A library project designed to increase the independent reading of deaf children involved the initiation of a bookmobile program in the dormitories of a school for the deaf and the adaptation and creation of books that deaf children could use independently. Because it is difficult for deaf persons to grasp abstract concepts in print, high-interest reading materials intended for them require clear simple language structure and numerous photographs for visual clues to meaning. In this project, a survey of student interests revealed that the students preferred books about monsters, famous people, familiar topics (farm life, local history and geography), and motorcycles. In compiling books on these topics the project personnel faced the problems of obtaining printing rights for copyrighted materials, the time involved in securing permission for materials, and effective printing at a minimal cost. While the project was successful in that it produced a number of high-interest low-vocabulary books that stimulated student interest in reading, negative criticism surrounded the poor pictorial quality, the use of illustrations rather than photographs, and the unattractive bindings of the books. (MAI)
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Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Pittsburgh.; Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg.