 10 a.m. and continues until noon. The program includes community members, family members, service providers, and state agency representatives speaking about priorities of importance to the Governor and legislature. Caitlin Browne, Assistant Library Director will accept the award on behalf of the library.
About the Watertown Free Public Library
The Watertown Free Public Library provides access to a wide variety of popular materials, resources, services, and programs that fulfill the informational, cultural and recreational needs of Watertown and surrounding communities. The WFPL works to create an environment that attracts and welcomes users of all ages and abilities.