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Extra! Extra!

March 4, 2021

Read all about it! Build a Better Book was recently featured in several publications and professional journals. Check out these articles that connect BBB with science, makerspaces, multimodal literacy, and diversity and equity. BBB staff and partners are exploring the ways universal design and maker skills can be applied across...

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BBB Small Grants Awarded

Dec. 22, 2020

Build a Better Book finished out the year by awarding Participant Support grants of up to $750 to ten partners around the country. Each organization submitted a proposal and request for materials that will support their on-going or new BBB projects. Most of the projects will be completed in 2021...

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Webinar: Tactile Images with Dan Patzelt (November 10, 2020)

Nov. 19, 2020

Learn about a new e-learning platform that allows you to create self-describing tactile graphics. Tactile Images is an iPhone app that reads graphics and attaches audio descriptions through a QR code. BVI students can explore graphics independently and instructors can create and customize their own diagrams and images through the...

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Tactile Images Webinar: November 10, 2020

Nov. 3, 2020

Come learn about an exciting new e-learning platform that allows you to create self-describing tactile graphics. Tactile Images is an iPhone app that reads graphics and attaches audio descriptions through a QR code. BVI students can explore graphics independently and instructors can create and customize their own diagrams and images...

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Webinar: Building Relationships with BVI Partners (October 21, 2020)

Oct. 13, 2020

This panel discussion opens up a conversation around building personal relationships between students and BVI partners during the time of COVID, responding to relevant challenges together, and the difference between working with vs. working for someone. Luanne Burke is a blind artist and athlete who has participated in past BBB...

Analiza and Jackie showing their tactile tree drawing during the Build a Better Book workshop.

Laredo Public Libraries Awarded Texas Reads Grant

Oct. 1, 2020

The Laredo Public Libraries was recently awarded a $10,000 Texas Reads Grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The funding will go towards purchasing equipment and materials to support the library's Build a Better Book initiative that will teach teens and adult volunteers technology skills and offer avenues for exploring STEM career paths through the creation of multimodal books and games. Congratulations to Laredo Public Libraries!

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...

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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...

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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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