January is Braille Literacy Month!

Mon., Jan. 16
Literacy doesn’t look the same for everyone, but it’s absolutely essential that we promote all kids of literacy, including braille literacy.

Introducing Early Literacy Braille Kits!

Fri., Jan. 13
Did you know that only 10 percent of visually impaired children are learning to read braille? I think it’s fair to assume that the general sighted population would be outraged if this applied to them. So why has there been a decline in the number of individuals reading and writing braille? Braille is the building block of literacy for the visually impaired just as print…

Storytime: Sensory Discoveries at Your Library!

Mon., Nov. 14
We use our senses to discover, observe and interpret the world, and a sensory discovery is just that: using a sense to discover, observe,and interpret, in other words, learn. In Storytime: Sensory Discoveries, we explore with our senses as we read, sing and play.

A Blind Guide to Stinkville

Thu., Oct. 13
It’s not very often that I come across a children’s book that accurately, authentically, and respectfully depicts a disabled protagonist (if I can find a children’s book with a disabled protagonist). Early last week, I picked up A Blind Guide to Stinkville—a middle grade novel with a protagonist who has albinism and a visual impairment—and was taken in by its plot and cast of characters. Alice, the…
Image showing the front covers of four books in the DK Braille series, which are both tactile and visual.

"Knowledge You Can Touch" at Your Library!

Tue., Sep. 13
When I first found out that a series of braille books for children was being published by a big name in the publishing industry, I thought it was too good to be true. A print publisher delving into the world of braille? And for kids? Believe it or not, it’s not too good to be true! DK Braille is a series of five books that…

Rocky Mountain High

Fri., Aug. 12
I recently returned from a two week trip to Aspen, Colorado. Nestled in a remote valley in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains, Aspen is best known for its ski slopes and ridiculously high cost of living, but it’s full of quaint and unexpected treasures, too. I expected to fall in love when I first stood among the mountains; what I didn't expect was how it…

Elie Wiesel: An Author Remembered

Tue., Jul. 12
Last week we lost author, activist, and humanist, Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel (1928-2016). In addition to his prolific career as a writer, Wiesel was a professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor. Remember Elie Wiesel with the titles below. DB 42074 The Night Trilogy Night is the story of a Jewish boy who is deported with his family and community from Hungary to the horrors…

That All May Read

Mon., Jun. 13
Have you ever walked into a library and wondered why books in braille aren’t neatly tucked on the shelves like their print counterparts?

June is LGBT Pride Month!

Mon., Jun. 13
Historically, June is a momentous month for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) movements—the Stonewall riots of 1969, the first Gay Pride parades, and last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing same-sex couples the right to marry—all transpired during the month of June. Pride Month has been celebrated during June for years, but it wasn't recognized in an official capacity until just last week when…