The Oregon City Public Library's Because Accessibility Matters (BAM) program focuses on ways that we can better serve our community by addressing accessibility and equity issues, removing barriers, and promoting opportunities and programs for individuals with disabilities or other barriers to access.
As part of this program, our staff manages programs for adults with disabilities and their caregivers, and a print library collection for adults experiencing barriers to reading access. The BAM Program is inspired by an accessibility advisory committee that meets throughout the year. For more information, visit our Accessibility page or email Jen Giovanetti.
BAM Books are designed to be of interest to adult and young adult readers at a comparatively lower reading level with simple vocabulary and syntax, short chapters, a slim page count, and gripping storylines. They are written to engage developing readers by exploring complex, age-appropriate themes in a more accessible format. Sometimes called Hi/Lo books, they are an excellent choice for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, emerging adult and teen readers, English as a Second Language learners, and more!
BAM Facebook Group
The Library's BAM program has an official BAM Facebook Group, where members can participate in virtual programs and activities, as well as share relevant and interesting articles and stories. New members are welcome! Search "BAM Oregon City Library" on Facebook.com or go directly to the Facebook page.
BAM Advisory Committee
Recognized and endorsed by the Oregon City Library Board.
The focus of this advisory committee is to discuss, learn about, and implement ways that the Library can better serve the disabled community and others experiencing barriers to access in our service area. We strive to learn from our disability community itself and those that serve them, as well as others with barriers to access, how the Library can be a more welcoming and inclusive space for everyone.
The mission of the BAM Advisory Committee is to serve as a resource to the Oregon City Library addressing accessibility issues, equal rights, removing barriers and promoting opportunities and programs for individuals with disabilities and others experiencing barriers to access. We envision a community group where everyone understands the importance of equal participation and full inclusion of all citizens and is committed to making the Oregon City Library a more accessible place to visit and enjoy for people living with disabilities or experiencing other barriers to access.