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WELL-WISHERS can get Christmas card messages transcribed into Braille thanks to a specialist library service.

The popular service is offered at Chesterfield library but available to all Derbyshire residents who want to send cards to family and friends who are blind or visually impaired.

Derbyshire County Council’s leader Cllr Andrew Lewer said: “We all look forward to receiving news from family and friends near and far during the festive period and want to make sure visually impaired people can enjoy reading personal festive messages.”

All types of messages can be transcribed into Braille, a universal tactile writing system invented by Louis Braille in 1824, including birthday, graduation and sympathy greetings − but the service is at its busiest at Christmas.

Chesterfield library’s service, which was launched in 2000, also translates other documents.

Most recently this has included physiotherapy and exercise instructions for Braille readers who need to rehabilitate after illness or accidents.

Anyone who would like to use the Braille transcription service at Chesterfield library should call 01629 533444 or email