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

October 3, 2018

Workshop: Anchor Center for Blind Children, Denver

October 3, 2018 / Introductory workshop on creating tactile pictures and games for children using craft materials. Open to parents of students enrolled at the Anchor Center for Blind Children.

3D Model of a hatching chicken and an egg in a nest.

Exhibit: Norlin Library/ University of Colorado - Boulder

Through Spring 2019 / Tactile books created by students in the Pre-Collegiate Summer Camp at University of Colorado - Boulder will be on display at Norlin Library.

Tactile image of a sloth made with felt, fabric, and wax shapes

Workshop: Central Michigan University Summer Camp

August 20 - 24, 2018 / Central Michigan University Summer Camp for teens focuses on creating tactile book pages as part of the Build a Better Book Project.

Girl's hands holding pen with art supplies on table.

Workshop: Build a Better Book Fall Workshop, Golden, CO

September 10 & 17, October 1, 2018 / In this three-part workshop, explore how the blind community understands things like words, pictures and shapes and then use fiber arts and some cool tools from our makerspace to build a better book – a touchable, engaging story experience accessible to all!

Display of 3D printed textures on panels

Exhibit: Cooper Hewitt Museum, NY

Through October 28, 2018 / The Senses: Design Beyond Vision Explore experimental works and practical solutions designed to inspire wonder and new ways of accessing our world.

Dalton, B. & Musetti, K. (2018).

Dalton, B. & Musetti, K. (2018). Tactile picture book making and multimodal composition: Students design for equity in English Language Arts. In (Eds) E. Ortlieb, E.H. Cheek, Jr., & P. Semingson, Best Practices for Teaching Digital Literacies (p. 195-213). London, UK: Emerald Publishing. Doi10.1108/52048-04582018000000915

Tactile raspberry made from pom poms with word Raspberry in braille

Workshop: Teens Build a Better Book, White Plains, NY

August 20 - 23, 2018 / In this mini-camp, teens will design tactile picture books for children with visual impairments.

Forest journey board game created with laser cutter.

Workshop: BLDG 61 Design Internship

June 18-22, 2018 / Design and fabricate an accessible board game using Makerspace tools at BLDG 61. Boulder Public Library, BLDG 61 Note: This workshop is open to teens by application only.

Teachers use Makey Makey and paper circuits to create an interactive diagram of a cell.

Professional Development: Build a Better Book Professional Pathway (BVSD)

Bring a book to life! Learn how to merge storytelling with art, STEM and new Maker technologies to create experiential, multimodal books, graphics and games that can be seen, touched and heard. Through the context of storytelling, explore literacy-based maker tools including Makey Makey, paper circuits, Scratch, 3D printing and...

Tactile graphics help illustrate human body structures.

Build a Better Book: Creative Design in Library Makerspaces (2018 STEM for All Video)

May 14, 2018

Build a Better Book's second video for the NSF STEM for All Video Showcase provides an update about the project, including program impacts. This video received a Facilitators' Choice award in the 2018 STEM Video Hall Showcase.

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