Get involved in current Build a Better Book events, workshops, and trainings.

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Common Ground Conference

Conference Date: April 30, 2020 Location: Ocean City, Maryland Presenters: LaShawn Myles - Youth Services Librarian, Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Build a Better Book Approximately 1,250 education colleagues from across the state and surrounding areas for Maryland's top professional development event of the year. Thought-provoking...

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Building Bridges Assistive Technology Conference

Conference Date: April 21, 2020 Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Grant Wood AEA Building Bridges Conference provides the opportunity to learn about the latest in universal design, accessible and assistive technologies (AT), instructional strategies, and services for learners ages 0-21. Build a Better Book Presentation Presenters: Dianna Geers - Grant...

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Day of Giving with BBB Partners

Build a Better Book teamed up with 3Doodler to promote Day of Giving on December 3. These BBB partners jumped in and combined 3D printing day with Giving Day to create tactile materials for blind or visually impaired members of their community. 3Doodler donated 3D printing pens and shared examples...

Tactile game board designed for the game Risk.

Build a Better Book and Computer Science Partnership

Feb. 13, 2020

A beautiful partnership is growing between the public library makerspace and the high school in Mountain Lakes, NJ. Ian Matty, library makerspace instructor, has piloted a Build a Better Book project with computer science instructor Brandon Horn. Students in Horn's class immerse themselves in developing materials for blind and visually...

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Stories for Your Senses

Dec. 17, 2019

Stories for Your Senses: an accessible exhibition of tactile art, books, & games is on exhibit at the Boulder Public Library, Canyon Gallery from December 7, 2019 - February 2, 2020. This hands-on exhibit features tactile artwork by Ann Cunningham, Colorado artist and art educator at the Colorado Center for...

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Build a Better Book: Accessible Tech (October 19, 2019)

Nov. 19, 2019

Build a Better Book presents a panel discussion on Accessible Tech. Presenters include: Nancy and Peter Torpey, hosts of the Eyes on Success podcast; Neal McKenzie from the Sonoma County Office of Education, and Eli Sanchez from the Earle Baume Center in Sonoma, CA. Facilitated by Stacey Forsyth (Build a...

Chelsea Sims being interviewed for Make, Think, Innovate Maker Challenge

Think, Make, Innovate in Iowa

Nov. 19, 2019

Our Build a Better Book partner at South East Junior High in Iowa was featured in the Think, Make, Innovate Maker Challenge sponsored by the Grant Wood Area Education Agency. Check out the video series highlighting Build a Better Book projects. Watch the videos .

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University of Wyoming Lab School

Oct. 31, 2019

University of Wyoming Libraries and the UW Lab School have launched a Tactile Design Elective course for middle school students based on the Build a Better Book training received at the 2019 Professional Development workshop. Check out the feature article about their project .

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Literacy and Media Lab

Oct. 15, 2019

Bridget Dalton, from CU Boulder's School of Education and Build a Better Book has been working with students at Lafayette Elementary School to incorporate digital literacy into accessible materials for students who have visual impairments. Read full article

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Build a Better Book Training Workshop

2020-2021 / Recruiting new partner sites for Build a Better Book! Apply online by November 1, 2019 for the training workshop on January 29 - 31, 2020, taking place in Boulder, Colorado.

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