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World Braille Day

In celebration of World Braille Day, Braille Literacy Canada (BLC), the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), the Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB), the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS), and Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) are organizing an online event on Monday, January 4, 2021.

This celebration of braille literacy is open to people of all ages who are curious about braille, either practically, professionally, or somewhere in between! Target audiences include new braille readers, users, library staff, and educators. The celebration will be conducted virtually on Zoom.

Agenda (Times are in PST):

  • 8:30-8:35 Welcome
  • 8:35-8:55 Inclusive Storytime
  • 8:55-9:15 Introductions
  • 9:15-9:35 Braille 101 (Braille Literacy Canada)
  • 9:45-10:30 Panel Discussion 1
  • 10:35-11:05 Inclusive Book Clubs
  • 11:10-11:40 Panel Discussion 2
  • 11:40-11:45 Singing of “Happy Birthday”  to Louis Braille in English and French - BYOC (bring your own [cup]cake)

Registration Information

While this is a drop-in event, registrations are still encouraged. Registration Form.

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Zoom Details

NNELS Scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: World Braille Day
Time: Jan 4, 2021 08:30 AM PST
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 879 9680 3453
Passcode: 491047

Book Club Book List:

Activity Descriptions:

Inclusive Storytime

Immerse yourself in the fun story of Harry’s Hiccups by Jean Little, read by Jen Jesso with image descriptions written by Jen Jesso and Adam Wilton from the Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) in British Columbia.

Braille 101

Braille is not scary! Braille Literacy Canada will provide an introduction to braille for those not familiar with braille.

Panel Discussions

Gathering the perspectives from braille users, library staff, publishers, educators, and other braille experts, join us as we discuss over two panel discussions the past, present, and future of braille access.

Book Clubs

Please check out the book list to select which book you may be interested in reading ahead of time, and talking about with others! Books are available digitally through your local libraries, NNELS, and CELA. All readers are welcome.

Are you more interested in starting a bookclub? Rachel Breau from CELA will share some fantastic tips and tricks on starting one. If there is time to spare, an ultimate reference interview challenge will take you down unexpected paths.

Singing of “Happy Birthday” and BYOC

World Braille Day is the anniversary of Louis Braille’s birth. As a celebration of the code he invented, we’ll join together and sing loud and clear (in English and French) “Happy Birthday” to Louis Braille. Bring your own [cup]cake is optional, but strongly encouraged. We invite participants to write an image description of their [cup]cake in the chat.

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