January is National Braille Literacy Month

Read Books Because Braille Matters

January was chosen for this celebration because it is the birth month of Louis Braille, the inventor of the system of raised dots that made it possible for people who are blind to read and write for themselves with independence and freedom.

These are some of the children’s books in Braille that you can check out from the Fountaindale Public Library:

Curious George
Curious George by H.A. Rey

Henry and Mudge under the Yellow Moon
Henry and Mudge Under the Yellow Moon by Cynthia Rylant

Arthur's Computer Disaster
Arthur’s Computer Disaster by Marc Brown

If it is hard for you to see or hold books, or if you have a reading disability, you can also borrow books for free through the Talking Book and Braille Program.  The Illinois KidsZone page has information about applying to the program, lists of reading suggestions, and an online catalog for Braille and Talking Books.

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