Your Way to Keep Reading

Your Way to Keep Reading

CBRL has partnered with Victoria County Home Support Services to create age-friendly reading kits to introduce readers to new ways to keeping reading books. This product was funded through Nova Scotia’s Age-Friendly Communities Grant.

Some people find that reading full length regular print books is too challenging as they age. Perhaps the print is too small or the story is too complex to follow. Physical or mental impairments can make it hard to enjoy what once might have been a beloved past time.

In each of our Your Way to Keep Reading Bags you will find:

  • Audiobooks with Headphones. Each bag contains a Playaway Audiobook and over the ear headphones. Playaways are small handheld devices that operate with batteries. Each Playaway contains a professional recording of a book, so the reader can use their ears rather than their eyes to read.
  • A variety of Large Print Books and Quick Reads books.
    • Large Print books are great for readers who want to keep reading their favourite authors and genres but need larger text sizes to read with ease.
    • Quick Reads books are short novels and short stories, many of them also have large text sizes. These books are great for people who struggle to read and enjoy longer novels.
Your Way to Keep Reading Kit Contents: Tote bag, headphones, playaway audiobook, large print book and quick reads books.


Victoria County Home Support Services Society
Nova Scotia
Cape Breton Regional Library

There are 20 different Your Way to Keep Reading Kits

List of Kits:

Kit 1: Domestic Fiction

  • Playway: Identity by Nora Roberts.
  • Large Print: Earth’s the Right Place by Elizabeth Berg
  • Quick Reads: Cape Breton’s Christmas Book 5 edited by Ronald Caplan, The Sandy Shoreline by Emma Rose Sparrow

Kit 2: British Mysteries

  • Playaway: Death in Focus by Anne Perry
  • Large Print: A Killing of Innocents by Deborah Crombie and Double or Nothing by Kim Sherwood
  • Quick Read: The Double Clue and other Hercule Poirot Stories by Agatha Christie

Kit 3: Small Town Mysteries

  • Playaway: The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
  • Large Print: Death of a Traitor by M.C. Beaton
  • Quick Reads: Murder among the Pines by John Lawrence Reynolds, Wish you were Dead by Peter James.

Kit 4: Heartwarming Reads

  • Playaway: Dewey the Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron (nonfiction)
  • Large Print: The Best is Yet to Come by Debbie Macomber
  • Quick Reads: A Summer Walk by Jamie Stonebridge, Saving the Day by Katie Fforde


Kit #5: Village and Farm Life

  • Playaway: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot (nonfiction)
  • Large Print: The Little Village of Book Lovers by Nina George
  • Quick Reads: A Visit to the Farm by Jamie Stonebridge, From Scratch by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Kit #6: Love Stories

  • Playaway: The Wish by Nicholas Sparks
  • Large Print: The Wedding Planner by Danielle Steel
  • Quick Reads: The Italian Cure by Melodie Campbell and A Day at the Park by Jamie Stonebridge

Kit # 7: Domestic Fiction

  • Playaway: Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks
  • Large Print: My Magnolia Summer by Victoria Benton Frank
  • Quick Reads: A Fresh Start edited by Fanny Blake, What the Wind Showed Me by Emma Rose Sparrow


Kit # 8: Love and Family

  • Playaway: Homestead by Melinda Moustakis
  • Large Print: Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks
  • Quick Reads: Blood Ties by Barbara Fradkin, Autumn’s Display by Emma Rose Sparrow

Kit # 9: Love Stories

  • Playaway: The Orchard by Beverly Lewis
  • Large Print: Happiness by Danielle Steel
  • Quick Reads: No Return Address by Gail Anderson-Dargatz, A Dusting of Snow by Emma Rose Sparrow

Kit # 10: Mysteries & Thrillers

  • Playaway: Old Bones by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Large Print: Obsessed by James Patterson
  • Quick Reads: Darkness Rising by A.A. Dhand, Blood and Belonging by Vicki Delaney

Kit #11: Mysteries & Thrillers

  • Playaway: The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry
  • Large Print: 23rd Midnight by James Patterson and The Last Ranger by Peter Heller
  • Quick Reads: Blue Water Hues by Vicki Delaney

Kit # 12: Historical Fiction

  • Playaway: The Watchman’s Daughter by Larry Loftis
  • Large Print: The White Lady by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Quick Reads: Three Things by Emma Rose Sparrow, Cape Breton’s Christmas Edited by Ronald Caplan

Kit # 13: Historical Fiction

  • Playaway: The House of Eve by Saseqa Johnson
  • Large Print: Starring Adele Astaire by Eliza Knight
  • Quick Reads: A Day at the Beach by Jamie Stonebridge, Cape Breton’s Chistmas Book 5 Edited by Ronald Caplan

Kit #14: Mystery and Intrigue

  • Playaway: The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Large Print: The Beach at Summerly by Beatriz Williams, Sinner of Starlight City by Anika Scott
  • Quick Reads: A Murder for Max by John Lawrence Reynolds

Kit # 15: Historical Fiction

  • Playaway: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  • Large Print: Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes, The First Ladies by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
  • Quick Reads: The Black Mountain by Kate Mosse

Kit # 16: Thrillers

  • Playaway: Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield
  • Large Print: Lion & Lamb by James Patterson
  • Quick Reads: Coral Reef Views by Vicki Delaney, Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle

Kit # 17: Forensic/Archaeological Thrillers

  • Playaway: Tides of Fire by James Rollins
  • Large Print: The Last Remains by Elly Griffiths
  • Quick Reads: Beethoven’s Tenth by Brian Harvey, Cape Bretoners in the First World War edited by Ronald Caplan (nonfiction)

Kit # 18: Biography & Memoirs

All books in this kit are nonfiction

  • Playaway: One Native Life by Richard Wagamese
  • Large Print: The Wager: a tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann, Road to Surrender by Evan Thomas
  • Quick Read: Views from the Steel Plant edited by Ronald Caplan

Kit # 19: History

  • Playaway: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
  • Large Print: Coronation Year by Jennifer Robson
  • Quick Reads: Magnificent Obesessions: They Wrote About Cape Breton edited by Ronald Caplan (nonfiction), The Best Christmas by Jamie Stonebridge

Kit #20 Miscellaneous

  • Playaway: The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman
  • Large Print: The Midnight News by Jo Baker
  • Quick Reads: The Middle Ground by Zoe Whittall, White Sand Blues by Vicky Delaney

To borrow a Kit, place a hold in our online catalogue or phone your local library branch.