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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):
8:35-8:55 Inclusive Storytime
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)
While this is a drop-in event, registrations are still encouraged. Registration
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have questions or would like more information.
NNELS Scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: World Braille Day
Time: Jan 4, 2021 08:30 AM PST
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87996803453?pwd=ZTZrc09Tbm1oc3FRQ1NONURRc1ZQQT09
Meeting ID: 879 9680 3453
Book Club Book List:
Some of these books are available from NNELS,
or from CELA
Children’s English: My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray
Children’s French: Lucy joue au hockey by Lisa Bowes |
French Young Adult: Le corps de l’ombre by MC June |
English Young Adult: Bloom by Kenneth Oppel |
French Adult: Rouge secret by Chrystine Brouillet |
English Adult: Disfigured by Amanda Leduc |
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 is not scary! Braille Literacy Canada will provide an introduction
to braille for those not familiar with braille.
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.
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
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.
For any questions or more information regarding this event please contact
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