Ka pai! Thank you for pledging toward our goal of creating dementia-friendly libraries throughout New Zealand. Large or small, we value your pledge.
If successful, our campaign provides 6 sets of our five Dovetale Press dementia-friendly series to 20 New Zealand public libraries. That's 600 books in all, or a set of books for shared reading in a group of six people at 20 public libraries across New Zealand. If pledging meets 200% success, then 40 libraries will benefit with 1200 books shared in groups, and so forth. We will also provide libraries with a digital copy of our set of suggestions on how to run a dementia-friendly book group.
We are working with Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA), Alzheimers NZ and Dementia NZ, so that local Alzheimers and Dementia associations can liaise with the public libraries who hold dementia-friendly book groups. Community volunteers may wish to come on board to assist with resourcing book groups as well, maybe providing biscuits and tea or helping people navigate the library. We encourage dementia-friendly book groups to be held regularly, so that the readers can get to know one another and their public library, gaining confidence and connection.
These are the five titles that we have published through Dovetale Press. They have been carefully constructed to enhance the readability of classic stories for people with dementia and other disabilities:
- A Dovetale Press Adaptation: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
- A Dovetale Press Adaptation:Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
- A Dovetale Press Adaptation: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle
- A Dovetale Press Adaptation:The Garden Party & The Doll's House, by Katherine Mansfield
- A Dovetale Press Adaptation Selection:Poetry for the Restless Heart
Dovetale Press books retain the voice of the original author, while reducing the memory load on the reader. They are beautifully illustrated with classic art and use large print on white contrast paper for easy viewing. They are each 64 pages in length.
We have produced the Dovetale Press series after years of research into reading and dementia, through the University of Otago and with support from Bupa NZ. We believe that dementia-friendly book groups can encourage:
- shared enjoyment of the music and rhythm of a literary classic;
- appreciation of the beauty and inventiveness of the language;
- enhanced personal identity through reminiscence;
- cognitive stimulation through creative ideas linked to the text;
- empathic connection with others when discussing opinions and feelings about the text;
- self-confidence and reduced self-stigma, when the dementia-friendly book groups are held in the public library-- the hub of community.
If the campaign is successful, your pledge will promote dementia-friendly libraries and communities: the best possible outcome.
Please click on the link to see our website: http://www.dovetalepress.com
Dr B Sally Rimkeit, psychogeriatrician, and Dr Gillian Claridge, applied linguist
Founders and Editors of Dovetale Press
OUR DOVETALE PRESS SERIES:
Risks and challenges
We have been working diligently to test the effectiveness of our adapted classics, in an international randomised controlled trial and with a qualitative study. University of Otago (New Zealand), La Trobe University (Australia) and University of Liverpool (UK) are involved. First indications, from our feasibility and pilot studies and qualitative analysis, are that people living with dementia love to share the classic stories. Our readers appreciate the Dovetale Press adaptations, which carefully retain the voice of the original authors in a dementia-friendly format.
The challenge of this Kickstarter project is to provide sufficient resourcing within communities, so that dementia-friendly book groups at public libraries are sustainable, of high quality and widely available throughout NZ. With your help, we should overcome these difficulties.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter