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PPLC Program Guide

January is National Braille Literacy Awareness Month

Erica McCaleb, PPLC Countywide Services Coordinator

January is National Braille Literacy Awareness Month in honor of Louis Braille. Louis Braille was born on January 4th, 1809 and was blinded by an accident when he was three years old. While Braille was still a teenager he refined a cumbersome writing system created by Charles Barbier which used raised dots to convey messages to be read during the night by the military. Barbier’s system was too complex to be practical so Braille went to work creating his own code, this would eventually become the braille code used to this day.

Braille is a tactile reading system comprised of raised dots arranged on a cell. Braille makes text readable by people who are blind or have visual impairments. Braille is an important part of literacy for those who are blind or visually impaired. Braille literacy affords people greater work opportunities, independence, academic success, self-esteem, and quality of life. There is a strong correlation between braille literacy and employment.

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Unfortunately, Braille literacy is declining among American children who are legally blind. The National Federation for the Blind estimates that only 10% of students who are blind are literate in reading. This is worrisome because of the implications for literacy, employment, and quality of life. Large print text and magnification are often seen as appealing alternatives to teaching children braille, however, many children who rely on these methods will experience vision loss as they age and will no longer be able to rely on these methods. Audio has also been treated as an alternative to Braille, but this too is a problematic replacement. Imagine trying to comprehend a complex calculus equation just by hearing it! Braille allows for greater comprehension of materials and can be linked backed to academic and work success.

Technology is helping braille become more convenient than ever before. Refreshable braille displays allow readers to download and read digital files in place of large, cumbersome volumes of braille books. At the beginning of 2016, the Braille Authority of North America transitioned to one standard braille format, Unified English Braille.

The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative believes that everyone should have the right of literacy regardless of blindness or visual impairment. Braille is an important part of literacy for individuals with blindness and visual and impairments, especially for children. Pinellas County braille readers can contact their local Talking Book Library to request braille reading materials at 727-441-9958.

 

Talking Book Library Hours and Location Information

The Pinellas Talking Book Library (TBL) is a PPLC service open to the public weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm. PPLC's TBL is located at 1330 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, Florida.

 

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Library Closings for December, 2016

Closings for New Year's Eve, December 31, 2016

  • Clearwater Main Library: Close @ 2pm
  • Clearwater Beach Library: Closed
  • Clearwater Countryside Library: Close @ 2pm
  • Clearwater East Library: Close @ 2pm
  • Clearwater N. Greenwood: Close @ 2pm
  • Dunedin Public Library: Close @ 2pm
  • Dunedin Friends Branch: Close @ 2pm
  • East Lake Community Library: Open
  • The Gulf Beaches Public Library: Closed
  • Gulfport Public Library: Open
  • Largo Public Library: Open
  • Oldsmar Public Library: Close @ 3pm
  • Palm Harbor Library: Open
  • Barbara S. Ponce Public Library: Open
  • Safety Harbor Public Library: Close @ 2pm
  • St. Petersburg Library System: Open
  • St. Pete Beach Public Library: Open
  • Seminole Community Library: Open
  • Tarpon Springs Public Library: Open

Library Closings for January, 2016

January 1 and 2, 2017: All Libraries are closed

January 16, 2017: MLK Day, All Libraries are closed

Please click here to see the complete listing of Library closings and time changes.

 

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