Russell tries the EnChroma glasses for the first time

Russell tries EnChroma Receptor glasses for the first time.

Our world shines in a rainbow of beautiful colors, but not for those with color vision deficiency. For some, where others see red, pink, blue, and purple, they see only through a sort of sepia filter. The world is seen only in shades of dull brown, tan, and yellow. About one in 12 men and one in 200 women have color vision deficiency.

Thanks to a generous $13,000 “Color Your World” grant award from the St. Augustine based non-profit Barbara A. Kay Foundation, through the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine, the St. Johns County Public Library System will soon be able to offer a new way to see the world with life-changing EnChroma receptor glasses available for checkout to library patrons. These unique glasses use a patented lens technology to show the colorblind brilliant color for the first time. The new “Color Your World” program will bring color accessibility to St. Johns County in a big way!

Members of the media and the public are invited to try the library’s EnChroma receptor glasses firsthand at our reveal media event on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. This event will run from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at our Main Branch Library, 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32084.

In addition to the new EnChroma glasses, the library’s “Color Your World” program will also offer free oil pastel classes for library patrons system-wide. For details on the classes, please contact your closest branch library for dates and times.

“Whether patrons see brilliant color for the first time or learn to see the world from an artist’s perspective, we are thankful for the Barbara A. Kay Foundation and their support of this exciting initiative,” said Library Director Debra Rhodes Gibson.

If you would like to try EnChroma glasses on December 11, at 12 p.m. please send an email to

For more information about the media event, “Color Your World” grant award, or the St. Johns County Public Library System, please contact Lisa Calvert, (904) 827-6935, or