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...

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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.

Sharing a tactile board book with preschool students

Partner Highlight: Springfield-Greene County Library District, MO

March 10, 2020

Phyllis Davis, librarian at The Library Station has pulled together a wide-range of community members through participation in her Build a Better Book programs. Without a designated makerspace, Phyllis incorporated BBB into a regular "Teen Night" library program on Friday nights, introducing Design Thinking models, and partnering with 3Doodler who...

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ISTE Edutech Conference 2020

Conference date: June 28, 2020 Location : Anaheim, CA Build a Better Book: Empathy-Driven Design in School and Library Makerspaces Presenters: April Chamberlain, Dr. Stacey Forsyth, Ian Matty, Chelsea Sims Build a Better Book engages youth with an empathy-driven design task: creating accessible books and games for children who are...

NLS 2020: Access, Discovery, Engagement, the 2020 National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind and Print Disabled Individuals

National Library Service 2020 Conference

Conference date: May 17–21, 2020 Session: Wednesday, May 20th from 1:30- 2:10 p.m. Location: Lincoln, Nebraska NLS 2020: Access, Discovery, Engagement, the 2020 National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind and Print Disabled Individuals Presenters: Stacey Forsyth, PhD - Director, CU Science Discovery, University of Colorado, Boulder Amanda Gonzalez - Reference...