Three students and librarian posing with sign for Empathy Expo.

Empathy Expo

Sept. 17, 2020

. In Glen Ellyn, Illinois, the local library partnered with several schools and nearby organizations in a project culminating in an immersive exhibit called The Empathy Expo. Christina Keasler of the Glen Ellyn Public Library and John Bower of Ben Franklin Elementary attended the Build a Better Book workshop in...

Three girls smiling and feeling tactile image on swell paper.

Adding Meaning to Making

Sept. 3, 2020

Build a Better Book is featured in the newest issue of Connected Science Learning published by National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Read more about the BBB's guiding principles, implementation in formal and informal settings, and best practices. Online Article.

Shalini Menon

BBB Partner Update: Shalini Menon

Aug. 24, 2020

Shalini Menon, a former computer science research assistant at CU Boulder was essential to shaping the framework for Build a Better Book, understanding the needs of blind and low vision students, and the creation of tactile materials. Legally blind from birth, Shalini has recently graduated with a Masters degree in...

Max Bogue holding 3D pen enhanced pages of elephant and piggy picture book

Webinar: 3D Giving Day & 3D Pen Projects (August 6, 2020)

Aug. 13, 2020

3D Giving Day & 3D Pen Projects / Phyllis Davis (Library Station) & Mindy Brodecki (Springfield Public Schools) Get ready for 3D Giving Day on December 1, 2020! Whether to launch your BBB project or as a culminating project, 3D Giving Day is a great way to connect student makers...

Graphic of hand in a circle with lightning bolt and text "Earle Baum Hangout"

Webinar: Connecting to the BVI Community & Remote Learning (July 30, 2020)

Aug. 10, 2020

Neal Mckenzie (Sonoma County Office of Education) & Eli Sanchez (Earle Baum Center) What is it like for blind and low vision people working and learning in an online environment? Find out how two BBB partners adapted their formal and informal programs to fit their student's needs and keep them...

Student using 3D pen to trace characters from the book Sneetches by Dr. Seuss

BBB Summer Webinars - Register Here

Aug. 1, 2020

Join us for some inspiring sessions led by Build a Better Book Network Partners as we explore new ways to implement BBB projects. From integrating BBB into classrooms and curriculum, to meeting the current challenges of BBB in remote and on-line learning environments, these webinars will get you thinking creatively...

April Chamberlain with students working with braille slates and stylus.

Webinar: Virtual BBB - Online and Blended Learning (July 16, 2020)

July 30, 2020

Virtual BBB - Online & Blended Learning / April Chamberlain (Trussville City Schools) Learn how a Build a Better Book organizer facilitated a BBB project using digital tools for managing in face to face, blended or virtual environment. Digital tools used was Google Classroom, Hyperdocs, Screencastify, and Flipgrid. You will...

Rachel Brockman sitting in front of library bookshelves.

Webinar: BBB as Course Elective (July 9,2020)

July 14, 2020

Discover how a BBB facilitator set up a year-long elective-class and built empathy, built capacity, built relationships, and built resources with elective-class students for their school’s visually impaired population. Leave with a principal-pitch-meeting planning sheet, a pacing guide template, and a new network of support to start your own elective...

Neal Mckenzie wearing a mask and displaying braille math diagrams.

Adapting to Remote Learning

June 11, 2020

Build a Better Book partner Neal Mckenzie with the Sonoma County Office of Education was featured in an article and radio interview by KQED. Read about how he helped his students with visual impairments adjust to the rapid change to on-line learning that occured during "Stay-at-Home" orders at the start...

Group photo of 2020 workshop participants.

2020 Build a Better Book Partners

Welcome to our 17 new partner sites! Librarians, teachers, and makerspace instructors from 13 different states traveled to Boulder, CO for a 3-day workshop. Participants got hands-on experience creating tactile fables, adding sound, and learning best practices for accessible and universal design.