Cathaoirleach Cllr. Dara Mulvey launches Sligo Libraries new eService TTRS (Touch-type, Read and Spell)

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Dara Mulvey was joined in an online launch by Dónal Tinney County Librarian, Library staff, Terri Dunleavy Chairperson Sligo Dyslexia Branch, Teachers and Principals from primary and post-primary schools throughout the county.

In his address at the launch the Cathaoirleach wished Sligo Libraries every success with this new service and said it will be a valuable resource for many Library users.

The Cathaoirleach went on to say “it is particularly timely during this period of COVID-19 restrictions for our Libraries to offer this eService to help people of all ages improve their literacy. Many Library users currently engaged in home schooling and online learning will benefit from free access to this great resource.

Since the start of the pandemic Sligo Libraries have had huge engagement with their online services. Their events and workshops have moved online helping Library users maintain their wellbeing during this difficult time.

Accessing digital newspapers, magazines, eBooks and eLearning has been hugely important and Sligo Library membership continues to grow as a result.

TTRS comes as a valuable addition to these services and I have no doubt it will be a valued and welcome addition. I believe it is a resource that can benefit all ages and is extremely easy to use.”

Michael McConigley, Scoil Naomh Éanna NS Carraroe, Aisling Browne, St. Edward’s NS Ballytianan and Cora Kivlehan Principal Achonry NS all spoke of the benefit this service will be to their pupils, welcomed the free access for users, and thanked the library staff for their work with schools.

Sligo Libraries are delighted to offer free access to this online course for students of all ages. TTRS (Touch-type, Read, Spell) is a multisensory, structured, online course which assists children and adults with reading, spelling and typing skills.

​Designed to benefit all ages, it is especially beneficial to learners with Dyslexia/Dyspraxia/Dysgraphia, students studying English as a second language (ESL), those who wish to improve their literacy skills, those accessing adult literacy programmes, those who wish to improve their memory skills and those who wish to learn to touch type.

TTRS takes a multi-sensory approach to repetition learning. Through the multi-sensory approach, a user hears the words spoken through headphones or speakers, sees the words printed on the screen, and is prompted as to which fingers to press via the on-screen keyboard. Finally, through the sense of touch, they type out the words, harnessing muscle memory in the hands and fingers to learn spelling.

There are different levels and different modules for learners to progress though. Each module is designed to be short in length with regular, positive feedback and Certificates of Completion.

For more details, contact 071 911 1675 or email [email protected]