Dayton Metro Library receives grant to increase accessible collection

The Dayton Metro Library can expand its collection of books for adults and children with developmental disabilities thanks to a $7,000 grant from the Disability Foundation.

The money will go toward purchasing high interest-low vocabulary (Hi/Lo) books, which cover mature or complex stories or themes written at a more accessible reading level. Library officials plan to purchase more than 500 new Hi/Lo books.

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“These materials allow people with developmental disabilities to enjoy contemporary, relevant materials,” Holly Varley, the library's collection development director said. “They’re also great for English language learners and adult literacy students, too.”

The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities was instrumental in helping to secure funding for the materials. The Dayton Metro Library has provided Hi/Low content, but the need has increased over time. The county board serves more than 4,200 people. Additionally, nearly 11,000 children in Montgomery County have Individual Education Plans.

“Providing a wider selection of Hi/Low materials is vital to supporting individuals in our community with intellectual and development disabilities,” Varley said.

The collection can be found in the library’s online catalog using the genre search term “high interest-low vocabulary.” The search can then be narrowed further to specify target age group, type of material, popularity, and other factors.

For more information, visit or call 937-463-2665.

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